G'day everyone, from Australia!
I've been searching for some good advice on the interwebs, stumbled across Head-fi quite a few times and decided to join the fray.
I need some help going into to the next step of my music appreciation journey.
My current setup (if you could call it that):
I've been running with an iPod classic (6th gen) 80GB powering a Etymotic HF5 for the past 3 years.
I've loved the combination so far but the HF5s are starting to getting frayed in sections of the cables and the iPod itself presents some archaic interface which I wish to move away from.
The HF5s provide brilliant noise isolation for when I listen on my laptop at work and have frankly made my dumb self realize that there was so much more to music when heard from the right equipment.
Here is the dilemma:
1. I believe it is time for my headphones to be replaced and I would like a bit more bass that what the HF5s or other Etymotic phones can offer. I still wish for an in-ear solution with great noise isolation. I've been thinking of the Shure 535s or Sennheiser equivalents (in that price range). What would you guys recommend? Am I off my head??
2. Also, my Samsung note 2 has reached its end of contract and I want to get a android smartphone to replace the note 2 and the iPod. I can't decide between the Xperia Z2, Galaxy S5 and the LG G3. HTC One M8 is out of the question because of its less than average photo quality in relative terms. Again, what would you guys recommend?
I don't intend to get a DAC or amplifier and would love to just have my smartphone and in ear headphones.
Are there better options out there with more synergy?
Kindly assist :)