I'm pretty new to this whole world of things, I'm on maybe my 3rd pair of headphones (3.2 Mad Dogs purchased from Valens7, thanks buddy :) ) and I listen to them through a 5th gen iPod classic and a FiiO E11 (L9 cable). It sounds fine, but I'm looking at upgrading my player. I LOVE the iPod's UI, large internal storage, and form, but I feel like I'm missing out on a lot of sound quality by sticking with it just for ease of use.
So I've narrowed it down to the iBasso DX50 and the FiiO X5. I'd still probably use the E11 with either of them.
I feel that I get great extension on both ends of the spectrum with the Mad Dogs, and the E11 gives just enough of a dark touch to everything.
I listen to everything under the sun, but soundstage width/depth and frequency extension are very important to me as I make a lot of experimental/soundscape/ambient kind of music.
So a few questions:
1) which of these players has better frequency extension?
2) how do their soundstage width/depth compare?
3) is the FiiO worth the extra ~$100 overall?
I hope I'm doing my first post right. Thanks guys :)