Originally Posted by Audyssey
I'm starting to build my first system and my dillema is which source to go for - CD player or Sony Experia Z Android phone, paired with a decent DAC (budget cca 300 $, would buy also used).
The majority of my music are mp3/FLACs, headphone selection is narrowed down to Grado RS1/Hifiman He-500/Beyerdynamic T-90, headamp would be a tube VINCENT KHV 111.
Any suggestions on each of the items will be more than appreciated!
I don't know how USB audio works on that phone, but just to give you some ideas, here's how I use my SGS3:
1. A-Case Superleggera double layer case - soft inner case, hard plastic outer case. Easy to put on and remove without the hard layer scratching my phone (as my single layer case did to my original SGS); I also have spare batteries and a separate battery charger
2. Generic Sync/Charge dock - I guess as long as it can sync it will work; note some docks only have the charger pins connected if not indicated as a sync dock. I'm not sure, but there might not be any docks for Sonys, given the door on the USB port; however, there are some tripods that can hold it upright and in landscape orientation if necessary (check photo accessory retailers).
3. The Ibasso D-Zero in the second pic is only $100 and works well enough on Grados
4. When I get home, I dock the phone, switch on the amplifier, pick any track, then feed my cats and take a shower. You don't really need to warm up anything but I've been doing it out of habit.
My reference system
My transportable system
Edited by ProtegeManiac - 8/6/14 at 10:45pm