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Which source for home listening (CD or Android-DAC)

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hi,

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!

post #2 of 6

Do you need the system to portable?

 

PC listening has really come a long way especially when utilizing an external DAC.

 

Why not use a PC as the source?

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thank you for your reply..

 

Does not have to be portable, I do most of my listening from my couch late at night, with my laptop of.. I read that Androids with USB on the go work well with DAC, but a mp3 CD player, like Marantz 5005 or 6005 would mean that I don't have to worry about power supply. 

post #4 of 6

Maybe a DAP (Digital Audio Player).

Fiio X3 or iBasso DX50

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

yes, DAP is a deffinite option.. would I get a better sound out of it as from my Xperia Z with a decent DAC (Firefly for instance)?

 

slowly I'll get there, tnx for all your support

post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by Audyssey View Post
 

Hi,

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
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