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Transportable Audio, Not Portable Audio!!!!

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I have been feverishly taking in the wonderful offerings of Head-Fi and Headwize now for a few months. I have learned much about the pleasures of headphone listening and in many respects, how to get truly audiophile sounds for "Chump Change".

I have been enjoying the audio virtues of a simple system consisting of a Sony 25S>CMOY (thanks Again Jon)>straightwire cabling>Sennheiser HD580/Sony 7605's. This compares to my home amp, the AES SE-1 SET 300b amp by Cary with headphones driven off the speaker outputs and a Linn high end analogue- Music Hall CD Front end.

Owning sophisticated high end gear for years from Vfets to 300b's, I enjoyed the few hours each week I can listen and escape into 2 channel bliss. Facing reality though..I had to face the loss of my big listening room, a travel schedule exceeding 65%, and the occassional "Keep the wife happy while going out to eat and movie after a week on the road thing", my move toward "Portable" has lead me to a new audio endpoint.

After an exhaustive self examination of my audio needs (great sex for my ears!), and all the websites I could visit, the answer to my quest is TRANSPORATABLE AUDIO, not Portable audio.

I'm reallly not concerned about plucked cello strings when I am sweating on the tread mill or walking the dog. But I do want want to hear the concertmaster sigh when I am typing reports in the endless hours of "On-The-Road" hotel room down time. So for me, a new catagory of Audio was born which I refer to as Transpotable audio. This catagory would be a system that an audiophile can throw in the suitcase, or back pack, or car trunk when your on the go...doesn't have to battery operated either AC okay here.

I saw an ebay ad recently for a nice TRANSPORTABLE AUDIO system from a member of this form consisting of "X Cans-DAC in a box!" What a great idea...and I bet it sounded superb.

By way of this posting, I invite other Road warriors, traveling consultants, or even audiophiles who have lost high end systems to divorce(Shall we call ourselves mobilephiles?), to contribute your ideas on the best transportable system synergies possible......who knows, maybe it can become a category unto itself!

Thanks for listening andyour ideas.
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My system is a d-25s -> headroom cosmic -> ety er-4s, all in a headroom traveller bag. It fits the transportable role completely perfectly. Since I know I'll always be near an outlet, I took the cosmic's battery pack out of the bag and replaced it with a wall wart for the cd player. The sound is unbeatable and it all folds up into an irresistably small package. If I were to replace the cheap wall warts with the nice light ones from radio shack then the whole package wouldn't be all that heavy either.

For use on the go, I have an archos jukebox that I upgraded to 12 GB paired with sennheiser mx500s. I find that the combination of packages suits my needs very well and that my interest in more headphones is pretty much limited to wanting new toys as opposed to needing another set to fill some void in my listening habits.
post #3 of 9
I generally throw (carefully) my HD600s and TA into my laptop case along with a dozen CDs and a couple of DVDs. It all fits in beside my HP Deskjet 350 printer. My bag is huge. I'll eventually get a better amp and right now I'm using the laptop DVD/CD. Have thought about throwing my pcdp in too, but haven't yet.

Somehow, I guess my expectations are not quite as high when I'm out. I guess it's like when I'm out at the pool. My Aiwa boom box (It's a big one) sounds pretty good. I just know I'm not going to fill the neighborhood with High Fidelity sound. Even if I could, the neighbors would probably have me arrested.

Comfort and good sound.
post #4 of 9
Yeast
I could not agree more!
There is portable and transportable.
I started with portable which then evolved into a half way house
[depending on your point of view] between portable and transportable.
You cant really jog with it but it is fine to walk with and sounds:
.
The system is a Sony 925 pdcp trasport, a modded Midiman flying
calf dac supplying signal to a pair of Beyer DT931s through a pair
of short Siltech silver interconects and a Alps volume pot.
Power provided by a 5v 3800mah nimh battery pack.

This sounds like a home system on the move...Yummy

Setmenu
post #5 of 9
Yeah guys, I agree. I use a MZ-E900 MD Walkman for a truly portable device. For an actual small system I can use for travel (hotel rooms, etc.) I use a HeadRoom Cosmic amp/Sony D-EJ01 pcdp/travelor bag and which ever of my premium phones I choose to carry along. Portable and transportable are completly different beast.
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Transportable

Hi Setmenu:

Please tell me/us more about the modded Midi Flying Calf DAC...That's exactly what I want to do, using and old Audio Alchemy DAC I have if possible (is it a DIY, a kit, etc). Can you really get respectable sound from this kind of Transport PCDP (with optical output)-DAC combo?

Also, Is it possible to connect one of the premium sound cards to a laptop and use it as a DAC? Any taker's on this?.
post #7 of 9
I don't know of any laptop computers with expansion slots, but you can use the onboard DAC of a hi-end sound card on a base station (docking unit) by installing one in a pci slot. You'll want one with a toslink optical input and separate analog ouput. If you want more information on premium sound cards, read this guide:
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/showth...&threadid=7348
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Re: Transportable

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Originally posted by yeast
Hi Setmenu:

Please tell me/us more about the modded Midi Flying Calf DAC...That's exactly what I want to do, using and old Audio Alchemy DAC I have if possible (is it a DIY, a kit, etc). Can you really get respectable sound from this kind of Transport PCDP (with optical output)-DAC combo?

Also, Is it possible to connect one of the premium sound cards to a laptop and use it as a DAC? Any taker's on this?.
Hi Yeast
Midiman have stopped production of the flying calf now .
shame because with the relevent mods,regulator/optical in/RCA out/ new opamp. it sounds first class and is truly wonderfull in
portable use.
I am not familiar with the dac you mention, is it small with low V+current demands? Old model?
And OH YES, you can definitly get a decent sound from a pcdp +dac combo very decent it even sounds good through my Stax 4040 combo.

Not up on sound cards etc so I have no opinion there.


setmenu
post #9 of 9
Yeah, I used to have a transportable system (no pics, sorry). It consisted of the following in a 3 or 4 space rack:

Parasound CDP1000 (19" version)
Audio Alchemy DDEv3.0 w/PS2
Creek OBH-11
(cables -- some el cheapo digital one, Kimber PBJ's for the analog)
Beyer DT770 Pro (600 ohm version)

Those last three pieces were velcro'd to the top of the CDP.

Every day, I would unlock my office, grab the rack, and take it to the lab and settle in. Worked quite well with the Beyer DT770's (needed a lot of isolation due to the many fans, hard drives, a/c, etc.).

I still use a majority of this system, but I work at my desk now, so I put it all up on a shelf out of the way.
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