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Pictures of Your *Budget-Fi* Portable Rig (< $200)

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by trolldragon, Feb 13, 2013.
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  1. musedesign
    Damn you Podster, you are posting DAP porn!
  2. musedesign
    Thank you Podster,
    Will get an N3 as my Christmas gift to myself.

    Do you have any experience with DSD ? Thinking to use the N3 as a file server and use an external DSD DAC. Have already ordered Ian's McFIFO (I2S/DSD) Kit to use with a DSD DAC.

    Thank you,
    - Mark
  3. Podster
    LOL, how does that Brittany line go again.......................oh yeah "Oops I did it again". It is a very nice little player for the price and I hope you really enjoy it Mark:beerchug:

    Have not really dabbled much in DSD and higher res files as what I've found is a good sounding file is a good sounding file even if done in 128 Mp3, of course who knows how much difference my tired old ears can actually hear:rolling_eyes: The other consideration I have is just how much storage big high res files take up compared to SQ increase!

    Forgot to mention and post that one of my personal favorite iem's sound killa on the N3:stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

    Trinity Treat.JPG
  4. gazzington
    I wish I could find those trinity iems to buy. Just bought myself a Benjie s5 and a topping nx1 amp which should arrive tomorrow I am thinking of getting some quite cheap portable headphones to go with this set up. Any suggestions?
  5. Podster
    Yeah it looks the best you could get (get being the key word here)!!! Is the new X Series that is similar to the Icarus III's. The Hybrid-B for 75 pounds https://www.trinityaudioengineering.com/collections/x-series/products/hybrid-b

    If you can still get them the Superlux 668B's are pretty nice for the price and sound sweet with the NX1/S5 combo:wink: They are so efficient you may not even need the NX1! However I do run the Xduoo XQ-10 with my Benjie T6:stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

    Killa Budget.JPG

    Of course for just a few dollars more the T6 rig on the 668B's won't hold a candle to this Colorfly C3/Toppings NX1s setup:grinning:

    Last edited: Nov 17, 2017
  6. Kundi
    I was thinking of ordering the hybrid from Trintity, but i don't think anything is coming out of their shop. I ordered tips from TA and it took 42 days to get it!
  7. Sparky191
    When you say rig < $200 can you breakdown what is in this rig, for those of use not up speed. Thx.
  8. Podster
    Like I said "Get" is the key word with Trinity, they really bring new meaning to "Sketchy" these days (really for a long time for some who I truly feel for) I just call them the "Titanic" these days:grimacing:

    @Sparky191 , That is the Walnut V2 DAP and F1 amp driving the MassDrop MEE PX (Basically the Mee P1):beerchug:
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2017
  9. gazzington
    Thanks yeah I noticed those and the Samson phones. Matter of interest would I get anything much better in the £100 ball park?
  10. Podster
    Don't think the 668B is a current model but I did see these:thinking:
    https://www.amazon.com/Superlux-HD-...qid=1510954762&sr=8-1&keywords=superlux+hd661 (Steal of a price and some consider them better than the 668B, remember the 661 is closed back in comparison) The Samson SR850's do remind me of the 668B however they are more efficient at 23Ohm vs. 56: https://www.amazon.com/Samson-SR850...4810&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=samson+sr850&psc=1

    My other suggestion and would save you a little on that $100 would be these puppies:wink: IMHO these would be the best for sun 100 bones but then again I've not listened to everything

    Of course one of my all time favorite sub $100 are the Grado SR60 series:thumbsup:

    I'll even throw this one in the mix:slight_smile:
  11. gazzington
    Thanks podster. I’ll take a look at all those. It’s good there is someone else on this forum who appreciates grados. I have a set of hd800s for listening at home but on the whole my grado 325e get far more use. I love them, the sound and I find them very comfortable. Maybe some 60 or 80e for my office listening......
  12. beno18
    Hey Podster, which do you prefer out of the Walnut combo & N3 while using the MassDrops MEE PX's ?
  13. gazzington
    Wow just wow. I just played some metal through a Benjie s5 with nx1 amp and grado 325e. How can such a cheap dap and amp sound so good. Very clear sound. It may be my favourite combo and I do own far more expensive ones.
  14. Podster
    Man, that is a tough one. Like I said the Walnuts have almost an analog ambience to them (little bit of a noise floor) and for live recordings I prefer them. Electronica and what is you youngsters call it EDM I would say the N3 has an edge but outside of that analog sound you get a lot more with the N3. I guess I do like that the F1 provided balanced out too, they are a remarkable pairing for $60.
  15. Mellowship
    Feelin' old school today, with the MDR-XB40EX
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