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Hey Guys,

So I am almost done with my internship and will be moving across the country again. Looking to update my audio experience a little bit, haha. I am certainly not an audiophile but do enjoy my music. Looking for a portable solution as it will likely be used at school and my next work experience and of course, at home.

My music collection isn't lossless for the most port, would say a majority of the stuff is 256 give or take, although often listen to Pandora (redface.gif).

Headsets used: SennheiserHD428, Sennheiser HD280, and the oh-so-hated Logitech G930

Not really much of a speaker person (ergo my username) but once I am in one location for longer than a year I will probably open up to that. haha.

Thanks guys.
 
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Are you open to the idea of using in-ears? Also, what's your budget?
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Q 460 or K 450/451
Super portable and sound great especially considering their size.

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Sony XBA-1 i used the old series and they where very nice so i guess these will be better biggrin.gif but these might need an AMP so try the ones i have Sony MDREX310LP
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post #5 of 10
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Whoops.... sorry guys, should have been more clear about what I was looking for, haha. Looking at DACs. ideally something battery powered but USB will work as well. Currently looking at the E10 although it's not exactly ideal.

Definitely liking the in-ear suggestions though, would be nice to look at those as well I suppose. haha.
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Originally Posted by RallyMaster View Post

Are you open to the idea of using in-ears? Also, what's your budget?

I wouldn't consider there to be a hard budget necessarily, depends on how much I like the product but I would say no more than $150, ideally probably below $100 given how much it will be moved around.
 
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Spotify over Pandora any day of the week, and premium has 320kbps sound...not What you were asking but sound advice anyway tongue.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by trulsrohk View Post

Spotify over Pandora any day of the week, and premium has 320kbps sound...not What you were asking but sound advice anyway tongue.gif

Depends what you are after I suppose...sound quality sure, but after years of tuning my pandora station it's hard to move away from.
 
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post #8 of 10
So are you looking for a DAC specifically or a portable headphone amp?
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post #9 of 10
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DAC.... just ideally a smaller one
 
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I think either the E10 or E17 would be your best option.
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