What's everybody's portable setup?

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  1. Deep Funk

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    Can you post personal impressions of your experience with the Fiio X-series DAPs? They look like what iRiver could be these days without the A&K bling bling B.S.

    I am serious. Solderdude was positive about his Fiio DAP and for the money he thought it was good.
     
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    Sony Z3V + UERM

    I don't do portable DACs and amps. Seems silly with the extra bulk. The biggest part of my smartphone decision does involve a lengthy audition with music and audiobook content, however.
     
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    Would rather save my money on gear for at home listening. I feel that I wouldn't appreciate hifi audio as much if I'm running around doing chores or sleeping on a loud plane.

    With that being said, my iPhone 5s and portapros serve me very well. If I'm really in the mood I might throw in a Total BitHead in there.
     
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    DX-50 with about 400 gb of external storage (plugs right into the OTG connector). IEM's, either Sony mdr-ex1000, AKG k3003 or Zero Audio Tenore. Or, since headphones are everywhere on the street these days, whatever phone I feel (usually either HD-650, Audioquest Nighthawk, FAD Pandora 6 or Beyer DT-48 when I am in one of those moods).
     
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    I definitely agree with this mindset. I'm a bit confused when people are stacking multiple bricks on each other for a "portable" arrangement.

    However, guess I'm another Fiio X5 + UERM user checking in. Although I wasn't planning on such an expensive portable arrangement, it's come in handy on half a dozen cross continental flights, and having the X5 be a USB DAC is kinda handy.
     
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    I use HiFiMan RE-400s and an old iPod Touch for stored music or my Moto G for streaming.

    I am noticing that the seal I get from IEMs is a blessing and a curse. It's great that I get a massive reduction in external noise, but I get a massive INCREASE in internal sound. Especially when I am walking I hear the pound of every footstep I make and my own breathing is magnified as well. IEMs are great for travel on airplanes where you need to travel really light and sit still for a long time. But for commuting by foot I would rather have some closed cans. So far this is my short list:

    -Noontec ZORO II HD
    -Sennheiser HD-25
    -Sennheiser Urbanite
    -Fostex T40RP

    I might get a portable DAC/AMP like the Oppo HA-2 or a simple amp like the CMOY, but that's really only because I hate digital audio controls and I would much rather have a knob.

    I do plan to get a nice CIEM one day. I don't want anything super high end because that is money that can go toward an LCD-2
     
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    I heard Austin's modded MDR-1R at a meet last year, and would take that over the two Sennheisers and the (stock) Fostex; I liked Beats Solo2 more too. Best luck!
     
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    AK100ii + Dunu 2000j
     
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    For outdoor use it's usually AK100II or AK Jr+new ALO Rx - UERM.

    For home portable use - UERM is usually replaced by Koss KSC75. Occasionally AT EW9 also gets some head time.

    Tried a gazzilion of portable closed backs, eventually decided nothing is superior over UERM in portable.
     
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    iBasso DX90 -> Leckerton UHA-6S mkII -> UERM or HD650
     
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    A smartphone and efficient headphones. I have never seen the need for anything more than that.

    However, my needs aren't everyones...I could totally see spending money on a good portable rig if I traveled constantly.
     
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    jaysun, i suggest you take some of that multibit profit and invest in the obligatory uerm+geekout+leckerton

    you won't go back
     
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    Just curious, which have been your go to efficient headphones? Do you ever use iems?
     
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    teclast t51 + leckerton + fitear 335DW. Not that I'm using it much anymore.
     
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    Sansa Clip 8GB / iPhone 5 --> Etymotic ER4P/S
     
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    Samsung Galaxy Note 3 -> USB OTG cable -> Apex Glacier -> Sennheiser IE8 IEM.
     
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    iPad Mini 4-->Onkyo HF Player-->Lightning adapter + USB cable-->Geek Out V2+Infinity--> balanced (CIEM Heir Audio 4.AiS or HE-400S)
     
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    Oi, I still have a rebranded Teclast T51. My first-ever "serious" DAP, that was a truly remarkable experience. UI sucked really hard, but sound-wise, it was hard to beat back then.
     
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    I'm usually pretty happy with UERM or KEF M500 plugged into a smartphone or laptop with GOv2+.

    Probably use UERM more than anything else these days actually.
     

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