portable digital audio(phile)
April 8, 2006 7:57 AM Subscribe
best solution for portable quality audio?
posted by andrew cooke to Technology (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
my priorities are:
- few things/low weight
- excellent sound quality
- low price
and this will usually be used while travelling with an ibm x31 laptop.i'm thinking of a pair of grado sr60 headphones (not that expensive, fold flat, reasonably efficient), and i assume i'd use lossless encoding (probably flac), but i'm not sure what to do about a source. given that i'd rather avoid a separate headphone amp with the mp3 player, am i unlikely to hear any difference between different players and the laptop? if i go with the laptop is there any way to have the thing play music while closed in a bag and consuming as little power as possible (i can install xp, solaris, or linux)? without a player i guess i wouldn't mind carrying around a small headphone amp to use when near a mains suply - but what about power (this will be used in 220V and 120V environments)?capacity is not a big issue - half a dozen cds is fine - and i'm aiming for (but don't expect to reach) the quality of low-end audiopphile stuff (for example, currently have an arcam solo with b&w speakers and nice (but big) sennheiser 'phones at home).this as much for use in hotels and distant offices as for actual travelling; i don't listen at high volumes and haven't had complaints about using open-backed phones in the past.