Home headphone setup/upgrade help


Novice Member
Hi folks, so as I, like many of you, will be working from home for the foreseeable I'm looking to upgrade my headphone listening set up but not sure on where to go. I have a modest budget but happy to spend a few hundred pounds to get me there.

I'm currently listening to Tidal mainly via my Oppo X2 lite phone on Grado SR80e headphones. As far as I'm aware I can't use an external DAC to get enhanced sound quality as the phone doesn't support USB-C audio. Should better headphones or a portable DAP be my next port of call?

Many thanks


Senior Moderator
On the basis I use the Shure SE846 with the Samsung Note 4, I vote better headphones or earphones. Something with reasonable sensitivity to be easily driven by a smartphone

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