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My current gear


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The current portable gear I'm using is a 4G iPod Nano > Headphonia Line Out adapter > RSA "The Hornet" > several models of canalphones.

I like best the Westone UM2 for their overall quality of sound. The midrange punch is outstanding and the clarity and soundstage are second to none. I also like the Ultimate Ears Triple fi-10 Pros and Shure SE530s as well as a great many other models in many different price and quality classes.

For example, SoundMAGIC's PL-30 are around $40 and are superior in sound quality than a great many others at much higher prices. They are a chinese brand that truly sound wonderful, especially for their cost.

Sleek Audio's SA6 from this start up company have sound adjustable features that are truly amazing for their quality of sound. The best feature I've seen of them so far is their customer support. It is outstanding.

Klipsch Image X10 are another favorite with an amazing bass output from such a tiny, single driver canalphone. The bass is very controlled and powerful ad the overall sound quality is in the high end of the audiophile canalphones.

UE Super fi-5 V.2
UE Super fi-3 & 4
Sennheiser CX300 through CX500
Jays q-Jays
Klipsch Custom-1 & 2
V-Moda Vide & Bass Freq
Harman Kardon EP730
Altec lansing iM-716
Etymotic HF2

and many other models and brands are what delights me.

I have a number of DAPs including:

COWON D2 & i7, U2
iriver Clix 1 & 2, E10, E100, LPlayer and various others
Samsung T10
Zune 8 & 80GB version
Many Sony DAPs
Sansa C250, E250, E280, View, Fuze
Apple iPod 3G, Nano 3G, Nano 4G, iPhone 1G
Creative Labs Zen Vision,Zen Vision W, Zen, Zen V
Meizu miniPlayer SL white & black versions

and many other smaller time brands and models.

Of all of the DAPs, I prefer the iPods primarily because of the portable Line Out functionality. Not all brands...actually only 3, currently...have this portable line out functionality. A couple brands, Sandisk and Zune prefer to malisciously prevent the portable line out functionality with requiring the DAPs be plugged into power before the Line Out will work.

I'd love to see Microsoft issue a firmware that allowed the use of the built in Line Out feature to work portably. Sandisk, I seriously doubt they will ever allow such a feature in any of their newer models because of their involvement with the movie industry and hindering even the use of their latest PMPs to play any video file not converted with thier very sorry Sansa Media Converter. And SMC will not do anything with MPEG-2 files...the DVD format.

My Fuze that I bought several months ago initially did play all of the video files my Sansa View would play, which were AVI files. But after a later firmware update, that video playing functionality went south. Some time after or before this, I can't remember, I read an article on a news site that stated Microsoft and Sandisk were teaming up with the movie industry in an attempt to prevent piracy and their PMPs would no longer support many of the video files they used to support.

After the Fuze update issue, I make certain my View never gets updated because it plays non-proprietary video files just fine, thank you. :)

Laptop battery is running out so I need to cut this short.

See you alll next time.
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