Current setup chains (03/2021)
Home: DeaDBeeF music player (FLAC)* | Sony A45 Walkman (FLAC) | Realme 6 smartphone (Spotify/Youtube) ► Creative Labs E5* | Lake People G103-S ► Beyerdynamic DT880 (250Ω) | Grado SR80i | Etymotic ER2XR | Etymotic ER4XR | Yincrow X6
* Desktop PC chain doesn’t use the Lake People amplifier.
On the go: Sony A45 Walkman | Realme 6 smartphone (Spotify/Youtube) ► Sony MH755 (mmcx mod) | Venture Electronics Bonus IE (BIE)
Why I picked the gear above.
► Sony A45 walkman: Good amplification section for the price, reads high resolution files, SD card expansion, small enough to take anywhere, can be used as a DAC.
► Realme 6 smartphone: Hand down one of the best mid tier smartphones of 2020, with a respectable audio output.
► Lake People G103-S headphone amplifier: German quality, neutral sound, built like a tank.
► Creative Labs E5 USB DAC & portable headphone amplifier: Another underrated equipment, can easily drive 250Ω Beyerdynamic headphones or high sensible IEMS, also works fine with Linux which was something I required.
► Beyerdynamic DT880 (250Ω): The Volkswagen of headphones, scales well with good amps, sounds fantastic for the price and it’s super comfortable.
► Grado SR80i: A great sounding headphone across most genres of music, specially amazing with hard n’ heavy.
► Etymotic ER2XR: The IEM reference no one talk about, the baby ER4 minus the price tag.
► Etymotic ER4XR: One of the IEM references for diffuse field neutral
► Sony MH755 (mmcx mod): A unicorn among cheap IEMs, so good people spend time and money modding them. Great with all types of music.
► Venture Electronics Bonus IE (BIE): Great sound for the price, when I don’t want to worry about rain entering the mmcx connectors of my other IEMs I just use these instead.
24 Jan 2021 – Added the Etymotic ER4XR and made some chain adjustments.
07 Mar 2021 – Chain adjustments.