I’m looking to put together a closed-back headphone and DAP combo for use while traveling. Assume long plane and train rides.
Would spend up to 4k combined. My musical tastes are eclectic, but definitely skews towards jazz and classical, folk, blues, some ambient/electronic … But all in all, favoring space over density, detail and tone over volume, and spatial clarity …
My primary headphone is the Utopia. I’ve considered IEMs esp. for portability, but my ears don’t like the feeling and cushioned headphones feel more comfortable. Models considered right now include Stellia (but maybe too “luxe” looking), Liric, Stealth (a budget buster but I love the look, and seems the most portable of the options). I have an original Aeon Closed and really enjoy it, but it’s a few models out of date now.
For a DAP, it doesn’t look like you can beat the DX300 for the price but maybe folks have some other ideas. I will likely sell/trade other gear to help fund the purchases, as I am running two different Hi-Fi systems at home, plus a headphone system.