Since I am selling my Big Speaker rig I'm toying with the idea of putting together a nice portable rig. Since Headcase is the known home of the JH Audio mafia I decided to ask here. My primary source (Mobile) is an iPod Classic and at home it is likely to be one of several D/A’s (PWD, Exemplar Audio 25.2, EAD DSP5000) or maybe SPDIF in to the 3a.
The systems I’m considering are: JH13 or 16’s with a Fostex HP-P1 JH3a
I am a little confused as to the feature set of the 3a. I believe that it would have to use the analog out from the iPod, yes? Otherwise I’d need some kind of iPod dock like the Wadia 170i but portable (does such a thing exist?) to give me a spdif for the digital in of the 3a.
I’ve been trying to nail down the differences between the JH13 & JH16. I’ve tried going to peoples profiles to determine what full size cans are favored by the owners of the 13’s and 16’s so that I might extrapolate which model I might prefer, but most owners of both models are headphone collectors and therefore list many different full size cans.
So I would ask JH13 and 16 and 3a owners what are your Favorite full sized cans?
And considering that I will be using an iPod classic with all Lossless files which solution do you think would give superior results:
iPod > Fostex HP-P1 > JH13 or 16
iPod > JH3a ----------------- With potentially adding an iPod to Digital SPDIF converter at a later time (too much money at this time)
And how would these setups compare to some beats by Dr. Dre? Or maybe some Quiet Comforts?