Ok guys. I’ve only had my Clip for a day, and I can already tell this will be a player I will have forever I hope. I mean, the reviews aren’t kidding when they say the sound quality is beyond impressive for a DA, especially one of this size and price (8GB for 49!! )
It’s a shame the stock buds that come with it are so terrible, which I could immediately tell as soon as I plugged in my EP-630s (rebadged CX300s) which I had from when I bought my XPS laptop. These things sound amazing, and when I started to look around, it seems like the CX300 is regarded as one of the best low-priced IEMs available.
I then found an old pair of KSC-50s I had from at least 5+ years ago, and they too sounded pretty good (not as good as the EP-630s obviously). I had to try them because I need an open style supra-aural set of cans for when I go lifting or running.
But then today I just got like the greatest deal ever. I bought a set of KSC-75s for a whopping total of 6 bucks after being tipped off about Radio Shack. And these things are unbelievable and would have easily paid the $20 retail or whatever the regular price is, but for 6 bucks, this could be the best set of cans in the world in terms of bang for buck. I’ve been reading about some of the mods to do to these KSC-75s like the kramer mod and recableing them, possibly putting them on a headband.
So this is what I have at my disposal now.
Now I turn to you guys. I’ve just bought the FiiO E5 amp. So my question is what is the next step up for me? Because it seems to make a jump in sound quality, I need to start looking at the $100 mark or so, as I’ve got the sub-100 area covered with the EP-630s and the KSC-75s. I was thinking about getting the PX100s, but since I’ve got the KSC-75s I don’t think it’s worth it. So here’s what I’m looking for.
Open circumaural or supraural cans.
I seem to be gravitating towards 3 different open cans. The Grado SR80i, Grado SR125i, and Alessandro MS-1. But I was just reading some reviews about the SR80s and it seems like they have crappy construction? (all the bad reviews say nothing bad about the sound, all about construction.)