|If you can't hit it with a hammer|
and easily replace it, leave it
at home ...
"That cheap Timex? It cost what, $25?"
The Timex guy took off the watch and placed it on the bar with a nod, pulled out a hammer and smashed the watch.
"I can go and get another one easily."
Touché. And so it goes for portable audio ...
While there has been a resurgence in consumer electronics around portable audio - that has reached and created genuine high end products for it, the acid test for such devices is while you are traveling.
I have some simple principles that I use when selecting what to take:
|Fiio X5 ... the heart of my|
road warrior kit
For me, the balance seems to be a Fiio X5*, with a couple of high capacity memory cards filled with CD (16/44.1), HR (24/96+) and a smattering of compressed audio. Cardas headphones (EM5813) and Etymotic ER-4's. The whole setup weighs in well below a kilobuck.
I travel with a laptop, but I don't use it for audio (or video). I also bring along an ePaper Kindle (not a tablet as their battery life is too short). I can survive a 12 hour plane flight to Asia without getting bored, and at the other end, have enough to keep up personal entertainment (this is especially important whenever you are in a place where you are not fluent in the local language).
What about you?
*The Pono we have on order, promises to be better quality for a similar price.