Current setup & Best-of


There is a reason one uses this instead of that. I have a preference for an open, lush/smooth/warm sound with some definition, texture and soundstage — none to excess. I am not into an analytical or clinical sound. Keep this in mind when going through this list.


Headphone

· Grado Labs RS2e with G-cush

IEM

· Waiting to get Gaudio’s Clariden

DAC/Amp

· Dethonray Honey H1

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Updated February 8th, 2021.

BEST HEADPHONES

· Grado Labs RS2e with G-cush**

· Meze Audio 99 Classics***

BEST IEMs

· Overall best: Gaudio Clariden

· BA/DD Hybrid: Campfire Audio Dorado 2020*

· BA only: Gaudio Clariden**

· DD only: DITA Audio Project 71**

Best DAP or DAC/Amp

· Overall best: Dethonray Honey H1 | DAC/Amp

· Best DAP: Astell & Kern A&norma SR25* | DAP which can stream

· Best DAC/Amp: Dethonray Honey H1** | DAC/Amp

· Ikko Zerda***  | DAC/Amp

* Money no object
** Right on the money
*** Best value for money