Even more confused now. I am also now looking at the deva, the he400se, and the he400i 2020. If I extend my budget a bit, which one of these would you prefer? I would try and avoid getting an amp if possible. Do not have much cash to spare. I currently have an apple usb c adapter, an LG g7, and an asus rog motherboard that uses realtek's s1220a chip. Also have a cheap old Fiio e6.If it's not in bad shape, why not? But make sure to get a 7 day ( or at least 3 days working warranty to r/o loose connections, driver imbalance, glue coming off etc.) If possible bargain for 5.5 K. Ask the owner if it comes with the long wire with quarter inch terminal and 3.5 mm adaptor. If so, tell him that you will have to invest in another wire with 3.5 termination ( though the wires come with M50X/ 40X fits perfectly fine with HD5XX series, but the seller does not need to know that)
This is how bargaining is done in audio world.while buying, so the seller doesn't feel being lowballed. I don't sell used products, so don't know the counter tactics.
Don't know about 30iRB, but of course know about KPH30i. It's very inexpensive ( even cheaper than Porta Pro) sounds beautiful with everything.
On a side note ( not sure of the genuineness)- Koss makes a transparent version which prisoners can buy and use in US Prisons. It is the only headphone that's allowed there.
I also have an Akai hx-a351w deck. I miss the era of cassettes and my cheap Philips walkman. Those were the best days of my life. Saving up to buy cassettes and listening to every track made you appreciate music so much more. Going through cassette inlays, learning the lyrics, exchanging cassettes at school. English cassettes were pretty expensive at 125 to 150 per cassette. Could only afford 1-2 cassettes per month after saving up most of my allowance.When Boomboxes and Ghetto Blasters ruled the rad 80's and wicked 90's...
^^ My first piece of audio gear from back in 1983. The National RX-CW54F Boombox. This was bought in Singapore in 1983 by my cousin brother who was on a holiday there with his parents. He used this thoroughly and then since I couldn't afford a decent cassette player in the 90's, being only a school kid back then, he gifted it to me in the year 1994. He had by then moved on to a massive looking Sony LBT Hi-Fi component system so this wasn't being used by him at all.
For me though this Boombox was everything. This meant I could save money slowly, buy cassettes and play them without having to resort to my puny walkman and aging headphones. I could actually enjoy loud and room filling music for the first time and boy was I excited! The XBS (Extra Bass System) was pure dope and the speakers sounded so powerful once you hit that red flat XBS button! And playing around with those equalizer setting was so much fun!
People have so many varied reasons for which they listen to music. The range is enormous. For me music was a cushion because I was living alone from mid-school days owing to my parents being separated and me being left to myself for most of the time. Hard, dreary days but music definitely comforted me.
38 years later the system still rests in my room. I could never throw it away. It's got it's fair share of scratches and marks which lends a certain character to it. Sadly the speakers that came with the Boombox don't work well any longer so I just connect the main system to my spare powered Edifier R1700 speakers through a RCA cable and play local FM from time to time on it. Keep it alive by flowing power through it's veins. The aerial is a little rusty now and the sound not quite how it used to be but still this system, inspite of all my expensive Hi-Fi gear at home holds a special corner in my heart.
Cheers folks and wishing everyone a great Sunday evening
P.S. The Tablet perched on top of the Boombox is not linked to this setup. That is connected to an entirely different streaming setup.