If you want to upgrade from the freebie headphones that came with your latest phone to a reputable setup, you need to invest in high-end hi-fi equipment. The following mobile audiophile equipment is a great starting point:
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Digital audio player: FiiO M7 ($ 200)
Your smartphone is an all-rounder and a master of all industries – especially if it is is a newer model that lacks a headphone jack. If you really want to take the sound seriously on the go, you should upgrade to a special music device.
This mid-range model from the mobile audio specialist FiiO offers a complete touch screen for the Android operating system. However, this is not the case. This is a matter of course for this price, but do not confuse it with a telephone. In this case, there is no Wi-Fi or a mobile connection. Instead, you get a dedicated, durable music device that can handle lossless audio playback, with a powerful DAC (Digital to Audio Converter) to get the most out of your headphones.
The player comes with only 2 GB of local memory, but you can add up to 512 GB with a microSD card. In addition, the device supports playback via USB-C audio devices and Bluetooth with the upgraded high-quality LDAC WLAN from Sony. Other features include a battery life of 20 hours (40 hours standby) and built-in FM radio support. Oh, and it's charged with the latest USB C cables – a nice touch. Note that despite the Android operating system, this device does not have access to the Google Play Store or its selection of music apps.
Portable Amplifier: TOPPING NX4 DSD ($ 160)
If you prefer to listen to music with your phone, but the quality and performance of your high You want to use end-end headphones to the maximum, you need an amplifier. Portable amplifiers work on the same principles as their Media Center and Desktop PC cousins, with only an internal battery, pocket-sized size, and a selection of ports that you can listen to on the go.
Connect your phone (or anything else) to the input, plug your headphone or speaker into the output, and enjoy the glow of amplified audio. The NX4 DSD topping supports up to 32-bit audio quality – probably much more than your phone – via either a standard headphone cable or a digital USB connection.
There is also a smart design choice: the micro USB charging port and the USB-C data port are separate. You can either connect the amplifier to your phone and charge or leave it disconnected to extend the life of the battery. The NX4 uses an aluminum body with a fantastic knurled dial for the main gain control. In amp mode, it takes a full 24 hours, which drops significantly when you use it as a digital audio converter. Thoughtfully, it contains a few silicone straps to attach to the phone when you carry both in a bag.
Bluetooth receiver: Earstudio ES100 ($ 100)
] Let's say you already have great headphones, but the sound you get on your Phone or other device does not have a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Get this little gadget and stream this material via Bluetooth.
While Bluetooth is typically not associated with high-quality audio, the ES100 supports 24-bit playback, meeting, or hitting the best of smartphones. Its Bluetooth receiver chip supports Sony's LDAC wireless audio standards and Qualcomm's aptX and aptX HD. Both regular and larger 2.5mm jacks and a microphone are on board, so you can turn any pair of studio-grade cans into a mobile headset. Impressively, the device can also be controlled remotely via an Android or iOS app, which allows a comprehensive adjustment of the equalizer controls and settings for the integrated DAC.
Earphones: Shure SE315 ($ 178)
Most earphones are reasonably priced and have been designed to be inexpensive, so you do not mind to break or lose her. The seal earrings in your earlobes also contribute to excellent noise reduction and high fidelity. So, if you want to invest in a good pair, you can achieve impressive sound quality. The Shure SE315 is undoubtedly qualified.
With a range of 22 Hz to 18.5 kHz, most earphones can be left out of the water. The detachable cable can be upgraded with Shure Shure USB C, Apple Lightning or Bluetooth connectivity. The Kevlar reinforcement around the driver's housing may bend around the ear for a more comfortable and secure fit. But be warned: when you try these earphones, you ruin just about all normal buds.
Headphones: Sennheiser HD 598 Cs
For those who have space in their pocket as well as in their budget, is one high quality pair of earphones can not be beat. For the mobile audiophile without boundless purses, we recommend Sennheiser's HD 598 Cs.
It is a closed design for private listening with passive noise cancellation, with a convenient shorter cable that incorporates a built-in microphone for mobile phone calling. The range of the headphones is between 10 Hz and 28 kHz, so you can hear all the subtleties of your high quality music. The foldable design easily tucks into the included carrying case, although you'll need a bag in case you do not use it. There are headphones out there with better specifications on paper, but for under $ 200 they sound amazing and are also a great gift.