Three great gear pieces for audio-enthusiasts on the go
So recently I got three pieces of gear for those of us who enjoy hi-fi on the go but are also aware of 1) ambient noise will always work against you 2) never going to be as good as your home stack and 3) aren't flush with cash. With these in mind, after much research, I purchased the following items:
RadStone EarStudio ES100 this thing is quite frankly incredible. Dual KMA DACs/Amps, fully balanced and unbalanced output. Bluetooth and USB inputs. And top-notch phone companion app (with tons of options and useful DSP settings). Easily worth twice its price, IMO.
iBasso IT01 IEMs: I'm only about a dozen hours in the burn in, but they are blowing my mind. The bass clarity and impact is figuratively speaking out of this world. Rendition across the frequency range is top notch. Have not yet found anything to complain about these.
Yinyoo 2.5mm tssr balanced cable: really well made, no self-noise or microphonics. For under $40, can't complain :)
Anywhoo, figured out I'd drop this info here in case anyone needed ideas or in the same use case.