I’m about 1.5 years into this fetish hobby, and trying to learn and spend wisely. Started with a Meze 99 Classics and a Fiio Q1 MKii driven from my iphone and moved slowly on from there.
Currently I have 3 listening situations:
1 (bedroom): the HE-4XX (fiio to Ocean Bravo to HE4xx) are a no go because it keeps my wife up + I’m getting to the point where I can hear the limitation of this setup.
2 (family room): I inherited a pair of Shahinian Arc 2 speakers and an acquaintance gave me a PS Audio PCA-2 preamp and HCA-2 power amp. The Shahinians are fantastic and I’m not prepared to start spending big bucks replacing the amps.
3 (travel, mostly while on planes and in hotel rooms): The combo of the Q1 MKii and Mezes is nice, but between connecting iphone to the DAC/AMP to headphones it can be a wired mess on a plane.
I was considering a Cambridge Audio CXN (V2) streamer because I could run that to something like a THX 789 and power most headphones and I can run qobuz and tidal via an iphone app. Problem is, it would be a pain to move from the bedroom to the living room and would provide no use during travel.
As such, I was considering the A&K Kann Cube to solve my 3 listening situations.
1 (bedroom): With the AK app, I could control tidal and qobuz wireless from my iphone (so no wire there), run my headphones in the bedroom straight from the Cube or eventually running it to a THX 789 (future purchase) and then to my wired headphones.
2 (family room): I could connect the Cube to the PCA-2, control Qobuz without wires from my iphone and get to hear the sound through the Shahinians.
3 (travel): I could leave the Cube in my backpack, run the software remotely from my iphone, and then listen wireless through the Drop Pandas (future purchase) via the Cube’s AptX HD.
Please forgive my ignorance, but is there something big I’m missing? While the Cube is expensive, it seems to solve my situations for the least amount of overall coin and diminishes wires when appropriate such as with travel or controlling the on-board apps. What are the holes in my plan?
Thanks for any advice.