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Ipod Classic 160gb audio quality?
ArtMustHurt
post Sep 15 2010, 21:39
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How's the audio quality on the Ipod Classic 160gb 7th generation?
I read some reviews saying the audio quality had gotten worse in the newest classic model(compared to the older models).
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Bullit
post Oct 7 2010, 22:31
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QUOTE (greynol @ Oct 7 2010, 22:00) *
If you're claiming audible differences in the iPod's DAC then let's see your ABX results.


I am claiming that the iPod classic uses a different DAC.

QUOTE (saratoga @ Oct 7 2010, 22:06) *
All ipods since the 5G have extremely good output, so it doesn't really matter which DAC is used on which model. They all perform good enough that theres no need to care which is which.


I've found the output underwhelming. Would a quality headphone pre-amp reduce the muddiness of the sound? Clear the low end and boost some of the mids I mean.
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post Oct 8 2010, 00:54
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QUOTE (Bullit @ Oct 7 2010, 17:31) *
I've found the output underwhelming. Would a quality headphone pre-amp reduce the muddiness of the sound? Clear the low end and boost some of the mids I mean.


The output of many portable players can be on the lean side, depending on the effective sensitivity of the headphones that you are using. I have a pair of Sony MDR-V900HD headphones that are quite sensitive, and most players sound loud enough for me with them, no headphone amp needed. In contrast, I have a pair of Shure E3 IEMs, and they are pretty marginal with several of the players I've tried them with.

Any muddiness that you hear is almost certainly about how things sound when you can't turn the sound level up far enough to satisfy the needs of your partidular ears.

A quality headphone amp can raise levels substantially, and improve your listening experience. 2 that I've used with good results are the Boostaroo and the Fiio E5. I favor the latter, because it is a more modern design, but they can both work quite well. Wile there are some very expensive headphone amps out there, the technical requirents are far from rocket science. Many of them are violently overbuilt, like masonry commodes.
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- ArtMustHurt   Ipod Classic 160gb audio quality?   Sep 15 2010, 21:39
- - Soap   This would make a beautiful test. I am aware of n...   Sep 15 2010, 21:45
- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (ArtMustHurt @ Sep 15 2010, 16:39) ...   Sep 16 2010, 14:39
- - Bullit   Wasn't there some kind of adapter that bypasse...   Oct 7 2010, 17:07
|- - greynol   QUOTE (Bullit @ Oct 7 2010, 09:07) Wasn...   Oct 7 2010, 18:21
|- - Bullit   QUOTE (greynol @ Oct 7 2010, 18:21) It sh...   Oct 7 2010, 20:26
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (Bullit @ Oct 7 2010, 15:26) QUOTE ...   Oct 7 2010, 21:06
- - EagleScout1998   Wouldn't the headphones (or earphones) be the ...   Oct 7 2010, 17:45
|- - mixminus1   Oh, you're no fun! My high-impedance (~1...   Oct 7 2010, 17:59
- - JunkieXL   It plays music... The quality of said music depend...   Oct 7 2010, 18:07
- - greynol   If you're claiming audible differences in the ...   Oct 7 2010, 21:00
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- - MichaelW   Whilst ABX is the platinum-iridium standard, would...   Oct 7 2010, 22:37
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- - mixminus1   I was about to counter with "but MDR-V6's...   Oct 8 2010, 21:28


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