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post #46 of 143
Heh. This was a rather amusing thread to read.

The Shuffle sounds damn good.

But best sounding MP3 player might be a Sony PCDP w/ 320 kbps MP3s burned on CD-R, outputting an optical signal to...a Headroom Micro Stack (DAC and Amp). Unlimited storage and a separate transport with digital output - what more could you want?

(Don't laugh - the Sony D-NE920 and Micro Stack might be my transportable setup by the end of the year. Overkill? Maybe. Head-fi? I think so. )
post #47 of 143
i want to hear the new sony. anybody hear it yet?
post #48 of 143
Thread Starter 
You ipod-fans are unbelievable , no further comments except that my initial statement stands...

Anyway, about a week ago I posted that I went with the Meizu and that I was happy with the way it sounds, but now I have changed my mind... If the eq is used agressively, the sound signal gets distorted and I generally (after some comparison) feel that the sound signature is rather muddy and boring/dry. When compared to a lousy onboard soundcard of a ยด97 laptop I get the impression that the Meizu has some kind of layer on top of the music.
I cannot understand how I first got a nice impression of the player at first, sorry... (the build quality is superb though).

I am now going back to the Monolith (after some correspondence with the company that was repairing it - it seems they did not find any fault with the player - perhaps it was my gf's laptop that caused the problems. Feels like a huge weight has been removed from my shoulders regarding the build quality of the monolith.) So now I can enjoy the best sq from a mp3-player again! Huurah!
post #49 of 143
There certainly are reasons NOT to buy an ipod.... but SQ should not be one of them. They DO sound very good through their line output. If SQ truly is your goal you should consider them. In fact, IMHO you can nearly rule out any player that doesn't have a line output. The fact that the ipod line out IS very good bumps it up a notch in my book.

PS... Im NOT an ipod fanboy. I prefer Creative players myself for ergonomic and UI reasons as well as SQ.

Garrett
post #50 of 143
Both sides are really at fault in part here. The original poster did not have to say:

Quote:
Originally Posted by SgtE
Ipod fans please don't bother posting! Looking for quality sound here!
There's no need to incorporate a veiled insult into your post regarding "quality sound." You could have just as easily said: "I really don't like the sound of ipods, so I would appreciate it if folks would not recommend an ipod. I'm looking for something else." Sometimes a little politeness is a smart idea, especially from new forum members.

That being said, I would say to those who like ipods, if someone thinks an ipod totally sucks, or chooses for some odd reason to make it a point to insult the sound quality of ipods, it is no reflection on you, your family, your value as a human being, etc. These are just "things" we're talking about. They don't define you. Sometimes it's best to turn the other cheek to the childish anti-ipod comments, and vice-versa.

P.S. Just so my bias is clear, I own a Rio Karma, but have purchased ipods for two members of my family. I am neither pro- nor anti-ipod.
post #51 of 143
Erased for orneryness
post #52 of 143
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Originally Posted by redquilang
when i saw that picture, one thing came to mind: miles away from ordinary. ( its from the bud commercials i think).
Nope it's from the Corona commercials, Bud sucks a monkeys you know what .
post #53 of 143
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Originally Posted by JT22
Any newer Sony Minidisc player with music with ATRAC3plus at 256kbps or 352kbps will kill just about any MP3 player
I reckon my iPod Shuffle and Zen Micro are better then my HiMD. All are better than my Panasonic PCDP CT700.
post #54 of 143
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Originally Posted by Sparky191
I reckon my iPod Shuffle and Zen Micro are better then my HiMD. All are better than my Panasonic PCDP CT700.
Really? I got a Zen Micro for christmas, and didn't like the sound at all. Hi-md sounds better to me
post #55 of 143
May I ask, what will this be used for? Although grado's and some other phones are decent enough to use with a portable player, unless you plan to carry and amp (probably a cmoy at most unless your really going far), you probably won't hear a difference between all these various players. Plus, you said best-sounding mp3 player, but the best sounding players or most popular here are ones like the Rio, many of which can play lossless music.
post #56 of 143
I just recently got a new Zen MicroPhoto to replace my broken NW-HD3, and it sounds more or less the same as the HD3, which also had excellent sound quality. I'd say the Zen MicroPhoto sounds a touch warmer than the HD3, but it's nothing huge.
post #57 of 143
Quote:
Originally Posted by JT22
Really? I got a Zen Micro for christmas, and didn't like the sound at all. Hi-md sounds better to me
Well theres a lot variables. earphones, type of music, EQ settings, encoding method etc. At the end of the day, theres still a lot of subjective opinion involved.
post #58 of 143
Quote:
Originally Posted by SgtE

Ipod fans please don't bother posting! Looking for quality sound here!
you're weird
post #59 of 143
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by JaGWiRE
May I ask, what will this be used for? Although grado's and some other phones are decent enough to use with a portable player, unless you plan to carry and amp (probably a cmoy at most unless your really going far), you probably won't hear a difference between all these various players. Plus, you said best-sounding mp3 player, but the best sounding players or most popular here are ones like the Rio, many of which can play lossless music.
What it will be used for? Hmm, listening to music ...

And as for the sq of different players: as I have stated in earlier posts, there is a recognizable different between player, at least to my ears. I prefer not to manipulate the sound with an eq and also feel that the sound should be at its best "as is". Some players demand manipulation if you are to compare them to those, that don't demand manipulation. And the ones that doesn't demand, usually sound better... IMO. And yes, I will be using amplifier some times.
post #60 of 143
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Oistrakh
you're weird
Would you care to elaborate that? Do you feel I am weird because I don't like the way your player sound?
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