Originally Posted by YoungClayB
In the end, you really need to be able to listen for yourself and make your own decision. There is A LOT of hoopla here on head-fi regarding sound quality differences and the price that each of us is willing to pay to get there.
Some people claim that the iMod makes a HUGE difference. My ears, however, can't tell too much of a difference. The only reason I haven't done a blind test is because I would need my wife to help me coordinate the blind test and if I really could not tell a difference, I would literally never hear the end of it. lol
I posted this thread a while back - very unscientific, but you'll get the point. http://www.head-fi.org/forums/showthread.php?t=248344
What the guy said about OCD is absolutely true (in my case anyways). The bug really got a hold of me for a while I JUST HAD TO get an iMod. It absolutely sounds great and I am glad that I got that bug out of my system, but I am probably going to go back to a 6g classic here before long...heck I might even lose the amp depending on how good the classic's headphone out sounds. We'll see...
This well said. In my own experiments I have had a tough time distinguishing between digital sources. This include a comparison between a $3k Stereophile Class A CD player and a $200 Slimdevices Squeezebox. To my ears it was very tough to tell them apart. Yes, I have wondered if my hearing is deficient, but my ears seem to work fine for everything else...
I also admit to spending more than $10k on digital sources over the last five years or so, but in the end I really can't tell them apart easily. So I've ditched everything for a Transporter, and iPod, and a DAC1 in my various systems. These do the trick for me as front ends.
As I mentioned earlier, over the last few days I've compared my iPod Classic with my Benchmark DAC1, using onboard headphone outs to e500s, and I can't hear a difference...
It took me a while to admit that my upgraditis has not always resulted in improvements.
That said, I have heard major differences between the various speakers I've used, and the amps that drive them. I also noticed big differences between various high-end headphone I've owned.
One other observation is that I can't get my headphone systems to be anywhere near as satisfying as my speaker system (which took years of work to perfect, but it's finally there).