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post #61 of 177
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Originally Posted by MentalEclipse View Post
This's what I was fearing. What headphones were you using?
I tried a few different headphones: the included "premium" stock 'phones, RP-21's, and a really old pair of Sennheiser HD450-II's.

I also heard some HDD noise picked up in the 'phones, but it's not really audible while music is playing unless it's really quiet music.

I'm going to try an iPod 5.5G 80GB next I think. That's the last version of the iPod that works with Rockbox, the newer Classic versions won't work because of encryption and other things. The 5.5G is also supposed to have higher quality output than the newer Classics; they changed the codec chip from Wolfson to Cirrus Logic -- yes, the same brand as those crappy built-in soundcards on your motherboard. I wonder if the Zune 80 also has a Cirrus Logic chip in it??

Here's the best deal I've found, $215 on eBay: NEW Apple 80 GB iPod Video 1yr Warrenty - (eBay item 230195864892 end time Dec-04-07 23:45:12 PST)

47 of 'em left as I submit this.
post #62 of 177
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Originally Posted by MatthewK View Post
."....I wonder if the Zune 80 also has a Cirrus Logic chip in it??...".
The Flash Zune's use a Wolfson 83506 audio processor, Im thinking its safe to assume the Zune 80s use the same chip.
post #63 of 177
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Originally Posted by MatthewK View Post
I tried a few different headphones: the included "premium" stock 'phones, RP-21's, and a really old pair of Sennheiser HD450-II's.
I'd be using the Zune exclusively with RP-21s. Did the music sound shrill with the RP-21s, or was it only with the stock phones?

My ears tend to prefer darker to brighter sounds. Bass is extremely important to me.
post #64 of 177
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Originally Posted by serpico View Post
I'd like to meet that guy who hears his music straight for over 22 hours! 22-45 hours, who cares. Unless you're away from a plug. My ipod would never last 22 hours.
is your ipod the classic? the battery life not only factors into the convenience issue, it also effects the longevity of the li-ion battery. there are other factors like temperature and just time, but the number of charge cycles helps determine how long a li-ion battery will hold a charge.

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Originally Posted by Amblin View Post
The Flash Zune's use a Wolfson 83506 audio processor, Im thinking its safe to assume the Zune 80s use the same chip.
yes (unless that character at the end is a G - but i think the chip is the WM 8350)
Wolfson Microelectronics plc: Product : Wolfson AudioPlus™ Power Management
post #65 of 177
Amblin: Wow, I didn't think the Zune used a Wolfson since it is reportedly the best. +1 for the Zune. I remember reading somewhere that Microsoft "tweaked" the sound and because of that felt an EQ option wasn't necessary. -2 for the Zune.

MentalEclipse: It obviously sounded better with the RP-21's than the stock 'phones, but it still sounded too "shrill" to me. It could be that my ears are just more sensitive to higher frequencies than most people. It's all subjective of course, but I personally did not like it. Since there are no EQ adjustment options I could not bump the bass up like I usually do. Once again this stuff is subjective, but I didn't like the amount of bass coming out of it that was forced upon me by not including an EQ. Obviously, not including any kind of EQ at all was a serious deal breaker for me..
post #66 of 177
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Originally Posted by MatthewK View Post
MentalEclipse: It obviously sounded better with the RP-21's than the stock 'phones, but it still sounded too "shrill" to me. It could be that my ears are just more sensitive to higher frequencies than most people. It's all subjective of course, but I personally did not like it. Since there are no EQ adjustment options I could not bump the bass up like I usually do. Once again this stuff is subjective, but I didn't like the amount of bass coming out of it that was forced upon me by not including an EQ. Obviously, not including any kind of EQ at all was a serious deal breaker for me..
Thanks
post #67 of 177
Love mine except for how mine came with the metal backing kind of sticking out on the left side. It isn't a big issue since I'll get a case soon but I still wish it was level.
post #68 of 177
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I watched some Dexter podcasts last night and was surprised how good the video quality was despite being low resolution. The viewing angle was MUCH better than my PDA's screen and the colors looked a little more vibrant.
post #69 of 177
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Originally Posted by jfindon View Post
I watched some Dexter podcasts last night and was surprised how good the video quality was despite being low resolution. The viewing angle was MUCH better than my PDA's screen and the colors looked a little more vibrant.
Dexter the show? I love that show. Video is great on the zune screen. The bigger screen is so much better than my old ipod 5.5. My eyes are getting old.
post #70 of 177
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Originally Posted by Tone Def View Post
So how close does it get to the iMod?
I'm also interested if anyone knows how it sounds in relation to the above since I'm trying to decide between the 2; if its close, I'll go with the Zune.
post #71 of 177
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Originally Posted by serpico View Post
Dexter the show? I love that show. Video is great on the zune screen. The bigger screen is so much better than my old ipod 5.5. My eyes are getting old.
Yeah, it's amazing.

I also have no idea about the iMod but I wouldn't expect it to be close since the iMod is what, like $500?
post #72 of 177
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Originally Posted by zip22 View Post


"...yes (unless that character at the end is a G - but i think the chip is the WM 8350)
Wolfson Microelectronics plc: Product : Wolfson AudioPlus™ Power Management"
You would be correct, I was looking at a pretty grainy photo, the "6" was actually a G.

Proof the Zune 80 uses Wolfson:

post #73 of 177
Did the Zune 30 use the Wolfson? Don't the iPods also use Wolfson?
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Is (Wolfson) a good thing?

LQQK
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Is (Wolfson) a good thing?

LQQK
IIRC, the Wolfson chip used in the 4 & 5 G iPods was held in high esteem as it was also used in some high-end CD players. The iMod was said to have brought the chip to its full potential.
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