not bad at all...
Originally Posted by hotsoda
Anyway, Engadget says Apple "both improved the audio circuitry and quality of the signal to your headphones
, but also cleaned up the in-call sound quality," so things are looking promising for Head-Fiers.
got a 16gb model yesterday and I have to say I love it. It was crazy... like a line for tickets to an amazing rock concert; and the vibe in the line was realy great. People breached the usual boundaries to human communication and actually talked to one another. Here in OZ there are currently 3 mobile carriers that are offering the Iphone. Optus, Vodafone and the our resident evil opressors (this was by far the most expensive offering (I went with Optus) from $19 monthly with $0 up front on a 24 month contract; of course you wouldn't go for this one because you get bugger all calls and data included. But even that plan works out to be only about $100 over the current price of the IPOD touch 16gb and you get a phone and some calls thrown in. You can buy it prepaid for around $700 from optus as well (not sure about the other carriers) I wen't with the $49 + $8 insurance monthly, $0 upfront plan which includes $300 worth of call and text and $500mb of data. (insurance is of course optional but Iphones are probably the most envy-able gadget around at the moment here so I went for it) the first month is unlimited data, so you can see how much you are likely to use and then maybe upgrade your data plan.
from what i've gleamed so far, the IPHONE seems to have a much more detailed and lower bass response and a touch more extension in the highs. i'll have to wait until my SHURES arrive before giving a detailed SQ review. I will say that it is much better than the 1G nano I was stuck with since my 5G IPOD was stolen. The plastic case is fine as well.... slick; better build quality than the N73 and scratches won't be as noticable on the black; of course I instantly bought it a cosy crystal case for a home and immediately put it inside after pulling the protective sticker off; The call SQ is great too. I only have some old senn CX500's for the moment because the triple.fi's I bought a couple of weeks ago failed spontaneously in the left hand bass driver (distortion and clipping even at moderate levels; even properly amped out of my fireface 400) Pity because I was pretty happy with them really; had a good fit with the T500's both stock and flip-flopped... I guess I haven't got deformed ears after all
) whether or not this was just an unfortunate manufacturing defect I don't know but since I live in Australia I was unwilling to be one of those people that utilizes UE's fantastic warranty program to enjoy 3 or more sets of UE's. I'm just unwilling to be without them for 2 weeks at a time (this time was really bad timing as I am traveling down to Sydney to visit my dying grandmother and I hate dealing with people on mass transport), as well as having to pay $60 EMS courier each time
This came at just the right time for me as I was just about to buy another 5.5g IPOD to go with the SE530's that are arriving next week. As there was $0 upfront i'll be able to use the money slotted for that on an LOD and temporary amp solution to get me by until my PICO is ready for delivery
I was worrying about the size/'portability' of the IPOD->LOD->pico->SE530 + Nokia N73 combo, since I would also carry a nokia N73 in the other pocket. Now however that will be reduced to Iphone3G->LOD->pico->SE530 the amazing shrinking system not so much duplication of tech especially considering that the camera is not to bad either previously I would have to carry a small olympus digital camera with me for the happy snap moments. Of course it won't take the place of my Nikon D70 but then what mobile phone will.
so stay tuned; i'm SHURE somebody will beat me to the punch before my SE530's get here but I guess i'll just have to chime in.
ps anybody know of a sub $200 amp that has pretty good resale value. I would like to buy one to fill in while I wait for the PICO. Who knows how long that could be I haven't even recieved any confirmation that my order has been received
I posted it both in the order thread as well as to justin's email.