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post #151 of 390
zune and line out is it ever going to happen.
post #152 of 390
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Originally Posted by Alpha 1 Omega View Post
zune and line out is it ever going to happen.
We can only hope, so I can have that Zune>LOD>Amp>HP combo I've been dreaming of.
post #153 of 390
After many months of toying with getting a Zune, finally got one this week.

Got the 2nd 80gb(upgraded to 3.0), bought off ebay here in the UK.

Very impressed so far, sq with my shure 530's is excellent. It's also a complete doddle to use.
post #154 of 390
LOL - I guess doddle means you like it? Welcome to the social!!!
post #155 of 390
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Originally Posted by Nicolas2305 View Post
I have SE530 and I can say that they pair pretty well with the Zune. The Zune is not a powerful player but deliver great SQ from the phones jack (no need for a LOD with an amp like the iPod) and SE530 are easily driven so they just go along together. The only thing, the Zune being a HDD player, you'll ear drive noise at the begining and end of tracks(The reason I'm building a CMoy amp).
That's good to hear about the Shure. I've been looking at the 530s. But, I've also been looking at the triple.fi, and Klipsch's Image line. I'm leaning more towards the Shure and the Image ATM though. SQ is important but as the flights will be getting longer, I want comfort as well.
post #156 of 390
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Originally Posted by nywytboy68 View Post
We can only hope, so I can have that Zune>LOD>Amp>HP combo I've been dreaming of.
Still holding out on getting that amp I see. Trust me(I'm not affiliated w/ the government in anyway) the LOD is not that big of an issue w/ a Zune. I've been using my Zunes w/ a portable amp for a while now. The sound is absolutely great! I don't know where this myth that you have to use a true line-out to get the benefits of using a portable amp started(at least w/ the Zune) but it couldn't be more dead wrong. Does this mean I wouldn't jump at the opportunity to be able to have a true line out, of course not! While the SQ of the Zune by itself is very decent, it is in no way comparable to the much more full & detailed SQ you can get using it w/ an amp, even if you decide to stay w/ IEMs.(although now your head gear options are much greater). The only way I can see this combo not being of much benefit is if the source material you normally listen to may not be detailed enough to warrant more playback resolution, in which case the flaws in the recording technique used will become much more evident. The message may be flawed as opposed to the messenger.
post #157 of 390
Yeah I completely agree with you. I have a Zune paired up with an iQube and SE530s and it sounds fantastic. The Zune has a very clean sound to it and a lot less hiss than the iPod headphone out has. The lack of LOD on Zune should not scare people away from it because in my opinion it sounds substantially better than the iPod through LOD.
post #158 of 390
Thanks, for some reason "Google" didn't pop into my mind while I asked this question lol.
post #159 of 390
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Originally Posted by Podtweaker View Post
Still holding out on getting that amp I see. Trust me(I'm not affiliated w/ the government in anyway) the LOD is not that big of an issue w/ a Zune. I've been using my Zunes w/ a portable amp for a while now. The sound is absolutely great! I don't know where this myth that you have to use a true line-out to get the benefits of using a portable amp started(at least w/ the Zune) but it couldn't be more dead wrong. Does this mean I wouldn't jump at the opportunity to be able to have a true line out, of course not! While the SQ of the Zune by itself is very decent, it is in no way comparable to the much more full & detailed SQ you can get using it w/ an amp, even if you decide to stay w/ IEMs.(although now your head gear options are much greater). The only way I can see this combo not being of much benefit is if the source material you normally listen to may not be detailed enough to warrant more playback resolution, in which case the flaws in the recording technique used will become much more evident. The message may be flawed as opposed to the messenger.
Well, I decided to get a Fiio amp. It's a VERY cheap start, but it pairs well w/the Zune I hear. After the December holidays I plan on getting a Pico or possibly a Head6, see if I can swing 1 or the other. And yes Podtweaker, I'll be using the HP out on my Zune 120. I'm slow to come around sometimes, even when the advice comes from a knoweledgable source. Thanks for the assistance, AND the patience. And, if it finally DOES come around, I'll do the same as you, and opt for a Zune>LOD>Amp combo myself!!!
post #160 of 390
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Originally Posted by nywytboy68 View Post
Well, I decided to get a Fiio amp. It's a VERY cheap start, but it pairs well w/the Zune I hear. After the December holidays I plan on getting a Pico or possibly a Head6, see if I can swing 1 or the other. And yes Podtweaker, I'll be using the HP out on my Zune 120. I'm slow to come around sometimes, even when the advice comes from a knoweledgable source. Thanks for the assistance, AND the patience. And, if it finally DOES come around, I'll do the same as you, and opt for a Zune>LOD>Amp combo myself!!!
I have to fess up, I actually reponded to a posting of yours on ATBIP a while back in a thread I initiated, thats how I know you've been sitting on getting the amp. I didn't really find much "revolutionary" Zune talk over there so I guess I didn't hang around too long, one of these days I'll have to see if there is any change over there. Since you're planning on upgrading after the holidays I'll throw another amp to consider into the mix. I have a Zen Head ZH1 that is starting to sound fantastic . I don't know w/ headphones you are using but my Zune/ ZH1 combo sounds very nice paired w/ my Dennon AH-D5000 HPs. I took the Zune/ZH1 w/ me when I went to audition the D5000s & after listening for a bit & telling the dealer I wanted the phones I let the dealer listen a bit . He was taken back a bit & commented that he liked this amp a bit more than some of the RSA amps some of his other "Head-Fi" customer's had brought in for a listen. I've been listening to music on various "incarnations" of a serious home system for about 15 years or better now. If someone were to tell me that my portable music could remind me of some of the characteristics I only hear from equipment of the class of my home system I would be very skeptical at the least. I'm not implying that it is as good in any way,shape or form. What I do find kind of amazing is that I no longer find it outrageous to even make comparisons. As is always mentioned YMMV.
post #161 of 390
Podtweaker, I'll take a look at that amp your talkin' about. Might be a nice option, and something different from all the other folks to discuss. Once again, thanks. As for cans, I'm leaning towards checking out either a set of HFI-780's, or ATH-A700's. I like closed HP's myself, and both seem to get pretty solid user reviews. Guess I need to see which will make the final cut for me in the end tho.

Now, let me start a search for the Zen Head ZH1, after all, Google IS my friend!!!

PS: cnet finished the battery tests on the Zune 120, and the times have improved. They make it sound like the amount of playtime that you get is horribe, but these are some pretty solid results. :
The Zune's audio and video quality hasn't budged since last year's model, but its battery life has made some gains. Microsoft rates the Zune 120 at around 30 hours of audio playback and 4 hours of video. When our CNET Labs tested the Zune 120, they squeezed out 32 hours of audio playback with Wi-Fi off and 25 hours with Wi-Fi on. Video-only battery life test results revealed 4.6 hours of playback with Wi-Fi off and a paltry 2.6 hours with Wi-Fi active.
Sounds pretty good to me, what do you fellow Zunesters think?
post #162 of 390
I'm using only WMA Lossless files on my Zune 120, and it eats battery life like crazy, but it's still good enough for me.

I haven't done any real tests but battery life does seem to take a sizable hit with lossless files.

OMG 1337 posts!
post #163 of 390
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Originally Posted by PeterDLai View Post
I'm using only WMA Lossless files on my Zune 120, and it eats battery life like crazy, but it's still good enough for me.

I haven't done any real tests but battery life does seem to take a sizable hit with lossless files.

OMG 1337 posts!
Yeah , it certainly does that, but I can't remember my Ipods ever sounding this good. A few of the normal tips on extending your battery life between charges helps (not much but some). If you have'nt done so already go into your setting & lower your backlight display setting to the shortest amount of time you can live with & lower your brightness setting to low also. It's not easily found in all the Zune information but to fully turn off your Zune you have to press the down button on the"squircle" along with the back button at the same time. To turn it back on you have press & hold the play button for a few seconds . I seem to recall that I had to execute a similar macro to completely shut off my Ipods also. I wonder how many people actually turn their players completely off when they are done listening.
post #164 of 390
I get a decent run out of a full charge but then I only listen @ 320.

Man, I can remember how much people were complaining about about battery life when the 80 first came out and it was mainly because they were putting it to sleep and not actually turning it off. That just shows you how many people read the directions when they tear that box open.
post #165 of 390
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Originally Posted by I)enial View Post
I get a decent run out of a full charge but then I only listen @ 320.

Man, I can remember how much people were complaining about about battery life when the 80 first came out and it was mainly because they were putting it to sleep and not actually turning it off. That just shows you how many people read the directions when they tear that box open.
I hear ya' both. It's always been a simple matter to shut the Zune off, all the Zunes. Common sense is really NOT the rule.
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