Made me smile a bit too.
@ illyria - if you get the chance, try testing yourself. Here : http://www.head-fi.org/t/655879/setting-up-an-abx-test-simple-guide-to-ripping-tagging-transcoding
It's a couple of posts I wrote a while ago on how to set up a blind abx. All the software is free, and all it takes is time. Whilst there may be a rare few that can tell the difference between aac256 and lossless - most can't (when blind tested). If you fail - don't worry - it just means you have normal hearing like the rest of us.
When doing the test - make sure you use the same mastering (ie take a CD, rip it to lossless, then copy/convert the same lossless file to aac). Actually knowing your limitations is real power - plus it lets you store a lot more files on your DAP :)
Oh very nice read! For a long time was sending ppl to whatcdPrep to learn how to encode properly [it's were I learned... trial by fire honestly] but your guide is MUCH better! :D very happy to have this to spread to all of our lovely new head fi'rs ^^
I was going to comment but feared setting off the dreaded 'how well can you hear?' debate. But you know, what really makes me smile is when someone offers an MP3-320 download on one of those sites which shall remain nameless--let's say of some film score recorded in the 50s--and someone asks if it can be re-uploaded in flac! Wow, ignorance ahoy! No accounting for the quality of the original; as long as you download in flac it will sound just fine, whereas if you download in MP3-320 it will sound horrible. There really should be a site for Merry Olde Audio Myths, and if there was here's a few I'd like to start with:
1. All integrated amps and receivers have 5c op-amps behind their headphone sockets,
2. The more you pay for a headphone amp the better it will sound no matter how easily driven your headphones are,
3. If a headphone sounds distinctly dull to you, the fix is probably a very expensive silver cable,
4. A $300 headphone cannot possibly sound as good as a $1200 one because that would upset the balance of the headphone universe, not to mention contradict all logic.
5. Swapping a more expensive op-amp into a HP amp will automatically result in a huge improvement in sound even if you alter nothing else about the circuit.
6. If you don't like a popular headphone, it's almost certainly because your source isn't good enough. And if your source is good enough, it's definitely your amp. And if it's not either of those things, you must have tin ears.
Of course, such a list is potentially endless.
I thank you for not mentioning the B word <3 it means a lot to me
Oh btw, I'm really REALLY liking my DT 880 hm801 Schiit Vali combo :D listening to it again! It push came to shove... I could live with it ^^ happily live with it at that!