Originally Posted by john53
Also,you must be in good physical condition when you test audio equipment,because you may be tired,or with not enough sleep,or maybe your ears have wax so you don't hear very well or have a cold etc...
Something else,if you use mp3's,that maybe the reason why you don't hear noticable differences,try to use good recordings and not so compressed music.
And don't forget,good sound is not sound with lot's of punchy bass and hot treble that impress you at the first few minutes.Try to learn to appreciate good natural balanced sound,which is clear and dynamic,but smooth and not fatiguing.
Im not tired, I get plenty of sleep, I clean my ears every day, and im not sick.
Also I use flac, and all different types of mp3s still no difference. I even use ASIO.
All I am getting at here is that there is no difference in sound quality amped vs right out of the ipod. Its not that it doesnt sound good, or i dislike the sound.
Ive done plenty of research here on how to get the best sound, but nothing seems to have any impact on SQ. The biggest impact (only impact for me right now) is the headphones themselves
And I do like good balanced sound now. I like how it sounds, but this isnt the issue. Its the lack of difference. (200$ and I didnt get any difference so far)