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post #1 of 33
Thread Starter 
it's time for a new phone contract, i was looking at the iphone 3gs 32gb
what can people say about the sound quality?
worth getting?
or am i better off saving the dough and getting a cheap phone and a dedicated source
or just a sim and use my 5800 (OS and 10 volume levels frustrates me no end though)?

sorry in advance if there's threads about 3gs 32gb sq, i did a quick few searches and couldnt find anything...

so if someone would chuck us an opinion or link me to a thread that's already started, that'd be awesome

thanks!

oh and if you do end up linking me to a thread, tell me what you terms you searched, i'm sure i'm not doing it the best way D: and that way it stops me making another thread like this!
post #2 of 33
I prefer the 3GS over the 1G Shuffle, the latter which many people consider to be a highly competitive player (partly due to its Sigmatel chipset) even it today's climate.

I tried the Sony X1051 and a couple of Sansas (Fuze, Clip+) in store and honestly could not tell what all the fuss was about. Even after mucking around EQ presets with the former, I preferred my 3GS for natural sound and transparency.

This is with the JH13 pros.

Suffice to say, I think it is a fantastic-sounding digital audio player. The channel separation is truly remarkable with excellent dynamic range, and the sound is clean and very natural. It is in a class beyond the Nokia handsets (5800XM, N97 being the most recent I'm comparing against).
post #3 of 33
Thread Starter 
thanks for such a quick reply
thorough too!

that makes me feel pretty good about things, might see if i can get another opinion though
in any case i guess i'll be doing some serious thinking about signing up for one or not
post #4 of 33
I have an iPhone 3GS 32Gb, a 2009 160 GbClassic and a Cowon Iaudio X5 20 Gbs and several Nokias.

In my opinion the iPhone 3GS blows any other cellphone out of the water SQ wise. Actually it also outperforms any dedicated DAP i have heard. Only this year's Classic is able to hold well in my humble opinion.

For an all around device go with the iPhone. If it's only music what you need then go with the 2009 Classic and a LOD.
post #5 of 33
Thread Starter 
thanks for the input elfary! (:

hmm well im finding the whole phone and dap in one idea an attractive one, so the Classic is out really, plus the touch style browsing on the music side of iphones is amazing
i was considering an android phone but it seems like going this way is just a whole lot less messing around

are their any issues with lod's on 3gs'?
i don't really know much about lod's in general D;
post #6 of 33
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Originally Posted by GlassCasket View Post
thanks for the input elfary! (:

hmm well im finding the whole phone and dap in one idea an attractive one, so the Classic is out really, plus the touch style browsing on the music side of iphones is amazing
i was considering an android phone but it seems like going this way is just a whole lot less messing around

are their any issues with lod's on 3gs'?
i don't really know much about lod's in general D;
Old line-out docks won't work with the 3GS due to some alterations in pin configuration. You need to make sure that the line-out dock you're using is compatible with at least the 2nd-generation iPod touch. They are usually differentiated now on eBay and in sales.

Even then, every time you attach the LOD you'll get a prompt telling you that the accessory isn't compatible and asking you whether or not you want to switch to Airplane mode (you don't have to; the line-out will still work if it's a 2nd-gen touch-compatible one). Very few LODs bypass this prompt, and it's a minor nuisance that occurs only when you attach the LOD.

I did not find the line-out -> Meier Corda XXS to be a significant improvement over the 3GS's headphone-out.
post #7 of 33
Thread Starter 
ahh thanks for all your help 3X0

i do remember seeing different listings on sites for them
that's not a huge issue for me right now though, it's only really something i'd be interested in as i got into diy, which isnt gonna be for a bit

thanks for your help guys, i'm gonna hit the bed now though, so i wont be replying for a good 17 hours or so, busy day ahead :3
post #8 of 33
I rather like the sound of my 16gb 3GS, however my apple dap of choice is my 2k9 classic. The iPhone is great though if I forget my classic and boa (they're attached to each other with double sided tape from 3M).
post #9 of 33
I have the 3GS and the 09 160gb iPod because I needed more storage. Sound quality wise the 3GS is a little better but I bought a classic anyway as I prefer the controls. I don't like going through the unlock screen and changing songs etc while on the move. Also consider the 30 hour claimed battery on the classic, last thing I wanted is the iPhone to run out of power as it already uses a lot of power for many othe functions throughout the day.

Just some practicality issues to consider =)
post #10 of 33
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Originally Posted by koruki View Post
I have the 3GS and the 09 160gb iPod because I needed more storage. Sound quality wise the 3GS is a little better but I bought a classic anyway as I prefer the controls. I don't like going through the unlock screen and changing songs etc while on the move. Also consider the 30 hour claimed battery on the classic, last thing I wanted is the iPhone to run out of power as it already uses a lot of power for many othe functions throughout the day.

Just some practicality issues to consider =)
^wise words, my iPhone 3g (now my brothers) had shocking battery life, with less than intensive usage it'd die before the end of the day, i always found i'd have to take my old SE out as well if i was going out that night or whatever.
It's great as a phone, and as a media player (and a lot of other things), but when you're using it as both throughout the day it's terrible (battery life got even worse when i jailbroke it). Dunno bout the 3gs's battery life, might be better.
I actually went the cheap option and bought myself a 5800 and a fuze a bit under a year ago, but i recently discovered all i need is the 5800 cause the sq is good enough and the battery life is brilliant and i've really warmed up to the UI and the fact that it can multitask natively. I use the folderplay app to play some files, and i'm now using spotify on it most of the time, i was surprised to see that the app is actually better on the 5800 than on the iPhone which is very rare. I also love the fact you can swap out the battery/memory card.
Update the firmware to at least v30, use line-out mode instead of headphone mode, and wait for opera mobile 10 final to be released to fix the ***** browser.
Or get an iPhone if you're always near a power outlet.
post #11 of 33
I have the 32 GB 3GS, the 2007 Classic, the 2006 Classic, the 2G Nano, the 2G Shuffle and a Hifiman HM-801. Only the 801 bests the 3GS. The 3GS is exceptional for its sound, let alone everything else it can do.

What is also VERY nice about the 3GS is that it is dead silent with the Westone ES3Xs which are renowned for being ultra sensitive and can pick up hiss if it exists. With the 3GS...nothing but sweet tunes.
post #12 of 33
The thing I appreciate most about the 3GS is it fixed the upper-mid peak that my 160GB Classic has. I gave up using an amp with my TF10 + Null Audio cable portable rig because I felt I wasn't getting any useful benefit from it and the 3GS is to me, that good.
post #13 of 33
I really can't add anything to what has already been said, but I do wholeheartedly concur. The 3Gs is the last place I would have expected Apple to surprise us with DAP plus AMP killer but I think they did it. The iPhone paired with an easy to drive/ high quality IEM or portable phone makes for a great on the go solution with very little compromised.
post #14 of 33
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Originally Posted by Zanth View Post
What is also VERY nice about the 3GS is that it is dead silent with the Westone ES3Xs which are renowned for being ultra sensitive and can pick up hiss if it exists. With the 3GS...nothing but sweet tunes.
I'm a little jealous.. my very own 3GS hisses a very tiny amount with my JH13s. I am very much sure the JH13 is not as sensitive as the ES3X is (whether it being rating or just detecting hissy players). I only first noticed the hiss with ADDIEMs. Of course this faint hissing is only perceptible when no music is playing and when I'm listening for it -- it does not make itself present in even the quietest of passages during music playback.

Of course, I'm just picking nits.
post #15 of 33
As a phone and DAP, the IPhone is incredible...however, AT&T's poor performance and high rates were the reason I ditched mine. I'd say get a separate DAP and pick your phone/plan for what fills those needs. I like the ability to upgrade the memory as 32GB isn't a ton if you use FLAC or WAV files (I use all WAV files for simplicity). The next generation of ITouch may be more what I'd look for.
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