Hey guys, I'm really new here but thought I'd drop by to post this since I need some help.
I usually hang out at computer hardware forums but they don't have a dedicated audiophiles section.
I'm not sure if I'm an audiophile or what not, but I do own a CARAT Ruby MKII paired with HFI-780 cans and GS-6 RCA cables to my speaker setup which I seek to upgrade more.
Now on to the main subject.
I recently bought a Cowon D3 32GBs right after selling my J3 16GBs because I came to a point where I needed more space for all my music. I sold it for a decent price (100$s) so I can go buy a 32GB version of the J3. Instead, I found a great deal for the 32GB version of D3 for 250$ and at a heartbeat went to go buy that. I guess I am a bit of a Cowon fan but I'm all in and all ears for best sound quality which Cowon hasn't failed to deliver to me.
Does anyone here have a good opinion/technical POV in regards to their sound quality?
I get the feeling J3 was way better.
Right now I'm using my Cowon D3 (beta firmware 1.52) with Beats by Dr. Dre Tours and they sound... warm. I know those earphones aren't strictly the best for sound reproduction and I'm planning on getting U.E Triple.fi's which I reckon would sound great on this MP3 player to balance out the warmness(?) I don't know, it would be great if you could shed some light on this subject to recommend me a good pair of earphones to go along with my D3.
When I was using the Dre Tours on my J3, I was highly satisfied with how they sounded to my ears (of course, after a lot of tweaking to the EQ). A lot of the details were there, bass was rounded and not too strong, controlled.
So I used the same EQ settings from the J3 on my D3 and what do you know, it sounds like a complete POS. The bass was all distorted and the trebles were not all there. It sounds as if the trebles were "wrapped" in something? I had to re-tweak it to get a sub-par satisfactory result after spending A LOT of time tweaking the EQs which was a pain in the butt because it would stop playing the music for a few seconds, then apply changes unlike the J3 which was on-the-fly.
I reckon this is the case because to my knowledge, J3 uses an actual audio hardware chip (Wolfson DAC) to do all that sound voodoo while the D3 doesn't have one? I looked everywhere for technical specifications in regards to this and found none unless of course, you guys have something. Maybe D3 actually uses software-oriented EQs and that's why it has less battery life than the J3?
Another thing, sound quality doesn't get "better" with firmware updates.. right? I know this sounds stupid. The current firmware I'm using is actually quite good. I read a lot of reviews concerning the instablity of the D3 with a lot of performance drags but this is not the case with the new firmware update (albiet beta). There are just a few freezes here and there but I never had to take the pin out to reset the device.
So there you go, I'm actually considering selling my D3 to get a new J3 32GBs... or should I try the U.E Triple.fi's and give it another chance? The updates Cowon has been releasing seem to do fine and I do just love the new UI on the D3!
Let's start the discussion!