I'm new to Head-Fi.org forum and this is my first thread.
I have been coming across various threads regarding Cowon J3, S9 and most of the people in the forum refer the sound quality as the best particularly with enhancements like BBE, BBE+ etc
I'm looking for a new mp3 player (flac player actually) and since everyone were praising cowon sound enhancement technologies I wanted to try BBE or BBE+ but I don't have any friends who has cowon player. So I downloaded Jet Audio software which has BBE feature. I did A-B comparison between foobar and Jet Audio
My listening session was through FLAC > foobar/JetAudio > Onboard soundcard(Realtek) > Sennheiser HD202 headphone
In Cowon JetAudio I enabled only BBE and nothing else. EQ is flat in both foobar and jetaudio
Peel me a grape - Diana Krall - Love Scenes
I'm not a hero - Dark Knight
Time - Inception
Moonlight - Stan Getz - Getz for Lovers
Linkin Park - Transformers soundtrack
After listening to the above tracks I found foobar much better than JetAudio (with BBE). In JetAudio I found lows and highs were boosted whereas in foobar it was quiet natural. Also there was slight distortion in Bass in my Senn headphones when I listened through Jet Audio.
Now my queries
1. Is BBE just boosting lows and highs to increase excitement? (Before that is BBE in Jetaudio and in Cowon hardware player same?)
2. Whether BBE will show their true strength only with high end components? Since I have Motherboard (onboard dac) or headphones?
3. Will Cowon J3 or S9 sound much better since it has Wolfson DAC? Is there any chance that I will like it?
4. I heard some distortion in my Senn HD 202. Is that due to BBE or my headphone is not that good?
Could anyone in the forum please share your opinions?
I'm very much interested in purchasing Cowon players since it has Wolfson DAC since BBE is worrying me I'm thinking to go for Sansa Clip+ or some other player.