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Ughh htc one v has quite a bit of background noise.You get what you pay for a 290$ phone :/ upgrading to nexus 4 hopefully.
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Have you ever had any Cowon gear? If so, how does it compare? What about comparisons to modern portable giants like the X3 and DX100?

EDIT: I was reading up on the Nexus 7, and I see that it uses Binaural sound processing software designed by the firm that holds copyrights for the MP3 and AAC formats. However, general consensus seems to be that the physical DAC isn't that great, unless it's undergone a revision since the sources I'm looking at were published.

I need to find myself a good high-capacity tablet with a Wolfson DAC.

That's the 2012 Nexus 7, I'm pretty sure, not the 2013. The 2012 is rather awful, very noisy.
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That's the 2012 Nexus 7, I'm pretty sure, not the 2013. The 2012 is rather awful, very noisy.
Good to know. I prefer dedicated music players to multimedia tablets in principle, but the binaural processing is a very compelling selling point. It might be worth a BB audition.
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Good to know. I prefer dedicated music players to multimedia tablets in principle, but the binaural processing is a very compelling selling point. It might be worth a BB audition.

The previous was a part of the Tegra 3 chipset, this one is in the Qualcomm Snapdragon. I sat with them side-by-side comparing them, and the difference is rather substantial, which is great because they only cost $220.
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I've read several positive reviews of the Nexus 7-2013. The reviews I read said that it simply did everything really well - there are probably other tablets that are better at individual features, but the Nexus 7-2013 just puts it all together without screwing anything up.
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The Nexus 7 2013 is an alright tablet. It doesn't have any apparent flaws that I have noticed, but it's a bit too small imo. It's a great size to put in your bag, or use as a e-book reader, however, for surfing the web and other such activities I prefer the screen real estate of a bigger tablet. For those other smallish things on the go, such as a calendar or mail, I can use my phone.

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I've read several positive reviews of the Nexus 7-2013. The reviews I read said that it simply did everything really well - there are probably other tablets that are better at individual features, but the Nexus 7-2013 just puts it all together without screwing anything up.


You know that I get a tablet for each car we tune, for OBD stuff. I had been buying Galaxy Tabs, but this is really the cat's PJs, what a great little tablet. You're right, basically they crossed all their T's and didn't mess up, and that's very rare in tech gadgets.

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The Nexus 7 2013 is an alright tablet. It doesn't have any apparent flaws that I have noticed, but it's a bit too small imo. It's a great size to put in your bag, or use as a e-book reader, however, for surfing the web and other such activities I prefer the screen real estate of a bigger tablet. For those other smallish things on the go, such as a calendar or mail, I can use my phone.


For home I use, when I want a larger display, I use iPads, but 7" seems to be about the perfect size for an Android tablet, IMO. The resolution and display clarity of the new Nexus 7 is simply stunning, very crisp.
Edited by Magick Man - 9/4/13 at 12:02am
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You know that I get a tablet for each car we tune, for OBD stuff. I had been buying Galaxy Tabs, but this is really the cat's PJs, what a great little tablet. You're right, basically they crossed all their T's and didn't mess up, and that's very rare in tech gadgets.
For home I use, when I want a larger display, I use iPads, but 7" seems to be about the perfect size for an Android tablet, IMO. The resolution and display clarity of the new Nexus 7 is simply stunning, very crisp.
The display is indeed very crisp and good, but to be honest, I think the iPad retina screen is better despite a lower PPI and theoretically less sharp image quality. My wife has the new Nexus 7 and I really like the size for on the go and for readibg books, but yeah, in the end I prefer the size and the screen of the iPad. I do however like the customization possibilities of Android more than ios, however I like the apps for the iPad more - they feel somehow more mature.

I do think though that the Nexus 7 2013 is the best Android tablet I've tried and that it's better than iPad Mini. I had the Mini before upgrading to the 4th gen. I ended up giving it to my children. They're 3 and 5 respectively, and the childrens apps are just fantastic for kids that age, and the 7.9" screen is great for them.
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I really like the looks of that Nexus 7 too. There's only one advantage my Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has over the Nexus 7.....a microsd slot. In every other way the Nexus 7 is much nicer (as it should be, being so much newer). And the newer tablet is cheaper, too....I paid the early adopter premium with the Galaxy Tab, it was $350 when I bought it.  I can't sell it these days for enough to cover the cost of a Nexus 7, of course....so I'm just going to use it until it dies. Thankfully, my phone satisfies any Android power user requirements, so I basically use the old Tab for standard definition videos, Pandora, podcasts, and MLB At Bat streaming....it works great for that stuff, especially after having uninstalled or disabling any other stuff I don't use.

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:biggrin:

 

Using an old I9000 here running Neutron and backended by Viper4android. (Insert usual overused superlatives here) sound. I have yet to hear it's equal in any portable source.

 

If you are not already I cannot recommend getting the device rooted and running Viper enough.

Huh better charge up my old I9000 and give it a whirl ^^

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Coq, you should know that I finally finished me WeSC/Senn hybrid with your drivers a couple months ago. It eneded up sounding pretty good for such inexpensive component parts, and I tamed the bass by opening it up. At the end, I likened the sound signature to an HD598, but with about 10% less detail retrieval and 20% less soundstage. Not bad for a $20 total investment.

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Coq, you should know that I finally finished me WeSC/Senn hybrid with your drivers a couple months ago. It eneded up sounding pretty good for such inexpensive component parts, and I tamed the bass by opening it up. At the end, I likened the sound signature to an HD598, but with about 10% less detail retrieval and 20% less soundstage. Not bad for a $20 total investment.
That's great to hear!

Do you have pictures of it?
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That's great to hear!

Do you have pictures of it?

They're buried on my home computer somewhere, I think. I'm at work now, but I'll try to find them later.

 

I gave them to a friend, so I can't take new ones for awhile.

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They're buried on my home computer somewhere, I think. I'm at work now, but I'll try to find them later.

 

I gave them to a friend, so I can't take new ones for awhile.

From how you described them, they sound pretty good. 

 

I'd love to see the photos of how they turned out. This really was a pretty long term project, as the drivers I sent you was quite a while ago.

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