Hey everyone I'm pretty much new to the world of audio but am an avid music lover. Before a couple days ago when I first discovered this site, I had no idea the world of audio was so deep. I thought mp3's were the best music files and thought that the only factor for quality sounding music was just buying good headphones. Never would I have thought that you could buy amps and other special components to get even better quality out of your music except for car systems. Before a couple days ago I always wondered why anyone would ever consider another mp3 besides an iPod. I'm no Apple fanboy by any means but always considered the iPod the best player ever, maybe due to my ignorance or incredible marketing by apple im not sure. I mean everything seems to be made for iPods, even my headunit in my car has a dedicated iPod cable.
After reading a few threads the past couple days I know now that that are in fact other players(pmp's I believe is what you call them) that are in fact better then iPod when it comes to audio quality. I plan on buying some of these players in the future, but first I wanna actually test out my iPod's sound quality(iPod Touch 4g & iPod Classic 7g) by at least starting out with a good pair of headphones(looking to buy m50's for my first real headphones) and tweaking the sound a little bit by buying an EQ app.
I have a small understanding about everything so far, but still have no idea where I should start.I understand FLAC audio is the preferred audio file to get the best quality and I also understand that iTunes does not support FLAC, but they do have ALAC instead. Will I get the same great quality importing my CD's to ALAC as I will FLAC? Or do I need to ditch iTunes for another program that supports FLAC? Seeing as how I've only owned iPod's over the year iTunes has been my media manager and a program I am very familiar with.
Sorry about the long read guys, as you can see I am quite overwhelmed by everything.