Originally Posted by alexlow
haha, still remember the good old days, anyone with me?
Will you give me some of those ;-;
Originally Posted by turokrocks
Poweramp was "weak" when comparing it with the Sony player. I could detect more details with it!
Do you mean you could find more details with Poweramp or with the Sony stock player?
Originally Posted by vedye
That would be the case for me. I found PowerAmp sounds poorer on my Z1060. You can say it's slightly warmer, but to me it's muddier. It's a lot more obvious when I tweak the bass. The distortion was obvious enough for me to ignore, it muddy the sound quite a bit for me. I'm using both sony ex-1000 and IE-80 by the way.
To me it's the Clear-Bass that is keeping me from using anything other than Sony Walkman. With the Ex-1000 which shines in the treble and clearity, it lacks just a little bit in the bass to my taste. With Clear-Bass to be +1, it rocks my world. No distortion what's so ever that I could tell. I sink in the sound easily for hours listening to Armin van Buuren's A State of Trance. Using PowerAmp, no matter how I tweak the EQ, i couldn't find the sweet spot of that satisfaction. Worse, as mentioned above, little tweaks in the Bass in PowerAmp make the sound muddy to me.
Normally I use IE80 though. As it's a lot easier for listening outside home. Easier to carry and put on/off etc. With IE80 I normally just set the treble to +1 in the stock player, no clear-bass is needed. The sound feels "silky" to me with IE80, though not as "clear" like with the Ex1000. But good enough for me for listening to music on the go
Did you enable the Limit mode? For me I have Poweramp running as much as +7dB of 30Hz and around 3dB of 60Hz boost on my SII (not that I ever use my SII for portable listening though) and I always make sure I enable the limit mode. It does very well to avoid distortion and without limit mode it sounds pretty awful. That said, I love how effective Clear Bass is at one or two levels of boost, but the fact that Sony's equalizer is only limited to five bands three levels up and down is a turn off for me.
Again, I will try more with the F806 once I receive it, but as I stated I could not detect any significant difference between Poweramp and the stock player on the store unit. Also, have you guys tried using Poweramp's Direct Volume Control? In my case it definitely boosted the volume significantly, but I couldn't tell well enough if it delivered on the improved dynamic range.
I intend to set Poweramp to use DVC and limit it to 7dB bands on my F806, and likely I will use an EQ setting that only involves boosted 30/60Hz to give my XBA-3s their extra kick.