Originally Posted by fauxbourdon
All my material is ripped to FLAC on my pc, but i convert it to 256 kbps oggs for mobile use. The portable gear I use is either an 80gig 5.5 ipod or my phone (64gig xperia), listening with my ultimate ears super fi 5 pro's. Don't see the point in using flac's on the go because I won't notice the difference in sound quality due to too much background noise most of the time on such things as a simple walk around town or my commute and I really don't have that much spare room left for my music.
The audio quality of the phone is pretty aweful as well, I tend to find that even 256 is way overkill for use on there but I haven't got round to convert the lot again. Why do I still use the phone then? Because as I've said in some situations (subways for example) even with good iems I wouldn't notice the quality difference and one less device to carry around in my pockets when I don't feel like packing too much.
sounds like you may want am iem with better isolation, or try different tips with the sf5?
Originally Posted by RingingEars
Bonkers? Man you are in the wrong forums... Wait until you start looking into custom IEMs(you will. Give it time).
All FLAC all the time here.
only reason is that the sf5 is discontinued, they're not actually that good...
try the sony mh1s, that's what i use when i'm just going for a quick trip with only my phone.
$22 shipped on ebay, i use these more than my IE8, since it's got a mic + control and close sound quality...
It sounds comparatively brighter and more exciting.