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Maybe my best sounding tablet is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 which runs the Wolfson WM1811 chip. These old phones can be found anywhere for $70 -$100 and sound fantastic. I'm due for a new battery so the play time is not as long as when it was new.


Still the sound is warm but super smooth. The android user experience is fine for finding files and playing songs. In many ways better than Apple because the player finds the songs and puts them up to play straight from the card. Pop in a card and push play.


We can only imagine what tablets will sound like in 5 years time?
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...We can only imagine what tablets will sound like in 5 years time?

 

Unless they try to make them cheaper with lower quality components. 

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Yes, great post. Still, I like to think I am ahead of where I was in 1992 with the tape-player and 60 minute tape?

The batteries only lasted so long and tapes with mechanical issues at times. Many around would even argue that the tape then sounded better than digital today. I don't know? I can still hear the tape hiss in my memory?

 

That depends if the digital is actually better. There's been a lot of poor mastering, and low quality digital releases. Also not all digital equipment is better quality. Some are built too cheaply. 

 

There was a period where CD's and portable CD players had terrible quality. Ditto MP3 poor encodings, and bitrates, and low cost DAPs. There was a time when MD/HiMD was truly much better than MP3/CD.  We're a long way from that now. But I wasn't happy with many of my early CD purchases. I thought my cassettes were better. Nosier yes but (for a while) they seem to be closer to the vinyl than the CDs were. The cassettes aged badly too, degrading the sound quickly. 

 

Theses days some people have gone to bother of remastering earlier poor releases and we have the luxury of better digital equipment. 


Edited by Sparky191 - 6/9/15 at 6:12am
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That depends if the digital is actually better. There's been a lot of poor mastering, and low quality digital releases. Also not all digital equipment is better quality. Some are built too cheaply. 

 

There was a period where CD's and portable CD players had terrible quality. Ditto MP3 poor encodings, and bitrates, and low cost DAPs. There was a time when MD/HiMD was truly much better than MP3/CD.  We're a long way from that now. But I wasn't happy with many of my early CD purchases. I thought my cassettes were better. Nosier yes but (for a while) they seem to be closer to the vinyl than the CDs were. The cassettes aged badly too, degrading the sound quickly. 

 

Theses days some people have gone to bother of remastering earlier poor releases and we have the luxury of better digital equipment. 

 

Sparky pretty much summed my feelings about it. A few months ago I grabbed some tapes and my son headphones, I can't remember the model, but they are the Sony that look like monster truck wheels. I loved them very much with some other equiptment. My jazz and metal tapes sounded very good, with a deep bass and detail. I had some issues with tapes back in the day: Not enough room for music, CD's never fitted propperly (I never liked to have more than one album on a single tape) and the noise reducing schemes always deprived music of life, in my opinion. But I miss the days of analog equalizers, like the five band eq on my Broksonic tape player. More control and fine tunning of sound than the digital ones. If somebody made a great DAP with an analog eq I'll be sold on that one.
I am getting a tape player to transfer my tapes to wav and I plan to have fun doing that. Perhaps capturing some of the old magic.

And yes, the last generation of MD players were amazingly good and full in sound. If I found one of those I'll be carrying it with a bunch of MD's all over the place.

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Edifier H690 + FiiO X1 

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Edifier H690 + FiiO X1 


Nice, I did not know about that Edifier headphone. I have demoed the H850 a few times ( still not sure?) but after reading this review, I may just have to buy them. They are full size headphones which sell here for $38.

http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=4230




Edited by Redcarmoose - 6/10/15 at 5:59am
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Nice, I did not know about that Edifier headphone. I have demoed the H850 a few times ( still not sure?) but after reading this review, I may just have to buy them. They are full size headphones which sell here for $38.

http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=4230



Hehe good to know there are people in head fi that know this brand, i actually posted one pic with this and FiiO X1 at this discussion before :biggrin:

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Hehe good to know there are people in head fi that know this brand, i actually posted one pic with this and FiiO X1 at this discussion before biggrin.gif


We are in the same part of the world, I'm in Indonesia. Still the H850 sells for up to $100 USD in the USA.

Have you tried the H285 IEMs?
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We are in the same part of the world, I'm in Indonesia. Still the H850 sells for up to $100 USD in the USA.

Have you tried the H285 IEMs?

Of course~ quite good for the price too though i think the H290 sounds better but the only thing about edifier's IEM are the build quality, we have full range of their products to try and test in our bookstores even their high end speakers :basshead: 

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This Edifiers are sold here for 150 local bucks that are near US$50, this is the first product that is cheaper in Brazil than in US, LOL.

Build quality looks nice, are they comfortable?

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This Edifiers are sold here for 150 local bucks that are near US$50, this is the first product that is cheaper in Brazil than in US, LOL.

Build quality looks nice, are they comfortable?

Both the H850 and H690 are comfortable one of them being over ear and on ear, H850 sounds more neutral while the H690 sounds more warm. Sound quality is good enough and can't expect too much in the price range(35$ for one of the model in my country), build quality is good on both (spilt my drink directly on the earcups still working O_O)

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This Edifiers are sold here for 150 local bucks that are near US$50, this is the first product that is cheaper in Brazil than in US, LOL.
Build quality looks nice, are they comfortable?

I only tried the H850 on for a moment. They were super comfortable. That is one of the main things.
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