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Is anyone else out there getting into the sound of their iPad 2?

post #1 of 22
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Call me jaded, I don't know? I purchased the iPad 2 just for reading magazines and going on-line. I have iPods and think each one sounds maybe a little different from one another.

 

So to cut to the chase here! At this point I am totally amazed at the sound quality coming straight out of the iPad 2. I'm listening only to Mp3s but I just can't get over it. I am really perplexed here as I guess the thing finally burned in? Maybe I just became used to the sound. I have to say they are better in SQ than the iPods!

 

Has anyone else played around with a bunch of different headphones with one? I'm using both the Denon AH-D 7000s and the Sony MDR-CD 870 headphones from the late 1990s. I have to say I'm totally impressed. I never thought it would sound like this?gs1000.gif


Edited by Redcarmoose - 3/30/13 at 1:39am
post #2 of 22

They have powerful sound with good quality. With my cheap sony travel headphones I can never turn the voice to its highest level as they can get very loud.

 

However Im going to buy DT990-250ohm very soon and am very eager to know how would they do without any amp....

 

But yeah very good all around device :)

post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by firstwat View Post

They have powerful sound with good quality. With my cheap sony travel headphones I can never turn the voice to its highest level as they can get very loud.

 

However Im going to buy DT990-250ohm very soon and am very eager to know how would they do without any amp....

 

But yeah very good all around device :)

Yes, I plan on getting the camera kit to use USB out. It will be nice to hear.

post #4 of 22
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Yes, I plan on getting the camera kit to use USB out. It will be nice to hear.

 

I didnt know about the camera kit and the usb out, cool!

post #5 of 22

I doubt you make it better via USB.

post #6 of 22

I was actually pleasantly surprised at how good the headphone out was on my iPad 1 and 3.  It was a shocker, really.  It is better than my iPod Classic 160, which is odd, because the iPod is listening device, and the iPad is multifunctional.  

post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by firstwat View Post

They have powerful sound with good quality. With my cheap sony travel headphones I can never turn the voice to its highest level as they can get very loud.

 

However Im going to buy DT990-250ohm very soon and am very eager to know how would they do without any amp....

 

But yeah very good all around device :)

 

Yep, I'm really surprised at how good my iPad 1 sound with my ATH-ESW10 JPN.

I had bought those headphones used and had almost given up on them until I started using them with my iPad.biggrin.gif

 

BTW, I suspect you would be better off using the 32 Ohm DT990. iPad doesn't really output enough voltage to drive high impedance 'phones.

post #8 of 22

I would agree with this.  However, my iPads seem to put out enough power to drive the Koss DJ100, which seem to be harder to drive than their sensitivity and impedance should dictate.  So, the iPad is putting out some power.  But, you are right about not enough voltage for high impedance cans.

 

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Originally Posted by Chris J View Post

 

 

BTW, I suspect you would be better off using the 32 Ohm DT990. iPad doesn't really output enough voltage to drive high impedance 'phones.

post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by hodgjy View Post

I would agree with this.  However, my iPads seem to put out enough power to drive the Koss DJ100, which seem to be harder to drive than their sensitivity and impedance should dictate.  So, the iPad is putting out some power.  But, you are right about not enough voltage for high impedance cans.

 

 

Even my Q701s (62 Ohm) sound fine with my iPad!

Mind you, I really didn't buy those 'phones to use with an iPad.

YMMV, folks!

 

BTW, I should point out that the ATH-ESW10 Jpn are a fairly efficient 'phone.

Grados also work well with iPad & iPods

post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by Chris J View Post

 

Yep, I'm really surprised at how good my iPad 1 sound with my ATH-ESW10 JPN.

I had bought those headphones used and had almost given up on them until I started using them with my iPad.biggrin.gif

 

BTW, I suspect you would be better off using the 32 Ohm DT990. iPad doesn't really output enough voltage to drive high impedance 'phones.

 

 

Yeah man, I also doubt that they will be enough to output the most out of the 250 ohm cans but below review made me hopeful:

 

http://kenrockwell.com/audio/beyer/dt-990.htm

 

The guy has used his 600ohm dt990s with ipad with no problem except that he had to increase the volume to the max and said that with lower impedance cans the volume would be even better!

 

Also the reason I dont consider 32 ohm cans is because unfortunately they are out of my budget right now :)

post #11 of 22

Beware of Ken Rockwell.  He tries to sound informed, but he literally got laughed out the photography forums, and he's supposedly a professional photographer.  Take everything he says with a grain of salt.

 

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Originally Posted by firstwat View Post

 

 

Yeah man, I also doubt that they will be enough to output the most out of the 250 ohm cans but below review made me hopeful:

 

http://kenrockwell.com/audio/beyer/dt-990.htm

 

The guy has used his 600ohm dt990s with ipad with no problem except that he had to increase the volume to the max and said that with lower impedance cans the volume would be even better!

 

Also the reason I dont consider 32 ohm cans is because unfortunately they are out of my budget right now :)

post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by hodgjy View Post

Beware of Ken Rockwell.  He tries to sound informed, but he literally got laughed out the photography forums, and he's supposedly a professional photographer.  Take everything he says with a grain of salt.

 

 

Ow I didn't know about previous dramas...

 

You know, the reason I quoted that review was because I really like DT990s and wish they would work with existing gear without clutter of external amp....

 

Im ok with increasing the volume but all in all ipad really has loud volume so lets stay hopeful :))

post #13 of 22

He has some interesting things to say, and occasionally adds some good insights, but he tries to appear more versed in the field than he really is.  Plus, he's become a slave to advertising revenue and donations on his website. 

 

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Originally Posted by firstwat View Post

 

Ow I didn't know about previous dramas...

 

You know, the reason I quoted that review was because I really like DT990s and wish they would work with existing gear without clutter of external amp....

 

Im ok with increasing the volume but all in all ipad really has loud volume so lets stay hopeful :))

post #14 of 22
Rockwell can be rather rude and obnoxious, he has been known to compare audiophiles to pedophiles.mad.gif
post #15 of 22
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Rockwell can be rather rude and obnoxious, he has been known to compare audiophiles to pedophiles.mad.gif

 

Haha WTF!!!!

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