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What audio format is Comcast music choice?

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I have a stereo receiver that I have my tv hooked up to it and I can also plug in my iphone as a music source, where I listen with my headphones plugged into the 1/4" headphone jack. I listen to some of the music choice channels on comcast, and the sound quality is much better than everything else played through the stereo reciever (and it sounds mindblowingly amazing). Records sound very good too, but of course they're a bit sloppy since they're really old. The thing is, no matter what music I put in with my iphone plugged in (lossless or mp3), the sound is not right. The midrange just isn't there, the eq is all messed up. The same goes for playing from the iphone source to the floor speakers. I don't know what makes the music choice streamed audio so much better, or what format it is, but I want it.
I'm using a vintage pioneer stereo receiver. I don't have the model # at the moment.
Please help!
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Do you set the iphone to max volume when you plug it in?

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Do you set the iphone to max volume when you plug it in?
No. I'm probably wrong, but I thought it would be worse since the iphone amp is not as good. I will try that
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Is that an iPhone app?  or a web only thing?  tried searching for an app but could not.

 

thanks!!  I'm always looking for www radio stations and music streams.  Not a fan of Pandora at all.

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The current iphones have good headphone outputs.  They are definitely clean enough to use as a line out and feed an external amp.  This generally works best with the volume turned all the way up on the iPhone.  quick pic of my desktop streaming setup.

 

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No. I'm probably wrong, but I thought it would be worse since the iphone amp is not as good. I will try that

When double amping you should always set the source to max (or just under max) volume so make sure the second amp is getting something decent to work with (max SN ratio).

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Is that an iPhone app?  or a web only thing?  tried searching for an app but could not.

thanks!!  I'm always looking for www radio stations and music streams.  Not a fan of Pandora at all.

It's a music service for comcast tv, however, there is an iphone app too that requires you to be paying for comcast (you have to log in). It has a lot of selections and has generally good selection
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When double amping you should always set the source to max (or just under max) volume so make sure the second amp is getting something decent to work with (max SN ratio).
Alright, thanks. I'll try it out ASAP
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It's a music service for comcast tv, however, there is an iphone app too that requires you to be paying for comcast (you have to log in). It has a lot of selections and has generally good selection
Alright, thanks. I'll try it out ASAP

OK thanks... Yeah I am on a Comcast double play subscription now for internet and TV.  Very happy comcast customer, I will look into that today for sure or my iPhone.

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OK thanks... Yeah I am on a Comcast double play subscription now for internet and TV.  Very happy comcast customer, I will look into that today for sure or my iPhone.
Alright enjoy. On the tv, the stations should start at either channel 700 or 701.


The sound is much better now. I must say, when the tv is the input it is still much better, but I at least get a big improvement on the sound with the music I choose from my iphone.
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Alright enjoy. On the tv, the stations should start at either channel 700 or 701.
The sound is much better now. I must say, when the tv is the input it is still much better, but I at least get a big improvement on the sound with the music I choose from my iphone.

 

You might consider getting a FiiO L cable (or other brand), it will allow you to bypass the IPhones headphone amplifier and send a slightly cleaner analog audio signal from the iPhone's LOD port to the Pioneer receiver's RCA inputs.

 

FiiO L10 20-Inch Line Out Dock (LOD) Cable For iPod & iPhone

http://www.amazon.com/FiiO-20-Inch-Line-Cable-iPhone/dp/B005DK08X6/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1396567702&sr=1-1&keywords=FiiO+L+cable+LOD

 

I'm assuming you would need an adapter cable to connect the L cable to the RCA inputs on the Pioneer receiver.

6inch Premium 3.5mm Stereo Female to 2RCA Male 22AWG Cable (Gold Plated) - Black

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021815&p_id=5612&seq=1&format=2

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You might consider getting a FiiO L cable (or other brand), it will allow you to bypass the IPhones headphone amplifier and send a slightly cleaner analog audio signal from the iPhone's LOD port to the Pioneer receiver's RCA inputs.

FiiO L10 20-Inch Line Out Dock (LOD) Cable For iPod & iPhone
http://www.amazon.com/FiiO-20-Inch-Line-Cable-iPhone/dp/B005DK08X6/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1396567702&sr=1-1&keywords=FiiO+L+cable+LOD

I'm assuming you would need an adapter cable to connect the L cable to the RCA inputs on the Pioneer receiver.
6inch Premium 3.5mm Stereo Female to 2RCA Male 22AWG Cable (Gold Plated) - Black
http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10218&cs_id=1021815&p_id=5612&seq=1&format=2
I've looked at those, only I have an iphone 5, and I can't find any LODs for it since the lightning plug is digital and no longer analog like before. I have a venturecraft go-dap that I can try with my iPod touch 2
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