I have always loved music but have never considered myself a serious audiophile. I mean, I really enjoy listening to music but I haven't been able to express how a record sounds like some of you experts here can. To me, if it sounds good, it sounds good. I have always dropped by here once in a while and did some reading but sometimes it's far too technical and I don't understand what you're saying. I am trying to take my music much more seriously and because there's so much stuff floating around and it's mostly explained in audiophile terminology and far too technical for me, I can't find a good place to start.
FYI, I used to own a Shure SE215 and Cowon J3. I am currently using a HTC One M8(2014) as my source, together with a Westone 2 and Sennheiser IE 80. My favourite genres are soul, blues, jazz, pop and rock. But I listen to a huge plethora of music. My favourite artists are Miles Davis, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Charles Bradley and Queen.
Can you guys kindly explain the following to me, in as simple a way as possible? I would really appreciate any help.
1. Impedance and sensitivity
2. Line out. What's a line out? I have seen people here talking about line out vs headphone out but most of the times it's at a much higher level than I can comprehend. Cowon players don't have a line out? iPods do?
My understanding is that a line out is used to bypass the internal DAC of a player. Is the lightning port of the iPod Touch 5G the device's line out?
The headphone out is the 3.5mm jack on devices, I presume?
3. What exactly is a DAC? I have heard people here talk about Wolfson and Cirrus Logic. And how one generation of iPod is better than the other because of this. Is the DAC in my HTC One M8 integrated into the Snapdragon 801 SOC?
4. Highs, mids and lows? Kindly explain.
5. Any thing you guys feel I should learn and understand as a budding audiophile.
I might sound like a total idiot but I really don't mind as the first step of learning is to recognise gaps in oneself's knowledge.