As mentioned in previous posts, I'm new to Head-fi and I am no expert when it comes to listening to music - i.e. the technical components are somewhat new to me. But, I've decided to change that, which is why I'm now on Head-fi. To start me on my epic journey, I picked up a pair of V-Moda m100s and a Nuforce udac-3 (which hasn't been delivered yet).
It's become quite apparent to me that the format in which you listen to your music is just as, if not more, important than the equipment you use. That's what brings me to the creation of this thread. I've learned that I'm pretty ignorant about music files and the best way to listen to my favorite music. From what I've read, the more compressed your audio file is (such as mp3) the poorer the quality. But how do I find music, in a digital format, that isn't extremely compressed? Maybe this requires some background into the way I currently listen to my music.
Right now, I don't use an mp3 player, nor do I listen to CDs. Most of my music is streamed from the internet while I sit in front of my desktop. Soundcloud is probably my most used source but I also pull up Spotify every now and then. If I'm on the go, I'll use the Soundcloud app on my Android device. It appears that listening via my phone provides the m100s with a lot more push - the bass just seems heavier and the audio in general sounds fuller. I'm guessing this is because my phone has better amplification and is providing more power to the headphones (again, I don't have the DAC/amp yet for use with my PC). Furthermore, Spotify seems to be punchier than Soundcloud. My only conclusion is that this all has to do with the audio files, because it surely isn't the headphones...right?
So, what's my best bet when it comes to the way I get my music? Can mp3's be uncompressed into something like a .wav? Should I wait until the udac-3 is delivered before I start looking into alternative music sources?
Thanks, all, for your advice!!