|Originally posted by Superbaldguy
Do any of the newer PCDP's have a decent amp out, in your opinion? It seems that these CD players are more and more catering to the "youthful" public that like lots of bass and could care less for crisp highs.
I will concede the 925 is not the best-sounding PCDP ever made, but I've learned to work around its weaknesses. FWIW, the combo of long battery life, excellent skip-proofing, and slim design make this a good investment. I get more than satisfactory results when hooking my KSC-35's into the headphone jack.... Those clip-ons are very special....
Arrgghhh you are not listening to me !!!
Im talking about line out *pulls his hair out* not the phones out/"amp out"/headphone out. If you hook anything to the headphone jack, all you will be getting is crappy sound, no matter how good a headphone you plug into it.
Anyways, when I was looking for my "perfect pcdp" I was looking for one with a good phones out, which I couldnt find one. So in the end I went along with one with a nice clean line-out and get a good portable headphone amp (porta corda). I dont use the anti-skip, and the other "extras". Only thing I do use is the remote for track functions. Note: I dont plug anything into the remote ! (please read the latter sentence
In short, I couldnt find one with a clean (even desent) headphone amp/output, so had to settle for a nice clean line out instead.
Its not that its "catered to the "youthful" public that like lots of bass and could care less for crisp highs." but more of cost reduction I think.
Also you should compare using the best pcdp headphones out and compare it with the line out + say a porta corda...I bet the difference will be obvious.