Originally Posted by yyoo
No, "anemic" connotes lacking.
Ok, then lacking it is.
Compare the output from the same 2 songs "unEQed" (with same phones of choice) from: 1. a sharp MD with an auvi-amp. 2. iPod of choice (you can even give the iPod a favor by using a lossles/uncompressed file).
The result with this comparison will be: 1. compared to a Sharp, the iPod i s anemic. 2. No, the Sharp "auvi" is definately not bloated. Better sound quality can't be found on portables. (Maybe Panasonic's digi-amp?) Definately no go for any Sony.
Belive me, if the iPod got this kind of amp it would be a killer. It's no joke.
(Oh, I love my Ipod, wouldn't trade it for anything else. But the output & EQ leaves a "some" to be desired...