Originally Posted by stet
My bass-check song, Stetsasonic's "The Odad," sounds tight and controlled, and the steel drums and kettle are crisp with both the PPs and MS1s; The Clash's "Lost in the Supermarket" just sounds sick, esp. the cymbals.
I would say that people who aren't really into audio wouldn't notice much of a difference, but anyone who has even a passing interest ni this stuff would immediately notice just how much more rich the sound was. The iPod amp sounds flat and lifeless now.
I have found that the low end is fine too. I think people talking about "artificial" low end are just used to setups without a lot of low end. Most of my music listening before I got the iPod was in the car which has a (boomy) 10" sub in it, so there is nothing about it that sounds boomy or artificial to me at all. It just sounds smoother and much punchier and more noticeable. I think headphones are weak on bass to begin with and this just brings it out to a point where you can really appreciate it.