Newbie question: overkill by getting great headphones for Nano?
Nov 18, 2005 at 4:36 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 9

vinnyferret

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I'm an audiophile when it comes to non-portable equipment. Well, I got an Ipod for the first time (Nano) and am thinking of getting the UE Sfi 5.

But I wonder, since Nano is mp3 quality, and I'm used to at least CD quality and alot of SACD/DVD-A hi res stuff on my home system, are the $250 headphones going to make much difference? I mean, an MP3 is an MP3.

Thx, and sorry if my question has been asked many times before.
 
Nov 18, 2005 at 5:33 PM Post #2 of 9

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Quote:

Originally Posted by vinnyferret
<snip> I mean, an MP3 is an MP3.


Not really, there's a huge difference between a 128 kbps and 320 kbps mp3 file, at 320 kbps the file is somewhere near cd-quality. Your mp3-encoder also matters alot, you will get the best results with EAC and LAME.
But since you have an iPod you also have some other options: AAC, which is a lossy format like mp3, is claimed to be better quality than mp3 (at the same bitrate). ALAC, which is a lossless format (no sound data is removed when the file is encoded, so you have actual cd-quality), the files are larger though.
But try the different formats and quality settings to find the one you can live with
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Your headphones also matters alot and the Super.fi's won't be overkill, even with a nano.
 
Nov 18, 2005 at 5:51 PM Post #4 of 9

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As others have said it's not the file quality so the Nano isn't really "MP3 quality". Or it.. is but can also be "CD quality". Try a few encodes at 224 AAC VBR first though.
 
Nov 18, 2005 at 7:13 PM Post #7 of 9

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Originally Posted by tortie
There's no such thing as overkill when buying headphones. Buy the best one you can afford.
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Ah yea, the wallet is really the only bottleneck in any audio setup
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Nov 19, 2005 at 2:17 AM Post #9 of 9

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Reminds me of a question asked of an instructor at a high-speed driving event, about how much to spend on a helmet, "If you have a ten dollar head, buy a ten dollar helmet"
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