Links Portable Audio for Snobs February 7, 2005 Jake Brown 2 Comments How to make your iPod an audiophile’s dream – It’s all about lossless file formats and good headphones. Via LHB. Share:Click to share on Mastodon (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)MoreClick to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email a link to a friend (Opens in new window) Related
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I rip straight to MP3 and have a $100 pair of Titanium headphones and my iPod sounds great.
I am a headphone freak, my fiance thinks I’m crazy. It’s because I try/buy so many pairs of headphones looking for the right one. I’m not so interested in an amplifier since my iPod is my primary player and I don’t really want it to be any bulkier than it already is. Minidisco.com has a good selection, including a lot of Japan-only items.
I also really don’t dig in-ear buds, I find them kinda gross, hard to deal with when not in use, hard to get a great fit, and while they block outside noise, they amplify noises like chewing and walking.
Hats make over-the-head annoying and I used to love the Sony MDY-G72 behin-the-neck model. They stopped making those and the replacement is ungly and considerably bulkier (altho the G74’s sound really good). Now I’ve got a nice pair of the Senheiser p60’s (i think) that are decent.
When I’m less worried about portability, nothing beats my GRADO SR80’s. On a plane or in front of a computer I like the Bose Noise-cancelling headphones. they don’t sound as good, but they do an amazing job with the hum of afan or a jet engine.
I have started to rip everything to 128 bit AAC, and find that it sounds pretty good. I only notice compression in a quiet room with my studio headphones. It seems wasteful to do the whole lossless thing since files on the computer are intended for portability. What I have noticed is that some CDs are recorded much better than others, and it’s hard to tell where compression artifacts start a nd crappy original source material begins.