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No, thank you.

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No real surprises here.
Portable headphone amps exist and are well worth the cost over compromising any phone choice based on its solo sound performance.
    
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post #13 of 133
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Originally Posted by HE_WHO_IS View Post

No real surprises here.
Portable headphone amps exist and are well worth the cost over compromising any phone choice based on its solo sound performance.

Couldn't disagree more, personally.
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post #14 of 133
I'm still an audiophile-noob, but I don't think it means what they think it means. No USB outs to an external DAC, amp, or DAC+amp, nor VooDoo for the Android phones. No line-outs to aforementioned devices from the 32-pin (4 / 4S) or Lightening Bolt (5) iPhones. No use of double-blind test techniques or software. IE80s are known for hiss on most sources; I wonder if Silver Bullets or GR07s might've been better.

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I'm glad somebody is bringing attention to this, I drive at least 3 hours every day and therefore spend a lot of time playing music off of my phone via the auxiliary input in my car. The first few iPhones had a nice, clean sound but both of the 4Ss I had exhibited a ton of background noise, loud enough to hear over quieter music! If I remember correctly, they switched to a cheaper audio chip in the 4S and it really, really showed. I guess the 4S they tested didn't have this problem, maybe I just had a couple of faulty ones? Thankfully my 5 sounds great.

Also, the HTC One X I had sounded really good. HTC mentioned in some of their press info that they took care to preserve a clean audio signal and it definitely shows, as long as you turn off the Beats equalization, that is.
Edited by Remonster - 10/2/12 at 12:53pm
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Originally Posted by DayoftheGreek View Post

Do remember, that is just an EQ they throw over the music to tweak it a little. They actually got caught a while back for making the EQ WORSE when it was off. So turning on the "enhancements" were were just turning off the limitations they built in on purpose.
Sorry if that turned out to be a hoax, but I remember that article clearly.

I remember that. It does, however, make my music sound better. In my car, at least. I use a Monster Cable Aux and it activates the Beats.
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But.. They didn't even USE THE PHONES WITH THE HEADPHONE AMP THEY COMPARED TOOOOOOOOO
This article has subtle overtones that audiophiles like loud music. Pfft.

Also, I can't stand the iphone 4s' audio SoC. Its so bland.
Edited by Dirtyworks - 10/2/12 at 12:58pm
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post #18 of 133
Eh you can use most USB DACs with Android now so this is kinda irrelevant.
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I'm still an audiophile-noob
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No use of double-blind test techniques
Congrats. As long as you remember that, you are officially NOT an audiophile noob and are now immune to the 99% of misinformation spouted by caple swapping, CD oil, sonic brick using, "audiophiles."
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Couldn't disagree more, personally.
I'll second this, but with more info. A lot of the stuff head-fi will praise is a crapshoot. I would say more than half the time you will actually be making your sound worse and wasting money if accuracy is your goal. Portabe amps seem to be helpful in two extreme situations.
#1: You have a device with high output impedance and want to drive low impediance IEM's. This makes for messy bass and wild frequency response. A proper amp can fix this.
#2: You have incredibly insensitive fullsize cans and a device that doesn't put out enough power to get them loud. An amp will fix this.

I think both of these situation are fairly uncommon.
    
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Congrats. As long as you remember that, you are officially NOT an audiophile noob and are now immune to the 99% of misinformation spouted by caple swapping, CD oil, sonic brick using, "audiophiles."
I'll second this, but with more info. A lot of the stuff head-fi will praise is a crapshoot. I would say more than half the time you will actually be making your sound worse and wasting money if accuracy is your goal. Portabe amps seem to be helpful in two extreme situations.
#1: You have a device with high output impedance and want to drive low impediance IEM's. This makes for messy bass and wild frequency response. A proper amp can fix this.
#2: You have incredibly insensitive fullsize cans and a device that doesn't put out enough power to get them loud. An amp will fix this.
I think both of these situation are fairly uncommon.

Hey man, don't hate on cable swappers! You cant getz teh good soundz without gold plated gold oxygen free nitrogen injected silver shielded twisted pair 14awg cables. You also totally need an amp to drive your Beats, they'll like be all muddy otherwise. What, you don't use Beats? Come on bro, they're the best, Dre said so! Jeez, don't you know anything? Next you'll tell me you don't need $1200 HDMI cables for your 720p TV.

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Edited by Zero4549 - 10/2/12 at 1:23pm
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