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What I would call audiophiles use external DAC and amp smile.gif . The best solutions end up being not so mobile, through biggrin.gif

This, although I like portability too and I can't afford things like a Fostex HP-P1 or a Cypher Labs Algorithm Solo and some headphone amp so my choices are either the Samsung Galaxy III as soon as the Voodoo kernel for it comes out, iPhone 4/4S, or if the new Windows 8 phones are good, one of those.

Good read.
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This article has subtle overtones that audiophiles like loud music.
You need a louder volume output for songs that actually have this thing called dynamic range.

Too many devices have their volume settings set for things with dynamics compressed out the wazoo; this causes songs that actually have any dynamics to be too quiet. Heck it's even worse if you use Replay Gain.
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post #23 of 133
Om, time for some authority here, that being moi.

Basically, I'll use less words when needed:

read this: http://www.overclock.net/t/1312097/engadget-smartphones-for-audiophiles/10#post_18280471
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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.

Read my section on portable headphone amps and why they are, for the most part, redundant:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1014902/ocns-most-recommended-audio-products

The Why no mention of portable headphone amps? section.
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mp3 audio format for most listeners, and worried about sound quality ? this has to be a bad joke right ?
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mp3 audio format for most listeners, and worried about sound quality ? this has to be a bad joke right ?

It's difficult to tell the difference between 320kbps MP3 and FLAC (if properly encoded).
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It's difficult to tell the difference between 320kbps MP3 and FLAC (if properly encoded).

If you spend time listening on even prosumer gear, the bit decimation effect just pops right out at you.Its almost always all over the low end "lifeless bass" and the high end" swishy sounding symbols"

what they should do, is give people more storage and get rid of the mp3 format, lossless only.
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It's difficult to tell the difference between 320kbps MP3 and FLAC (if properly encoded).

This holds true to my personal experiences. The only time I can hear a noticeable difference is when I manipulate the track. IE: Adding FX, changing Pitch, Etc.
post #28 of 133
I'll probably stick with my Clip+ for much longer. Why?

Awesome battery life
Very lightweight
Rockbox
excellent sound quality with flac support
microsd slot
cheap


Then again I'm using an HTC desire. I'm not too stoked about the current gen phone battery and storage (I'm looking at you, One X) capabilities.
 
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Regarding the whole FLAC vs MP3 thing, let's put it this way:

It takes less time to copy a FLAC file from your computer than it does to re-encode to MP3 and then copy that. Then again, I'm not someone that carries 1000+ songs with me (that's what my PC is for!).


And cgg123321, i-it's not like I l-like your sig-rig's name or anything...
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post #30 of 133
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I'll probably stick with my Clip+ for much longer. Why?
Awesome battery life
Very lightweight
Rockbox
excellent sound quality with flac support
microsd slot
cheap
Then again I'm using an HTC desire. I'm not too stoked about the current gen phone battery and storage (I'm looking at you, One X) capabilities.

I love my Clip+. Best cheapo mp3 player I've ever gotten smile.gif


As for smartphone audio quality, I figure if I'm on the go, I don't really need extremely good audio quality, since I probably won't hear the small details anyways due to background noise. I have a desktop for the good stuff, where I can actually relax and enjoy the details in my music. When I'm on the go, all I want is that my music gets loud enough when I want/need it to be, that there is not too much of a background hiss, and that it doesn't get too distorted. My EVO 3D, while it doesn't have the best audio system out there, has been good enough for me. But I just use my Clip+ most of the time, since it's tiny and has low background hiss.
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