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Why do ALL mobile sound chips sound crappy to me now?

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Recently, and I mean for the past 3-4 months, I've been enjoying the sound from the desktop, which consists of an omega striker and rp 21 headphones. The sharpness, clarity, and wide soundstage hooked me. Now, whenever I listen to my iphone, the sound just seems subpar. The mids and lows are OK, but the highs are lacking. I can't can't hear the clash of the cymbals as distinctly in the iphone even if I use the rp 21s with it. Yes, I've tried using a fiio amp and played with the equalizer settings, and it doesn't improve anything. Is there anything to remedy this? Or should I just listen to crappy quality music for 3-4 months so my ears can re-adjust? haha

edit: by mobile chips, i referring to the iphone and the one in my laptop
    
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Probably because the vast majority of people who buy this sort of thing haven't heard any better. No use them putting in an extremely good chip when they can skimp out on it and their customers be none the wiser.

All it would really do is drive up the cost anyway, probably quite substantially.
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Probably because the vast majority of people who buy this sort of thing haven't heard any better. No use them putting in an extremely good chip when they can skimp out on it and their customers be none the wiser.

All it would really do is drive up the cost anyway, probably quite substantially.

Sometimes.. you can never win frown.gif
    
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buy a DAC and bypass the iPhone or buy a portable media player... Colorfly C4, iRiver AK100, iBasso DX100, etc.
    
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Without even bothering to read your post, the answer to the question asked in the title is simple - They sound crappy because they ARE crappy.

Want better sound on your laptop? Get an external USB card/DAC.

Want better sound when you're on the go? Get a PMP that is designed for music, not apps.
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Without even bothering to read your post, the answer to the question asked in the title is simple - They sound crappy because they ARE crappy.

Want better sound on your laptop? Get an external USB card/DAC.

Want better sound when you're on the go? Get a PMP that is designed for music, not apps.

I love the apps though. Like I said.. you can never win..
    
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That's why I like android better, supports FLAC <3
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That's why I like android better, supports FLAC <3

Still doesn't mean the hardware that's behind it is much better. I can say that Apple supports ALAC but that doesn't mean it's going to sound as good as a high quality PMP, which is a dying breed.
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post #9 of 10
Ideally what you need to do is get a headphone amp that plugs into the dock connector to bypass the crappy internal amp and sound compression. It will play good quality music through the digital output.
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Yep, an external dac/amp the way to go. Once you try quality audio, you can't go back.
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