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post #2931 of 37652
Well, purely out of curiosity, I plugged my (600 ohm) DT770s into my iPod...


The verdict? Not bad.

Bass is weak, mids are recessed, highs are sparkly and a little harsh. However, it is by no means bad sounding, just not as good. Gotta go to about 80% to get a decent volume, but it's not super quiet like I'd imagined. They're veiled, and a little muffled, but it's not a terrible experience.


Intriguing, says I.
post #2932 of 37652
Yeah apparently the bass roll off in the iPods go away with high impedance phones and amps. Though then you don't get enough voltage for the high impedance phones either...
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I saw an iPod mod tutorial awhile ago which modified the headphone jack and stuff and improved the sound quality. Anyone know about it and have a link?
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Originally Posted by Refresh View Post
Those of you with headphones and glasses, how do you deal with the sound everytime you move your head and the headphones rub on your glasses and make a squeeking noise?
Don't have that problem, so I don't have to deal with it . I've never had that problem with headphones for some reason.
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I saw an iPod mod tutorial awhile ago which modified the headphone jack and stuff and improved the sound quality. Anyone know about it and have a link?
Do you mean a LOD? If not, then a Line out dock would be better if you're going to go through the effort.
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post #2936 of 37652
no, the imod is different from a LOD. there's a thread in the DIY section of head-fi about it a diy imod
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Marin View Post
I saw an iPod mod tutorial awhile ago which modified the headphone jack and stuff and improved the sound quality. Anyone know about it and have a link?
You're probably thinking of the iMod, here's a very long tutorial about it.

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f6/app...ano-1g-269604/
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post #2938 of 37652
Got the Musiland in today.

(yay!)

...

I'm currently burning it in (for at least three hours) before giving it a preliminary listen.

Watching TV and using my CD players optical out to feed the Musiland with a 5 disc mix set on random.

Only listened for about 30 seconds (I'm superstitious about burn-in and so couldn't let myself listen longer!)

Sound was huge. Bass was gigantic. I may have to investigate new OPAMPS for my headphone amp if the bass doesn't mellow out a bit (the AD822 is known for it's huge bass and overall warmth of tone ... same as the Musiland ... which may end up being too much bass and too much warmth).

Anyway ... I'll post some proper comments sometime sunday evening after I've put at least 40 hours on it.

I'm going to do several hours A/B listening against my X-fi Elite Pro on sunday, which should be real easy and efficient since I can just run digital out of my X-fi and do quick cable changes at the amp.

Should be interesting considering what I just heard in my 30 second "can't help myself" check...



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Here it is set up under my CD player:





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Musiland Test Listen: Preliminary Comments
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Looks good on the desk:

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So after 14 hours play time, via optical out on my Sony CD player, I just took my first tentative comparison listen (45 minutes or so) against my standard X-fi Elite Pro and the difference is quite apparent already.

Huge difference in soundstage.

Musiland is GIANT compared to the Elite Pro.

Instruments have a noticeably 3 dimensional trait with the Musiland: I was listening to a track from The The's "Dusk" CD entitled "Bluer than Midnight" and it has this sultry opening bit with a really sizzling and slow saxophone lead, very mellow, and also a police siren coming from way off in the background/distance ... the since of image and space was just hair raising.

In my final commentary, I'll include an abbreviated .flac of this so you can see what I mean.

Anyway ...

The "playing field", if you will, if you imagine it as a dome extending out and around your head, is way way bigger with the Musiland than with the Elite Pro. Instruments have great separation and again, the spatial characteristics are creepy good.

The Elite Pro, very much sounds 'inside my head' compared to the Musiland.

The bass is also a bit deeper, tighter and up front than is the X-fi Elite Pros.

I've only demo'd it with several tracks so far and am not going to write up a lengthy log/review until it's played for at least 100 hours.

The only real shortcoming so far is that it's a tad bright, which sort of becomes the slightest bit bothersome with my already bright Grado RS1's ... but I'm hoping this will smooth out a bit after a couple hundred hours play time.

BTW, the above comments were generated while listening via digital out from the X-fi to the RCA coaxial input on the Musiland.

I was doing A/B's between the X-fi digital out to Musilland vs. the X-fi's primary mini-jack line out to Musiland.

I'm also using my own head amp (XM4 with AD822 OPAMP).

Haven't spent much time with the Musiland's amp except for a quick listen that made me really appreciate how good my modded XM4 sounds . Then again, maybe the Musiland headamp will sound better after a couple hundred hours.

All things considered ... I am very much enjoying what I'm hearing.

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post #2940 of 37652
Found another jewel did you Joel?

Not surprised in the slightest bit regarding MD10 > Elite Pro. What I would really like to see is a heads-up comparison against the 0404 (a la meet perhaps?). It is quite difficult to make precise comparisons based off of memory alone.

Btw, the MD10 is deceptively small. I did not realize that until I saw your XM4 sitting next to it.

All in all, glad you've got a DAC back in the rig. I want sexi LED on E-MU :/.

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