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iPods 'n Things

Posted 15th November 2009 at 12:23 AM by kevinkr
Updated 15th November 2009 at 12:28 AM by kevinkr

Went to the gym this afternoon with my iPod (Classic 160GB) as usual - about 15 minutes into a torturous session on the elliptical the left channel just died. PANIC.. I had a further 45 minutes of time to reflect on the meaning of music in my life - in this case it really helps me to get through what I find to be an exceedingly tedious activity. Sonic wall paper to my life outside of my house??

Got home and quickly checked with another set of headphones and determined that my iPod was just fine.The aftermarket JVC folding headphones I purchased a couple of years ago just before this iPod apparently have an open connection somewhere. They never entirely pleased me so I am not too sad to see them go.

Have ordered a set of the folding PX100 made by Sennheiser to replace them - should be a lot better sounding than the failed JVC headphones.

It does rather make me realize just how important a role music plays in my daily life.

As an aside I rip mostly CDs to the iPod using Apple Lossless these days and they do sound noticeably better than the standard 128K AAC I purchased through iTunes which has forced me to buy the actual CD instead in most cases rather than or in addition to an iTunes download.

IMO the iPod is no winner in terms of sound quality - it is quite "acceptable" through modest headphones, but I think sounds absolutely terrible connected through its dock to my stereo system. Some people actually believe this thing is the pinnacle of audio technology?!

Not knowing whether or not it was the headphones or the iPod that had failed I was not too happily thinking about the $400 this thing cost me 2 yrs ago, and realized that I am at a computing turning point. I no longer use windows on a regular basis, and iTunes does not play nice with WINE - so I will probably replace this with something that is not so platform dependent when the time comes.

I maintain an extensive library of both standard res and some high res flac files on my media server and was thinking how nice it would be to be able to put that on a media player without having to convert it to mp3 or mp4 for my iPod.
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    Good choice - the PX100's are the best small open cans I've heard, they don't sound small at all.

    If you're the tweaking kind, swapping the pads for those off the Sennheiser HD414 makes them a little less bassy, and recabling with something a little more robust will make them last longer, if nothing else.
    Posted 30th November 2009 at 06:18 AM by TheSeekerr TheSeekerr is offline
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    Good to know.. They work great with my iPod, and surprisingly have a 2 yr warranty which must be unheard of at the price.
    Posted 16th April 2010 at 04:53 PM by kevinkr kevinkr is offline

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