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More iPods N' Things

Posted 3rd December 2009 at 12:22 AM by kevinkr

Well those PX100 headphones came a couple of weeks ago, have to say acoustic sounds was quick on the shipping..

To say they are an upgrade over my old JVC folding phones would be just a bit of an understatement. They're just clearly better in every not so subtle way. Much more extension at both extremes, and much improved clarity - a surprising amount of resolution IMHO for $69..
They're not circum-aural, and have open backs, but surprisingly ambient noise does not seem to be much of an issue. And they're reasonably comfortable.

On a slightly different note I have a fairly large number of songs on my iPod that I downloaded from iTunes. Recently I swapped a not so well liked Pixies album for BT Emotional Technology on Swaptree. I have listened to it a few times and realized that the songs I actually like best are none of the ones I purchased on iTunes! I ripped it to the iPod last night using Apple Lossless and removed the original AAC encoded copies. The difference in sound quality even on this electronica was evident. More disturbing to me is the fact that I missed a whole slew of good songs because I bought piecemeal on iTunes based on their samples. I think there is an argument for buying music by the album rather than by the song based on this experience.

Also although I prefer higher resolution media like the SACD or 24/96 pcm I am once again swapping or purchasing CDs in preference to iTunes downloads for the above reason and sound quality. The risk of missing some good music is just too high.

The economics are pretty attractive if you swap or purchased new or used on Amazon - a lot of very good deals, and in many instances not significantly more than the iTunes album cost with a much higher quality medium.
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    Bas Horneman's Avatar
    Just ordered the PX100 after reading your initial findings on the SQ. My kids broke my 2 previous headphones. They won't get to touch this one
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    Posted 3rd December 2009 at 11:35 AM by Bas Horneman Bas Horneman is offline
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    Kevin,

    My iPod has never seen anything but Apple Lossless. Never bought anything from iTunes. I go around telling people the best upgrade they can do to their iPods is lossless... the looks on the kid's faces when they listen to my iPod vrs theirs is priceless....

    An argument on its own for an iTransport just for evangelical purposes

    dave
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    Posted 16th December 2009 at 06:28 PM by planet10 planet10 is offline
 
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