Basic playing of mp3 files on my hifi ?

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  1. swayzak

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    hi

    I have a Creative Zen:Vision M 30GB.

    Hifi amp = Cambridge Audio A3i


    After looking at various alternatives which all have their problems (CA 640H, network streamers etc.), I beginning to think it would be simpler just to connect the headphone socket of Zen to an analogue in of amp.

    Still get a lot of good quality Lame -extreme encoded VBR mp3's on the player & can update whenever I want to hear new stuff.

    I'm not really fussed about streaming from internet / PC at the moment.

    Would this sound crap or be acceptable (I like good sound but am not a hi-fi nut) ? Are the D/A converters on these portable players terrible ?

    thanks

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  2. Dave964

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    Get a cable and try it - I got one for Maplins, and it's not expensive.

    Personally, I thought that the sound quality was not acceptable (with ipod) - so I won't buy stuff from itunes anymore because I then have to go and buy the CD anyway.
     
  3. swayzak

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    Thanks

    I've ordered the basic Creative AV cable - I think this is supposed to be the "best" way (analogue output from the players Docking Connector, rather than the headphone ... ? better quality signal).
     
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    YMMV – I happily use one of these :

    http://www.lektropacks.com/view_product_standard.php?product=256&department=4&sub1=30&show=30

    Off the headphone output of my 8Gb Nano into my amplifiers, simply hook up with a set of ICs that are lying around. Sounds more than acceptable to me with MP3s @ 320kbps, it is never going to be CD quality so I would not get hung up on it, but it is a perfectly viable source to a hifi system. I would not bother with docks and the likes, I’d be looking to upgrade speakers and amplifiers before that dude.

    HTHs
     
  5. swayzak

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    I hope they won't sound too bad - Lame extreme (around 220-240 vbr). Certainly sound OK through headphones !

    I wouldn't really class myself as an audiophile anyway (love my Cerwin Vega AT-60s :thumbsup: ) - as long as they sound acceptable I don't really mind.

    It's the music that's important :)
     

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