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When do you use your MP3 player ?

Discussion in 'Headphones, Earphones & Portable Music' started by HMHB, Mar 25, 2005.

  1. HMHB

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    I've had an iPod for about a year now and I don't really think I'm getting full use out of it. Most of the time it sits on the hifi rack plugged into the amp so I can listen to occasional tracks (I tend to listen to music on the PC more these days). As soon as we get a sunny day I will be outside on the sun lounger and the iPod will be great to listen to all day, but apart from that it doesn't get as much use as I thought it would.
    When do you use your MP3 player ? Do you get full use out of it ?
     
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    I have an NW-HD3, which I do use a lot!

    I have it plugged into my hifi so I can listen to music easily (most of my music is downloaded/borrowed cds).

    Cos I'm only 16, I don't have a car so I use public transport a lot. Needless to say, I use it on buses/trains as well.

    I certainly would say that I get full use of my player!
     
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    Mostly on the way to/from work (bus & train).

    In the supermarket.

    When going up town to do some shopping.

    On the exercise bike.

    More rarely, I'll be using it when on the beach, etc.

    Steve W
     
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    John - Do you find listening to music on your mp3/pc as enjoyable as listening to normal cd's? Just interested to know whether compression detracts from your listening enjoyment?
     
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    If you compress your CD's into MP3 at a decent rate, you will not hear any difference through headphones. My threshold is 192kbps at 44Khz in MP3 format, but in WMA format - to be honest 128kbps is more than passable.

    If you encode any lower than these, you can only expect problems.

    And yes, I realise that this question was not directed at me, but I just thought i'd chuck my 2p in. Hey it's a bank holiday.
     
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    Cheers mcav, that's fine for headphones but John says he had it hooked up to his amp. Therefore would the same apply for listening through your hifi?
     
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    I listen to my MP3's on my Hi-fi/PC and to be honest - they are still as good. It does depend on your equipment and how well it will handle the MP3 format, but my cinema set up (which is also my hifi) is fairly low end stuff and it works with half decent MP3 very well - typically 192kbps MP3.

    I think that any difference I hear when I listen to CD's is psychological, though I do sometimes think that the full CD version just sounds more "complete"

    It's all about the codec I suposse.

    Bear in mind that CD is a compressed format in itself... if you encode to a decent MP3 format, most of the time you will not notice any difference.
     
  8. HMHB

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    I encode mine AAC at 192 and the results are surprisingly good. Some forms of music sound better than others, so if I want to do some high quality listening I'll get the CD out and play that. Mostly though, I can't be bothered these days and find the MP3s played through the hifi good enough and very convenient !
    Edit - I use the line-out on the docking station to connect to the hifi.
     
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    I've bought an ipod for my sister recently but can't open it for a few weeks until it's her birthday. It'll be the first mp3 player in the household so I'll be doing lots of experimenting with codecs and compression rates to see what sounds good on hifi.

    Convenience is definitely a big factor in favour of mp3.
     
  10. HMHB

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    I had to compromise at 192 AAC to be honest as I have about 300 CDs which needed to fit on the 40GB iPod. I would have prefered to use 320 AAC but I don't think everything would fit on.
     
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    The Mini is good enough for me, i'm always rotating music anyway.

    I enjoy jogging with it, helps me.
     
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    I use my MP3 player mainly at work (which is where I am now :mad: ) as I am in a computer room with no general access, so no problems with managers etc walking in during a normal working day. I don't really know why, but I don't tend to use it on the 1 hour journey to or from work on the train.
    Working 12 hour shifts on a 4 on, 4 off basis I think I do get full use out of my MP3 player. It really does help to pass the time on a night shift, or boring bank holiday like today!

    Mark.
     
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    i use my nw-hd3 pretty much whever im awake and not at my pc. especialy while driving (i know its dangerous but its too damn tempting) its so good to be able to have my whole mp3 collection at all times, so much better than the cd player i ahd before.
     
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    I use mine pretty much every day for the hour long commute home(Chris Moyles on the way to work :D )

    I also like to chill out just before I go to sleep so I listen to it in bed.

    I share your sentiments to a degree JohnG in that I have 2500 tracks on the thing and unless new stuff has just gone on I tend to pick on the same songs despite having all my tunes in my pocket so it doesn't feel I get full use. However, that is why I rate the shuffle function so much.

    Downstairs I have mine attached to the HC also. But I more often use my networked Xbox which is connected to the PC upstairs so that it connects digitally to the amp. Xbox Media Centre doesn't have random so Ipod wins at parties!
     
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    How do you guys get over the problem of tracks having different volume levels?. I have to use mp3 to normalize the volume level. Unfortunately this means I have to use mp3, when I would much prefer to use AAC which mp3 gain doesn't support.

    As for usage I use my ipod for a couple of hours a day for audiobooks, mainly late at night when it's nice and peaceful. Music wise on a day to day basis I use it going to and from work, 15 mins each way, and whenever I go out shopping etc.
     
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    Wohooo google'd AAC normailzer and found that mp3 gain now has AAC support!, bloody awesome. Now i'll be using 192 AAC from Allofmp3.com. Of to download some now.
     
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    I use my IPod Mini on a 30 min to 40 min run every day.
     
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    Since getting an i-trip for my pod i listen to it on the way to and from work (50Min) and in work for about an hour after every one's gone home . Plus about an hour through the headphones in bed .

    Daran
     
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    My new job allows me to listen to music whereas in my old job I wasn't allowed to (scumbags). That plus not needing to be on the phone all the time means that I can listen to music pretty much all day providing I'm not in and out of the office. MP3 players are a godsend when you're stuck in a computer suite testing for hours.
     
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    I use mine most of the day at work, and also in the car (hardwire is MUCH better than the itrip).

    Also when I am building websites at home, I plug in the headphones as it blocks out the noise the kids make, and helps me concentrate !

    I also plug it into my Stereo at home, as it saves having to mess around with CD's all the time.

    Mark
     
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    I bought my iPOD Shuffle for listening when riding my motorbike.

    I loved it so much that I take it to the beach and even at home...
     
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    RE:

    "As soon as we get a sunny day I will be outside on the sun lounger and the iPod will be great to listen to all day, but apart from that it doesn't get as much use as I thought it would."

    Well....?

    Steve W
     

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