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Discussion in 'Headphones, Earphones & Portable Music' started by sparkymarky, Jan 5, 2005.

  1. sparkymarky

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    could somebody tell me which of the main mp3 players would be best for using as both a portable device and as a main mp3 player feeding my home amplifier/speakers?
    so a kind of dual role?

    I assume all have a line out but which has the best (and what type)
    for best audio quality through my amp and home speakers?

    Out of (ipod 20gb, zen or iriver).
     
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    When I was looking into an MP3 player the iRiver had by far the best sound quality for me. But that was 15 or so months ago and the industry moves far too fast so things may well have changed since.

    I got the iRiver iHP-120 (updated model is the iHP-140). The big advantage of this was that it has line out, headphone out, optical out which AFAIK none of the others have onboard. Therefore this gives the best options for connecting to an amp.

    Mark.
     
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    thankyou for the reply. I thought the ipod would have a line out, will check on their website i think.
     
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    sparkymarky, the ipod does have line-out but via the dock...

    The iRiver IHP-120/40 is a decent choice, due to optical-out, which really comes into it's own when connecting to an external DAC.

    Another good choice is the Rio Karma, who's DOCK has RCA line-out, avoiding the mini connections...The sound quality of the Karma is pretty good, too... :smashin:
     
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    thanks, just found that on the apple forums.

    2 further q's though, how big is the ipod in terms of the size of your hand? cant find a pic anywhere of one in anybodys hand. Most other players are shown in somebodys hand dotted around the internet to show how small they are. anyone seen one of an ipod?
     
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    oh and i don't suppose there is a wireless remote available???

    Thinking of feasibilty of connecting up to hifi with me sat at the other end of room!!! Or is there an extra long,good quality, lineout lead so i can have the ipod sat next to sofa (and then feed cable under carpet to amp)????

    thanks again :smashin:
     
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    with regard to the size its prob easier to compare to something more tangible, like a pack of fags or a pack of cards, or a cd case, etc.
     
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    Has anyone tried connecting an iPod to an AV amp using the firewire connection (Dock connector to firewire input on amp)?
    Is sound quality better than analogue minijack to RCA/phono?
     
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    ...your wish is my command....:D

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    Yep, try this on for size.. ;)
     
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    thanks ipodstudio :beer:

    managed to see one today in dixons although it looked different to the one in (your hand?) the picture. What generation is yours???

    Well impressed with your pic and having seen one in the flesh i'm nearly ready to buy. now only need to find somewhere where i can demo one and as long as i like the sound i'll be getting my wallet out!

    thanks again ipodstudio! :smashin:
     
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    No worries, mate! Not my hand; mine's far more beautiful than that....:rotfl: LOL! I found it on the net and PSd it for ya.

    Sound is decent from the ipod but don't listen via the standard white buds as they really suck and you won't get an idea of what the ipod can do. Listen with some decent headphones via the dock line-out for a better impression.;)

    I use mine amped almost exclusively and that makes a big diff, too.

    Of course, if you're going to listen to it on the go, unamped, then you should audition it that way, but try it with some Shures or Senn PX200 portable headphones/Grado SR60s for a good impression...
     
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    Well it'll mostly be used at home amped. Only time i'll use it as a walkman is for about three hours a week at the gym so unless i increase my usage i will prob stick with original buds but will now be well aware that they aren't the best and if i want better quality on the go that i should upgrade them.
    :thumbsup:
     
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    sparkymarky, Digital Lifestyle Outfitters just announced a new remote for the ipod at CES in Vegas! ;)
     
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    thanks ipodstudio!
     
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    Alternatively you can buy a Roku Soundbridge or a Slim Devices Squeezebox, and have them play all your tunes from iTunes. A better way to skin this cat, IMO.

    http://www.rokulabs.com/products/soundbridge/index.php
    http://www.slimdevices.com/


    The iPod works best if you're definitely after one player for home and portable. It's easily sittable in a dock and as iPodstudio pointed out, remote solutions are available. Still, more cumbersome for home use than the above solution.
     

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