My Portable Audiophile IPod Setup




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Jagdip Singh: Ipod classic 5th gen is one of the best music players around, it has wolfson dac, that thing can turn my note 4 and ipone 6 in to dust. put toghter with the fiio e17 a2. its a great audiophile player

Derrick Davis: You carry around $2000 headphones??? Lmao...NEVER would I EVER do that... I have a pair of Beyerdynamic DT 770's that im afraid to take with me to school... So I carry my Sennheiser hd 280's instead....

derbigpr500: +Wawaweewa Rice The reason why audiophiles like Apple products is because they're perfect for this usage. Their interfaces are incredibly intuitive, simple, quick and smooth to use, they support all the formats that are needed, and on top of all, and most importantly, they sound better than competition. In fact...they sound better than some dedicated audio equipment. Belive it or not, I can't consistently tell the difference between an iPhone 4S and a 1000 dollar Musical Fidelity M1DAC d/a converter when both are playing the same music file, volume matched, plugged into the same 1000 dollar headphone amplifier, and using incredibly transparent Beyerdynamic T1 headphones. I'm talking about listening to music, and just flicking a switch on the front of the amp that changes the input, no stop or pause in the music playback, and they're so similar sounding that I have a hard time telling them apart. I can sometimes clearly tell the differences, but I can't decide which is which...meaning that none of them is clearly better or worse. And nobody can do it out of people that tried, I had about 5-6 audiophiles blind test that, and none of them could tell which was the "excellent audiophile DAC", and which was the "crapty overpriced iPhone". On sound alone, iPhones are worth the price. On top of a great DAC it also has an absolutely dead silent headphone output with not a hint of distortion or noise, and perfectly balanced channels with great separation (which is something a lot of portable amps can't do believe it or not), it also provides the highest amount of power and voltage for headphones, so it can actually run most headphones to proper volume levels. I plug my Beyerdynamic T1's into an iPhone every night almost in bed where I don't have an amp, and they sound excellent, not as loud, but loud enough. If I plug them into any other smartphone, they sound like garbage. People give Apple too much crap, in 99,9% of cases because they have no experience whatsoever with Apple products, and they just like to jump on the hate bandwagons because hating Apple products somehow in their heads makes them believe they're better or smarter than those people who use Apple products. As someone who uses both Apple products (from smartphones, laptops, tablets to PC's) and the products from the "other side", I can totally say with full confidence that not a single Apple product I ever owned has disappointed me, and none of them ever made me feel like they were overpriced, quite the opposite actually, in most cases I'd pay double if needed to get the same level of quality.

cm2881: Good video, now it's time to upgrade the iPod with mSATA technology, right now you can go up to 1TB.

atlantargh: Very clear explanations; I'm glad you pointed out the fact the gen 5 ipod has the better Wolfson DAC. Thanks for posting.

Syntax: You can't hear anything above 20,000hz (give or take) you're waisting space with lossless files. Anyone who says otherwise is speaking out their ass, literally no difference.

kennyp987: HIGH QUALITY HIGH QUALITY HIGH QUALITY

cody cooper: I'm getting sennheieser (might have spelt wrong) hd 600 and I wanted to know if they still sound amazing or pretty good with just the headphones and the ipod classic new or old 120 gb

Gary Overload: Why not get a Fiio X5? Apple's lossless is the worst of the lossless formats.

Jim Bob: Surely doing all that converting from line out to 1/8 inch jack, then to 1/4 inch loses some quality or at least doesn't gain anything in the long run??? Tell me if I'm wrong, but the very last step converting from 1/8inch output 1/4inch will not improve the quality seeing as the sound travels from the 1/8inch in the first place... Maybe he did this just for convenience with those headphones specifically but it would be nice if someone could explain!

Wawaweewa Rice: I don't understand so called audiophiles using apple products. Theres so many things it doesn't support and the interface doesn't cut it. Poweramp is a a great app for audiophiles, shows bit rate, organized, customizable. I don't care if apple makes their own lossless version of flac, they could rather stop being stubborn and just support flac and other file types already. They just want money....

Brian Chin: Best portable bass set up: PS vita set to unique equalization + digizoid ZO2 + bass modified sony xb+920's

Rock'ca Holic: Would it make sense to buy one of these for bests pro headphones. And maybe playing losses or high quality mp3 on an ipod classic?

Ernest Walker: PhotoTristan....where can I purchase one of the short 30 pin to 3.5mm male cables????? 

h2soccergod: Audiophile and ipod do not go together. They don't even play flac files.

tmbacz: That's nonsense about the lossless audio. You're splitting hairs w/ the high quality files. The human ear can't distinguish b/t one type of smaller high qual file vs a much larger high qual lossless file. Stop telling people this.

Mark Turner: Will the sound still be good quality, if I use the ATH-M50X instead of the headphones he is using?

Leo Phan: Still.. Mp3 format never satisfy my ear :(

PawlOwl: lol "this adapter doesnt degrade the sound" so it is like any other adapter. you are a noob with too much money

Jjackj Lucky: Where can u get the amp

Ron Bernard: How long does the 9 volt battery last before replacing ?

candoslayer: i just got the sennheiser hd558's and love them first audiofile headphone i bought chose them partly because they were on sale for 160 regularly 180 and was wondering what program would you reccomend for ripping cds?

davina pond: I have the 160GB iPod classic 7th generation and I heard that the DAC on it is a high quality. how do you get new CD's when they don't sell them anymore. downloading CD's are a low quality compression. I try to find my CD downloads at the best compression I can find usually 320kbs. what are your thoughts or anyone else's. thanks.

Mark Abindan: Yes its expensive. But if your heart is willing to hear good sound quality what is 500$ its just nothing. 

ThinkingBetter: It would be interesting to take a set of lossless audio test files and measure the output from the iPod directly vs through this external amp. Is there a measurable benefit? (e.g. max power, frequency response, distortion or ?) I'm rather fanatic about using great speakers or headphones while I've heard even cheap amps performing excellent. It's rather trivial to amplify a line level to a headphone level.

Ian Newman: I recommend you consider the RWA Imod for your IPod 

kookieless: 1/8th inch errr it's 3.5mm!

ragnell saria: IPod can reproduce alac files Wich is a lossless music the same as flac and u can also rockboxed the ipod so its going to reproduceflac

Mark Abindan: Yes its expensive. But if your heart is willing to hear good sound quality what is 500$ its just nothing. 

viceadmiraal61: have the same headphone...the best in bass.

Mike Hobbins: Just bought a pair of audio technica ath m50's and i want to know what would be the best amplifier to listen to music off my galaxy s3?

Plastic: why no rockbox?

AOS AIRSOFT: What ear buds do you use?

edalarconreal: Have you tested the Fiio E17? Dac+amp?? Any thoughts?

barrie frost: Hello : would the set up you are using be compatible with Beyerdynamic Custom One Pros Cheers. Barrie

edalarconreal: Thanks, great video. Could you please post the link for the Meir amp. I did not find it! Tx

0s4x: Where can I get that 1/4 inch to 1/8 inch adapter?

Bernard Mahoney: i am no fan od denon .

Shane Dennis: How do you get lossless files?

LaLiebre408: why do you look like the unabomber in your profile pic?

TheJullim: i have heard substantial differences overall, EVEN through my iPod, some people can hear the differences and some can't , some have the ears and some don't, good gear helps also with noticing changes, also it's the density, depth, and framing rates that change, your not going to hear, "more bass" or heavier "mids", mostly in resolution, and density, sure they sound the similar due to identical properties, but i would never go as far as saying "they sound the EXACT same" or are "IDENTICAL"

icemannooim: I would love to see your proof for that statement. I can only assume you mean lossless audio are not the same as the original analogue audio, since you bring bit depth and bit rate into it, but lossless audio is lossless when compare to its digital origin for example a CD.

icemannooim: There is no proof, just opinion, that a compressed lossless file sounds any different from their uncompressed counterpart at identical bit depth and rate. Most audiophiles claim compressed files make music sound compressed but they have no idea how digital audio actually works.

Juan Sebastian Amador Bjarner: It is.

TheJullim: my mistake they're is no noticeable differences in lossless to lossless, but format to format like flac/alac vs aiff/wav i disagree and do hear differences as i said before "aifff/wav is has a better kbs rating than flac/alac, and flac/alc has a better kbs rating than apple lossless"

nb347: Do you recommend the ipod over the nationite s flo2?

TheJullim: your basically saying Mp3's sound as good and are exactly the same as aiff or apple lossless, since you say they are the EXACT same, the KEY is that higher kbs, higher framing rate, higher bit rate it's going to sound more dense overall, depends on what your comparing, YES the diffences are not HUGE but are still their , i can INSTANTLY detect a 300kbs or 256kbs since I'm used to much better formats

DJARACHN1D: The iPod classic is already a large "brick", why add an even bigger appliance to it? You can't fit that in your pocket without it looking akward.

Jon Yeung: dac is the digital to analog convertor, LOD just allows you to use external amp
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