Some info. on quality music from MP3 players....
The sound that you hear from an mp3 player is a mixture of the digital signal and some noise... The parameter that calculates the level of noise in the output is called the SNR (Signal to Noise ratio) the higher the SNR, the higher is the quality of sound... According to this the following link contains the table that compares the practical SNR values of some of the major mp3 players..
Just take a look at the players and since audio quality is your top priority this would help you a lot... (after looking at the chart you'd be able to understand probably why ipods never mention about the SNR value in their technical specifications ;))
But do understand one important thing - this output is achievable only with good quality headphones.. If the headphones are not good or they do not fit in your ears properly then, the music you hear will contain external noise and the noise the headphones generate within themselves.. Now, the better the headphones, the lesser is the noise they produce.. So to take advantage of the excellent audio quality that any player gives, you definitely need to have a good pair of headphones..
Some notes: Cowon and iaudio are renowned for their audio quality as they make use of their jeteffect tech... So the music really sounds good in them. Creative is truly amazing with their audio.. I have a Creative Zen Vision M and they sound amazing with a pair of Sennheisser or V-Moda headphones..
List of recommended headphones:
Ear bud type:
1. Sennheiser CX300 (app. $50)
2. Creative Aurvana (app. $80)
3. V-Moda Bass Freq (app. $50)
4. Shure e4c (app. $300)
Over the ear:
1. Sennheiser PX100, PX200, PXC300
2. Bose quiet comfort
Hope this would help you..
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