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blimblam
04-17-2009, 09:19 AM
how is the SQ when you use a ipod or harddrive as your source of music?
any ups/downs to using them as sources?
if you used both before, which has the better SQ?

thanks.

TECHNOSYSTM
04-17-2009, 01:37 PM
I use both it all depends on the track quality thats downloaded

macq32
04-17-2009, 02:31 PM
device itself has nothing to do with it

blimblam
04-17-2009, 02:33 PM
device itself has nothing to do with it

ohh. i forgot where, but i heard that the sq would differ. i guess i'll go with the HD

DonH
04-17-2009, 02:33 PM
the device has nothing to do with the quality of the music. its where you get and the bitrate as well. lower bitrate smaller the file worse the quality. higher bitrate larger file better quality.

DonH
04-17-2009, 02:34 PM
ohh. i forgot where, but i heard that the sq would differ. i guess i'll go with the HD

the ipod is a hd :fyi:

edit:

wait wut kinda ipod do you have??

JimJ
04-17-2009, 02:34 PM
device itself has nothing to do with it

Well, as long as whoever built it put more than a second of thought or two into the DAC :) I've actually heard of people having better results using the multipin connector on the Ipod and using their own DAC, vs. relying on the headphone out. The Wadia transports work this way.

But the bigger part in the OP's question is what format the files are...if you're really concerned about quality, skip MP3s and use a lossless format.

I use a hard drive as my main source of music at home, and I can't tell a difference between FLAC and the original CDs.

TECHNOSYSTM
04-17-2009, 02:43 PM
I use a thumb drive and an older ipod for my jvc head unti....it does boil down to the bit rate as stated.

swx1042
04-17-2009, 03:52 PM
Don't forget sampling rate.

a 320 kbit file will sound like **** if it's sampling rate is something like 22hz, rather than 44hz or 48hz

macq32
04-17-2009, 05:31 PM
Wierd^^

IF you could find anything that played FLACS thats the way to go hands down IMO
But I dont know that any headunits do (so the flash wouldnt work) and an IPod cant play FLACS either. But yea, its all about the quality of the files, not the device playing it (assuming they play the same types of files)

JimJ
04-17-2009, 05:37 PM
and an IPod cant play FLACS either.

The older ones can, using Rockbox :)