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Bright Carver
Posted - 17 March 2017 00:14
This all a coded thread about anal over vaginal sex, isn't it?
HawkHorseRobe
Posted - 17 March 2017 00:30
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About my sex life generally - things have got smaller over time, no strings attached and performance isn't what it used to be.
sad banta
Posted - 17 March 2017 00:37
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I doubt anyone can tell the difference between 320kb/s MP3 and any lossless format while "on the move". I couldn't, after extensive tests on car and personal systems.

I generally listen to 320kb/s MP3 rips of CDs, or similar quality streaming, off an ipod nano 5th gen through a £50 pair of wired Sennheiser in-ears, and it sounds great.

Wireless can sound just as good as wired. Bluetooth has traditionally sounded inferior, but aptx or similar enhancements overcome that.

The biggest problem with digital sources IMHO is jitter or other DAC problems, rather than the available bit rate. 2nd biggest problem is so-so quality built in amplification in music players.
Sergio Bogface
Posted - 17 March 2017 07:33
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Similar to above recs: iPod 80gb, CDs uploaded using apple lossless (there is plenty of room) and c £100 on a pair of wired in-ears with decent seal to cut out background noise. Go for in-ear monitors (designed for stage use) rather than in-ear phones - e.g. Shure. The biggest improvement in sound quality often comes from the positioning and fit of the iem.
Sergio Bogface
Posted - 17 March 2017 07:49
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Yup. True dat.
Massive fuckwit
Posted - 17 March 2017 08:01
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On the move the biggest prob is not the iPhone but the headphones.

said to myself I'd never switch from in ears because larger phones made you look like a twat. However the moment I tried a nice pair of over ear noise cancelling headphones for train use the difference made aesthetic concerns disappear. If I'd known how much of an improvement they would be id have gone the whole hog for something more expensive over ear .
Fosco
Posted - 17 March 2017 09:19
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It's a good point Gannicus.

My limited experiences with higher quality sound have always been quite distracting amd almost fatiguing to listen to. You get used to it I suppose.

while on the subject, I would like to see the ears of the person that designed the new apple headphones. **** me they are kittens .
B'A'M
Posted - 17 March 2017 09:23
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can anyone recommend decent running headphones.

I use mine everyday (sennheisser ones only about £50 which are in ear but have a band over the head) and have had about 4 pairs over the last 5 years and am pretty happy, but there must have been some tech improvements over the last 5 years that I'm not aware of.

any clues?
pancake humper
Posted - 17 March 2017 09:42
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If you want wireless the powerbeats3 are pretty good bam. Especially if you've got an iPhone 7, the W1 chip they use makes wireless much better.

Otherwise not really unless you're unhappy with Sennheiser's terrible reliability (I've never had a set of Sennheiser headphones last more than a year personally).
B'A'M
Posted - 17 March 2017 09:45
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same here Humpz. hence the 4 pairs in 5 years, but I just assumed that that was de-rigeur for sport headphones because of sweat and stuff.

are they supposed to last longer?
pancake humper
Posted - 17 March 2017 09:48
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Guess it depends on how much you abuse them, but I'd figure wireless will probably last longer as most headphones fail because of how much the cord gets pulled around.
sad banta
Posted - 17 March 2017 09:51
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Amazon reviews say pretty much the same thing about durability.
B'A'M
Posted - 17 March 2017 09:54
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thanks Boner Boy
Whiskers Up
Posted - 17 March 2017 10:57
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there is an earphone mfr (Snugs) which provides a service where they take a mould of your ear and make you custom earphones from that - they were on dragons den not that long ago.

I hate crap sound quality and use over ear headphones with my iphone - not so convenient, but fine on the train. Nad Viso HP50 - would recommend.

HawkHorseRobe
Posted - 17 March 2017 19:44
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So it seems we do have a fair few audiophiles.

As others have said, I've concluded 320 kbps is fine with a pair of decent in-ears. Got some Shure se-215, but may upgrade. If it's city walking or going on the tube, there doesn't seem to be much point having FLAC/MQA etc.
sad banta
Posted - 17 March 2017 19:49
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BAM - "Boner Boy" ? Is that directed at someone else, or did we go to the same minor public school ?
sad banta
Posted - 17 March 2017 20:03
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G- the only complaint I have about my Sennheisers (CX300s I think) is this cable microphony as you call it. Any suggestions for other in-ears, up to about £100, that sound clean and neutral but don't have this problem ?