matt_d_19 wrote:Using mp3 files on $150-300 headphones is ok. Sure, they're not as good as lossless files, but I have some mp3 files that I listen to through my mspros. It's definitely not worth changing your whole music library for.
matt_d_19 wrote:It would be more important to change your source for headphones around $300. An iPod will be the limiting factor more so than an mp3 file. It would be worth looking at soundcards, amp/DAC combos or portable players with better audio components than an iPod. Like a Sansa clip or a Cowon player.
mallethead wrote:Trying to get higher bit rate MP3 files (at least 196kbps for me) will provide a pretty quick improvement IMO and he may want to take this into account with a headphone upgrade.
Better headphones won't necessarily = better sound if he is using lower quality files (128kbps and under for me). My AD900's reproduce the compression ( it's sounds like it's underwater) better and so it sounds worse. I'm better of using lower range 'phones if I have to listen to it.
mallethead wrote:The original post is about music file formats and headphone upgrade for use with his iPod - WTF is the point of suggesting source upgrade, dac/amps or change in player?
bass69 wrote:I'm thinking of buying an expensive set of headphones but dont know if it's worth it if i just use it to listen to mp3 files on my ipod.
I use both MP3 and FLAC on my Cowon player and I can definitely tell a difference in the quality between the two.
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