I know some of those words.
As stated near the beginning of this review the Clip+ turned in excellent performance for just about any portable player, let alone a really tiny one under $40. While the iPod has the performance advantage in several areas I'm not sure any of them will result in audibly better sound quality. I am, however, fairly confident the lower output impedance and higher low distortion output power of the Clip+ are an audible advantage over the iPod with many headphones--especially balanced armature types such as most of the Etymotic IEMs, Shure IEMs, Ultimate Ear IEM's etc. These all tend to have wider impedance swings which, combined with the iPod's roughly 7 ohm output impedance, will create audible frequency response variations compared to the Clip+ (see the earlier graph). The flip side of this is some might actually prefer the "less flat" frequency response they get with the iPod. And some argue certain headphone makers "voice" their affordable portable products for use with iPods.
I know some of those words.
I've got a Sandisk/ Sansa Fuze and I had the chance to compare it directly to an iPod 'classic' 80Gb, and to me the Sandisk sounded much better.
Recently bought a pair of Sennheiser Momentum on ears and had an experience I've heard about but never experienced, the "wow I've never heard that before in that song".
Before I bought them I tried some Bose OE2's and B&W P3's, the Sennheisers sounded so much better to me, but sometimes I think the overall 'sound' of a particular brand just appeals to different people.
On the other hand, the only Apple product I own is an iPad Air and for my particular use case I think it's brilliant and wouldn't swap it for anything else. (I had a Sony Tablet S before that, which was pretty good but not a patch on the iPad IMHO)
I don't think they will end up releasing beats as iPhone accessories for iPhones and the like, I think you'll find they are more likely to brand their hardware with the beats logo a bit like the HTC One did. I do have to say the sound quality is no different though my brother has the HTC One with Beats Audio and I have a Note 3, they sound exactly the same, it's the hardware and speaker that is meant to be beats branded not the headphones it comes with.
The iPod and the like are terrible for sound quality, all my friends in school had the latest iPods but after around 2 months of research I settled on the Cowon S9 and I have never heard better sound quality from a device than that was in all my years, it was a brilliant bit of kit nothing I have heard matches up to that!
Once again it's a marketing technique from Apple persuading the younger "hipster" market to buy into their brand by shoving Dr Dre Beats Audio on the back of their devices it's all a gimmick and if the idiots that buy these devices do so because of the branding IMO they're idiots.
I'd buy that (not the MePod)
BEATS DON'T EVEN SOUND GOOD! YOU LOSE HALF THE MUSIC!!!
They make me irrationally angry. Musicians every where must weep if they hear their music through them!
Can we please bring back quality audio formats and quality hardware brands? But then that would just show up the complete lack of effort that goes into mastering now - squash it until it sounds ok on a £5 mp3 player at 128kb, then squash it some more for good measure.
Now don't get me wrong, i can be a bit of a bass junkie, but I tried them with my music in HMV....i spent most the time trying to work out how if i could turn the mid range up on my iPhone...
(possibly the wrong terminology, i'm not a musician. I just like my music to sound good :P)
Then again... I'm listening to this through my monitor speakers.
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