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A comment on the sound quality.,
This review is from: Apple iPod classic 120GB black (Electronics)
I'd just like to add my sixpence to what's been written about the ipod classic.
I was concerned about what the sound quality would be like after reading what others have written.
I am a musician, having played the drums for around 16 years now. I've done hundreds of gigs and consider myself to have an ear for a good sound. I listen to all styles of music from jazz and classical to heavy metal and electro house. I too like a good sound from my audio gear - I have specialist speakers hooked up to my hifi and am quite fussy with the graphic equaliser, having a particular set up that I like.
So let me say this - having uploaded a handful of varied songs and plugging in the standard supplied headphones that come with the iPod I switched it on.... and was not disappointed!
The sound quality is infinitely better than that of my previous mp3 player - it's good! Yes, the lack of a user definable EQ set up is a slight bug bear... but I managed to find three setups that were good for me, one being quite close to what I would have punched in anyway. I think people are overreacting with the sound issue... I also think it's a matter of what people get used to and then being given something a bit different. The sound is quite bright and I did notice that, through the standard headphones, the bottom end does distort a little... but plugging the iPod into my Hifi soon reassured me that it was just the headphones and not an inherent problem with the iPod - the sound coming out of the speakers was rich, fat and well balanced. If you want a better sound through the headphones then buy expensive headphones... no manufacturer will supply you with those.
Overall, it's a slick piece of equipment with a huge hard drive and high build quality - well worth the £150 I paid for it.
Maybe Apple's problem is that they've been too good for too long and people expect extremely (maybe unreasonably) high standards from them now.
It's a great machine, certainly not a disappointment.