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Old 07-12-2008, 04:45 PM
Adam Krebs
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Default Do All MP3 Players Sound Alike?

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://mobilitysite.com/2008/07/do-all-mp3-players-sound-alike' target='_blank'>http://mobilitysite.com/2008/07/do-...ers-sound-alike</a><br /><br /></div><p>"<em>Recently I read a review of an mp3 player where the author purposely chose not to discuss sound quality because, in the author&rsquo;s words, 'The chosen player has a great deal to do with how you access your music, but very little to do with how it sounds&hellip;'&nbsp; That got me thinking.&nbsp; Do all mp3 players sound alike?&nbsp; They are all digital, so it&rsquo;s the same 1&rsquo;s and 0&rsquo;s playing the music, so how can there be a difference in sound quality? I have tested some mp3 players myself and have noticed drastic differences.&nbsp; I have trouble believing that mp3 players don&rsquo;t influence sound quality that much.&nbsp; They have different components, circuitry, software and build tolerances, so how can there not be a difference?</em>"</p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/zt/auto/1215875393.usr495.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></p><p>Mobility Site's Steve Laser writes on a very important topic in the portable media player discussion. I seem to recall that in 2001 when the iPod came out, other players on the market were focusing on more faithfully recreating their digital sound and used higher-quality audio parts and software decoders. The iPod on the other hand, was more focused on affordability and battery life, and went the "<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walkman" target="_blank">walkman</a>"&nbsp;route in supporting a technology that was "good enough" for most people. Laser poses the question to audiophiles and tech reviewers from around the net, with surprising variance in their responses.</p>
 
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