I still like the Shuffle's sound the best

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madmaxmedia

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I have a 40GB iPod and was going to EBay it for a nano. But upon closer listening, the Shuffle still sounds the best to my ears. I mean they all sound fine, but the Shuffle is the only one that really brings a smile to my face.

I have some good Sennheiser over-the-ears that sound great with all the iPods, but listen to compact in-ears more often. I find that even my cheapest Sony buds sound great with the Shuffle.

It's not like I'm psychologically prejudiced towards the Shuffle, I really was hoping the nano would be the perfect combination of features, sound, and size for me. As it stands I will probably keep my 40GB iPod, and get a Shuffle to go with it (my wife doesn't like it when I re-load her Shuffle with all my music...)

I also know that other companies have great sounding players (used to own a Rio Karma), but I want something with full iTunes compatibility and AAC support. The software that came with the Karma was absolutely atrocious IMO, and I have ripped a lot of my CD's in AAC.

Anyone else notice similar results?
 

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I've never listened to a shuffle - frankly I use the screen on my flash player too much to ever want one. But I read a review that actually did spectral analysis on the iPod, mini, Zen micro & Shuffle, and the Shuffle did beat them all. The mini was by far the worst, particularly in the bass range.
 

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Well, Dear Guy

I had a 30 gig Photo and one day I decided to get a shuffle. I really think that as a 14 year old, that was the best $137.00 I have ever spent. I worked hard for it and i think that it Is a great piece of equipment.

I do see similar results with the sound quality of the iPod shuffle. Compared to my Photo it is alot better and I can hear the seperation between diferent vocalists in the song and also i hear sounds in my music that i never heard before. It's like apple pie to my ears.

And i love how it weighs less than my keys but still holds 240 songs

I personally believe that having an iPod w/ a screen and large storage space and then having a shuffle is a wise choice. I wouldn't get the Nano because i heard it has the worst sound quality from all of the iPods and is very difficult to handle.

DT
 

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I always thought that the bass on my 1GB sounded flat, so I went to the Apple store to compare it with the Nano.

They both sound the same, but when I used the EQ bass booster on the Nano, I thought it sounded 10x better.
 

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Last nite I had a 4G iPod, Shuffle, and a nano and listened to all (not a blind.) They actually sounds pretty close, so I haven't decided which to keep (the Shuffle is not mine.)

When I first listened to the Shuffle I had a 1G Mini at the time, and the difference between the 2 was pretty clear.
 

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The shuffle sounds far superior to my 3G. I haven't listened to any 4Gs or minis, but apparently the nano has sound quality on a par with the shuffle.
 

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Eh? From what I've heard, the Nano and the Mini have very similar bass reproduction, with the Shuffle still coming out the clear winner. This, of course, only being true with a decent pair of headphones. Seeing as how I'm still using Apple's, I'd probably never notice the difference...
 
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