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> [UPDATED 11/17/05]Headphone FAQ, read this, check it, before you buy one.

post Jan 6 2014, 12:59 AM

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QUOTE(melvintcs @ Jan 5 2014, 07:42 PM)
not sure if here is the right place to ask
i was using flac with 1000kbps +- with my sony phone.
now i changed to iphone, and i use m4a with 500kbps+- format.

i insert the flac and m4a song into my sony and i cant really tell the different. but after i googled, found out that m4a is a container and flac is a container + codec ? what is that mean?

so far im not using any dac/amp yet. if after i attached dac/amp, can we tell the different in term of the audio quality?
For M4a, it can be lossy or lossless depending on what codec do you use. Most of the M4a is lossy.

For the second question, the answer is definitely yes. A better system can show you much more difference.
You can take note on its overtone and sound stage. You will find that lossless format gives you a more natural feeling.

But this also depends on the recording quality of the music. Some music has better recording quality. Even if it is bring compressed, still sounds good. Some songs with lower recording quality, doesn't sound as nice even in the lossless format.

Here is a site for you to test out if you can differentiate the low and high quality lossy sound.
post Apr 30 2016, 06:23 PM

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QUOTE(noobandroid @ Apr 16 2014, 05:01 PM)
you haven't seen what is a heavy headphone until you tried the audeze or other planar headphone
QUOTE(Soulsareworthless @ Jul 16 2014, 11:00 AM)
Planars from Hifiman/Audeze are way heavier.
Old style planar headphones are very very heavy, but now a lot of planar headphone manufacturers have solve this problem already.
New series HiFiMAN headphones are even lighter than some dynamic headphones, except the old flagship HE-6. Oppo whole series are quite light also.
However I've to admit Audeze and Abyss still super heavy tongue.gif

HE-1000 480g
Edition-X 399g
HE-560 375g
HE-400i 370g
HE-400s 350g
HE-6 502g

PM-1 395g
PM-2 385g
PM-3 320g

Mr. Speaker
Ether 370g

Around 550g

AB-1266 620g

HD800 330g
HD700 270g
HD650/600 260g

T1 2nd gen 440g
T90 425g
DT880/990 290g

K872/812 390g
K712/702/701 235g


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