Does the Shuffle have good sound quality?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Wolfpup, May 23, 2007.

  1. macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2006
    I'm just curious about that. I assumed that it did, like all Apple's products. But last week on Cnet's Tivo show there was a "fight" between the Shuffle and some other cheap flash player, and she said the shuffle had bad sound quality.

    I was really it true? Is it worse than the other iPods?
  2. macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    It's not just Cnet. The old shuffles sounded really good, the new version is just kind of okay. They are cheaper and smaller now, so I suppose that something had to give.
  3. thread starter macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2006
    Darn, that's really too bad. I didn't realize they were cheaper. I think that was a big mistake, and doesn't help the iPod brand :( At least I'll know never to buy one. She mentioned hiss, which would drive me nuts. (I'm iffy on Dell's laptops, partially because of hiss.)
  4. macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    The hiss thing may have been a one-off problem with their unit. I think it's more that the old plastic shuffle just had abnormally good sound quality that makes the newer one seem meh. It's really not bad, just not as good as its predecessor.
  5. thread starter macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2006
    That's good to hear. Hiss is bad :mad: So the sound's just like...flat, or something?
  6. macrumors 68040

    Jan 10, 2005
    Haven't tested the Shuffle, but I would say that it sounds "good enough". It's a low-end mp3-player that costs $79.
  7. macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    veronica belmont and her prize fights drive me nuts. i've owned both shuffles, and it's true that the first shuffle had better sound quality than the second. but it isn't to say that the second generation's sound quality is bad. i use my shuffle almost every day, more than i do my 5g ipod. considering its size and portability, the shuffle is a great mp3 player.
  8. macrumors member

    May 4, 2007
    ive got a 2nd gen suffle too but the sound quality isnt that good.
    i guess it depends on what kind of earphones you are using.

    if you using a decent to high end earphone you will certainly notice the quality.

    but i didnt buy it for the quality of the sound. i just bought it for the durability and its portability.

    so i guess it depends on what you need is.
  9. macrumors member


    Aug 11, 2007
    The Great White North
    I find the sound better than any other MP3 Player that Ive tried
    (which is about a dozen)

    my 2 cents (thats 2.00321 cents american)
  10. macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    I have the second gen. shuffle. Its audio is better than my SanDisk. It could be a bit more loud, but maybe that is better for my long term health regarding hearing ability. The new headphones are a very good fit for my ears. The previous gen. was too large for comfort. I would definitely buy another one if this one died.

    Of course, iTunes is also part of the ease of use. (I just tried to help somebody with a Creative MP3 player 10 days ago, boy that was quite a hassle.)
  11. thread starter macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2006
    Thanks guys! That's great to hear the Shuffle's a good unit too!
  12. macrumors 603


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    I remember CNet did a review on the first generation shuffle, and they said it had the best bass quality of any MP3 Player in it's class, even beating some more expensive ones with screens and such. (and I agreed with them too, it's what presuaded me to buy one)

    I like my 2G shuffle enough, but it could be better. It is a good player if you just want to enjoy your music and forget about the tiny little shuffle, but if you're a real audiophile, you could definitely make a better choice.
  13. macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2007
    Canada EH!!!
    I have one that I use in the gym. Works great and the sound is great.
  14. Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    I have both a 1G and 2G Shuffle. Like both but prefer the 2G because of the convenience with the clip.

    Sound wise, the 1G seems to have more power in the bass. But both are good. I use in-ear Sony earphones.
  15. macrumors 65816


    Jan 11, 2006
    Round Lake, IL
    The current Shuffle model definitely lacks "oomph". I find I have to crank the volume up a lot higher than I did with the first gen. However, the 1st gen Shuffle won't play all of the music that I have purchased on iTunes (this is something that's been noted on only a few reviews). So, while I would rather continue to use my 1st gen, I have to use the 2nd gen to listen to all of my music.
  16. macrumors 65816

    Jun 18, 2005
    The thing is you probably have the older Sandisk. I heard the new Sandsik Clip(which is a Shuffle competitor with a screen) and yeah it sounds way better than 2gen and marginally better than 1gen imho.
  17. macrumors 65816


    Jun 11, 2007
    Virginia Beach
    Wow, I just purchased a shuffle for use at the gym yesterday. I have some pretty high-end ear phones and I did notice the downgrade in sound quality.
  18. macrumors 68000

    baby duck monge

    Feb 16, 2003
    Memphis, TN
    Well I'm sure glad I stumbled upon this thread. I have a 1st gen shuffle, my wife's nano to borrow, and some nice phones on order. I was planning on ordering a new shuffle in the very near future with my West Law points, but if the sound is that poor (on nice phones, anyway), perhaps I will pass.
  19. macrumors 65816


    Mar 28, 2007
    Thats exactly the problem.

    no, not at all.

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