How to get the highest possible quality music on the iPhone?

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  1. AdamA9 macrumors 6502a

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    Guys,

    Just invested in some good earphones, however, my current library of music just doesn't do them justice, I think it might be because of the compression or something.

    Is there a way to get really good high quality music on the iPhone?

    Thanks
    Adam
     
  2. milamber macrumors regular

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    You could always re-rip your CD as ALAC.

    Or buy a lineout dock and a portable amp.

    What earphones did you get?
     
  3. AdamA9 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Most of the music is already MP3. I buy my albums on the internet rather than hard copy. A lot of it is 320 anyway, so will that stay when I convert in iTunes?

    I got the Shure SE535
     
  4. daneoni macrumors G4

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    Stop using anything less than 256kbps AAC or 320kbps MP3 and/or re-rip your CD library using Apple Lossless/AIFF.
     
  5. lexvo macrumors 65816

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    If you re-rip your CD's in the highest bitrate for MP3 (320kps), the quality should be quite good.
     
  6. peteisanidiot macrumors regular

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    if you really care about audio quality you shouldn't be converting anything that's already an MP3. that said, for the most part i haven't heard much change in iTunes AAC transcoding to save space on my iPhone.
     
  7. milamber macrumors regular

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    Do NOT transcode. It's a sure fire way of making your music sound crappy.

    Shure SE535 are great headphones! There isn't much you can do if your mp3 are at a certain bitrate already. Crap in, crap out.
     
  8. AdamA9 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    How do I do this? MOst of my MP3s are 320kbps anyway, I try not to go any less. In future would I be better off buying the CD and then ripping it? The only reason I don't do this is because iTunes and the like is a lot cheaper than CD albums usually
     
  9. asleep macrumors 68040

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    Stay away from Rap, C&W, and most Easy Listening. [​IMG]
     
  10. walie macrumors 6502a

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    also consider how you're getting the sound out of the iphone, if you want supreme quality, you shouldn't be using the headphone jack

    be sure to get a high quality line out cable to a high quality amp, then plug your shures into the amp
     
  11. AdamA9 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Cant really take an amp on the train with me :)
     
  12. aohus macrumors 68000

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    Get a portable DAC + AMP

    search on ebay. or check head-fi forums for reviews.
     
  13. daneoni macrumors G4

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    You don't need to buy CDs if you're already buying tracks from iTunes or Amazon (they use 256kbps). What's left is good headphones and/or amp
     
  14. walie macrumors 6502a

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    absolutely you can, there a number of high quality portable amps available. As mentioned, check out head-fi.org, and Sorry About Your Wallet
     
  15. aluren macrumors 65816

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    Buy CD's and ripping them in Apple Lossless is still the best way to go. I have a good quality earphones myself (UE-10 Pro) and can clearly hear the difference between 320k .mp3 and Apple lossless .m4a files. I still never buy anything on iTunes or Amazon music because of this.
     

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