iPhone 4 iPod vs. iPod Classic (differences?)

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  1. djr7572 macrumors regular

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    Is it me, or is there a signifigant difference between the iPod that comes built into iphone 4 and the iPod Classic? And when I say different, I'm referring to the sound quality. It's odd - it just seems like the sound that comes from my iPod Classic is louder than what I get on my iPhone 4. I don't know why it would be, since the song files are exactly the same in both devices. Example: with iPhone 4's iPod, I find that I have to move the volume slider much further to the right to achieve a nice volume level where in my Classic, I don't have to do that as much. The volume limit is off/unrestricted on both devices so there's nothing restricting the volume. I have "boosted" the volume of every one of my song files in iTunes to try and compensate for the "quietness" that seems to be the norm when you download a song. I hear the results of this while using my Classic, but not with the iPhone 4.

    Maybe I'm way off base .. I hope I'm conveying the question clearly enough.

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  2. jclardy macrumors 68040

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    It's one louder.

    But seriously, they have different audio processors and the "volume scale" will be different on different devices. I assume you don't listen with the volume maxed out on either device, so it shouldn't matter that much.

    Do you have the equalizer off on both? This could also change how the volume is perceived.
     
  3. djr7572 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Good question. And no, I don't listen to either iPod device at full volume. But, just like any other music nerd, I like to crank it up once in a while! It just seems like the iPhone 4 requires more input to get a substantial level of volume - that volume slider is WAY to the right before it even starts getting loud. iPod Classic doesn't seem to require nearly as much input to achieve substantial volume.

    And yes, EQ is off on both devices - I don't use it.
     
  4. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    That's because it's not just the files that matter. The hardware matters. Your question is like asking why your CD sounds different in different stereos even though the CD is the same.
     
  5. djr7572 thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's true. I tend to gravitate more toward my iPod Classic anyway when I really want to listen to music rather than my iPhone. Not saying the iPod in the iPhone is bad, it just doesn't seem to put out the "punch" that my iPod Classic does (generally speaking). Probably because the iPhone's primary focus is not on being an iPod ... where the iPod Classic's primary function is to be an iPod :)
     
  6. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I like the classic since the wheel is easy to use and access all my music without all the swiping and stuff you have to do on the iPhone. Not to mention my music needed to be converted to 128kbps to fit on my iPhone.
     
  7. djr7572 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I still love my iPod Classic :apple:
     
  8. mcdj macrumors G3

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    There are entire threads in many different forums, debating the sound characteristics of various iterations of the iPod. Last time I checked, the very first iPod Shuffle was still considered the best sounding iPod ever, with the iPod classic version 5 a close second. The 5th gen was also the last one to offer a digital output signal via the dock connector if I'm not mistaken, making it the audiophile's iPod of choice.
     
  9. djr7572 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Didn't know this. So, the iPhone's built in iPod is far from being considered "audiophile-friendly"? I mean, it doesn't sound bad, it just doesn't kick like the Classic seems to. Almost as if the iPhone's iPod was somewhat of an afterthought .... ?

    Which iPod Classic version are we on now?
     
  10. mcdj, Oct 21, 2011
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    mcdj macrumors G3

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    7

    If you want to read more, google iPod DAC burr brown wolfson.
     
  11. punchdrunk55 macrumors member

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    I use my iPod vide 5g for my music even though I just got my 4s. The 5g is definitely better. I listen to music about 12 hours a day on high quality headphones and there hasn't been anything I can find that comes close. The fourth gen iPod touch was the worst I've had. Haven't had the new phone long enough to really do a good comparison
     

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