quick IPOD Shuffle Question

Discussion in 'iPod' started by amrk47, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. amrk47 macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2007
    Does the shuffle have the same audio quality/loudness of a Nano?

    since it has no Equalizer, can I just use itunes and select the EQ preset I want for each song?
  2. eRondeau macrumors 65816


    Mar 3, 2004
    Canada's South Coast
    Quick answer: NO.

    The first-generation (white plastic) shuffle sounded pretty good, I would say on par with the nano. However I have a 1GB clip-on aluminum shuffle and right from the start I was disappointed with the sound quality. The noise floor seems much higher, in other words there is always a faint audible hiss or rumble in the background no matter how loud or soft the music is. NOTE: This may have been fixed with more recent shuffles; mine was bought the day the clip-on model was introduced.

    The loudness will be adequate I'm sure. And no, there is no adjustable equalizer on the shuffle. You can pre-set to your heart's content but it will not affect the shuffle's playback. The EQ circuitry just ain't there.
  3. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    my 1 GB refurbished 2G shuffle which i recently purchased does not have a faint hiss but i can say it does have a slight decrease in sound quality compared to the other iPods. however it does sound better than my ageing 4G iPod.

    i listen to music at the flat equaliser setting so if your used to a setting with a bit more bass youll notice a difference in sound on the Shuffle.
  4. Skinner87 macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2008
    i have one of the first clip-on models (before the colours went all dull) and i have never noticed a hiss either. the bass does lack a bit but i'd say this is because of the lack of equalizer and also using them with the ipod headphones. i hook mine up through my home sound system sometimes and it sounds the same as when i hook up my mbp.

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