Sound Quality of iPod nano vs. computer

Discussion in 'iPod' started by cosmokanga2, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. cosmokanga2 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2008
    Canada, where we live in igloos.
    Is it common that the sound quality coming out of a iPod nano 3gen is worse than that coming from a laptop?

    I just played the same 320kbps song on both and the computer sounded clearer and less "muddy" than the iPod. Both iTunes and the iPods have the same settings and neither has an EQ setting. The computer is a cheap Sony laptop so I'm sort of surprised it sounds better. I used the same pair of Shure earphones as well by the way.

    Just wondering if this is common or is a problem with my iPod? :mad:

  2. kmiahali macrumors regular


    Jul 28, 2008
    Manhattan, NYC
    first of all no person on earth who is sane would have picked that up and anyway, I'm thinking its your ipod because no one else who has ever bought an ipod nano 3 gen ever complained. then again they are sane.:apple:
  3. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    Computer = large and expensive
    iPod = small and cheap

    Its the same on my Macbook, the sound quality is much better (and ridiculously loud). And its the same with pretty much any other MP3 player (not great sound).
  4. Tom B. macrumors 65816

    Tom B.

    Mar 22, 2006
    :rolleyes: It's common knowledge that most computers will have better sound quality than any iPod. My five and a half year old PowerBook sounded noticeably better than any iPod I have ever heard, even with the standard Apple earphones.
  5. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    Yes, if you care about sound quality, don't buy a portable MP3 player. Doesn't matter if it's an iPod or a Zune.

    These MP3 players are fine for most people because most people aren't going to sit there and compare sound between devices.

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