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Use a Mac instead of an iPod as stereo system source
Authored by: murat on Jul 06, '07 08:53:40AM

My PowerBook and MacBook Pro definitely sound better than my iPods. I did some testing a while back and the dominant factor in the difference in sound quality is the decoding. It should surprise no one that a Mac has more horsepower than an iPod to do really good MP3 or AAC decoding. Depending on the source material, the differences can be quite dramatic.

Older iPods are worse than newer iPods.

The difference in quality was much, much smaller when I compared playback of uncompressed AIFF files.

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