've got 2 pairs of CX880 Sennheiser in-ear headphones. One with a broken left speaker, the other speaker is working completely normal. The other headphone is in mint condition. The working speaker is absolutely normal. I'm testing 2 devices at the same time, alternating the speakers and headphones (stereo reasons)
These CX880 Sennheisers aren't $30 junk although they aren't professional headsets.
- EQ used: Acoustic
I'd rank these devices in terms of audio quality in this way.
Acoustic (Bass vs. Sound Clarity)
|1. Nano 4 (VERY punchy and strong bass)||1. Nano 3 (crisp, clear vocal reproduction, 'hi' instruments can be heard clearly')|
2. iPhone 4 & Nano 3 (Very close performance, strong bass)
|2. Nano 4 (crisp, clear vocal reproduction, 'hi' instruments can be heard clearly)|
|3.-||3. iPhone 4 (very good, clear vocal reproduction, 'hi' instruments can be heard clearly)|
|4. New iPad (Strong bass, more mid than other devices)||4. New iPad (vocals sounded like muck)|
Why I conducted this test? I never played real racing 2 on phone until recently. The usual device used for entertainment & games was the New iPad. I always thought the game SFX sounds like it was produced from tin and thought it was the game developers. I've just tried Real Racing 2 on my iPhone 4 and to my horror, it sounded so much better. Then I decided to find my previous iPods for audio quality comparisons, the Nano 3 & 4 were working so I included them.
Clarity with acoustic, a high-bass EQ preset differs amongst the listed devices. In general, these devices fared pretty well in clarity when their bass was turned from flat to Acoustic, very audible. The Nano 3 & 4 stood very closely in terms of clarity, the iPhone wasn't as good but its still very acceptable. Nano 4 had very punchy bass and some people do like the strong punchy sounds, despite the strong bass, audio quality is maintained. I'd say more people would go with the sound produced on the Nano 3 or iPhone 4.
However the device that stood out like a sore thumb to me was the New iPad!!! Comparing how audible these devices are, the New iPad isn't even crisp... At first, it sounded pretty normal on a flat EQ. However when I amped up its EQ... I could have gotten the crap sound it produced through the CX880 on a cheap $30 dollar super high bass earpieces with poor vocal clarity while on my previous devices!
This is such a disgrace in my opinion. Why is the New iPad's audio quality so poor???
Anybody has views on this?