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      10-27-2006, 02:51 PM   #1
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I got Sony walkman mp3 player to use through my system in320i but not happy with volume level and reproduction.Anybody got one that they are
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Q. How does your Sony MP3 sound thru a home stereo?

I have had no issues with an old 3 gen IPOD so far or indeed the refurbished 2GB Nano (for the gym) I recently bought direct from Apple for £65 (delivered with headphones & USB lead).
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I was never happy with the volume level with my Nano, even with line out, and the Aux volume right up, I could never get it to match the CD/Radio volume. But now I have 7 CDs of WMAs to keep me happy so I dont bother with iPod anymore.
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I got Sony walkman mp3 player to use through my system in320i but not happy with volume level and reproduction.Anybody got one that they are
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I have a 30gig Ipod Video - works fine.

What bit rate are your mp3's (anything less than 190 will sound rubbish)?

Also - have you normalised the gain (use a little prog called mp3 gain to fix them all at 89dba and avoid clipping).
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I'm using a Creative Zen Vision:M with WMA files through my E90 and the volume is fine for most ripped CDs. Some of the older ones dating back to the late 80s early 90s seem to be significantly quieter but all the latest stuff will go more than loud enough to make my ears sore. A mate of mine has found that ripping his CDs to his iPod produces lower volume recordings than downloading from iTunes so I guess there's some mileage in the volume possibly being configurable - don't know how though as it doesn't seem obvious with the Creative software.
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I'm using a Creative Zen Vision:M with WMA files through my E90 and the volume is fine for most ripped CDs. Some of the older ones dating back to the late 80s early 90s seem to be significantly quieter but all the latest stuff will go more than loud enough to make my ears sore. A mate of mine has found that ripping his CDs to his iPod produces lower volume recordings than downloading from iTunes so I guess there's some mileage in the volume possibly being configurable - don't know how though as it doesn't seem obvious with the Creative software.
All digital music has varying base volume levels (gain).

There is a little free utility called mp3gain which can solve this.

http://mp3gain.sourceforge.net/

Essentially the best bet is to normalise everything at 89 dBA using this programme. This not only levels out the volume it stops clipping (which would otherwise muddy or distort the sound).

Normalising the volume doesn't get rid of volume changes with the song - just from one song to the next. You can also normalise an album - so a quiet song stays relatively quiet compared to the rest on the record.
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Remember IPOD have the "sound check" feature which trys to bring all tracks to the same max volume.
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I'm looking at the Creative Zen jukebox 60gb - I think its similar to yours.

I've ripped all my stuff to WMA lossless. Can the Zen handle lossless WMA?

I'm gonna get two - as my collection is 150Gb (cant afford to have three though).
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Remember IPOD have the "sound check" feature which trys to bring all tracks to the same max volume.
The 'sound check' option is a bit of blunt instrument though.

You will have better sound quality if you use mp3 gain and if you apply album gain settings you will maintain the differences between tracks on the same album.
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