That was broadly the response of the tech community who pretty much slated it because it's not the tech jewellry that they were expecting & that they had been given in previous announcements.
There was a lot of hype.
Sounds good though. I think you have to hear/see it to appreciate it.
I can see them dropping the price.
What I would have liked to have seen is a better coupling with the Ipod. Sticking out of the top is a little flimsy and you would probably worry about operating the click wheel in case you break the socket.
It needs a radio.
There are other problems such as the fact that part of the bass bandwidth is actually in mono because it uses a single bass driver. Some bass is only perceived in mono but I suspect it goes higher than that.
Hi Chris, yeah I noticed he used the word 'audiophile' in his speech. I found that a little surprising considering for a number of years he's been the one championing the iPod and the virtues of compressed digital music! The iPod is a lot of things, but an audiophile piece of kit it is not...
Yeah I agree you can get decent sounding music using Apple Lossless and I can't wait until iPods are big enough to store entire CD collections this way. I've got my collection at 320kbps MP3 and although songs sound fine through headphones they're a little tinny and lack warmth when put through my hi-fi. It's still a long way short of CD quality that's for sure.
Thanks for the help! Got a few new lossless recordings on there now. Can't say I've had chance to hear the difference as yet, looking forward to getting a few more and then investigating the prospect of getting some vinyl there too. Someone suggested he had a £10 piece of software that would assist - don't know how reliable that will be though?
No. Just the two proprietary Apple file formats (Apple Lossless and AIFF) as well as AAC, WAV and MP3.
I'd like to be storing in uncompressed WAV but apparently you can't get an ID3 tag in to the file with any ease. FLAC is close sound quality wise but easier to use with a Squeezebox or Roku and is open source.
I'm encoding first and then building the network later.
Had my eye on this;
www.at-tunes.co.uk which is a re-engineered Squeezebox with a better clock DAC and power supply. Saw it at Heathrow. Sounded good.