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Old 02-12-2011, 05:57 PM
moleface moleface is offline
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Default Sansa Clip sound quality - original firmware superior to Rockbox?

I noticed a distinct change in my v1 Clip immediately after I installed Rockbox. The original firmware sounds really smooth and rounded, while Rockbox initially sounded very harsh and "digital" in contrast. I almost convinced myself that it was the placebo effect, but I've found a few posts online that describe the exact same shift in the Clip's sound signature that I noticed.

The Rockbox sound quality isn't a deal breaker for me - I'm not even convinced that the Clip's new sound signature is a bad thing. The new features outweigh the slight difference, and I don't even notice what I'm missing as long as I'm not listening to the two firmwares side by side.

This made me wonder though- could the Clip's pleasing sound signature be the result of some sort of software EQ tweak in the original firmware that's not inherent to the hardware itself?
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