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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Sep 22nd, 2010, 8:24 pm Thread Starter
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Zumo 660 MP3 Player Sucks

I have a Zumo 660 feeding a MixIt2, using custom in ear monitors. Am I the only one who thinks the audio quality of the Zumo sucks? When I hook up my ipod it just blows the Zumo away..

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You aren't alone. The MP3 player in the Zumo really could use some equalizer or something to improve the sound. If you use audiophile quality in-ear phones that cancel out the wind noise, it really does sound awful. The satellite radio when I had the GXM antenna on mine was awful and tinny - plus it cut out way too much in the mountains and canyons.

Later on, I went from the iPod and then to the Sony Walkman NWZ-X1060 series with no regrets other than $$$ based on all the reviews on the Head-Fi forums. Sony sound quality is always awesome and that model has a boatload of equalizer and stereo stuff to tune your phones to your preferences. It also has the nifty active canceling earphones with the little mikes built-in to cancel out droning-type background noise (I use them while driving in the car long distance and mowing the grass). Never tried their active noise canceling earphones under the helmet though (I use some custom Ultimate Ears in-ear phones for that that fit better under a helmet and hurt less).

Only gripe with Sony is their ridiculously high service fees on their equipment. A battery change-out in the Sony Walkman costs about $270 which is near the dealer cost for a new one (and you get a refurb for that too). Reminds of some German motorcycle brand on their parts prices like $53 for the plastic ABS reservoir caps.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Sep 23rd, 2010, 3:00 pm Thread Starter
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I'm going to hard wire an ipod to my Mixit2..probably get another ipod classic 60gig. I bought a Powerlet hard wire ipod cable so I can just leave it powered up, and I already have an iJet remote. REALLY wish the Zumo audio didn't suck, would have been much simpler.
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