09-28-2008 08:16 AM
Is there anyway to make my music louder on the fuze??
I already have the custom music eq all the way up..
Why? I need to drown out the people on the bus in the morning
Would better headphones work?
09-28-2008 11:03 AM
Invest in your ears. Hearing damage is not reversible.
Open ear buds have an advantage that's also very hazardous: they allow surrounding sound to compete for your attention. Most people solve this problem by cranking the sound level high enough to drown out the surroundings. The resulting noise floor is hazardous to your hearing.
If you were to hop on the bus with a sound level meter, you'd be amazed at how loud it really is. We tend to tune out this noise level, and think of it as quite a bit quieter than reality.
Your music needs to be louder than this noise floor.
The solution, quiet the noise, so you can enjoy the music without high volume. You can do this in one of several ways: active supression phones like the Bose, which generate a "negative" cancelling signal via amplifying the ambient sound, or by choosing an "around the ear" headphone, or for portable use, an in-ear type of earphone.
In-ear monitor types are my favorite for a noisy environment, as they seal the ear canal, blocking ambient noise, and the speakers can play at a significantly lower sound level. The drawback to this type is that some units completely block the outside world, so when walking about, keep that volume low, or switch to open ear buds when strolling the sidewalks, or crossing traffic.
I like the Maximo iM490s headphones, as they sport a wee vent port on the outside of the driver case, allowing a bit of outside sound to reach the ears (and this improves bass response too). They work wonderfully as combination noise supressors and headphones.
You can find the JVC Air Cushion IEMs at pretty good prices too, or the Sennheiser CX300s... IEMs are worth a listen!
09-28-2008 12:14 PM
Just bought my 4GB Fuze last night and am using it with my 2XL Wrecking Ball In-Ear Buds which I had gotten to use with my 4GB Clip. They are very good in my opinion, providing great noise isolation and clear sound. I paid $14.99 for mine at Best Buy, but they're selling them now for $9.99.
All the best,
Sansa Clip+ 40GB / Sansa Clip+ 4GB / Sansa c240 V1 1GB (RB'd) / XePort 7010-9 / MEElectronics HT-21 / Proud user of Screamer Radio (http://www.screamer-radio.com/) and Slacker Radio (http://www.slacker.com)
09-28-2008 06:35 PM
This is a righteous little headphone amp for only $8.45 + FREE shipping. Comes in black & white. The only bad thing I've heard about it is that it doesn't have an on/off switch. You have to remember to un-plug it. Rumor has it that the next model will have this feature, and maybe different colors, but for 8 bucks you can't really go wrong! I don't have one as yet, but I'll be ordering one as soon as they are back in stock. Supposed to be a few days now.
09-29-2008 06:24 AM
I strongly agree with the previous post reccomending the JVC Air Cushions. Inexpensive, yet very good noise isolation and sound quality. Nice assortment of different ear pieces as well (very important to get a good fit with in-ear phones).
09-29-2008 07:46 AM