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Old 07-04-2010, 05:59 AM
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Default Sony A845 RMAA Tests

RMAA: Sony A845 - Headphone-Out
RMAA: Sony A845 - Line-Out

Amusingly, the headphone-out is somewhat better than the line-out in any case. Seems like getting a line-out cable/dock for the A845 is a waste of money (and audio quality).

The Sony has such a high output impedance, it completely craps out with multi-armature crossover IEMs. There is an audible difference when using eg. Shure SE530 with the A845 to all other decent players I've tried. It's not a matter of "synergy" between player and phone - just a matter of a player being able to drive a phone properly or not (with the A845 falling in the latter category). In listening tests, the A845 also hisses a lot with sensitive phones.

All in all, I'm not impressed with the A845's performance - especially at that price. The cheap Sony B153 for example has already better audio performance.
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