I’ve noticed this before, but never in such a pronounced way: that the quieter your background, the better your music sounds. Back in Helensburgh, my iPod frequently sounded rather rough, lacking in bass, and with an edgy distortion (but not actually distortion).
Here, in the middle of a wood, where it is very quiet, apart from the huge crowds of Norwegians, the bass is clear and strong and tiny details I can hear clearly, like the spooky noises in the base of the mix in “Goodbye Goodbye Goodbye” by Bill Frisell.
It works on everything. The telly, a perfectly average radio, an all in one DVD player with little speakers: everything sounds good.
I like it.