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post #76 of 203
I like the new HD5 design, it is different. It is good to know
that sony is actively producing, they might get it right sometime.

I wish with the new HD5 you would be given the option of using
SS or drag-n-drop to load the player, and would have the
functionality of gapless playback, M3U playlisting, playlists on the fly,
and lossless music encoding playback (and incorporate their dynamic
parametric MD EQ innovations in the player also.)

The HD5 looks promising, but so does the soon to be released
iAudio X5.

Thanks!
post #77 of 203
The X5 would be good, but IIRC it still doesn't support ID3 tags!!! Also looks quite big and bulky.

Sony have advertised SS 3.1, which could be an improvement, but still miles behind everything else. Ideally they could do drag and drop for MP3's, and then to protect songs purchased off them, atrac would need to be transferred using SS, but for most of us, that would mean full drag n drop support! That's being far too optimistic though...
post #78 of 203
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Originally Posted by giocas
in my opinion the most important features in a mp3 playe are size,weight and battery life....so HD5...I'm waiting for you!
well I have to think sound quality factors in there somewhere, for me...

How is the sound on the new Sonys for MP3 compared to others? I read somewhere someone claiming that MP3 didn't sound as good on Sony. I think this was referring to the new flash players. I thought the newest Sonys no longer require conversion to ATRAC which was the main problem before.
post #79 of 203
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Originally Posted by tigen
well I have to think sound quality factors in there somewhere, for me...

How is the sound on the new Sonys for MP3 compared to others? I read somewhere someone claiming that MP3 didn't sound as good on Sony. I think this was referring to the new flash players. I thought the newest Sonys no longer require conversion to ATRAC which was the main problem before.
The new ones (HD3) are supposed to sound pretty damned good, i havent heard lots of reviews on the HD3 but all of them have praised the SQ. The ATRAC was what killed the HD1 for many, and when the HD3 came out i think alot of people saw it as a sad attempt to make up for the mistakes of the HD1. The HD5 doesnt, it looks like its own player and i think that the buttons are quite refreshing from all the curved shapes of the other players, its good to see a Lamborgini amongst the curvy Jaguars of the DAP's.

I have a quick question. Sites say that this will retail for 200 euro, i later converted that to about 257 bucks. So the question is, will sony round up? or round down (i hope they round down )?

Here's the things i think sony is going to have to nail down (and hard) if they want to take a big share of the market.

- User Interface (UI). This is a simple and very complicated problem and i really dont know if sony will be able to pull of a UI like the Karma, ipod, or micro. (some people feel that the HD3/1 UI is decent but i cant vouch for it because i've only seen the HD3, take it for what you will)

- Sound Quality. I think if they dont stray too far off course from the HD3, sony will be fine

- Price. Having this priced below the ipod will help immensly, especially with the looks that this player has IMO.

- Software. I think we all know how this is going to turn out nuff said.

- BUGS! . The H10 would have had a much better out of the gate performance if iriver would have fixed all the bugs in the US version, instead they rushed it out and updated it months later. The HD3 has wait screens for when your looking around in your library (as i understand it), its probably not a bug per se but its something that should have been fixed before it got shipped out. If this player cant run smoothly its doomed.

- Features. Other than the turn screen...there arnt any (yet). a bit dissapointing to most but i guess if the ipod can roll without any features the HD5 can too. (solitare doesnt count although the turn screen doesnt much count either IMO) The ipod still has all of the legions of companies ready and willing to sell accessories for the ipod.

If there are any corrections (im sure there will be)/opinions/additions that you want to add to the list feel free to comment.
post #80 of 203
The UI on the HD1/3 is pretty decent I think. I liked it much better than the Karma, but I doubt it'll be as good as the iPod.

SonicStage has taken baby steps, but still has a ways to go to match the ease of iTunes.
post #81 of 203
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Originally Posted by manixc
I wonder if HD3 will have a price drop when HD5 comes out. Can't wait.
The stores near me still have HD1s lying around and at $350, I have no idea when they'll stock the HD3 if ever, and when the HD5 comes out I wonder what's going to happen. I think Sony's really going to pimp this player out.
post #82 of 203
Hmm.. In australia the HD3 isn't even Out..!

this is killing me.. - -"
come to think of it. you can get to like the hd5. but then i think if the screen rotates automatically. it will kinda get annoying.
*the pain! hd3 is not even out in australia. - -" and can't order a hd5 from over seas. coz no credit card. *beep*
post #83 of 203
hey i live in australia too.....wanna get a HD3 instead, HD5 is ugly IMO><
anyone know any cheap place to get HD3 online that ships internationally?

prays for a price drop on hd3 soon....
post #84 of 203
Can anyone tell if the hd5 is plastic or metal, im not sure.
post #85 of 203
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Originally Posted by Beatl£Maniac
Can anyone tell if the hd5 is plastic or metal, im not sure.
Alluminium case, such as hd3 (hd1 have a magnesium case, expensive, but lighter)
post #86 of 203
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Originally Posted by Cyclone
If sony wants to take some more market place they need to have a MUCH better marketing scheme.
You didn't like the Walkman commercials with the alien?

I didn't read all of this thread, but what exactly is the point of a rotating screen?

I think this little thing looks nice, but I do not like the look of the buttons AT ALL.
post #87 of 203
looks hideous imo and it also looks about the same size as the hd3.
post #88 of 203
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Originally Posted by viator122
I didn't read all of this thread, but what exactly is the point of a rotating screen?

I think this little thing looks nice, but I do not like the look of the buttons AT ALL.
Guess it's for people who like having their DAP horizontal. Vertical is fine IMO though.

Think sony were trying to be too futuristic with the buttons. They look fine for a tv remote or something, but for a DAP?!?Nah, sorry sony...
post #89 of 203
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Originally Posted by mushu
Guess it's for people who like having their DAP horizontal. Vertical is fine IMO though.
But why? The screen is SQUARE...what advantage could there be to holding it horizontal?
post #90 of 203
The red 30 gigger, may very well be replacing my gigabeat.

Replacable battery is a GOD SEND!!!!!!! today at work at 11am, my G21 battery died, I had to work for 6 hours without music, having to communicate with co-workers, AND listen to the radio coming from some shmucks's cube. I was this close from stabbing myself deaf with a screwdriver in both ears

To recap:
Replacable Battery:
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