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post #61 of 91
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Originally Posted by TenaciousO
I've had this player since Tuesday, and I love many things about it. First, it looks very classy. You really need to see it in person to see how nice it is. Second, like all other Creative hd players, it sounds great with good headphones. Third, I really like the fact that Creative used push buttons because you can feel around to activate a function instead of having to look at the player like with the micro.

Now what I don't like about it...

The screen. The screen is probably the biggest that I've seen in a Creative player, and much bigger than the micro's, but I honestly think that Creative took a step backwards with this screen. The problem is the darn blue backlight. The micro has a really nice contrast setting, but instead of emulating the micro's screen, Creative decided to incorporate a screen that is only a hair better than the one on the Zen Touch. Get rid of the blue backlight already!

Power adapter. This is more of a slight annoyance than an actual problem. The adapter connects to a proprietary connector...kind of like on the ipod. The problem is that the wire that connects the power adapter to the connector is rather thick and unwieldy. I think Creative could have spent the extra 20 minutes or so to think of a better design. But again, not a big deal.

The software. I'm familiar with Creative's software since I've owned several Creative players before, and I haven't had too much of a problem. However, I think Creative is entering into dangerous territory. I've always used the media explorer to transfer music as a simpler alternative to MediaSource, but the version that came with the Sleek seems very bloated. The media explorer programs I've used in the past weren't too far of a departure from windows explorer, but the lastest media explorer looks like it wants to grow up to be like its big brother, MediaSource.

FM radio. The radio sucks. It's as simple as that. I thought that since the Sleek was bigger than the micro that it would possess a better radio, but it's pretty weak. The X5's radio stomps all over the Sleek's radio.

Battery life. This is the biggest problem. Some folks here have stated a battery life of 16 hrs. The box says 18. Now, I've been through countless DAPs, and I've had enough experience to know that rarely does a player match the stated battery life. However, unless my player is defective, I'm finding that the battery life of the Sleek falls waaaaay short of Creative's claim. I'm using 192kb/s mp3s, backlight on for 5 seconds or so, volume at about halfway, playing albums straight through, and I think I'm getting around 7-8 hours of battery life. That's less than half the claimed battery life. That's absolutely terrible. I completely discharged the player last night and then recharged. I started up the player and within 45 minutes one bar of battery life (out of 3) was already gone. Maybe the battery meter is just unreliable. Maybe I need to cycle the player a few more times. Who knows. But if I get 7-8 hours again tonight, this player will go back to Best Buy even though I'm very fond of it.

If the battery issue clears up though, I think this is a nice effort by Creative. It's a little behind the times compared to other recent DAPs, but it's a nice alternative if you're looking for a music-only player. It has great looks, feels sturdy, sounds nice, and finally is about the same size as an ipod.
I think there might be something wrong if your getting only 8 hours, I'm getting about 15

How many hours do you use it a day ?
post #62 of 91
Yeah, I think there may be something wrong with the battery. The player has been on for about four hours from a full charge, and there is only 1 bar left. Errr!
post #63 of 91
so. does the Sleek have a nice sound quality like the Zen Micro? or is it flatter and more treble? I really want this player but I love my Micro's SQ.
post #64 of 91
An educated guess: the Sleek and the Micro will sound identical.
post #65 of 91
post #66 of 91
I've just bought a Zen Sleek and agree with most of the points made at the start of this thread. The only seriously niggly thing i've found is the syncing with Media Player 10 - which comes as part of the setup package.
When I tried to copy mp3's over from MP10 using the sync feature, lots of tracks just didn't make it...I found plenty of albums where tracks were missing, in some cases only 1 track from an album was copied over to the Zen - very frustrating.
I had to delete the contents of the Zen altogether and start again...with iTunes via Copy and Paste in Win Explorer.

I'm kinda hoping Creative (or some 3rd Party) write a plugin for iTunes to sync it to my Sleek.
Sound is great though - dunno why so many reviews think it's sub-iPod, it's not at all...
Cheers
K
post #67 of 91
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Originally Posted by Electric_Mofo
I was also surprised to find that the Zen Sleek sounds terrible with my headphones aswell, did you try any EQ's?
Sorry for my late reply. Just got back from a week in Greece

I tried the EQ, but as usual no adjustment can fix what to my ears through Grado SR60's sounds very uninspiring. The Rhomba is far more powerfull and is fantastic with the Grado's.

The Sleek sounded especially out of breath in the midrange and bass. Very much like replacing your Conrad-Johnson tube-amp with something cheap and nasty.
post #68 of 91

Zen Sleek

Regarding the Zen Sleek
I have just purchased one and am very happy with it
Yes the headphones are not up to much but I have replaced them with Sony in ears and have much improved sound
The docking station and wired remote are available only in the USA at the moment but according to my enquiries will be available in the UK in September
Enjoy
post #69 of 91
i just ordered mine on back-order from bestbuy and it shouldnt be in for 2 weeks...im goin to go crazy...
post #70 of 91
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Originally Posted by blister
I've just bought a Zen Sleek and agree with most of the points made at the start of this thread. The only seriously niggly thing i've found is the syncing with Media Player 10 - which comes as part of the setup package.
When I tried to copy mp3's over from MP10 using the sync feature, lots of tracks just didn't make it...I found plenty of albums where tracks were missing, in some cases only 1 track from an album was copied over to the Zen - very frustrating.
I had to delete the contents of the Zen altogether and start again...with iTunes via Copy and Paste in Win Explorer.

I'm kinda hoping Creative (or some 3rd Party) write a plugin for iTunes to sync it to my Sleek.
Sound is great though - dunno why so many reviews think it's sub-iPod, it's not at all...
Cheers
K

Try Nomad Explorer by Red Chair Software I use that with my Zen.
http://www.redchairsoftware.com/
post #71 of 91
I purchased a zen sleek on august 29th and I am having the battery problems. My zen's battery lasts for a maximum of 7-8 hrs. I called creative and the guy forwarded me their knowledge base article about how to conserve battery life (lower the backlight, etc). What a joke! I never changed the settings from default, I'm using 128kb mp3s, and my volume is always set at 15 or lower. This one's going back to best buy even tho I liked the voice recording function. Oh well, look's like that ipod photo is coming home.
post #72 of 91
Hey now that the new Sony DAPs have been announced, with 5th gen iPod soon to follow I'm sure, I've lost interest in this player. My bad
post #73 of 91

To Electric Mofo (or any other Sleek owner)

Hi, i saw a review of the Zen Sleek on Cnet.co.uk, and the unit they got to review got a small dent a the lower left corner on the back of the unit.
My question is, is the alluminium thick and sturdy enough to resist shocks well or do you have the feeling that a dent is easily made? because i saw pictures of the bottom of the unit and from what i've seen it doesn't look like its made from thick alluminium, but rather from a thin kind. Its possible i'm wrong, but it didn't seem as sturdy and thick like lets say the ipod mini, or is it?

Hope to hear from a owner soon cause im really considering to buy one
post #74 of 91
Dunno, seems pretty sturdy to me, but then, I baby mine. It's about 3 weeks old.

Am using Senn PX100's with it, they sound great; I use the preset Rock EQ for everything.

I haven't noticed battery problems, so yesterday I fully charged it and am doing tests. Since I listen to music in chunks of 1-2 hours I want to test it in "real life" and see if I get 15+ hours out of it. So far I've only been able to listen for about 1 hr 20 min's because I have had migraine all day. When I finally reach 0% battery I'll post the info on the Creative forums since there's already a thread going on over there.
post #75 of 91
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Originally Posted by dvallere
Dunno, seems pretty sturdy to me, but then, I baby mine. It's about 3 weeks old.

Am using Senn PX100's with it, they sound great; I use the preset Rock EQ for everything.

I haven't noticed battery problems, so yesterday I fully charged it and am doing tests. Since I listen to music in chunks of 1-2 hours I want to test it in "real life" and see if I get 15+ hours out of it. So far I've only been able to listen for about 1 hr 20 min's because I have had migraine all day. When I finally reach 0% battery I'll post the info on the Creative forums since there's already a thread going on over there.
Allright... well if your heading to the Creative forum, be sure to check out the topic wich mentions the new firmware for the sleek (i thought it was on the third page of the forum but don't know for sure). One important improvement in the firmware release is that you don't have to install a driver for it anymore

Ps: found the link to the new firmware:

http://forums.americas.creative.com/...ssage.id=86115
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