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The Meizu M6 Miniplayer is AWESOME! GET ONE!!!

post #1 of 116
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Hello all. I just wanted to first let everybody know that I am not at all affiliated with miniplayer.info or Meizu, but simply a very satisfied buyer. I took a risk by buying a player which few people seem to have on this forum but man o man did my risk pay off. This is one kick@$$ little player. Being a person who swears against iPod, I've prided myself on trying to find something better than the iPod, but it's hard to find a player that you think will be money well spend when very few people have reviewed it.

First, the battery life is superb! It's rated at 20hrs and I feel like I've gotten pretty close to that number (maybe 17hrs) and that's with higher bitrate (192 and up) music and a host of EQ settings turned on.

Second, there are a TON of sound options on this player. Having owned an iAudio X5 I though I had seen the most amount of sound features a company would offer to the consumer, but this thing has probably double the tweaks that the x5 has. There's bass and treble boost to start off with, then a sound feature called DNSe (which is similar to SRS or Cowon's BBE and Mach3Bass features). DNSe has multiple settings such as normal, natural headphone and Virtual 3D settings, then a phase corrected equalizer (which acutally makes a difference), then virtual bass enhancement, and speaker type (which also comes in handy). But don't worry, if you don't like these type of effects there's still a 10 band equalizer!!!

Third, the screen rocks. Having had the 1.8 inch x5 screen, i'm really appreciating this 2.4 inch "monster". Movies work great, though I'd highly suggest putting TV episodes on rather than movies since there is a max out of 4gb on this player (though Meizu has plans for a bigger player in the near future). There's also a voice recorder, and an FM tuner which sound decent even though I doubt i'll use it. Also there is a calendar, calculator, two mini games, and a STOPWATCH (which is a very big deal for me since my only watch is dressy and not meant for running.

The touch strip isn't bad at all. Yes, yes, of course I already know it will never beat the clickwheel, but the strip aint bad at all. I mean seriously, how much extra work is it to touch and hold the strip to scroll?? I've heard people talk of their touchstrip going haywire, but I've yet to experience such troubles. If you get it from miniplayer.info someone will include a firmware CD to update your player to the latest version which probably eliminated the touchstrip problem.

In terms of adding music/movies/pics, it's all drag and drop, but still a bit more advanced than cowon players. With my x5 I had to make Artist, and Album folders, but with this player (And mediamonkey at my side) it will just organize all the album folders for you which is great for a X5 user such as myself.

Construction is very solid, but I would HIGHLY RECCOMMEND an elite jewel case form miniplayer.info. It's probably $17 shipped and it includes a lanyard, stand, case, and armband...not too shabby. The player comes with a layer of film already "factory installed" to prevent scratches on the actual screen, but this thing is so small that adding a case did almost nothing to it's size. I mean it looked small on the miniplayer page, but until you hold it in your hands you'll never believe how small it really is. In my opinion it's in between an ipod nano and 5G video in size but ohhh so much better in features.

Of course, we can't forget sound, now can we? This thing sounds fantastic. If you read into all the technical hooplah, you'll see that Meizu has gone into some trouble to make sure they use very high quality sound components including a Phillips sound chip. I have Westone UM2s and they sound great with the miniplayer. Bassheads may have met their match with this little beast (especially if you have a pair of UM2s) if you were to listen so say "Get Low" by Lil John you'd realize that it acutally sounds like their is a subwoofer strapped between your ears. This is in no way bad, in my opinion, because the bass is DEEP and clear. It's not all distorted like other players (cough...ipod...cough). Though it will distort if you turn all the bass features to their max, this I assume would be obvious to any user. If you don't want all the bass, this thing still sounds amazing. I have songs by artists such as Coldplay, Jack Johnson, The Crystal Method, DJ Shadow, Slayer, Lamb of God, Miles Davis and Lee Morgan and each one sounds so so good! It actually makes me kind of sad because I got this player on a ebay auction for just over $100 (they retail for $150 for 2gb) and it sounds right on par with my X5 plus RnB diamond mini plus Supermini IV setup I had over the summer.

In conclusion, if you are on the hunt not for an "iPod killer" (I hate that term because it's impossible to kill a player that has something like 80% of the market share) but more for a great alternative, please please consider this player. At $150 you wouldn't take too much of a loss if you just wanted to have a flash player around. If you're like me, you'll probably like it so much you'll wonder when their 30gb model will be coming out, . Please consider this player before you throw away money on another ipod and if you have any questions or want to see some pics, PM me! Thanks for reading!
post #2 of 116
good to see another positive outlook on it. i'm not planning to buy any flash players below 10gb, but this thing isn't bad looking at all. the audio effects that are similar to the X5 are definitely intriguing. was it available in black as well?



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post #3 of 116
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Yes, acutally I waited out so that I could get in in Black and it looks Seeexxyy.
post #4 of 116
x5 sounds better..
post #5 of 116
which one is the miniplayer? The big screen cool looking thing there?
post #6 of 116
Oh and are you saying it sounds better than the supermini amped x5??? Even with this miniplayer unamped???
post #7 of 116
I love the sound signature of the M6 miniplayer. The quality of the audio in my opinion is better than the iAudio G3, much warmer and a more present midrange.

Unfortunately, the output of the M6 is very noisy, this is easily heard with a pair of sensitive phones, or in my case very audible with the ATH-CM7Ti, if you pay attention you can hear a slight hiss with the KSC75.

Press stop and you hear noise. Put volume on 0 and you also hear background hissing.

I'm using T1.007 firmware which isn't the latest, however I don't think upgrading the firmware would do much.

Of course when playing music, the hissing is barely noticeable unless you pay really close attention. I have the US version of the miniplayer, dunno if that has anything to do with it. Some users have reported no hissing with high-end IEMs.

Oh and just in case anyone was wondering...

BBE MP > SRS WOW 2 > DNSe
post #8 of 116
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Originally Posted by blazer78
Unfortunately, the output of the M6 is very noisy, this is easily heard with a pair of sensitive phones, or in my case very audible with the ATH-CM7Ti, if you pay attention you can hear a slight hiss with the KSC75.

Press stop and you hear noise. Put volume on 0 and you also hear background hissing.
I was all excited untill I read this. The OP uses UM2's, like me, which are very sensitive to hiss. I wonder why he didn't comment on this. Oh well, my wallet thanks you.
post #9 of 116
Thread Starter 
I really haven't noticed much hiss at all to tell you the truth. Actually, LESS hiss than the x5. And I know opinions vary, but i'm sticking to my guns, I still think this sounds better than the X5 which I've had for over a year. Also, I have firmware T 1.009 if that matters at all.
post #10 of 116
not sure about the X5, but my iaudio G3 is near silent. You can barely hear any background hiss/noise.
post #11 of 116
Was interesting myself abou this one. Here some info about it

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...lr%3D%26sa%3DN
post #12 of 116
I would really not consider the Meizu a portable player for audiophiles with sensitive headphones. Please see my opinion in this thread: http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showthread.php?t=201963
post #13 of 116
i was wondering... would an inline volume attentuator cut the noise?
post #14 of 116
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Originally Posted by blazer78
i was wondering... would an inline volume attentuator cut the noise?
Yes. I am using one and it works. From what I've read it is not an optimal solution considering sound quality, but I don't know much about that.

By the way, if anyone knows.. is constant background noise relative to SNR? iAudio m3 is silent and has a SNR of 95dB comapred to Meizus 90dB.
post #15 of 116
snr, stands for signal to noise ratio. but those numbers don't really mean very much.
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