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post #1 of 42
Thread Starter 
Hey guys,

I have FS Atrio M5 IEMS and now I need a portable player to go with it. I'm looking for a player with the best sound quality unamped. I am willing to spend up to 400 dollars. I will need at least 8GB of any kind of memory. SQ is the most important to me. I don't have any real experience with portable players so any suggestions will be appreciated. Thank You!
post #2 of 42
I think that the Kenwood HD30GB9 is around $400 now.
I also have the M5's and they are a great combo.
Superb SQ.
Great listening experience.

Bonus: the Kenwood fits perfectly into the case that comes with the M5's.
post #3 of 42
Many feel that iPods provide spectacular sound for the money. Those that want to go a step further end up modifying their iPods by installing a 3rd Party operating system called Rockbox to give true gapless playback along with support for every audio codec (FLAC in particular) as well as having it modified with the iMod. From what I know, the 4th gen iPhotos are the best of the best to have modified.

If you don't want to go Apple, many love the iRivers, or if you can source one out on Ebay...a Rio Karma. They really sound wonderful but their hardware is buggy and the company no longer exists.
post #4 of 42
The Sony NW-A808 has fantastic SQ and the 8GB that you want. I think the new drag and drop model (NW-A818) has just been released, which does away with the much-maligned SonicStage.
post #5 of 42
Dont go Apple. I believe most people on this forum will agree with me, if your looking for good audio quality, an iPod is not a good choice. Their DAPs are made for the masses, for your average Joe that you bump into sporting the full iPod, iBuds look at Starbucks or the airport. Simplistic and slick in design and use, but not stellar in performance.

Offhand, I suggest you look at the iAudio X5 and D2. Cowon makes some pretty decent sounding portable audio players.
post #6 of 42
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Originally Posted by Amblin View Post
Dont go Apple. I believe most people on this forum will agree with me, if your looking for good audio quality, an iPod is not a good choice. Their DAPs are made for the masses, for your average Joe that you bump into sporting the full iPod, iBuds look at Starbucks or the airport. Simplistic and slick in design and use, but not stellar in performance.
I'd dispute that as would quite a few audiophiles who have gone with Apple's iPod models. I've owned the Karma, heard the iRivers and thoroughly enjoy the iPod's sound. No DAP thus far competes with the organic sound of the Karma, as organic as a DAP can be...but dismissing the iPod because it is "made for hte masses" is utter hogwash. Guess what. ALL DAPS ARE MADE FOR THE MASSES!

There is not a single DAP that has been made for audiophiles. Not a one. So, then the next thing to do is have a listen to various models and figure out what one is looking for overall and which sound suits one. Various ipods/nanos/shuffles sound different from one another so that is something to consider.
post #7 of 42
The Samsung YP-T9 if you're not looking to spend too much, the iRiver Clix 2 if you have $240 bucks saved up. I have the T9 with my M5's and it sounds incredible.
post #8 of 42
Oh and the Trekstor Vibez is supposed to be incredible in regards to sound quality.
post #9 of 42
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Originally Posted by Zanth View Post
I'd dispute that as would quite a few audiophiles who have gone with Apple's iPod models. I've owned the Karma, heard the iRivers and thoroughly enjoy the iPod's sound. No DAP thus far competes with the organic sound of the Karma, as organic as a DAP can be...but dismissing the iPod because it is "made for hte masses" is utter hogwash. Guess what. ALL DAPS ARE MADE FOR THE MASSES!

There is not a single DAP that has been made for audiophiles. Not a one. So, then the next thing to do is have a listen to various models and figure out what one is looking for overall and which sound suits one. Various ipods/nanos/shuffles sound different from one another so that is something to consider.
i agree there is not a portable built for the audiophile and for what it does
my i-pod in lossless gives me a great sound.
post #10 of 42
I will say Cowon D2
post #11 of 42
Thread Starter 
A lot of variety of suggestions. I'll check each one of them out. Where can I get a Kenwood HD30GB9 and how old is it?
post #12 of 42
another vote for sony nw-a808 here.
post #13 of 42

Best Sound Quality in a DAP?

The new iAudio 7 from Cowon is supposed to have superb audio quality. Actually, there are a number of reviews, including CNET.com, that specifically state that it's audio quality is superior. It also supports numberous file formats, including FLAC. Right now, they have a 4gb and 8gb model available in the U.S.A. They just released a 16gb model, but it is currently only available in Korea. I'm hoping that we will see it within a month, but that is merely speculation. If it will indeed be here that soon, I'll probably jump on it. It is also supposed to have great battery life. For those reasons, and great functionality and features, it won CNETs Editor's Choice Award.

Here is a link to the CNET review if you are interested:

http://reviews.cnet.com/mp3-players/...tag=prod.txt.1
post #14 of 42
The 16GB iAUDIO 7 is allready available in Europe ( Slovakia, Czech Republic ).
post #15 of 42
iaudio 7. no amp needed. the best headphone out sq i've heard from a dap. 8gb flash available now. plug and play. 60 hrs rated battery life. huge codec support including flac. i love it.
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