Originally Posted by exe163
Subjective information is exactly what I am looking for, what is SQ and SRS btw?
According to sheffsteel, mp3 player does not matter much as long as it can output loud enough sound, invest more money on a good ear/headpone instead will get the best sound out of a portable system? And how is ipod comparing to the clip and the rest?
SQ = Sound Quality
SRS = A company that makes audio technology
A lot of people think (myself included) that the ipod, by itself, is average in terms of sound quality. If you use an external amp through the line out, then it is among the best sounding players out there.
I like the sony nwz-a816, but there is a slight hissing at low volumes.
The iriver clix2 is commonly referred to as the benchmark for SQ.
Loudness only improves the PERCIEVED quality of sound, and true SQ is trivial for the upper tier of DAPs IMO. anything better or equal to an ipod (all mentioned in this thread so far) will sound great with great headphones and good with good headphones and not so good with... you get the picture.
So, yes, invest in a good pair of phones and pick a player you like that has gotten good reviews as far as sound (or that you have heard in person) and that you like the interface and design of.