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NWZ-S545BLK vs Sansa Fuze

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Which has the better SQ?
Which is a better buy?

NWZ-S545BLK or Sansa Fuze?

With a Klipsch S4.

Thanks.
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If you're going to start several threads on this, you might as well just buy 3 or 4 MP3 players, try them out for a week, and return the ones you don't like.
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I can't to that, to Hungary the post is quite expensive.. :S
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I can't do that, to Hungary the post is quite expensive.. :S
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I also have a similar question. I have a Sony NWZ-A729.
I don't get physical time to go shopping, and buying and RETURNING online is a hassle.

A700 series vs. Fuze, which has better sound quality. Soundstage, balance, headphone power output, signal clarity..?

Fuze can be had cheap and has exandable memory, so I'm considering it.
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Originally Posted by ucrags84 View Post
I also have a similar question. I have a Sony NWZ-A729.
I don't get physical time to go shopping, and buying and RETURNING online is a hassle.

A700 series vs. Fuze, which has better sound quality. Soundstage, balance, headphone power output, signal clarity..?

Fuze can be had cheap and has exandable memory, so I'm considering it.
Hi!
Ive read about this, and here: "The fuze is flat, completely neutral. Compared to other daps, It may sound at times as though the highs are veiled because the bass does not rolloff and the highs are not accentuated. A lot of daps will have some bass rolloff or the highs are 'spiked'. I prefer the fuze over than my rio karma, cowon d2, and s639."
And ive heard the s639 is the best sounding Sony player, (expect X-series).
I think the Fuze is better than a729 without EQ, but it has worse screen (for video) quality.

But here's coming the NEW A and S-series, A840, S740, S640.
They sounds like the X-series, but expensive..
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Originally Posted by ucrags84 View Post
I also have a similar question. I have a Sony NWZ-A729.
I don't get physical time to go shopping, and buying and RETURNING online is a hassle.

A700 series vs. Fuze, which has better sound quality. Soundstage, balance, headphone power output, signal clarity..?

Fuze can be had cheap and has exandable memory, so I'm considering it.


I had a A818 and A729 before I bought my Fuze, without any EQ at all the base sound of the Fuze sounds a lot like the A729, except if you actually compare the 2 very closely they sound a -VERY- slight amount different.

The Fuze just sounds a little less "Digital" overall, it sounds more natural and balanced, whereas the A729 sounded like it had EQ turned on to boost the bass and treble even when I had the EQ turned off. I guess Sony do something so it sounds like this. The soundstage on the Fuze was better, again not by a night and day type difference but it was different if you sat down and compared the two.

I thought the A818 sounded better than the A729 but even still thought the A818 sounded sort of weird and fake for some reason. Both of them have hiss but the A729 had less hiss.


I chose the Fuze over them both due to mainly 3 reasons -

1. It has FLAC
2. With Rockbox it has gapless playback
3. It has expandable memory


With the Sony's I was stuck with 8gb/16gb and 320kbps MP3's.



Also the Fuze has a line out if you ever wish to connect it into an amp, It also has no hiss through the headphone out - unlike the Sony's.



The Sony players did have a fantastic 5 band equalizer, but Rockbox has an even better Equalizer - you need a 1st gen Fuze to Rockbox it though.
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Originally Posted by Badsam View Post
I had a A818 and A729 before I bought my Fuze, without any EQ at all the base sound of the Fuze sounds a lot like the A729, except if you actually compare the 2 very closely they sound a -VERY- slight amount different.

The Fuze just sounds a little less "Digital" overall, it sounds more natural and balanced, whereas the A729 sounded like it had EQ turned on to boost the bass and treble even when I had the EQ turned off. I guess Sony do something so it sounds like this. The soundstage on the Fuze was better, again not by a night and day type difference but it was different if you sat down and compared the two.

I thought the A818 sounded better than the A729 but even still thought the A818 sounded sort of weird and fake for some reason. Both of them have hiss but the A729 had less hiss.


I chose the Fuze over them both due to mainly 3 reasons -

1. It has FLAC
2. With Rockbox it has gapless playback
3. It has expandable memory


With the Sony's I was stuck with 8gb/16gb and 320kbps MP3's.



Also the Fuze has a line out if you ever wish to connect it into an amp, It also has no hiss through the headphone out - unlike the Sony's.



The Sony players did have a fantastic 5 band equalizer, but Rockbox has an even better Equalizer - you need a 1st gen Fuze to Rockbox it though.
But in SQ isn't there a significant difference?
Because then the new Sony S540, with radio, and customizable ui, can be a good choice, if its price won't be unfriendly..
And nowdays hard to find a Fuze V1..
What you think?..
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