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post #31 of 40

I would get a Cowon s9 (they run well below 100 used nowadays).

You will be getting much more of a player than Sansa Clip.

post #32 of 40
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Originally Posted by chinesekiwi View Post

Yes, the Clip+ but really, no point loading lossless on portables. Battery life + discernible audible difference + storage space = issues.



It depends on headphones and player really. At the moment I cant listen to anything else but losless and not because Im a snob, but because my ears say so. I use Cowon S9 paired with Grado SR80 and I can tell you the difference between mp3 and FLAC is enormously huge.

On S9 you get more than 30 hours of continous play at maximum volume. The only problem I found was that it doesnt pause/switch off once you unplug your headphones and it keeps on playing for hours or even days if unlucky.

 

On the other hand Ive tried listening to FLAC on some android phone and as you said there wasnt much of a difference from mp3. So you need good source, good recordings and good headphones.


Edited by MajorCockUp - 12/22/10 at 2:26pm
post #33 of 40

hope i am right , but i got a clip+ 8 GB for 320 mp3 only (mostly used on the move) and a cowon j3 16gb for FLAC only (for indoor use and maybe outdoor)

 

I hope the SQ justifies paying an extra 150$ for the J3.....we shall see in a few days.

post #34 of 40

I cant believe that anyone would think twice about paying 53 USD for a piece of plastic with as much to offer as the Clip+. We get reamed here in Oz, but its still a screaming bargain compared to the iPod Nano. The only reason I would buy the latter is that I work for a business which sells the iPod and can get a discount, but even the cost price on these is so far away from the Clip+ that its laughable.  

post #35 of 40

no thinking whatsoever, especially when bought like new for 30$

 

i mean it's the money for 2 pizzas....give me a break !
 

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Originally Posted by estreeter View Post

I cant believe that anyone would think twice about paying 53 USD for a piece of plastic with as much to offer as the Clip+. We get reamed here in Oz, but its still a screaming bargain compared to the iPod Nano. The only reason I would buy the latter is that I work for a business which sells the iPod and can get a discount, but even the cost price on these is so far away from the Clip+ that its laughable.  

post #36 of 40

Philips Ariaz 16 Gb

post #37 of 40

If you want more features than a clip provides, consider the 8gb Archos 32. Same price or less as the new iPod nano. Plays Stereo MP3 CBR & VBR,  WMA, WAV (PCM/ADPCM), AAC3, AAC+ stereo audio files, OGG Vorbis,  and FLAC.  Add WiFi. Add Web Browser.  Add Android apps.  Add email. Add a very good touchscreen, that although isn't capacitive it is good enough to fool many people.  Still a budget player, but amazingly full featured. They even threw in a camera.

post #38 of 40
@4D: Yea that player has a lot of capabilities, I have been following the launch of Archos's Android players, the new ones anyway. I wonder how the sound quality is though; the other players weren't that good SQ wise. (I had the Archos 5 250gb and the Archos 7 home tablet (old one))
post #39 of 40

guys which one is the best? Sansa Clip Zip, Sansa Clip+ or the Sansa Fuze+?

post #40 of 40
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Originally Posted by TimOgawa View Post

guys which one is the best? Sansa Clip Zip, Sansa Clip+ or the Sansa Fuze+?

They all sound the same. The Fuze+ gives a larger screen and longer battery life. It has very poor controls though. Rockbox improves its usability however  even with Rockbox many are frustrated with the Fuze+ touchpad controls. The Clip Zip and the Clip+ are very similar except for the screen. The Clip+ screen is OLED, while the Clip Zip Screen is larger and low resolution LCD.

 

The firmware that comes with the Clip Zip is very annoying, while the firmware that comes with the Clip+ is much more satisfying. If you must use the original firmware(such as for protected music) then get the Clip+. I have both the Clip+ and Clip Zip. Mine are both Rockboxed(a free alternative firmware- Rockbox.org). Using Rockbox the Clip Zip is much better than the Clip+ due to its larger screen. Rockbox adds many more settings and features than the original firmware. With Rockbox the Clip Zip is superb. It has great functionality and great sound quality. The 4GB Clip Zip is only around $35. Some people even add a 64GB microSDXC card(formatted as FAT32) to it. I use a 16GB microSDHC card in mine.

The annoying thing about the Clip+ and Clip Zip is only around 14 hours of battery life. You can't have everything for $35.

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