Originally Posted by xnor
You're not wrong. It's ok if you aren't as enthusiastic about audio / gear as many other people are around here. If you combine enthusiasm with not having or wanting to spend too much money (for portable) isn't it logical to go for the device with the best performance/$ ratio, i.e. the best in that scenario?
I do prefer my equipment to reproduce music well and also be designed well. It don't think it's a secret that some people enjoy music more with equipment they like, even if it doesn't sound much different from technically worse equipment.
But if we all were just looking for a player that just plays music... what are we doing here then? You cannot say people don't care about transparency, else we'd all be listening to 128 kbps mp3s.
I'm sorry for derailing this thread, but the last couple of posts about Clip's eq sucked anyway. :P
Yeah, best to end it here. But I thought that the new guy was refreshing. And, it might be a firmware bug, but on my View when I start it up and the EQ is reset and I start playing a song and then change to the "normal" setting, it is not the same. The "normal" setting is a tiny bit louder and has some more lower end and feels a bit more muddy than the "reset" setting. I find this very peculiar, but the View is a peculiar DAP. A bit like the Dodo bird...
Actually, while I am not interested in high end gear, "mid fi" interests me. You can look in my signature at how many DAP:s I have. 3 of them bought after visiting this place and Anything but iPod and reading about them. Not because they was supposed to be the best, but because they seemed interesting. Also with over 90GB of music with just MP3-files between 192-320 kbps, and not wanting to keep changing albums on the DAP all the time and not liking what iPod offers, I had to go with multiple DAP:s. (For me the absolutely lowest acceptable encoding is LAME CBR 192, lower than that the artifacts even get to me. Mostly things like cymbals in rock music are mutilated at lower bitrates. So I suppose that means that my "transparency level" is a bit above 200 kbps mp3?)
They all give a slightly different sound signature which is interesting. So I have two with progressive rock, one with progressive metal, one with thrash and speed metal and so on. I decide which music mood I am in and choose the DAP after that. I think that all my DAP:s are fascinating and have their quirks, and I have a special affinity for older models. I don't buy them for their performance, I prefer to read a bit about them and then buy "a pig in a poke" and get to know the player myself.
The last new DAP I bought, the Cowon S9 was very nice, but not amazing. I think that older models have more "personality" and I am curious in lesser known brands, like the Kenwood HDD DAP:s. With 6 DAP:s that I currently use, I have the space I need for music and video, but I am curious about the JVC Alneo XA HD 500 which was released in 2005, so I might buy one of those used as well before I leave Japan in December. So I might a bit of a DAP collector...
Well, I think that many people might be happy with 128kbps mp3 files. Unfortunately, that is. But on the other hand, if it sounds good to them... However, none of them comes here I think.
Edited by Danneq - 5/27/10 at 7:03am