To prefice this I have spent the past three months reading every single comment and review related to the S:Flo2 and I find myself encountering a reoccuring nightmare- a lack of a consensus. Now I know that this is the internet and that everyone's physiology is unique and your milage may very, but generally speaking sheer audio quality is just that- unquestionable and absolute.
It seems as if there are a handful of people who constantly praise its audio-quality and say that it is only second to the unchallenged overlord of audio: the Hifiman HM801. The other half claims that it is superior to the Sansa Fuze or a 4G Nano, but that is the only thing that they compare it to. I am a long time Cowon fan and I am currently in possession of the O2 and Grado HF2's paired with an iBasso D10. My largest qualm with this setup is the maddening EQ on Cowon players- I am unable to find a setting combination that satisfies me. I also find the stock settings on most players to be bland and woolied into the definition of "unclear".
My fourteenth birthday has very recently come into passing and I am considering an S:Flo2 as my gift. This however, is under the assumption that it presents the best damned sound quality of any portable player... barring the mystical Hifiman. I don't care about the battery life, I don't care about the UI, and I don't care about all of the other little things that don't regard the audio. I am an audio-purist and so I want my audiophile-grade sound. I want to know if that's what I can expect from this player.
I will be listening to FLAC files.
Oh, and please don't just vote. I would very much appreciate elaboration in the form of a comment.
Edited by Darksyde - 5/24/10 at 9:31am