No offense, mobbaddict. You're great because you are one of the few people that took the time to do a true blind test and post your results. To be honest, I just didn't phrase that section correctly. By saying "don't like the S:Flo's SQ" I specifically meant that you are the only one (that I read) that didn't like the S:Flo's SQ more than other consumer DAPs. Though I do trust Shigzeo, I got mixed messages from him. You does seem to be a "no-voter" in the post you pointed me towards, but in post #50 (see below) he seems to be a "yes-voter". I didn't count shigzeo because I didn't understand what he meant, unless he simply changed his mind in between posts.
EDIT: Was Shigzeo comparing the Headphone Out's of the players? If so, then this completely makes sense.
I don't dislike the s:flo at all, i just said it doesn't do anything better than a regular DAP (Sansa Clip for instance). Soundstage and detail are extremely similar.
And you missed shigzeo's comment (someone who can be trusted)
And i agree that the line out is great. It's not really better than the headphone out soundwise but it has a lot of voltage: just as much as my CDP when paired with my Stax rig.
The Clip's headphone out is great, but not particularly 'wide' or ping clean. I'd take the LO from the S:Flo to an amp over the clip anyday. The T3 is actually a great, great amp (not only for the price), so I am a fan. I'd imagine that if the Clip had a wider, iPod-like stereo image, the HPO to an amp might be a worthy comparison when level-matched. It's not though, and clearly the LO on the S:Flo is clearer with the same amp and cable. That I agree on. But then, it's huge. I prefer to go ampless unless I am really prepared to audiophile it up whilst out and about. At home, I am pretty much always with amp.
Edited by violinvirtuoso - 5/31/10 at 4:56pm