I am willing to spend upwards of $500 for a portable DAP (and an amp, if it requires one. I prefer not to use an amp, since I want it to be *portable*). After days and days of reading through many, many sites (including this one), I. Cannot. Decide.
Cowon J3 // S9-
...Hailed to have great sound quality and wide sound format support. Sound quality is generally described as being warm. The UI, apparently, needs work, and the player itself is riddled with bugs (older versions), that need firmware updates.
...With it's technical specs, these seem to be recommended left and right. However, upon further digging, the sound quality is said to be less than stellar, and having 2 of the chips doesn't make it any better, and of which is only a marketing gimmick. UI is in extreme need of work, and firmware updates cannot be done on Windows 7 64-bit.
...Doesn't support .FLAC, or any lossless codecs. Otherwise, I would've bought this in a heartbeat. Love the design and the functionality of it (despite it's high cost).
...Described as having a great sound quality, I can't really *believe* it, seeing how it's only an ~$80 (MSRP, 8gb) player. Also, the output power may be of an issue, and an amp may be required (***this is my assumption***, due to the size and cost of such product).
I guess right now, Sansa Clip+ has an edge in my decision to purchase a new DAP... only thing I don't like about it is how tiny it is (i.e. I'd rather want something that has a bigger screen; I know of Sansa Fuze, but the horrible iPod-esque design is grotesque to me).
Any other recommendations?
I wish there was a Sony NWZ-X-esque player that can support .flac. *sigh*
*Must be able to support .FLAC, as my entire music collection is comprised of .FLACs.
*8GB+ in storage.
*Has an adjustable EQ, or be able to have one (i.e. Rockbox).
*Video playback comes secondary: It isn't important. I can live without it.
*I will be connecting this to a Shure SE530, so if a player doesn't have enough power, please recommend me an amp as well.
*I will be listening to mostly classical music, if that matters to your recommendations.
*Since I will be listening to classical music, gapless playback is quite important (which also renders S:flo2 out, since it doesn't support gapless).
P.S.- Here are some graphs:
Frequency response of the clip seems to be extraordinary, but I honestly don't know how to read those hah. >.>
Edited by nyforever - 6/29/10 at 8:47pm