my earbuds that i use are shure se420s. but i may upgrade to something with a little more "zazz" in the future. im not a collector obviously. i try to find my taste and stick with it.
in the meantime i have these shures which happen to have the characteristic of craving a high quality source and rewarding you with a nice amount of "zazz". and having a good portable source will be good for any future sets of iems that i may purchase. also may help me reevaluate the shures in their own right.
anyway source wise ive had my sansa e260 for at least 5 years now. and its still going strong. but i realize that the sound quality could be better. even as amped with the caffiene ultra. definitely helps but not quite what im looking for.
what i want to know is what the best FLASH drive based players are as far as sound quality. it will surely be dropped at least once or twice. must me somewhat tough. this is pretty much why i say flash only. also cannot be very bulky.
also has to play .flac music. whether or not that means running rockbox. i can do that.
and needs a capacity of at least 20 gb or more. i can shufle things around with that much space but any less is getting cramped with flac music.
of course the price can't be too outrageous. lets just say under $300 even though i probably wont even spend that much.
though you can entertain me with any suggestions you want.
thanks for listening