A year and a half ago I got a D2 to replace my dead clix2 and now I'm looking for a new player to replace my broken D2 (some clumsiness resulting in a cracked screen making the touch screen unusable).
I'm somewhat undecided on whether to get another 8GB D2 for $135 (prices converted from Swedish Krona) or the newer 16GB J3 for $270, which seems comparable to the D2 quality-wise and the novelty value of getting another player as I use video playback only for the occasional StarCraft game and some recorded university lectures.
The thing is, I'd really like to get a non-touch screen based player, but from what I can see there isn't really a lot to choose from. The only alternatives I've seen are the iRiver e50 and e150, with the former lacking expansion slots. I really loved my iriver clix2 (still the best player I've ever used) but, from what I've read, the e150 seems rather inferior to the D2 in most aspects.
My only absolute requirements are that the player mounts as a normal mass storage device (as I'll be using Linux terminal to manage data) as well as the player supporting both FLAC and Vorbis. I'll be using the player with an Alessandro MS1.
My question thus is if I'm missing some other brand players (as you've noticed I've mostly been looking into iriver and Cowon players) and if there are any good reasons, apart from the display, I've missed for getting the J3 rather than a new D2 (I've read some of the j3 impressions thread here).
Or should I give this up and go looking at something like combining a clip+ with a portable amplifier?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions :)
Edited by noteventime - 8/16/10 at 9:40am