Originally Posted by swanlee
Test data simply has no bearing on how something sounds to a particular person using particular headphones. I'd rather go through a thread of dozens of people describing how they think a player sounds to them using various headphones then look at a freaking graph. Graphs and Data simply cannot tell me how something sounds. All the tests and data in the world won't change how something sounds to my ears using my headphones listening to my music. I can accept any test data look it over and say yeah awesome so how does it actually sound?
What am I supposed to do when a player that tests great but sounds bad to me? How about when a player tests like crap but sounds good to me? No test or graph is going to make me put down or pick up a player just because it tests a certain way.
The fuse tests great but sounds like crap to me, there is nothing to accept, no scientific data can over ride my enjoyment or lack of enjoyment of a player.
At the end of the day, this is exactly how I feel about the issue.
Let's just assume for a moment that I am actually deluding myself into thinking a particular player is better than another. Why should I take the word of a graph over what I am hearing (or, in this case, thinking I'm hearing)? If I was feeling cold and, scientifically speaking, I should be feeling hot, is that revelation going to make me change my mind about what I'm feeling? No. I'm still going to be feeling cold because that's what my body is telling me. The same principle applies to music reproduction as far as I'm concerned. As many purely technical explanations exist for why I should be hearing something a particular way, nothing is going to change the way I'm hearing my music through a player.
Now, back to the topic at hand. I'm liking the retro aesthetic that Colorful is going for with the Colorfly but it's not enough to convince me that it's a player that I need to add to my collection, especially not for the price they're asking for it. That money is better spent on a good DAC for my laptop and a better pair of headphones for home listening. My Rockboxed Sansa Fuze and iPod Touch will satisfy my portable playing needs nicely and are infinitely more portable than the Colorfly can ever hope to be.
All in all, it's an interesting concept but not one that I can see myself buying, realistically.