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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
I have Meelec M11+s and sometime soon I will grab a pair of grados. I currently use a 2nd Generation iPod touch, which has the same audiochip of prettymuch every iPod.

What's a good entry level/budget audiophile player?
post #2 of 21

IMO. an older 30gb zune is one fantastic sounding unit. Can be had cheap. Was praised upon release for the internal opamps but cannot remember which they used. Still love mine. 

post #3 of 21

Entry levels means a lot

 

Some people count it as "not going to pay $$$ for it, but want something good"

Or

"Got $$$, but not too big into portables"

 

For the first: Sansa Clip+ with a micro sd card, great audio, Flac standard, 22 hours battery, doesn't need a amp most the time. My grados run great on my clip without my fii0 e5

 

For the latter: S Flo2, because low price, great, great audio. Line out, for expansion to a amp later.

 

If you want more then music, get a cowon s9/j3

post #4 of 21

I replaced my Clip + with the new Sony E354 ........  The clip sounded really good, I personally think the Sony sounds even better.  There are some nice sound enhancement features on the new Walkman.

post #5 of 21


 

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Originally Posted by BotByte View Post

Entry levels means a lot

 

Some people count it as "not going to pay $$$ for it, but want something good"

Or

"Got $$$, but not too big into portables"

 

For the first: Sansa Clip+ with a micro sd card, great audio, Flac standard, 22 hours battery, doesn't need a amp most the time. My grados run great on my clip without my fii0 e5

 

For the latter: S Flo2, because low price, great, great audio. Line out, for expansion to a amp later.

 

If you want more then music, get a cowon s9/j3



I don't get 22 hours on my Clip+...more like 12 - 14, but I agree, great player.

post #6 of 21

The 2G touch is a fair player. I picked up a Clip+ a few months ago though, and it's since replaced my iPod touch as my go-to portable DAP. The small size allows me to fit the player and my IEMs together in my UE case. I prefer the sound of the Clip+ over my touch by a slight margin. And certainly not least, I have 20GB of storage in such a small device, at a cost of ~$60. I won't feel so bad if I somehow lose it. I do miss album art and such from my touch, but the Clip is a great player and extremely convenient.

post #7 of 21
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BotByte View Post

Entry levels means a lot

 

Some people count it as "not going to pay $$$ for it, but want something good"

Or

"Got $$$, but not too big into portables"

 

For the first: Sansa Clip+ with a micro sd card, great audio, Flac standard, 22 hours battery, doesn't need a amp most the time. My grados run great on my clip without my fii0 e5

 

For the latter: S Flo2, because low price, great, great audio. Line out, for expansion to a amp later.

 

If you want more then music, get a cowon s9/j3



I don't get 22 hours on my Clip+...more like 12 - 14, but I agree, great player.


Nobody gets 22 hours on a Clip+....even with rockbox. The FuzeV2 with rockbox can hit 22 hours though. http://www.rockbox.org/wiki/SansaRuntime

 

That said, Clip+ or Fuze with rockbox, great players, especially if you're on a tight budget.

post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by earthpeople View Post

The 2G touch is a fair player. I picked up a Clip+ a few months ago though, and it's since replaced my iPod touch as my go-to portable DAP. The small size allows me to fit the player and my IEMs together in my UE case. I prefer the sound of the Clip+ over my touch by a slight margin. And certainly not least, I have 20GB of storage in such a small device, at a cost of ~$60. I won't feel so bad if I somehow lose it. I do miss album art and such from my touch, but the Clip is a great player and extremely convenient.

I leave my Touch 4G home too, and take a Clip+ wherever I go.
 

post #9 of 21
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by BotByte View Post

Entry levels means a lot

 

Some people count it as "not going to pay $$$ for it, but want something good"

Or

"Got $$$, but not too big into portables"

 

For the first: Sansa Clip+ with a micro sd card, great audio, Flac standard, 22 hours battery, doesn't need a amp most the time. My grados run great on my clip without my fii0 e5

 

For the latter: S Flo2, because low price, great, great audio. Line out, for expansion to a amp later.

 

If you want more then music, get a cowon s9/j3


Sorry for not elaborating,

I mean not going to pay alot, but want something kind of good. "Value" priced :P
post #10 of 21

any price limit you have in mind - $100, $200 ?

post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by kingpintps View Post

any price limit you have in mind - $100, $200 ?


~150 USD
post #12 of 21

Try new Nano6G. It sounds ineteresting and funny.

I found Sansa Clip boring even with Rockbox. iPod Touch 2G is better than Clip, but not so fun like iPod Classic. IMO

post #13 of 21

Funny?

 

...Huh? blink.gif

post #14 of 21

LOL - I had a Samsung DAP which sounds absolutely hilarious !

 

Seriously, I think it might be an 'English-not-first-language' thing - you and I know that something can be 'fun' without being 'funny', but I suspect the distinction might be lost on some from a non-English speaking background.

post #15 of 21

Good point.

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