Hello to everyone
this is my 1st post, and basically I have owned the Sony NW-HD1 for a few years now, it is an Atrac player ( no lossless )
I recently purchased a Sansa Fuze , and have spent sometime comparing the SQ.
The Sony has a seriously good high end sound, the sound has more depth to it, more resonance, the way notes decay seem natural, and the sound compared to the Fuze is like comparing a high end tube amp to a class B transistor amp.
The Fuze is a lovely design, I installed rockbox, and all the extra options make it close to perfect , thin, light, large screen, loads of options, plays lossless , has a sd slot , and has more power than the Sony ( And Ive had the Sony EU restriction bypassed )
All my testing was with Senn. HD600 headphones
Its a real shame I feel, as the Fuze has wonderful features and can play lossless, however it is also amazing that the Sony with atrac compression ( 352 kps ) still sounds superior
to find out whether or not the Sony ' was better' or simply that I preferred the sound of it, I also compared the outputs to my high end full size cd player , and the Sony sounded virtually identical,
the Fuze on the other hand, had lots of power, but the sound was different, a little hollow, and the bass didnt go as deep, it had a more 'airy' sound, but it was quite different to the cd player output - the Sony was almost identical
I tried different rockbox tweaks, but the main limitation to the Fuze seems to be in the quality of its dac or amp section, the sound is thinner, the bass doesnt go very low, and it just doesnt have the sound of a high end amp ( The Sony does )
I also have a Clip, which has the same sound as the Fuze , I did expect the Fuze to sound better, but it didnt
the Sony is a 2004 model, and Ive yet to hear anything thats better, I suppose the newer flash Sony models would be good, but they are limited in vol out ( EU again ) and no bypass available, also Ive heard they do not sound as good as a NW-HD5 player ( same internals to HD1 )
for anyone with inear phones, and not using high end full size phones, the Sansa will sound very good anyway, but because Im used to the HD600s and high end sound , I can tell there is a difference, its not huge, but its enough to make the sound far less enjoyable.....
would be interesting to hear from anyone else who also has compared the Fuze to an Atrac Sony player, and indeed any other comments regarding the Fuze SQ in terms of audiophile potential