Originally Posted by lisagorbin
My only pmp ipod touch is now dead, so now i'm also considering the clip zip and the 2012 sony walkman e series (e474). i dont need to have both, and i don't think i want them both, so which should i choose? and i'm aware that the walkman costs twice as much but, is the walkman better than the clip zip? ( i don't think i need lossless files because im just using vsonic iems, the vsd1 ans gr06, so obviously not high end to really notice v0 from flac, i guess. My music collection is young and 4gb is more than enough.) Aesthetically, the walkman looks better of course. In what way will the clip zip be better? or is paying more for the walkman worth it? Thank you.
Even though I have much more expensive DAPs, the Clip Zip is my go to device for on the go due to its form factor. Clip this tiny DAP to your shirt collar with IEMs or CIEMs and you will forget it is there. It doesn't require a case or even an amp to sound good and battery life is fantastic.
In terms of sound, it is the standard that I compare everything else to. It makes my iPhone 5 and iPod Classic sound like junk in comparison. I'm not sure I like my DX50 any better as DX50 feels under powered and seems to clip sounds giving me mixed results with different parts of the music feeling full sized or miniaturized. However, I find the Zip is consistently clear, neutral, and audiophile sounding with consistent rendering of music. It provides me with hours of bliss with my Hidition NT6 Pro CIEMs without fatigue. For $30 or even $400 you cannot beat the sound, just get different signatures.
The best I have in terms of sound quality is my $200 C3/BH2 combo, but even though it is very small you lose portability. I only use that setup when I can afford to sit still. To me, the C3/BH2 is miles ahead of my DX50 which is said to best the AK100. It adds punch, slam, and euphoric qualities across the spectrum while maintaining a fairly neutral sound, maybe a little north. But at $30 or even $15 refurbished on Amazon, the Zip would cost the same as the tax on the C3/BH2 or DX50.
Get the Clip Zip and Rockbox it for a much quicker startup, not to mention the ability to chose an even better interface personalized to our needs. You will not be sorry. For $30, if you don't like it you can just throw it away.
BTW, done correctly a lossless flac file should provide an obvious difference in sound quality with even crappiest headphones and DAP. It was a biggest sound quality upgrade I made in my personal audiophile pursuit and it is free if you own you own CDs. However, CD quality 16/44 is all you need in my opinion, higher resolution gains are more subtle with the difference typically related to better song mastering. Do yourself a favor and create a folder of 10 of your favorite songs ripped directly from your CDs in FLAC 16/44 and give them a listen.
Edited by Barra - 10/7/13 at 12:06pm