Originally Posted by ajamils
With the advancement of cellphones are players like Z2 still relevant? I currently have HTC One X+ and it does all this player does plus more (comes with 64GB on board) so I am just trying to figure out why people still buy separate DAPs ? Does a DAP give you A LOT better sound quality then high end cellphones ?
Hmm. I agree; in today's integrated world, separate DAPs are not so useful for heaps of people.
As for me, my phone is a really old Samsung F480. I have used an mp3 player (Samsung and Sony, too) for as long as I can remember. My phone is just for calling and texting. Also, when I stick my amp on the Z2, I don't get any EMI as I don't use the wifi on the go. With a phone I'd have to walk around in airplane mode while listening, which might be annoying.
My Z2, on the other hand, is worth carrying along with me to uni etc. as it contains all the entertainment stuff, but almost 95% of the time it is for listening to music. I've heard the iPhone 5 extensively (mum and brother have one) and it's ok (in fact the internal amp is stronger on the iPhone 5), but to me, the Z2 is a joy to listen to and the EQ suite is very developed - it just makes my train ride enjoyable as I can listen to all genres and have fun. The microSD slot is handy, as it takes 64GB cards after an internal reformat; I like the idea of that much space.
Can I quantify the difference in SQ? Not really, no. I just like the DAP because it is useful; I already have a phone for communication, and the Z2 browses the web, has apps and great music in .flac format (so I don't have to bother with ALAC on iPhone or w/e). The drag-and-drop is great on my Mac too, I would not be keen to use iTunes to sync everything. I guess a separate DAP works for me, so I just use one.