First I would like to apopogise for my english. Here are my impressions about this excellent player after 2 month of non-stop use, I will compare it to the well known Studio V that I also own :
4GB internal (read micro SD 32 GB)
Price version "power": 169 USD
Price of the "standard" version: 129 USD
Output: same as the Studio V
Battery Life: 10 H
Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 1.3
The design is very beautiful, very different from the Studio about materials finishes. In hand, one has an amazing sense of lightness, that feeling of monolithic "brick" is not like the Studio. In the pocket, it’s simple, you tend to forget it
The front is clad on the entire surface by a clear plastic "sheet" glued (which unfortunately seems to be easily damaged) which gives a smooth and continuous area all over the screen. At the rear, same "sheet" of plastic glued, thiner than the Studio V.
On the edge, the same metal as the Studio V With the jack, the "reset" hole, USB input + Micro SD slot.
Ergonomics / UI:
For this part, I'm not going to lie, it's the same as for the Studio V and Amp Studio Pro3 ... Simple, intuitive, clear and unadorned, personnaly I like it a lot. My model had no bugs.
Sound (with W4):
First thing I can say, is that the sound intensity level (volume) is the same as the Studio V. I get a strong enough volume to 13/31. Not having a full-size Headphone, I can not say if it can drive it but with IEM’s, no need to worry.
The player has several "presets" such as "rock, classical, bass," but my listening experience was soon limited to the base preset "natural".
Talking with Jack-fu before receiving the player, the SQ Rocoo P is suitable for listening to "modern" music in contrast to Studio V, which is rather a "monitor" model type with a more neutral rendering, that you can use with all genre of music.
My feeling is this: with modern music actually, there are a lot of qualities of Studio V: ventilation, living, dynamic, spatial, precision, instrument separation. The general feeling is excellent and very coherent.
The noticeable difference to my ears is in the bass region, which are more pronounced upward medium and also in the low bass, giving more slam with energetic music than the Studio but also reducing the treble feeling a bit.
Not that the treble are not sharp, present or sparkle but in proportion to midrange and low, they are a bit behind. The bass remains excellent, well controlled, although textured with beautiful extensions.
This coloring increasing the sense of "warmth" and dynamism in this spectrum. It is really suitted to modern music and neutral headphones.
For jazz or acoustic music, I think the bass becomes a bit too present and « cut » a bit of energy especially in the top treble region. The cymbals are such a little too short. I have not tried to settle on "jazz" for listening to acoustic music because I do not see myself doing such settings during jogging or fitness, since I listen to everything ...
The advantage of this player is that it adapts easily to most modern music with a rather strong coloring increasing dynamism and punch low level (without being a basshead player ...)
Even if autonomy is low, its small size increases the portability without cutting the power factor, it may drive with great ease a lot of IEM's and probably even some headphones.
Besides, it's pretty amazing to feel so much power in such a small player.
The « + »:
- SQ (for modern music)
- Attractive design
- Size, portability
- The price
- Read micro SD 32 GB
The « - »:
- Front and back face a little bit fagile.
- A little less versatile than the Studio V concerning music genre.
Edited by sly_in_the_sky - 3/7/12 at 2:39am