Long time reader of the forums here, and how fantastic they are too :)
However it is my first post and so apologies in advance if it is the most very basic of questions and possibly one likely to split opinion.
Ultimately the story goes, I had an iPhone and have done for several years through it's various iterations. Sound quality has always been good on the various models and along with a set of Phonak Audeo PFE 122's (as well as all of my music in purchased iTunes+ / 256kbps AAC), I have enjoyed my time with the above. However just recently (largely due to this forum I think) I have started to crave something more and it's also because the Phonak's have restored my old love of Hi-Fi and listening to music.
The potential for a new PMP has come about also because I have had to ditch the iPhone due to needing a slightly different handset for work purposes. A Nokia Lumia 800 to be exact and whilst I do love the phone actually, the music playback quality is terrible as I think is widely documented.
So with all of that said. I'm basically after a separate PMP. Can be as fancy / un-fancy as need's be. Money wise I can't see myself wanting to spend much more than £200-£300. However less / something cheaper is obviously ok too (as long as it's not to the detriment of sound quality). That really is ultimately what I am after, the best possible sound quality. However as much as I'd like to I can't see myself moving to FLAC in the short to mid term. So I guess something that can play my current library of music would be great.
I note some Samsung players (from what I read here) can take advantage of modding and the Voodoo sound thingy. Likeiwse the Sony PMP's seem really well regarded, however not certain if my files will work. Then there's the iPod argument. Not adverse to going that route. However I'm presuming some iPod's have different / better DAC's than others and so I'm realy at the mercy of any of your expert advice.
Will thank anyone that can help in advance, sorry for the back story but thought it may help when making your recommendations.
All the very best
Edited by nate247 - 7/5/12 at 4:12am