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post #1 of 28
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Hey there,

I, once again, need a new MP3. In the past, i've used my Sansa Clip+, but now I've had 2 of them and both of them broke (the jack became so loose that only 1 side was audible).

I know what made it happen, it's that every time I take a step, it pushes the plug a little bit, so eventually the jack loosens.

 

Now, I need a new MP3 player, as mentioned above, but this time I want it to be truly robust and durable - I don't want to switch it out again until i WANT to change it.

 

Space is relatively important, as I am used to 24 GB with my Sansa, but I should be able to work with 16 GB :)

 

A built in EQ would be nice, but not necessary.

 

Any suggestions would be helpful! Thanks.

 

PS: my budget is around about 200$ at a stretch(I'd prefer something closer to the 50-100 area, but if you convince me enough, i can go for 200), and I'm using a Fischer Audio FA-003, in case that would be important to know.


Edited by TDB Jaster - 8/30/12 at 2:43am
post #2 of 28

Nano 6-7G?

post #3 of 28
Thread Starter 

If I had to buy an iPod, it'd have to be either Classic or Touch - they're the only ones that are just at least slightly different from other MP3s.

However, i have no idea how durable any of them are.. Hence why I'm here.

I'd rather not buy an iPod though, mostly because they're so god damn expensive :P but if it's general consensus, then I guess I'll give it a shot!

post #4 of 28
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Originally Posted by TDB Jaster View Post

Hey there,

I, once again, need a new MP3. In the past, i've used my Sansa Clip+, but now I've had 2 of them and both of them broke (the jack became so loose that only 1 side was audible).

I know what made it happen, it's that every time I take a step, it pushes the plug a little bit, so eventually the jack loosens.

 

Now, I need a new MP3 player, as mentioned above, but this time I want it to be truly robust and durable - I don't want to switch it out again until i WANT to change it.

 

Space is relatively important, as I am used to 24 GB with my Sansa, but I should be able to work with 16 GB :)

 

A built in EQ would be nice, but not necessary.

 

Any suggestions would be helpful! Thanks.

 

PS: my budget is around about 200$ at a stretch(I'd prefer something closer to the 50-100 area, but if you convince me enough, i can go for 200), and I'm using a Fischer Audio FA-003, in case that would be important to know.


Rocoo P. If you PM Jack from Hisound and maybe offer to do a review on his New Studio V 3rd ANV DAP he may give you half off. That is very well worth the price. Slightly over your budge but at half off it is a steal of a deal and very durable. 55 hours playback time with lossless (85 with lossy formats). Has a built in amp you can use with other sources. Sounds amazing, its an audiophile grade DAP.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/621204/trade-for-the-perfect-player-in-the-world-hisound-s-studio-3rd-anniversary-edition


Edited by lee730 - 8/31/12 at 3:18am
post #5 of 28
Thread Starter 

That'd be awesome, but I don't think I'd be able to pull off such a review. and even if I could, 200$ is a real stretch - like, i'll have to make sure not to eat lunch for about 2-3 weeks straight. Anything over 200$ makes a big budget difference.

 

Thanks a whole bunch, though! :) if you have any other input, i'd be happy to hear it - so far you've at least put me on a path!

 

I wish the Rocoo P was still available anywhere; i looked at it and instantly though "I want one! I want one!!" (actually I squealed it, but nevermind)

 

Sincerely,

Jaster

post #6 of 28
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That'd be awesome, but I don't think I'd be able to pull off such a review. and even if I could, 200$ is a real stretch - like, i'll have to make sure not to eat lunch for about 2-3 weeks straight. Anything over 200$ makes a big budget difference.

 

Thanks a whole bunch, though! :) if you have any other input, i'd be happy to hear it - so far you've at least put me on a path!

 

I wish the Rocoo P was still available anywhere; i looked at it and instantly though "I want one! I want one!!" (actually I squealed it, but nevermind)

 

Sincerely,

Jaster

 

lol Jaster you can contact Jack regarding the Rocoo P. He also sells those for $179.00 still within your budge. But I was saying the Studio V would be very much worth that additional. Its on an entirely different level and retails at $450.00 :). Not too often you get 50% off deals. Also regarding the review, well everyone has to start somewhere. You can wing it and look at other reviews to help you out. I had to start somewhere myself. Do you have a current player you could compare it to? Its that simple. Just say what you hear and write it with some structure :).


Edited by lee730 - 8/31/12 at 5:57am
post #7 of 28
Thread Starter 

Hmm, well I'll think about it - it'd be really cool to have something like that :)

(I'm assuming that this Jack you speak of is the one who made the thread you linked, yeah?)

I guess there's sense in spending a bit extra, when t's this good a deal..

 

But then again, surely there are other options for durable MP3s that don't cost around 200$?

Anything that's durable... particularly in the jack.. Not to say that sound quality is of low importance, but it is secondary - anything that can match the clip+ is great.

 

I may just buy another clip+ as they are cheap, but i really wanna research the field first.


Edited by TDB Jaster - 8/31/12 at 11:12am
post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by TDB Jaster View Post

Hmm, well I'll think about it - it'd be really cool to have something like that :)

(I'm assuming that this Jack you speak of is the one who made the thread you linked, yeah?)

I guess there's sense in spending a bit extra, when t's this good a deal..

 

But then again, surely there are other options for durable MP3s that don't cost around 200$?

Anything that's durable... particularly in the jack.. Not to say that sound quality is of low importance, but it is secondary - anything that can match the clip+ is great.

 

I may just buy another clip+ as they are cheap, but i really wanna research the field first.


Well with durability in mind I honestly can't say there are other mp3 players that are rugged like the Hisound players. Without a case for them you'd be much more likely to break them opposed to dropping your Rocooo P or Studio V. With these though you'd be more likely to hurt your feet than the actual player ;).

post #9 of 28
Thread Starter 

Hmm, and what about the jack?

Because that seems to be what breaks every time I buy audio equipment.

I walk a lot, and basically every time i take a step, my trousers obviously tighten a bit around the area of the jack, pushing it a bit and slowly making it unstable.

This has happened to:

Fiio E11 (3/4 months i think)

Sansa Clip+ (1 month)

Sansa Clip+ (5/6 months I think)

 

So this is really a deal breaker for me.

 

I have thought about the Cowon i10 because it's available from a shop in my own country; meaning I can get it replaced if it breaks. Only thing is, I'm not sure it'd be as good for me as the HiSound products - any thoughts?

(I'm a student, so I only earn rougly £15 a week for spending; after food, living, etc. - this is why 200$ is such a stetch - I actually have to make a lot of cuts)

 

These are the ones I'm considering at the moment:

HiSound RoCoo P (Because it's cheaper than the Studio)

Cowon i9 (Cheaper than i10, but no security of replacement - may be possible to get it replaced though, may be cheap enough for me to buy an amp with it)

Cowon i10 (Replacement security)

Sansa Clip+ (Had it, loved it, considering it again.. just afraid of it breaking again and kinda want to try something new, cheap enough to buy an amp with it)

Cowon S9 (Expensive, but found it used for cheaper than the i10 - same problem as the i9 though.)


Edited by TDB Jaster - 9/4/12 at 12:51am
post #10 of 28

I'm not really sure what to tell you. I've never had any issues regarding the Jack. At least how it is situated in my side pocket there really isn't much strain on it at all. The plug is located at the top of the unit and the Studio V is somewhat thick in width in comparison to the actual jack itself.
 

post #11 of 28
Thread Starter 

Hmm, I guess I could try placing my audio equipment in another spot than my front trouser-pocket.. I just can't think of anywhere.

Any ideas?

 

Also, out of the players and the things I told you with it, which would you say would be the better choice for me? (sorry for asking so much, but I just like to get 2nd opinions so I feel more sure :) )

post #12 of 28

I was just pointing to Hisounds products because they seem to be the most durable and have excellent sound quality. I mean if you were to break their players you'd break anything lol :).
 

post #13 of 28

The Clip+ have a sensitive jack. To avoid a broken headphone jack, I use one of these:

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3-5mm-Jack-to-3-5-mm-Jack-Right-Angle-Angled-Adapter-/200663333653?pt=UK_Computing_Sound_Vision_Audio_Cables_Adapters&hash=item2eb8777b15

 

It's an angled 3.5mm to 3.5mm adapter and I always keep it plugged in. It's a cheap way of prolonging the life of your Clip+...

post #14 of 28
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The Clip+ have a sensitive jack. To avoid a broken headphone jack, I use one of these:

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3-5mm-Jack-to-3-5-mm-Jack-Right-Angle-Angled-Adapter-/200663333653?pt=UK_Computing_Sound_Vision_Audio_Cables_Adapters&hash=item2eb8777b15

 

It's an angled 3.5mm to 3.5mm adapter and I always keep it plugged in. It's a cheap way of prolonging the life of your Clip+...

I've never had a jack fail on any of my  Clip variants. My solution? I wear T-shirts with chest pockets quite often (got in the habit back when I was a smoker) and I clip the Clip to the shirt pocket, facing me. Easy access to the player's controls, and the jack doesn't get any tension on it like it would if the player was in a pants pocket.

post #15 of 28
Thread Starter 

 Yeah, I don't like t-shirts with chest pockets, but I guess I could wear a shirt over my t-shirt, which in turn has some less tight pockets. Thanks :)

 

I know that the clip+ has a pretty sensitive jack, but keep in mind that this happened to my Fiio E11 as well which - as far as I know - isn't really known to be sensitive at all.

 

Thanks for the replies! :) any advice as to which one I should buy out of the list above? should I go with a clip again and just be careful, or try something new..

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