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Help.Need a Recommendation for a Portable Source!

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My friend came up to me the other day, knowing that I had some insight on the audio world, and asked me if I had any recommendations for an mp3 player. He has an Ipod touch but is disappointed with its performance. He is looking for a "bang for buck" mp3 that is less than $225. Any recommendations are appreciated. He will most likely not be using an amp, but I have one coming in the mail which might change his mind.

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I would suggest a modified Galaxy S. With Voodoo sound, it is very good. You can get them used for about $120.

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Thanks for the suggestion. I will reccomennd that to him, but he may be looking for something he can buy new. Any suggestions? I have heard good things about the Cowon J3.


Edited by TheEvilNarwhal - 9/11/12 at 6:53pm
post #5 of 11

Not that I've heard. The Clip+ ($35) is well regarded, but again, I have not heard it.

 

By the way, what headphones will he be using? (That'll probably help)


Edited by SpartanD63 - 9/11/12 at 6:59pm
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Right now he is using some skull candys but I will force him to buying some cheaper, nice headphones. He likes bass so I may recommend the Sony xb series to him.

post #7 of 11
Clip+, Sansa Fuze, Cowon J3, C2, D2+ would be nicer options than the touch. Remembering these are MP3 players that do music very well but not much else besides video and pictures (not Clip+) If he can come to face that these players do not support apps he is off to better enjoyment in sound quality. The C2 sounds very similar to J3 and is much cheaper, has 55 hours music playback, 11 hours video, SD expandable, plays the famous FLAC codec with enough enhancements and eq tweaking to throw a stick at. Cowons also have powerful clean headphone outs.
Edited by H20Fidelity - 9/14/12 at 1:04am
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Originally Posted by TheEvilNarwhal View Post

My friend came up to me the other day, knowing that I had some insight on the audio world, and asked me if I had any recommendations for an mp3 player. He has an Ipod touch but is disappointed with its performance. He is looking for a "bang for buck" mp3 that is less than $225. Any recommendations are appreciated. He will most likely not be using an amp, but I have one coming in the mail which might change his mind.

 

What generation Touch does he have? If it's 4th-gen, he should look into one of the equalizer apps...Equalizer, EQu, Sonicmax Pro.  If he tinkers with them he'll likely no longer feel the need to get anything different.

post #9 of 11

he would do better to invest in some decent sounding headphones and a couple of the eq apps.

 

touch is fine, you can even get the cowon eq (sonicmaxpro bbe app) on the touch. (best on the 4g of course)

 

also make sure he has decent quality music files.

post #10 of 11

I highly recommend the Sony Walkman's. Their price point, design, UI, and sound quality is really great. The A series is just fantastic IMHO.

post #11 of 11

Get something with a card slot. The Sandisk Clip+ and Clip Zip  are cheap. For much longer battery life, consider the Cowon C2.

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