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Poll Results: Would you buy a Pandora to use as your portable player?

 
  • 30% (23)
    Yes
  • 69% (52)
    No
75 Total Votes  
post #106 of 364
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Originally Posted by FaeMinx View Post

....... I will tell you the OP isn't talking sh*t.

 

I'm somewhat shocked by the passionate negativity directed at the Pandora...? By people who have never even tried one out??? Seriously?

 

 

 

The OP hasn't tried it out either. He said this earlier in the thread.

 

But I take it he knows what he's talking about.....

 

At least sswam in his post above yours is honest about what's going on and why you doods have joined headfi (to sell this device). You know something- honesty goes a long way in forums like this. 

post #107 of 364

That was our initial gripe with the OP's thread,...he never tried it and was belittling other devices. Having real users opinions NOW makes me want to test this out.

 

 

Question: we know that audio can go for up to 60 hrs,...how is the runtime with other uses? That's important to me.

 

Thanks in advance.


Edited by tds101 - 10/14/12 at 5:23am
post #108 of 364
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by nywytboy68 View Post

That was our initial gripe with the OP's thread,...he never tried it and was belittling other devices. Having real users opinions NOW makes me want to test this out.

 

 

Question: we know that audio can go for up to 60 hrs,...how is the runtime with other uses? That's important to me.

 

Thanks in advance.

According to their online store, normal usage is about 10 hours. For comparison, a DS Lite is about 15 hours, and a PSP Slim is about 6 hours.  

 

These are all constant usage, of course.

post #109 of 364

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Originally Posted by CantScareMe View Post

 

The OP hasn't tried it out either. He said this earlier in the thread.

 

But I take it he knows what he's talking about.....

 

At least sswam in his post above yours is honest about what's going on and why you doods have joined headfi (to sell this device). You know something- honesty goes a long way in forums like this. 

 

Well, the reason I joined was:

We have a number of threads on our forum that focus on the Pandora's audio capabilities...This thread was linked in one of them, with some of our community members expressing anger at the responses given in this thread.

 

I decided to take a look.

I'm no authority (as I've already stated), but I have extensive first hand experience with the Pandora which the OP doesn't, and I thought that adding my two cents would help give a more balanced and *fair* assesment of the Pandora's potential in the audio department.

 

Do I want to see more Pandoras sold? Of course I do! We have a fantastic community - every new Pandora owner just adds to that.

Seeing new people discover and fall in-love with the device brings me a lot of joy. :) ... much like the joy of watching a stranger's face light up when they taste your favorite recipe. :)

... But I didn't come here to sell the device, just to help give a balanced perspective. Honesty and fairness is very important to me too.

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by nywytboy68 View Post

That was our initial gripe with the OP's thread,...he never tried it and was belittling other devices. Having real users opinions NOW makes me want to test this out.

 

 

Question: we know that audio can go for up to 60 hrs,...how is the runtime with other uses? That's important to me.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Well, I haven't done extensive testing of the battery life since the new firmware updates.

 

Before the updates the heaviest usage I put my Pandora through would be the 11 - 13 hour bus trips I have to take about 3 times a year.

The usage would consist of: Watching loads of movies, playing Playstation games... The odd bit of graphics editing in GIMP, then lighter usage like reading an e-book or listening to music. Some heavy battery drainers like Wifi tethering to my phone and browsing the internet for a while.

 

On these trips my Pandora is being used almost non-stop, with a few breaks. When I don't use wifi I last the whole trip. But I do own a second battery which I've only ever had to use twice in the time I've owned my Pandora - popping it in literally an hour or two before arrival. If memory serves one of the times the bus was delayed.

 

A safe bet would be 10hours under heavy use.

 

If your Pandora idles (I.e. it's on but you aren't doing anything - or doing very little like reading or listening to music) - then it's lifetime between charges is greatly increased. (thanks to the new firmware updates)

If you put your Pandora into power saving mode (a flip of a switch, also introduced with the new firmware updates) - then your Pandora can last for days between charges.

post #110 of 364

This is more like it, some useful info.

 

Still not of interest to me but the threads in the right direction now.

post #111 of 364
Now I'm more intrigued. Thank you for the real batch of info,...
post #112 of 364

It's my pleasure. :)

Glad I could help.

post #113 of 364

Looks like we could actually get both line-in and line-out with an EXT connector:

 

http://pandorawiki.org/Hardware_hacking

 

http://boards.openpandora.org/index.php?/topic/2675-ext-connectors/

 

https://www.dragonbox.de/en/replacement-parts/59-ext-stecker-1.html

 

Since true line-out would be fantastic for a super powerful headphone amp with a balanced output, I wonder how much would it cost to pay someone who could make that solution for us.

 

256GB SDXC cards from Lexar are available so it could give us 512GB of storage once the prices are coming down in the future. That would be fantastic for holding an entire lossless music collection.

post #114 of 364
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by seeteeyou View Post

Looks like we could actually get both line-in and line-out with an EXT connector:

 

http://pandorawiki.org/Hardware_hacking

 

http://boards.openpandora.org/index.php?/topic/2675-ext-connectors/

 

https://www.dragonbox.de/en/replacement-parts/59-ext-stecker-1.html

 

Since true line-out would be fantastic for a super powerful headphone amp with a balanced output, I wonder how much would it cost to pay someone who could make that solution for us.

 

256GB SDXC cards from Lexar are available so it could give us 512GB of storage once the prices are coming down in the future. That would be fantastic for holding an entire lossless music collection.

People make TV Out cables for the Pandora all the time. I'm sure a community member would take a commission for a specialized Line-In/Out cable.

 

As far as I know the developers are working on a firmware update that will support 256GB SDXC cards. They're a little preoccupied at the moment though so it might take a while for it to come out, but it will definitely happen.

post #115 of 364
For pure audio use, I suggest:
1) make it pocketable, meaning using an integrated sceen on it
2) for the current price, I would like to see an integrated and replaceable SSD.

Still an interesting product as it is though.
post #116 of 364
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by zzffnn View Post

For pure audio use, I suggest:
1) make it pocketable, meaning using an integrated sceen on it
2) for the current price, I would like to see an integrated and replaceable SSD.

Still an interesting product as it is though.

1: It has an integrated screen...?

2: SSDs are expensive and take up a lot of real estate. The case would have to be made thicker to do that. So basically, you're saying make it even bigger and even more expensive?

post #117 of 364
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Originally Posted by takato14 View Post

1: It has an integrated screen...?
2: SSDs are expensive and take up a lot of real estate. The case would have to be made thicker to do that. So basically, you're saying make it even bigger and even more expensive?

For point 1), I meant make it to have a screen integrated into it's case (like iPhone, Hifiman HM801 or iBasso DX100) , not a flip screen.

An iPod 5.5 gen ($100 used) is not terribly thick and can take a mSATA (up to 240GB so far). My point is that price of SSD will come down a lot sooner than SDXC.

Edit: how thick is the Pandora currently? For a total budget of $450 and a total size of 14cm*8.5cm*4cm (counting size and price of an iPhone 3GS), I have expanded my iPhone 3GS into a portable wireless storage capacity of 1000GB with an ability to play flac from said storage.

Also for pure audio use, pre-load the device with something like Rockbox.
Edited by zzffnn - 10/18/12 at 9:49am
post #118 of 364
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by zzffnn View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by takato14 View Post

1: It has an integrated screen...?
2: SSDs are expensive and take up a lot of real estate. The case would have to be made thicker to do that. So basically, you're saying make it even bigger and even more expensive?

For point 1), I meant make it to have a screen integrated into it's case (like iPhone, Hifiman HM801 or iBasso DX100) , not a flip screen.

An iPod 5.5 gen ($100 used) is not terribly thick and can take a mSATA (up to 240GB so far). My point is that price of SSD will come down a lot sooner than SDXC.

Also for pure audio use, pre-load the device with something like Rockbox.

That's actually something that was intended for the "Pandora 2", which is only barely in it's planning stages... 

 

You must remember, these guys aren't a very big company. A 240GB mSATA SSD is over $300 on its own. 

 

Actually, I think there is a native port of Rockbox for the Pandora, and even if there isn't you can use it via Android.

post #119 of 364
^ Then please make said Pandora 2 with a mSATA slot and a cheaper price. mSATA is a lot cheaper than SDXC.
post #120 of 364
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by zzffnn View Post

^ Then please make said Pandora 2 with a mSATA slot and a cheaper price. mSATA is a lot cheaper than SDXC.

I'm not the guy to ask. 

 

Also mSATA isn't practical for this situation. The Dual SDXC slots can be hotswapped. With mSATA, that's impossible.

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