Originally Posted by miceblue
Ah the good 'ol J3. Two years ago the J3 was all the buzz for portable media players. I don't hear too much about it any more.
I think J3 is admirable sounding player, if you can find one for about < $120.00 in good condition, they still sell like hot cakes on eBay auction fetching about $180-$200 for 16GB models. I feel J3 has an acquired taste set flat which some people don't understand. It's very smooth with a specific timbre, so those looking to be blown away with an immediate "wow" factor my find themselves disappointed. I find it relaxing rather than completely engaging. It has good rhythm, swing and flow, something some players lack.
Originally Posted by cn11
Which player, and earphone, are your favorites?
Hmm, well each player and headphone all do something the other doesn't, which makes things complicated. They're all pretty decent in their own way, though if it's clarity, detail, transparency, "clear" cooler presentation you're looking for (my preference) then very hard to beat ER4S / Studio V combo, that combo really does sound very nice to my ears, only can be fatiguing if you don't control the volume levels. I don't really judge them on UI, it's all about the SQ.