Update: Just received an 8GB Cowon X9 today - the sound quality is MUCH better than my ipod classic. It's actually on par with my Audioengine D1 (might even be better, but I'm trying to let the subjective stuff dissipate before reviewing)...
After picking up an iPod classic a few months ago, I'm coming to the conclusion that the sound quality is pretty abysmal. I expected it to be nothing special, especially after reading as much from doing research beforehand, but I didn't expect it to sound this flat and pallid.
It's nice to have the convenience and ability to play ALAC files natively, but I'm more interested in sound quality since I'll subconsciously use it less and less as time goes on because of the poor sound quality. I've been looking into the Cowon X9, since I can get the 8gb model for pretty cheap on amazon and just add an SD card later.
I've searched through all the threads about the sound quality, but I'm wondering how much of an improvement I'll see if I switch players. Is it worth it?
If it helps, I'm using VSonic GR06 most of the time, and occasionally will use Denon D5000s at home.
Edited by whereas - 11/3/12 at 8:18am