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After Fuze a Sony A845 for 160USD?

post #1 of 20
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My Sansa Fuze has broken, and now I am using a Clip+ (from my mother) with a Brainwavz M2 earphone.

 

In my country now I can buy a Sony A845 (16Gb) player for less than 160USD (Everything is more expensive here unfortunately than e.g. in the US). I could buy a Fuze for 90USD from the ebay, although I liked the Fuze, its screen and build quality is not on the top..

What do you think, would it be a good choice for the more 70USD to get the Sony? I have to decide urgently, cuz its the last model in the shop.

 

Thanks for your help!

post #2 of 20

It depends - it doesn't have the microSD slot like a Fuze and you can't put Rockbox on it.

 

That said, all the Sonys have good sound and are quality players... I'd buy a Sony over a Sansa anything.

post #3 of 20
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16Gb is enough for me and I never use the Rockbox on the Fuze. The question is: will be the Sq worse from the Sony than the Fuze?

post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by honfoglalo View Post

16Gb is enough for me and I never use the Rockbox on the Fuze. The question is: will be the Sq worse from the Sony than the Fuze?

I wouldn't think so. Every Sony that I have had has sounded very nice to me.

post #5 of 20
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My concern..

"As part of it, hiss is heavy and in your face. I use sensitive earphones such as the FitEars Private 333, Earsonics SM3, Victor FX500, and even the stock earphones and all hiss - a lot. I consider this a big problem with sound, especially as players from Apple, Cowon, Microsoft and others don't hiss nearly as much. Is it too much to ask Sony, a company known far and wide for sound products, for a clear signal? The hiss permeates everything, like a think blanket on music or under music: nothing is 100% clear.


This is the same with every single Sony I've owned except for the S636 which for some reason was about as noisy as the Sansa Fuze V2 (so only a little more than I like). 

The other annoying thing is: this badboy has a clicking artefact in the background which echoes at regular intervals ALL THE TIME. It is quiet though and if you are not bothered by Sony hiss (how in the name of God is that possible), then you may not find it a big (or even small problem)."

 

from http://anythingbutipod.com/forum/showthread.php?t=53732#post455091

post #6 of 20

They do have difficulty driving BA iems - the A865 couldn't drive my Klipsch properly. I mean, they sounded worse than earbuds with the Sony.

 

 I was mostly using the Senn IE8s I had with the A845 and I thought it was a good player.

post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by honfoglalo View Post

My concern..

"As part of it, hiss is heavy and in your face. I use sensitive earphones such as the FitEars Private 333, Earsonics SM3, Victor FX500, and even the stock earphones and all hiss - a lot. I consider this a big problem with sound, especially as players from Apple, Cowon, Microsoft and others don't hiss nearly as much. Is it too much to ask Sony, a company known far and wide for sound products, for a clear signal? The hiss permeates everything, like a think blanket on music or under music: nothing is 100% clear.


This is the same with every single Sony I've owned except for the S636 which for some reason was about as noisy as the Sansa Fuze V2 (so only a little more than I like). 

The other annoying thing is: this badboy has a clicking artefact in the background which echoes at regular intervals ALL THE TIME. It is quiet though and if you are not bothered by Sony hiss (how in the name of God is that possible), then you may not find it a big (or even small problem)."

 

from http://anythingbutipod.com/forum/showthread.php?t=53732#post455091

For me, I never use IEM's, so hiss is not a concern. If you do use them, maybe it could be an issue.

post #8 of 20
Thread Starter 

So you recommend to buy the Sony over a second Fuze for this price, if the hiss is wont be a problem with my current IEM?

post #9 of 20

The screen and build quality, the UI are all better than a Fuze, plus the EQ enhancements are better unless you Rockbox the Sansa.

 

But you most likely will have problems with BA iems like the SM3.. I, personally, could live with that as long as I had other iems that go well with the Sony.


Edited by Dreamnine - 12/1/12 at 10:51am
post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 

Brainwavz M2 (20Ohm) or R1(16Ohm) whould they proper? What kind of IEM would be good for the Sony?

post #11 of 20

Any dynamic driver iems will be fine with the Sony, just BA ones it has problems with.(hiss and worse)

 

And there probably is a way to correct hiss with a LOD/headphone amp. I'm not too sure about this - I only listened to my Klipsch with the Sony A865 long enough to realise that it sounded bad and no EQ'ing would compensate.

 

Perhaps someone better educated about this than I will post.


Edited by Dreamnine - 12/1/12 at 11:09am
post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by honfoglalo View Post

My concern..

"As part of it, hiss is heavy and in your face. I use sensitive earphones such as the FitEars Private 333, Earsonics SM3, Victor FX500, and even the stock earphones and all hiss - a lot. I consider this a big problem with sound, especially as players from Apple, Cowon, Microsoft and others don't hiss nearly as much. Is it too much to ask Sony, a company known far and wide for sound products, for a clear signal? The hiss permeates everything, like a think blanket on music or under music: nothing is 100% clear.


This is the same with every single Sony I've owned except for the S636 which for some reason was about as noisy as the Sansa Fuze V2 (so only a little more than I like). 

The other annoying thing is: this badboy has a clicking artefact in the background which echoes at regular intervals ALL THE TIME. It is quiet though and if you are not bothered by Sony hiss (how in the name of God is that possible), then you may not find it a big (or even small problem)."

 

from http://anythingbutipod.com/forum/showthread.php?t=53732#post455091


I just plugged my XBA-4 (balanced armature) into my new NWZ-A844 (8GB, hey it was a good price for another non-US / our prices usually suck country)... No hiss what so ever, sounds great... The hiss might affect EU models only? I'm only guessing. If the one you saw isn't an EU model buy it and be happy.

post #13 of 20
Thread Starter 

Its an EU model unfortunately.

post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by honfoglalo View Post

Its an EU model unfortunately.

You can buy an LOD cable and use an amp with it and that will get around the player's issue with BA IEMs.

post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 

It would not be too comfortable. Its a lot more expensive than the Fuze only the player, I would not like to pay more..

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