I am trying to find a new Mp3 player to replace my Ipod rig (LOD with Fiio E11) and am having quite a bit of trouble with my research, as I have never seen such conflicting reviews; so I thought it time to ask for help. To make things simple I need:
-To spend less than 100$ preferably, 150$ maximum.
-The player to have either alot of storage or Micro SD (preferably the latter)
-The player to have bluetooth connection. (For my speaker rig in my bag)
And of course, it goes without saying it needs to sound as beautiful as possible.
I have read a lot on the subject and have found Cowon and Creative to be my best routes; However Cowon is just too expensive for my needs, and Creative seems to be bashed to oblivion within the Audiophile community. Thus my questions.
The Creative Zen X-fi 3 looks PERFECT for me, however I've seen scattered yet consistent reviews complaining about it's lacking sound and quality control. Is this the case? How does it compare to Cowon? Or is Cowon really good enough for me to extend my price ceiling?
I'm open to any suggestions, thanks!