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Looking for a < £200 portable audio player

post #1 of 10
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After five years my iRiver Clix 2 has died and I'm left wondering what to buy next.

Ultimately I'm looking for far more than the 4GB I had before, the ability to play .ogg and .flac, and a decent FM radio. I bought a really cheap replacement from a local supermarket which won't pick up radio where I work and use the device most. One bonus would be a fairly heavy case to protect it. I can't justify spending more than £200 and would ideally like to spend a lot less.

Any advice?

Edit: Forgot to mention that it has to last 10 hours without charge while I'm at work.
 


Edited by Vattic - 1/3/13 at 12:24pm
post #2 of 10

Spend less than $50 and get a Sandisk Clip+. It has a microSDHC card slot, so you can add a cheap 16GB or 32GB card. It has nice sound quality. It is very compact and has a built in clip. The downside? Battery life is only around 12 hours. I bought some usb battery packs for when I need longer battery life.

 

I guess some others will tell you to spend $150+ and get a Cowon C2. The C2 has battery life listed as 55 hours. It also has a microSDHC card slot.


Edited by JK1 - 1/3/13 at 10:38am
post #3 of 10
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Is it a reliable 12 hours? I forgot to mention that it has to last 10 hours a night while I'm at work.

post #4 of 10

The Clip+ will only give you 10+ hours of battery life for OGG or FLAC if you use Rockbox(an alternative firmware). With the original firmware,it only gets 10+ hours of battery life with mp3 files.

post #5 of 10

is there nowhere you can charge it at work?

 

listening for 10 hours non stop is not good for your ears.

 

forget about battery and concentrate on sound quality and you'll end up happier.

post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by JK1 View Post

The Clip+ will only give you 10+ hours of battery life for OGG or FLAC if you use Rockbox(an alternative firmware). With the original firmware,it only gets 10+ hours of battery life with mp3 files.

Nice. Will keep Rockbox in mind.

 

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Originally Posted by KT66 View Post

is there nowhere you can charge it at work?

 

listening for 10 hours non stop is not good for your ears.

 

forget about battery and concentrate on sound quality and you'll end up happier.


It's not completely "non stop" as I get two breaks a night: one 30 and the other 15 minutes. Besides that I have to take the headphones off now and again to talk with staff. I would charge at work but I'm only a lowly peon and they don't like me doing it that often. I'm also under the impression that so long as it's not too loud long periods of use wasn't harmful, but I may be wrong? I spend at least half the night listening to the radio.

Thanks for the help so far both of you.
 

post #7 of 10
+1 Clip+ with rockbox is what you need my friend (I know it's been mentioned) It will get you through most of the night. Add a silicon case to protect it. Small, light, compact won't get in the way.

Also, what headphone/IEM are you using? Need to know if the Clips enough power for you.
Edited by H20Fidelity - 1/4/13 at 3:17am
post #8 of 10
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Is it a reliable 12 hours? I forgot to mention that it has to last 10 hours a night while I'm at work.

You'll get 15 hours reliably with OGG and FLAC if you Rockbox the Clip+, provided your screen brightness is kept somewhat low and and the screen is set to only stay lit for 10 or 15 seconds at a time....unless you're constantly fiddling with it and keeping the screen lit. 

 

As far as the FM radio, I have no idea how that affects the battery....I never use it on any of my players.

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Originally Posted by H20Fidelity View Post

+1 Clip+ with rockbox is what you need my friend (I know it's been mentioned) It will get you through most of the night. Add a silicon case to protect it. Small, light, compact won't get in the way.
Also, what headphone/IEM are you using? Need to know if the Clips enough power for you.

Headphones break frequently at work so nothing at all fancy. I'm looking to buy some new ones as I'm using right now are terrible.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Achmedisdead View Post

You'll get 15 hours reliably with OGG and FLAC if you Rockbox the Clip+, provided your screen brightness is kept somewhat low and and the screen is set to only stay lit for 10 or 15 seconds at a time....unless you're constantly fiddling with it and keeping the screen lit. 

 

As far as the FM radio, I have no idea how that affects the battery....I never use it on any of my players.

Fair enough.

 

Decided to follow all your advice and get a Clip+. Cheers for all the help.

post #10 of 10

If you want a good cheap headphone, then consider the JVC HA-S160.

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