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Looking for a new music player (step up from the Sony Walkman Z-series)

post #1 of 13
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Hi guys,
My current music player (Walkman) was working fine until suddenly my default music app stopped working. I then proceeded to download one of the recommended 'audiophile' players off the android store - however, I noticed some inherent problems. I first downloaded the neutron player, and it worked fine until I tried to play a FLAC file. It would play, but for some reason, there was a hissing noise. I checked the files on my computer and heard no hissing, so I uninstalled the app and downloaded poweramp. This worked fine until a few days ago, where in every song the music would freeze for a second, distorting it for a second or so. My player is in mint condition and I don't know what's causing these problems. I asked Sony about the problem and they were no help, so I've decided to look for a new DAP. Budget is $300, although it can change if needed.
post #2 of 13
Why not just get a Sansa Clip ?
post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by KT66 View Post

Why not just get a Sansa Clip ?
I'm looking for sound quality, and although the clip may provide great sound quality for its price, I want something with better sq.
post #4 of 13

How about the Cowon C2? My gripe about the Clip+ is not the sound quality but the battery life. If only they had made it slightly thicker with a 30 hour battery it would have been great.

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How about the Cowon C2? My gripe about the Clip+ is not the sound quality but the battery life. If only they had made it slightly thicker with a 30 hour battery it would have been great.
How does the c2 compare with the z2?
post #6 of 13

If every player you tried have problem the issue is obviously with your Z (hardware or software). I will try a factory reset first and if that doesn't work you might have to get a replacement.

post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by zenpunk View Post

If every player you tried have problem the issue is obviously with your Z (hardware or software). I will try a factory reset first and if that doesn't work you might have to get a replacement.
I asked for a replacement and when I got it the problems were still present.
post #8 of 13
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I'm looking for sound quality, and although the clip may provide great sound quality for its price, I want something with better sq.

annnd what's -wrong- with the clip's sq?

post #9 of 13
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annnd what's -wrong- with the clip's sq?

Sounds like FM radio, thin, lack of soundstage, poor separation and detail. Poor imaging, weak bass detail, lack of refinement.
Edited by H20Fidelity - 1/21/13 at 11:34pm
post #10 of 13
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Sounds like FM radio, thin, lack of soundstage, poor separation and detail. Poor imaging, weak bass detail, lack of refinement.

haha

good luck mate

post #11 of 13
Still, good player for the money Clip+, I think everyone should own one but not necessarily use it.lol. wink.gif Sansa sure have caused a stir among audiophile community's, but as everything there are limitations. smile.gif It's all about going to the next level. Taking it to the e.x.t.r.e.m.e wink.gif
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Sounds like FM radio, thin, lack of soundstage, poor separation and detail. Poor imaging, weak bass detail, lack of refinement.

But with Rockbox, it provides gapless playback, you don't have to re-do all your tags and album art, playlist users make them work....so I'll take one in a heartbeat over one of the *cough*audiophile*cough* players. tongue.gif If I am at home looking for the next step up, then I have my iPod Video 5.5G 80GB (transportable, not portable IMO).

 

Just out of curiosity, how does your old Touch sound compared to your Clip+? I never heard a 2G Touch, only a 4G.

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by Achmedisdead View Post

But with Rockbox, it provides gapless playback, you don't have to re-do all your tags and album art, playlist users make them work....so I'll take one in a heartbeat over one of the *cough*audiophile*cough* players. tongue.gif
 If I am at home looking for the next step up, then I have my iPod Video 5.5G 80GB (transportable, not portable IMO).


Just out of curiosity, how does your old Touch sound compared to your Clip+? I never heard a 2G Touch, only a 4G.
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Don't pull the rockbox card, I'm not tricked that easily. smile.gif I can live without those silly features.

After a quick test I prefer the touch, it has thicker note presentation, better detailing and depth / larger headstage. The Clip+ is like peering through a keyhole at a naked woman, you can only see but the smallest amount of bum cheek, your side vision is cut short, while the touch is similar to opening the door just a crack. Something like an amped Colorfly CK4+ you have one foot at least half way in the door with full view on a bare set of breasts. However, neither Clip+ or touch have any essence of Coffee bean.
Edited by H20Fidelity - 1/22/13 at 6:20pm
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