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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hey guys, I'll try to keep this sweet and simple.

I broke my main cell (note) and have been using my old iPhone (3GS). I've been saving for a new MP3 player but with these recent events if there is a cell phone that could satisfy me then ill go that route instead of phone AND MP3 player.

Needs:
1. 64gb or more (I have a 32 & 64 gb micro sd card, but if they're not used (ex. I get an Idevice) then I'll just sell them, no issues there)
2. Good audio quality from the headphone out, I just don't enjoy having to strap an amp onto my device (Im satisfied with the audio from the 3GS, so comparable or better)
3. Cell phone wise it'd have to be from Rogers (so NA galaxy s3, iPhone 4S/5, galaxy note 2, etc)
4. Cell phone wise I could care less about additionally abilities (like apps, camera, etc) - I text and call - I have my iPad to satisfy any app needs I may have)
5. Price: Through rogers I'll get a good whack off the price, so any cell phone. MP3 player I'd prefer less than $400 pre tax.



Thanks for your input guys!
Edited by Speedv1 - 2/5/13 at 8:22pm
post #2 of 9

This might not be everything you're looking for but it's a good option concerning value/price and great sound quality. It does accept microSD and could drive easily your headphones. I suggest you to hurry. 

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-COLORFLY-C3-24bit-WAV-APE-FLAC-HiFi-Music-Player-with-retail-box-/230916561091?pt=UK_Music_Other_Music_Formats_ET&hash=item35c3b318c3


Edited by squallkiercosa - 1/22/13 at 4:06am
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Any alternates? It'd be nice if I could possible return it if I don't like it (generally a pain with eBay items, especially in Canada)
post #4 of 9
With a headphone that has much potential, you're seriously limiting it's sound quality by focusing on a mainstream MP3 player such as a phone. You should be looking at some audiophile players such as Studio V 3RD ANV, Colorfly C3, etc.

You would have much happier music experience. Even though you're not keen on an amp you could strap something like the C&C BH (about the size of a credit card) on the back of your current phone using LOD and achieve much better results, and still you wouldn't be lugging around two devices (in theory). Those Edition 8's are being a touch wasted without a good source imo.

If something like Studio V 3RD ANV is out of your budget I would look at Colorfly C3 or the $100 C&C BH option.

Here's a link to the amp anyway. Take a look at the Colorfly C3. or if your keen Studio V, I won't recommend a phone for those headphones sorry because I believe it's a waste of time IMO.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/644363/c-c-bh-portable-headphone-amp-80-hours-from-a-single-charge-buyer-review
Edited by H20Fidelity - 1/22/13 at 8:15pm
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Alright, after I tried a few MP3 players out in stores I agree, I need to look at an audiophile MP3 player.

Would you advise the Colorfly CK4? The tiny screen on the c3 would bug me..
Or is there another audiophile MP3 player that you'd recommend. Let's say best under $300, then under $500? Hifiman series?

Thanks a lot guys!
post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by Speedv1 View Post

Alright, after I tried a few MP3 players out in stores I agree, I need to look at an audiophile MP3 player.

Would you advise the Colorfly CK4? The tiny screen on the c3 would bug me..
Or is there another audiophile MP3 player that you'd recommend. Let's say best under $300, then under $500? Hifiman series?

Thanks a lot guys!

The problem with CK4 is the headphone out suffers from low end roll off, so I only recommend the player amping from it's line out. There's is one other problem with this DAP which some don't notice, I find the internal and external memory sound slightly different, this is just me though and others enjoy the player just how it is straight from it's headphone out even. The headphone out on CK4 is rather mid centric, very rich, potent in clarity, detail, huge soundstage and imaging, it will out perform any mainstream player without a doubt imo and would make those Edition 8 sing fairly well. Rocco BA, Rocco P by Hisound are other options too or even the new Nova N1 recently released.

The reason I didn't bring up CK4 is because it's a touch larger than an ipod touch, I wasn't sure if the size would be suitable for your portable use. Mine just stays as a rig in the house, I wouldn't take it outside. It's shame you could not live with the small screen on C3 because that player has huge potential for your application and in some ways out performs CK4 and even my Hifiman HM-601 in areas, best value for your money.




If size isn't important meaning you can have something larger Hifiman HM-601 is a good choice too.

I'll give you my thread on C3 vs CK4 to read, if you can live with the small screen C3 would be perfect or at least the thread should give you a better grasp on CK4.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/638415/colorfly-c3-vs-colorfly-ck4-comparison-true-portable-hifi-sound
Edited by H20Fidelity - 1/22/13 at 9:38pm
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
I've been reading through that thread actually! I do enjoy bass, not bass head per se but a low end roll off would definitely not be my preference.

Basically that means no ck4. How do you find the overall sound on the 601 versus the c3? I may be able to cope with the small screen, but ignoring price which would you buy?

Cheers!
post #8 of 9
Do you like a warm signature or something cooler / crisper? You need to ask yourself which would suit your Edition 8 best. Personally I think HM-601 has an advantage in SQ however it's the warmer sounding player of the two and can sound veiled to some. Smooth with better detailing levels and slightly rolled off treble. HM-601 also carry s really good depth on it's centre channel however the stage isn't as wide as the Colorfly. C3 is cooler in sig, and much more balanced with it's low / mid / treble, it very much preaches audiophile in every way. Very good instrument separation, treble response and speed. That rubber band sensation I mentioned in my link.

Both are good choices, and C3 can hold it's own against the Hifiman. it's not like a white wash to the 601.

I would probably buy the C3. mainly because it carry s a better size, battery time and the SQ is almost on par. You get used to the screen pretty quickly.
Edited by H20Fidelity - 1/22/13 at 10:22pm
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
I feel like I like a warmer sound. Bass is important to me, not overpowering, but present. Through reading reviews I'm thinking the Studio 3rd anniversary may be a good call for me.. Seems the sound quality is really good and a bit more prominence in the bass.

My concerns about the "cool" sound of the c3 is that although I'm not a bass head (or not anymore), I definitely value the bass, just in a controlled fashion. I'm just worried the c3 may not quite satisfy me here.

Is seems like a lot of people despise the hifiman interface, even with it being a bigger screen!
Edited by Speedv1 - 1/22/13 at 10:39pm
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