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Looking for decent DAP... but I have specific criteria

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

This is my main criteria:
-Plays movie files

-Has tactile buttons instead of touch interface

-Has expandable storage

 

Sound quality isn't a huge priority, as I'm not comfortable carrying around a several hundred dollar setup on my person. I just want something small that sounds decent to use IEMs with. I'm looking at the Sansa Clip Zip and the iriver E300. Any others I should be aware of?

post #2 of 7

Was going to recommend the iRiver E300. Cowon makes ones that play movies with expandable storage, however they are touch controls.

post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply. Tactile button interface is more important than audio quality for me at the moment. Any other suggestions?

post #4 of 7

The Clip Zip can only be a very marginal movie player at best - tiny screen. In fact, will it play movies at all?

 

The Sansa Fuze sounds like a better match with what you want - bigger screen and it will play movies. But the current version has gone over to a touchpad which people hate - and what's the point in avoiding a touchscreen by using a touchpad? -  the formats it will pay are possibly a bit limited (no avi I think) and NOS old model Fuzes with the track wheel are getting rarer and more expensive by the day. All the same, they may be your only bet other than the iRiver - movie players that don't rely on touchscreens are very rare. Maybe there are some non touchscreen phones you can consider? They'd probably be obsolete models now.

 

Very important: you have to decide what movie formats you absolutely require and check the players you look at for them!


Edited by scuttle - 2/6/13 at 6:51am
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 

Fuse+ is out of the question. I hear horrible things about the interface on that. I may look for an older Zen, such as the X-Fi Style or MX, since newer PMPs only have 262K colors, including these Sansa and iriver players. What's the deal with that, by the way?

 

Anyways, had the 2007 Zen and absolutely loved it. Disappointed that Creative only manufactures crappy touch interface players now.

post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by BetaWolf View Post

Fuse+ is out of the question. I hear horrible things about the interface on that. I may look for an older Zen, such as the X-Fi Style or MX, since newer PMPs only have 262K colors, including these Sansa and iriver players. What's the deal with that, by the way?

 

Non-touch screen players are built down to a price because the makers assume that anyone who can afford more will want a touch screen.

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hello folks. I went into the past and bought an Archos 605 Wi-Fi 4GB from ebay. Only spent $24.50 on it, to boot. Buttons feel really solid and are shaped differently so you can feel your way around the player. It has microSDHC support, so the limited space isn't a big issue (I will probably carry 20GB of music around at most). It's also a great video player for something with buttons, having a 4.3", 800x480, 24-bit color screen, specifications which are still fairly standard today. This player seemed quite ahead of its time.

 

The things I don't like are that it only plays MP3 and WAV. You could purchase an optional pack in the past to play AAC, but the store is no longer supported. Audio quality is meh compared to modern players, it seems. I'm going to play around with the EQ and see if I can get it any better.

 

Thanks for all of the advice given in this thread. My next player will probably be a Sansa, though.

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