Originally Posted by canikickit1
Im leaning towards the cowon-c2... Looks like there are custom ui to fix the stock one, has anyone ere upgraded from a classic to a cowon player? Is it that big of a difference?
The Cowon has much better EQ and a more powerful amp that will drive more demanding IEMs and phones - which will only matter if the the phones/iems you want to use will clip with the ipod. The ipod already has inaudibly low noise and jitter and a reasonable frequency response graph, so the upgrade in sq - except in two the cases above - that you would get with any player is placebo level.
A J3 would certainly give excellent battery life, opinions vary on the UI - few people would say that it is as good as the iPod. My advice would be
1. Ignore the people telling you to "upgrade" to hilariously expensive "audiophile" players
2. Use anythingbutipod to do your research on players - posters and reviewers are much knowledgeable there and you can find real bench test results, which are always a nice check on hype and placebo effect
3. Put off upgrading for another 6-12 months: the Android scene is changing and you should see improvements in price/performance in this time
If you want more battery life in the meantime you could buy a cheap Fiio pocket amp and let this share the load.
Edited by scuttle - 2/23/13 at 4:23am