I am trying to find a good DAP with the emphasis on audio quality and storage size and a secondary consideration of an easy to use UI preferably with playlists. I always listen with good headphones/earbuds or some high quality speakers & I have my files in either 320k mp3 or FLAC. I've considered the Sony Walkman F series because it has Android 4+ which means it should be able to use apps that would allow me to access my Seagate GoFlex Satellite 500 gb drive (it has a wifi signal & an android app). But I was also looking at the Sony Xperia S tablet since it can directly add storage via a SDHC card which means I don't have to worry about the sometimes touchy GoFlex interface. But I can't get any actual info about the audio quality difference between the two. Can someone comment on the audio quality between the 2 Sony's or would you recommend something else entirely, based on my requirements for SQ & storage? Oh, and I am also concerned about the reliability of the product. I've had somewhat spotty results with the hard-drive version of the Archos 80 G9, which is erratic & probably going to die soon , the Zune 120GB died, and the Cowon X7 160GB died. I have a Cowon O2 which has decent SQ & can be expanded with a properly reformatted 128 SDXC, but the Cowon UI is notably lacking with no playlists. I'm still using the Zune HD 64gb & actually prefer the SQ somewhat over the Cowon, but am frustrated by the lack of expandability and it can't play Flac files. Flac isn't a deal-breaker since to my ears a 320 mp3 sounds really good when played on a good DAC and good earphones. Flac can't overcome poor quality in the audio equipment, IMHO. Lastly, I do have a Fiio E17 usb DAC which could be used to augment the player if it's compatible. But I don't like to use the 'USB Recorder PRO' app that only plays FLAC because some of my music is only available in mp3...Sorry for the overload of info but I have a rather specific situation and I just haven't been able to find an answer on my own. Any help would be greatly appreciated. ps. I don't want any apple products as I don't like itunes. I already have a huge library of music & don't want to deal with that.
Edited by nieta98 - 3/27/13 at 11:53am