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Clip+ or Clip Zip with Rockbox will offer you all the EQ options you want. Latest Rockbox has 10 band parametric equalizer including low shelf and high shelf settings. It also has an option of crossfeed with either a Meier type setting or customisable. The crossfeed is great, the meier setting makes headphone listening feel natural and doesn't change the tone of the music. A good EQ+crossfeed is superior to the SRS WOW I've used on some players (I have it on old iRiver players).


I've been using my Clip+ with Shure SE215 and Sennheiser CX95 for a couple of years and if I had to replace it on a budget I would buy another.


I'm not one of those people who thinks the Clip players are beyond criticism (I still prefer my old iRiver H340 or H140 except for the size/weight) but with $100 to spend it makes a huge amount of sense to go for a Clip and a microSDHC card and then install Rockbox.

post #17 of 18

Dear Saurav,

 

My main reason for getting the Cowon iaudio10 was the battery life (which for my phone wasn't good at all) and obviously good, clear and detailed sound. And since I'd read a lot of positive reviews about Cowon, I decided to test it out, and wasn't disappointed in the least. Now it's my primary music source, and save for the capacitive touch buttons and low screen quality, I'm totally satisfied; extremely good bang for the buck. Normal usage of about 2 hours a day easily takes me 5 full days without the need for charging.

 

Now that you say you would require a preset with clear or tight bass sound or boost, without distorting the other frequencies, all the Jet Effect EQ presets relating to bass enhancement, plus the Mach3bass and so on do exactly that. Plus, I would definitely suggest trying out EQ customization with a few of your favourite songs so that you get an idea of the level of detail I am talking about. 

 

Finally since you already own the Note 2, if battery isn't a major concern with the phone, I'd suggest you save the cash and invest in good headphones or portable amps (your Shure SE 215 should be good enough I think). FiiO E6 is definitely worth a try. Around 1700 INR online. It should definitely improve your SE 215's overall sound clarity and depth besides the overall volume level, based on my experience with E6.

 

Btw, the new V Moda Vamp Verza and Metallo case combo looks and feels awesome, but its only made for the Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 as of now, so maybe you can exchange your Note 2 for an S3! Jokes apart, I do wish we could try out these amps and headphones at some retailer or distributor before buying. There's a shop called Pristine Note (pristinenote.com) in Mumbai where apparently you can test out products before buying. Hope someone starts out one here in Delhi!

 

Cheers again, and happy listening!

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Dear Saurav,

Finally since you already own the Note 2, if battery isn't a major concern with the phone, I'd suggest you save the cash and invest in good headphones or portable amps (your Shure SE 215 should be good enough I think). FiiO E6 is definitely worth a try. Around 1700 INR online. It should definitely improve your SE 215's overall sound clarity and depth besides the overall volume level, based on my experience with E6.

 

Btw, the new V Moda Vamp Verza and Metallo case combo looks and feels awesome, but its only made for the Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 as of now, so maybe you can exchange your Note 2 for an S3! Jokes apart, I do wish we could try out these amps and headphones at some retailer or distributor before buying. There's a shop called Pristine Note (pristinenote.com) in Mumbai where apparently you can test out products before buying. Hope someone starts out one here in Delhi!

 

Cheers again, and happy listening!

Thanks Shreyas. Yeah as another member said here, and now you too, I am saving my money. Honestly Note 2 sounds good, no doubt, but I thought a dedicated MP3 player might sound even better, but I was wrong, at least these cheap ones (Sansa especially won't be much of an improvement) are not worth the extra bucks.

So there goes it, I will use my N2 as my MP3 player too. I don't have the Shure 215 yet, my cousin is coming from Sydney on 8th, and he will bring one. However I am not sure which one to get, there is this white cable one and the other black one. Also in Joker's topic I saw that there are some faulty ones of early batch, so I am kinda scared if I end up with a defective product.

 

Saurav.

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