Originally Posted by davidcotton
An updated design on the ihp 120....
...Drag and Drop.
+1 to all davidcotton's post
I still use my H140 and H340. They weren't cheap but neither did they carry recession proof jewellery prices like current irivers.
A colour screen is nice for cover art and I guess it's needed for marketing the player.
Gapless is a must. Proper gapless, not just claims and smaller gaps (!), or vague assurances that maybe in a future firmware update one day. I run Rockbox on my old players for this and other features. A music player that inserts clicks and gaps into music is as useful to me as a car with oval wheels.
Let the user decide which tags get displayed, and how. I use the composer and comment metadata fields for a reason and I'm not interested in software or hardware players whose designers didn't notice that paying customers might be interested in music beyond youth culture.
re replaceable batteries: I'm not going to spend real money on something that might die in three years time and not be serviceable.
If it costs hundreds of pounds but isn't supplied with a reasonable case and a tough screen I won't be buying it.
If it doesn't support unicode in both filenames and tags I won't be buying it.
I don't care about multiple dacs and replaceable amps. You can choose the right amp and dac and people who need a particular tonal response can use appropriate headhones.
Bookmarking and resume matter.
Sleep timer matters.
Must support flac, mp3, m4a, wav.
Must support common sample rates without conversion.
Must have reasonable capacity and be expandable via SDHC or microSDHC.
Basic playback and volume control via controls that can be operated one handed and unsighted.
If it needs special software or a proprietary USB cable I'm not buying it.
Meier type crossfeed.
Proper parametric EQ.
Option to use large text and high contrast.
Option for voice menus.
Basically iriver should shower Rockbox in money and love and ask them to rework it to support multiple sample rates and then just use Rockbox. Brand it any way agreeable to all parties or whatever but that is the standard for player firmware and I won't ever again be paying £100s for a player that is clunky and impossible to adapt to my preferences.