My beloved Cowon D2 has finally passed away (or not. it's in the shop, awaiting a replacement amp for one of its channels), and I am somewhat richer than when I had bought it many years ago, so it's time for a nice upgrade.
My portable phones are a pair of Ultimate Ears Triple.Fi 10s. I loved them with the D2.
I mainly want to have a one-stop solution for a high quality source + built in good amp. I appreciated the relatively good amp on the D2 (not sure why they took it down a level on the C2 and D20... anyone know? 37mW to 29-30mW) and enjoyed its sound quality overall.
My main uses are sports and outdoors + the occasional car ride. I have a great setup at home and so I only use this when on the go, meaning it sits in my pocket or is attached to my pants... yes, just stuffing it around the waistband on the side of my leg/pelvis.
My D2 had a lovely leather coat which made it completely indestructible, even when it fell with great velocity while running or during an intense gym session.
The 250$ range (+60$ for a 64gb Micro SDHC) is where I'm at, although, as is tradition in Head-Fi, I'm willing to spend more if I'm convinced it's worth it.
I don't care much for various line out options. I just need it to have a sturdy stereo jack, be easy to manipulate (preferably even blind, while in the pocket, for navigating tracks and volume), and sound GREAT. I absolutely do not care for fancy screens or video capabilities, as this is strictly a MUSIC player.
Am I right in thinking this is the best player fitting this description?
Edited by Shlonglor - 6/11/13 at 5:35pm