Originally Posted by alpha421
Bose - RIP. Still king of noise canceling cans.
I remember when I made a big deal with internal storage - the more the merrier. I thought to myself, "boy, it must be great to have my whole collection of digital music files in the palm of my hand." The reality was and still is that I normally listen to a handful of favorite albums and tracks. The rest were treated as fillers and after a second or two, it disappeared with the next track or forward button. I wonder if this is the case for most users.
I have my entire collection always with me at work.
I listen with the Shuffle - All function on!
Meaning, the player rarely repeats a song, heck sometimes I don't hear the same artist in a while, usually never skip tracks (unless I'm falling asleep on my keyboard and it's a slow song playing), etc. So my routine is. Get to work, take out my Cowon and headphones of that week (alternate between Sig DJs, Mad Dogs, Dido D901), turn on the player and connect it to the Schiit Magni, press Play and forget about the player... It stays on playing even if I'm not listening. Usually lasts like 3 days (10 hours or so per day... battery life is very good on that little player!).
So if I'm going for one of these new DAPs and pay $200/$300/$500/etc. it NEEDS to play all my files, via Shuffle all, NOT CRASH and of course be able to read microSD or have an internal mem of 64gb+. If it has battery life of more than 12 hours, even better! And although you might say: "Dude! All of these players do that exact same thing!!!" My answer would be... probably... if the UI and the reliability of the software was worth a darn... .... ....