My beloved Samsung P3 is starting to die on me, and am looking around for a replacement. I've found someone selling a Samsung R1, the P3's successor, and am weighing that purchase against the Sony E374 (from the 2012 lineup). Is there anyone who can comment on the sound quality for these players and give me some advice? I currently use Shure E3s, and like some nice highs. Classical and pop are my game, and the latest artist I've been listening to is Justin Timberlake.
Aside from sound quality, these are the final factors that are still up in the air and will be affecting my decision: the R1 apparently has some buggy firmware, but also has FLAC support and an experimental Rockbox port. The Sony E-series doesn't have FLAC support, though that's rather minor as I can't tell the difference from 320 kbps. No Rockbox, but the battery life is excellent.
And yes, I've already looked at other brands, such as SanDisk, Cowon, Philips etc. I'm pretty sure these are the final two contenders. Thanks for the help!