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What to buy since Cowon is not doing so well

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

my zune hd is on the fritz and i was looking to buy a cowon j3 32 gb but after a few mins of research  i found they have stopped production and that most cowon products are not doing well, i was almost about to buy an itouch and said f that.

 

all i need is

 

32gb+ (maybe an added sd slot for expansion)

touch screen to make it easy to navigate

nice music playback quality 

post #2 of 16

do you need that much internal? since most of the time sd cards is cheap enough now to not care about the internal memory

the only player that I think fulfill your requirement is the ak100

post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 

well 32gb with some sort of expansion slot would nice

post #4 of 16

then your option is pretty much limited to the ak100 or the ak200

post #5 of 16

*ak120 ;)

 

The AK daps are pretty costly though. Unless you're sure you want a $600+ dap ($690 for ak100 and $1300 for ak120)  it might be more practical to get something like an ibasso dx50 then buy a separate 64gb (or 32gb) micro sd card to add on. The dx50 soundwise is supposed to be pretty good and has a touch screen so the only thing it lacks is the 32 gb of onboard storage since it only has 8gb.  Not really too sure about how it compares to the astell and kern stuff though.

post #6 of 16

Personally I think you're better off getting an external DAC/amp and using your smartphone as a transport.

post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by Darknet View Post
 

*ak120 ;)

 

The AK daps are pretty costly though. Unless you're sure you want a $600+ dap ($690 for ak100 and $1300 for ak120)  it might be more practical to get something like an ibasso dx50 then buy a separate 64gb (or 32gb) micro sd card to add on. The dx50 soundwise is supposed to be pretty good and has a touch screen so the only thing it lacks is the 32 gb of onboard storage since it only has 8gb.  Not really too sure about how it compares to the astell and kern stuff though.


the ak stuff have clarity , the dx50 have a better "fun factor" though

thanks for the correction

 

(there is actually the ipods, but I don't think it have a nice SQ for its price , thats my opinion though

post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 

yah not really looking to spend $250+ on a portable source gear

 

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Originally Posted by NZtechfreak View Post
 

Personally I think you're better off getting an external DAC/amp and using your smartphone as a transport.

smartphone only carries 8gb

post #9 of 16

errrr my note 3 is more than 8 gb , so is my note 2 and my iphone 4s, I don't think most smartphone now only carries 8 gb of storage within it nowadays

post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by Retrias View Post
 

errrr my note 3 is more than 8 gb , so is my note 2 and my iphone 4s, I don't think most smartphone now only carries 8 gb of storage within it nowadays

i'm using a nexus 4

post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by EnigmaticHipsta View Post

my zune hd is on the fritz and i was looking to buy a cowon j3 32 gb but after a few mins of research  i found they have stopped production and that most cowon products are not doing well, i was almost about to buy an itouch and said f that.

 

all i need is

 

32gb+ (maybe an added sd slot for expansion)

touch screen to make it easy to navigate

nice music playback quality 


What's wrong with Cowon?

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post #12 of 16

What about a Clip Zip for around $30 and a 64 GB micro SD card (on sale now for $35, convert to FAT32)? Not touch screen but easy to navigate, and Rockboxable.

 

I like buttons a lot more than touchscreens personally.


Edited by tmann - 12/1/13 at 11:11am
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by EnigmaticHipsta View Post
 

smartphone only carries 8gb

 

My smartphone has 32GB plus a card slot.

post #14 of 16

Isnt the xperia Z/Z1 currently the golden boy of Smartphone sound ? i´ve heard reports that it beats the iphone in sound quality.

post #15 of 16

I have heard the iphone and the Z1 , I don't think the iphone is that hard to beat on smartphone sound quality. However I have to say that the Z1 have an actual walkman sound, as in the actual walkman mp3 player sound , around somewhere on the walkman Z series level but not exactly that of a high end dap level

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