I am looking for a Digital Audio Player that can store 120+ GB of music and lectures.
At the risk of losing credibility on this forum, I have to say I'm much of an audiophile...I currently use an older Creative Vision: M player upgraded with an 80GB hard drive, and the sound has been "good enough" for me...but I need more storage--I want my full collection on my player--and the interface on the Vision: M is starting to choke on the number of albums/songs/lectures I have.
My criteria are:
Storage capacity--I'd like to get at least 120GB, but would be interested in expansion possibilities
Interface--Something that can be operated with one hand, with a well-organized, responsive interface requiring a minimum of "clicks" to get to, and play, an album
Easy File Transfer--I'd like to be able to transfer music without having to use proprietary software, e.g., iTunes,etc.
Inexpensive--hoping to get something for less than $300 (including cards)...but might be willing to raise my price point for something compelling.
Fidelity--My ear is no match for others on this forum. My guess is that I would be happy with "decent" but not "great" audio. Most of the time I listen to lectures. But I'm open to recommendations.
My audio collection is a combination of MP3 and WMA for spoken word files, and FLAC or Lossless WMA for music.
I've been frustrated at not finding anything with large capacity except for iPod (proprietary)/Cowon...but then I happened upon the Fiio X3 and began exploring the higher end of audio. There are a lot of players/companies I've never heard of...some of which may be an option for me.
So I've been looking through the forum, but I haven't yet found an explicit answer for my specific needs. I thought I'd consult the experts.
What players are available that can store 120+GB of audio?
Many players take SD cards...but sometimes it's not clear whether large capacity cards (e.g., 128GB) cards...which models should I consider given the criteria above?
How does the responsiveness of Hard-Drive-based units compare to those using memory cards?
Any recommendations and/or advice is very much appreciated.