Originally Posted by H20Fidelity
The X5 is an awesome unit, even using MP3 files will be fine, but I personally wouldn't drop below 320kbps. It's not only the sound with X5 , the features like dual card slots and 24bit playback if you're ever interested are all there and now with 128gb card on the market imagine how many MP3 files you could carry with you.
I think it's worth the money and some more for your M50. But do research as much as you can. I have one on loan it kicks a**.
320kbp/s is my standard, wouldn't go lower than 256kbp/s, but I only have about 1% @256 of all songs, rest are 320kbp/s or variable 320+ MP3/MP4.
I can't find the X5 anywhere for sale, but X3 costing 200Euro's, I can imagine X5 will be 300Euro. Which is quite expensive and overpaid if I will be listening only MP3'ses.
What other alternatives I might have? I really like the touch wheel and physical buttons, it makes it usable with gloves in cold weather, and fast and fun way to scroll. I almost never listen to the highest volume setting on iPod Touch 3G, I listen to about 75-85% of the volume, so I don't need an extra amplified player.
And I need at least 16GB's of available storage. How good or bad is the Sansa portable players compared to iPod Nano's or iPod Classic's?