Does a $60 Sansa clip that can play FLAC file much better sounding than iPhone playing the same music in MP3?
I heard COWON sounds good, is that true?
What's the best sounding MP3 player?
Best sounding mp3 player can cost a thousand dollars or more. What's your budget?
Cowons j3 are good sounding for the price they are offered with a nice look and the sansa clip i think are also great especially for such a neat little device.
If you want the best user interface, apple is the king in my opinion.
Most important thing is to answer your budget tho :)
I really doubt a Sansa or iPhone are good enough to really make a noticeable difference between a FLAC file and a 256K mp3 file.
I would think a FiiO X3 or iBasso DX50 would give you the best sound in the $200 to $230 range.
I have a Cowon J3 and listen mostly to mp3 at 320kbps. The sound is solid with my UE700 IEM, but it definitely improves when I play the few FLAC files that I am able to fit on the device. The problem with FLAC on portable devices is how much more storage space they require.
As far as best, I think it depends on your needs and preferences. The Cowon range offer features besides audio, as do the Apple and Sony (NWZ-F886 for instance) range. If you want pure audio, FiiO, iBasso, Astell & Kern, HiFiMan all offer varying degrees of quality and pricing.
fiio x3 pretty good bang for the buck
i really enjoy it theres a lot of talk of numbers
brands file types etc...but it just makes me happy
refurb sansa clip zip can be had for around 20 bucks
rockbox it and its a pretty good player does it sound better
than an iphone i dunno sounds pretty good and takes sdhc cards
it a good start for not a lotta money
you have to decide whats best for you
FLAC on Clips sounds great, better than FLAC on my Iphone 5 to me,
I don't listen to MP3, so can't help there.
My only problem with Clips is their size, great for carrying,
terrible for trying to find the buggers in messy kids bedrooms!
The Clip+ is perfect for something small, cheap, and good sounding while I work out, but its sound quality falls far short of my iphone 4. http://www.head-fi.org/t/571987/is-sansa-clip-really-that-good/15
Would you agree with this?