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There's probably no such thing. Still, I'm getting a new DAP because so far, nothing I've used has completely satisfied me. I've been investigating for a while and want to finish my decision with some input from this forum.




I want:



· FM Radio.



· Good UI: This means no bugs, correct metadata display and sorting, and so on. (Unfortunately, I'm guessing this rules out all boutique audiophile DAPs, unless Rockboxed)



· 1 Ohm output.



· Noise-free playback. (Understandably, this doesn't mean an absolute lack of measurable distortion, but that the music, with ideal encoding, in a silent environment, will sound noise free.)



· 40 gb of storage or more, be it in-built or through SD cards.



· FLAC, AAC, OGG, ALAC, WavPack playback. (Because usually, I'm too lazy to re-encode.)



· I'm partial towards physical buttons and wireless data transfer.



· I care only about the features listed above; suggestions based in anything else will be ignored.



 



Am I correct in thinking that the only practical option is a Sandisk Clip?


Edited by padcat - 4/5/14 at 8:29am
post #2 of 6

good luck, everything I have would fail on one criteria or another...

post #3 of 6
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Well, the DAP market sure doesn't seem promising. So my only choice is, I think, to get a version Sandisk Clip (I will not suffer a Fuze+), while I look for a suitable smartphone (which appears to be difficult.)

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Originally Posted by padcat View Post
 

Well, the DAP market sure doesn't seem promising. So my only choice is, I think, to get a version Sandisk Clip (I will not suffer a Fuze+), while I look for a suitable smartphone (which appears to be difficult.)

The DAP market is interesting. The sound quality available in a single portable device is quite remarkable,and there is a good deal of choice for anyone who wants really good sound in their pocket. But the on board storage hasn't really kept up with the availability of high resolution music on most devices (though there are some notable exceptions) and battery life remains an issue for anyone out of range of a socket for more than a day. The user interface side is still under-developed though. 

 

You pays your money and takes your choice 

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Originally Posted by dc-k View Post
 

The DAP market is interesting. The sound quality available in a single portable device is quite remarkable,and there is a good deal of choice for anyone who wants really good sound in their pocket. But the on board storage hasn't really kept up with the availability of high resolution music on most devices (though there are some notable exceptions) and battery life remains an issue for anyone out of range of a socket for more than a day. The user interface side is still under-developed though. 

 

You pays your money and takes your choice 


Seems to me a natural consequence of the specialized DAP being a niche market. I'm almost certain that some day I'll swap my DAP for a smartphone, even though I'm not fond of those at all; I'll end up just adapting to the context.

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Seems to me a natural consequence of the specialized DAP being a niche market. I'm almost certain that some day I'll swap my DAP for a smartphone, even though I'm not fond of those at all; I'll end up just adapting to the context.

I think we all adjust in our own ways. I love my DX100. The interface  can be a little frustrating, and I get annoyed if I forget to charge it, and it takes a minute or three to get started. But as soon as I hear the quality of the music, everything is forgiven...

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