My iPod classic just died on me and i wanted to see if there were any good alternatives out there. I tried google and devices from Cowon (currently eyeing the Z2) and Hifiman show up quite often, but generally in very old threads and i'd like to check if there's something new on the table before i commit.
Actually, my first reaction was to look for a device with a similar capacity, but i haven't found any so my next stop was something with improved sound quality (after resigning myself to the impracticality of being able to carry my music collection around, which even my 160gb iPod couldn't do). My headphones include a pair of Sennheiser HD 600 for home use and i'm about to buy a pair of Shure 215 for when i go outdoors. I see that some of those devices might even power my Sennheiser, which could be handy since my amp died as well recently, but my budget isn't stratospheric (around 300$ or so. The Hifiman 801 are definitely out) so i don't know if this is possible. The iPod couldn't do it, and that's already quite pricey as it is. Aside for sound quality, features i might be interested in is the ability to actually load files directly from the SD car (and perhaps the ability to use the device as a DAC). One thing i truly hated about my iPod was the software and the way music was loaded into the device. Even using alternatives like Floola didn't help much. I already have my music organized on my hard drive the way i want to, why can i just drop it on the MP3 player as is and be done with it? Is that too much to ask (apparently, it must be).
But really, what matters most at this point is the best possible sound quality for the price range i'm looking for plus reasonable capacity (microSD slot is definitely a must).
[EDIT] Just been looking at the Hifiman 700. No microSD slot, but it comes with good earphones already (so that i can save on the Shure if i buy this). Price is actually similar to the iPod classic. Seems tempting, but i'm awaiting recommendations.
Edited by Opus131 - 4/6/14 at 2:40am