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Earbuds with good bass

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Pros: Strong bass

Cons: Slightly narrow soundstage

Here are the high end earbuds from the British company RMXdirect Limited (there is a cheaper model called TFTA 1200-V1). TFTA is short for Thin Film Technology Accoustics.   The earbuds are advertised in the following way: "Thin Film Technology is a passive dynamic-balancing system, combining acoustic know-how and material knowledge achieved by placing a thin film inside the housing. This creates and combines a deeper, wider sound quality with sub bass capability and enhances frequency range with higher fidelity."   So how does it perform in reality? Well, I have to say that bass response is quite strong for an earbud. I always EQ my MP3 players when using earbuds,...
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The black sheep of the Sansa family

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Pros: Good value when it was released, good SQ (although not as good as the Fuze and Clip)

Cons: A bit flakey sometimes (especially with MicroSD cards), UI is not very good

I bought a 16GB Sansa View when the HDD on my Creative Zen Touch broke. I had to go from 40GB to 16GB, but the MicroSD card slot would let me add 16GB to reach a total of 32GB. At least that is what I thought. The original firmware on the View was lacking, so MicroSD card integration did not work very well. Instead I used a 4GB card and put movies on it and the 16GB of internal memory for music.   Besides the UI not being very good, the View is an okay MP3 player. Sound quality is overall pretty good. I found bass lacking a bit so I bought a Fiio E5 headphone amp and using that for some extra bass together with a LOD, it sounds quite good. Not as detailed as my Cowon S9, Kenwood...
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A nice little MP3 player

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Pros: Great SQ, wireless remote included

Cons: Outdated design by today's (2010) standards

This MP3 player was released by JVC (Japan Victor Company) in 2005. It was available outside of Japan, but the supply seems to have been very limited. I managed to find mine in Japan in 2010. I got the silver version. I would have preferred the black version, but it seems to be even more rare and expensive. Listening to the XA-HD500 and comparing it to my Kenwood HD20GA7 and my Cowon S9, I feel that the XA-HD500 wins. This is however by very little, as the Kenwood and the Cowon both are great. They are all very detailed, but it is when it comes to the lower end that I feel that the JVC wins. The Cowon S9 has got a bass roll off as most other Cowon DAP:s. EQing will help, but I cannot get...
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An oldie but goodie

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Pros: Nice SQ as on most of the older Creative DAP:s

Cons: Touchpad is a bit flakey

I bought this one in late 2005 and used it for about 1,5 year until the hard drive broke in 2007. I kept it in a drawer for almost 2 years until I read about a CF card mod and tried it out. Now I have a working Creative Zen Touch again! As most older HDD based DAP:s, the Zen Touch is a bit bulky. The UI is simple but gets the work done. The only thing that really bothers me is the touchpad. Even at the lowest sensitivity setting it can be too sensitive. It sounds nice, at least on par with the Vision: M and better than the newer Creative MP3 players when using EQ. This might not be the choice for someone who wants a good MP3 player in the year 2010. It is probably more something...
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An iPod killer no one has heard of?

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Pros: Great SQ, nice design

Cons: UI is limited compared to bigger brands, has got problem with hiss for people who use IEM:s

I bought this one used. I was curious about these rare Japanese MP3 players, other than the more well known Sony and to a lesser extent Toshiba.   I managed to win a black Kenwood HD20GA7 on Japanese Yahoo auction. When I first listened to it and compared it to my other MP3 players (Cowon S9, Sansa View, Creative Zen Vision: M & Creative Zen Touch), it seemed to have a much more smooth and less "strained" sound. Overall the sound this device produces is detailed but still smooth. It might not beat the Chinese current flavor of the month MP3 players for audiophiles, but this old Kenwood (released in 2005), still can stand toe to toe with any current MP3 player. The Kenwood HDD MP3...
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Creative's last great MP3 player?

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Pros: Good SQ, nice screen and UI

Cons: A bit bulky by today's standards (2010)

I've got nothing bad to say about the Vision: M. It is seen as the best MP3 player made by Creative, and while I only have experience with four Creative DAP:s, I have to agree. It might not be the best sounding MP3 player out there, but it's got a nice and smooth sound and an okay custom EQ. I got mine used from Ebay in 2009. The hard drive was dead and the player was pretty beat up. I put a CF card in place of the hard drive and it works great. I have not changed the battery yet, so this is why I gave "battery life" such a low rating. Once I have changed battery (easy to do), it will easily last over 20 hours compared to about 6 or 7 now...   In all, this is probably the last great MP3...
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