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Best neutral music player under 150$

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by 35mmjack, Oct 31, 2012.
  1. 35mmJack
    Hi guys,
    I am a new member, though I have been reading and digging for a few months at head-fi.
    Anyway, I would like to ask for a recommendation about a neutral music player under 150$ with a decent storage space (or support SD card)
    I am using a rockboxed sansa clip zip. But since I got a Vsonic GR07, the old player seem to be not good enough.
    Are SONY players good? I was told their sound are much colored... And how about second-hand ipod classic gen 7 or the old Ipod Video gen 5.5 ?
    Could you please name some decent players around? And comparison with sansa clip zip will be appreciated very much.
    I also tried rocoo and amp3 stuffs for a while but could not buy them because of the distortion and hissing.
    I am in Vietnam now, so I can only try the above players. But a friend of mine can help me to buy one from amazon.
    Thanks for your time.
    @update: I have found a second-hand cowon S9 16gb at ~65$. How does it soundscomparing to ipod ?
  2. ZARIM
    The Sony A764, S:Flo 2, J3 are great buy and they are detailed.
  3. 35mmJack
    Thank you, but I cant find any Sony A764, S:Flo 2 or J3 around my location, regardless of price. Does S9 sound the same J3? Can you compare J3 with Ipod video gen 5.5 or Ipod classic gen 7?
  4. H20Fidelity Contributor
    I have the S9 it's a great player and pairs well with my GR07 MK2. If you happen to buy it shoot me a PM I'll give you my preset EQ settings for GR07 MK2. It sounds great flat too, for $65 you can't really wrong, big improvement over Sansa imo. Wider soundstage, increased instrument separation, better natural timbre and a much smoother signature along with increased detail depth.. You could also look at Colorfly C3 which is purely an audiophile focused DAP or possibly Cowon C2.
  5. 35mmJack
    About that Colorfly C3, I had a hard time with small UI of AMP3. I can get a brand new one at 90$. So may be it will be my choice if I can not reach the second-hand S9. :D
    Can you compare C3, S9 and C2? I have read somewhere that C2 is somehow better. 
  6. H20Fidelity Contributor

    Yes I can, I have / had all three at one time.

    We can knock S9 / C3 comparison over here in this link


    Bassically the C2 is the lowest rated of the players mentioned holding similar characteristics to S9 but in lower doses, stage smaller, slightly less detail etc etc...everything I mentioned the S9 being above imagine that in smaller amounts with a C2, (probably about 20% less on all accounts)

    You're on the right track imo, depending if you feel need to EQ the S9 for $65 I would take first, as it's a great price, then use C3 as fall back plan. Then again the C3 does have SD expandable memory where as for $65 you will be capped at 16GB (about 32 FLAC albums) and C3 is the better sounding player flat. Both are great don't worry about that, you will be achieving good SQ no matter which you choose. :smile:
  7. 35mmJack
    I am enlighten now. Thank you very much. I will contact immediately the sellers and tell you later. :D
  8. H20Fidelity Contributor

    You're most welcome, tell us how you go. :smile:
  9. 35mmJack
    It seems that the only S9 I can find is not for sale anymore. After all, that deal was too good to be true.
    I decide to buy a Colorfly C3, will go for a try this weekend.  Reading your review also make me feel that it would be more reasonable choice. Thankfully, it supports my 16GB SD card.
    Thank you again. :D
  10. H20Fidelity Contributor

    Hi 35mmJack.

    Either choice as I said will be great, The C3 is a marvellous player and for what you originally came for looking into neutral is the best choice. It will perform overly well with your GR07 and better than the S9 would have set flat.

    Thanks for letting us know, and I"m sure you'll be happy with your purchase.
  11. proton007
    Sansa Clip+ or Clip Zip.
  12. H20Fidelity Contributor

    You dun goofed.
  13. proton007
    Stick with it! Its pretty good.
  14. Lateness
    Yes why would you change it? It is so good... the other options aren't really upgrades. You probably are looking for an AMP more than a new player.
  15. H20Fidelity Contributor
    Sansa owners. :rolleyes:

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