MP3 player with best SQ under $150
Nov 10, 2008 at 7:41 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 35

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Hi everyone,

I'm getting pretty sick of my ipod shuffle, so I'm looking for a proper replacement. Here is my criteria:
  1. Primary focus is great sound quality
  2. Under $150
  3. Good battery life.
  4. Portability

I've already looked through the other threads and it seems like there are plenty of choices, but I am having difficulty narrowing down to the perfect player for me. Please provide your input!
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Nov 10, 2008 at 8:45 AM Post #4 of 35

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Originally Posted by misterDX /img/forum/go_quote.gif
at least do a bit of research yourself man


Like I said, I have done research. I'm having difficulty narrowing down between the choices. Most of the other threads suggest Sony S-series Walkman, Samsung YP-P2, or Cowon I7s.
The time you spent replying to this thread could have been better spent making a recommendation. =P
 
Nov 10, 2008 at 9:05 AM Post #7 of 35

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i dont see how recommendations are meaningful if you cant even provide any info on sound qualities you prefer/dislike, current equipments, music types...etc

your own research is garbage if you cant incorporate that much in them, and any recommendations out of this is pointless



Preferences: Good soundstage, Clarity
Current/Past Equipments:
Players: Ipod Shuffle, Ipod Classic, Zune Gen 1
Headphones: Senn HD555, Yuin Pk3, Koss KSC75
Music Types: C-Pop, Hip-Hop, Rap, Classical/Instrumentals
 
Nov 10, 2008 at 9:25 AM Post #9 of 35

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Which specific Walkmans are you guys recommending? I'm currently looking at the S630 and S730. I haven't looked at all the walkmans, but does anyone know which ones sound the best?
 
Nov 10, 2008 at 9:26 AM Post #10 of 35

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Sony S63X series or another fine Sony player
Cowon i7
iPod Touch 2G/2nd choice is Nano 4G
cowon D2
Sansa Fuze
My suggestions are in this order,
as this is the order I rate the
prospective players SQ in.
 
Nov 10, 2008 at 9:34 AM Post #11 of 35

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Sony S63X series or another fine Sony player
Cowon i7
iPod Touch 2G/2nd choice is Nano 4G
cowon D2
Sansa Fuze
My suggestions are in this order,
as this is the order I rate the
prospective players SQ in.



Wow, you ranked the iTouch a lot higher than I would expect. Is the sound really better than the D2 and Fuze? I've heard good reviews about those two, but not so many about the iTouch.
 
Nov 10, 2008 at 9:39 AM Post #12 of 35

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I'm just sorry I included it in the list when the top price is $150.00, my apologies. The Touch is a great sounding player, just the EQ is horrible. I'm just now getting into amping, and better HP's also, so EQ is really a moot issue. I need to use an amp w/my Zune, so i've learned to adapt, guess I never gave it the credit it deserved. I'm not a fan of the Fuze, and my D2 sounds excellent. But, if I need and amp, or an impedance adapter, w/the D2, the the Zune is definitely an MVP in the game. This then brings the Touch 2G to almost the top of my list also, equal to the Zune I own, though the Zune is a capacity champ @120gb.
 
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I'm just sorry I included it in the list when the top price is $150.00, my apologies. The Touch is a great sounding player, just the EQ is horrible. I'm just now getting into amping, and better HP's also, so EQ is really a moot issue. I need to use an amp w/my Zune, so i've learned to adapt, guess I never gave it the credit it deserved. I'm not a fan of the Fuze, and my D2 sounds excellent. But, if I need and amp, or an impedance adapter, w/the D2, the the Zune is definitely an MVP in the game. This then brings the Touch 2G to almost the top of my list also, equal to the Zune I own, though the Zune is a capacity champ @120gb.


what exactly dont you like about fuze's sound sig? thanks
 
Nov 10, 2008 at 9:57 AM Post #14 of 35

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I find it bass heavy, and the sound just doesn't leave me feeling "satisfied". It's a hard thing to explain really, as I have a 4gb Fuze that I've lent to my sis-in-law. Everyone who listens to it loves it, I'm just 1 of the "RARE" people who dislikes it. The player is excellent nonetheless, just turns me off. I'm sorry if I can't shed more light on it, but I really don't have a specific answer.
 
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I can say with certainty that the Creative Zen V Plus is a good choice, though it only has up to 4 gb of memory. I haven't had a chance to listen to the Creative Mozaic, but imho Creative players generally have very good sound quality. The Mozaic goes up to 16 gb.
 

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