Which Cheap Portable Music Player is Best
post-8901063
Thread Starter
Post #1 of 16

Strages

New Head-Fier
Joined
Nov 26, 2012
Messages
3
Reaction score
0
Joined
Nov 26, 2012
Posts
3
Likes
0
Hi, I'm new on Head-fi, but I'm looking for the best-quality portable music player for under $400. I've heard the Sansa Clip+, or Cowon V5 is good, but I'm open to suggestions. I have a sony mdr-zx600 set of headphones, but wouldn't mind getting better ones (if my headphones are the bottleneck) Thanks!
 
     Share This Post       
post-8901192
Post #2 of 16

darthman

New Head-Fier
Joined
Nov 5, 2011
Messages
47
Reaction score
12
Joined
Nov 5, 2011
Posts
47
Likes
12
I have the Sansa Clip+ and Clip Zip.  I think both are terrific sounding for the low cost and much easier to use than anything iPod.  Only problem is that they are sensitive to moisture so if you think you want to use them at the gym, you need to get a plastic cover for about 5 bucks.
 
For $400, have you thought about just a high-end phone? I have a Samsung Stratosphere and I think it's a pretty impressive player, particularly with the added Poweramp app.
 
     Share This Post       
post-8901317
Post #3 of 16

PurpleAngel

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Sep 1, 2011
Messages
28,750
Reaction score
1,767
Location
California
Joined
Sep 1, 2011
Location
California
Posts
28,750
Likes
1,767
Quote:
Hi, I'm new on Head-fi, but I'm looking for the best-quality portable music player for under $400. I've heard the Sansa Clip+, or Cowon V5 is good, but I'm open to suggestions. I have a sony mdr-zx600 set of headphones, but wouldn't mind getting better ones (if my headphones are the bottleneck) Thanks!
Might try posting your question on the website anythingbutipod.
I think my Sony E series E465 16GB is a good mp3 player, $110
Sennheiser HD25-1 II headphones, $200, seem to be recommend a lot.
As the Senn HD25-1 II is 70-Ohms, the Sony e465 should be able to drive it.
But you can always get a Fiio E11 portable headphone amplifier ($62) to get the best possible audio quality from the HD25-1 II.
 
     Share This Post       
post-8901374
Post #4 of 16

fmagnecio

New Head-Fier
Joined
Jan 6, 2012
Messages
9
Reaction score
10
Joined
Jan 6, 2012
Posts
9
Likes
10
One vote more for Sansa Clip Zip and Sansa Clip +.
 
     Share This Post       
post-8901583
Post #5 of 16

proton007

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Feb 9, 2012
Messages
3,518
Reaction score
177
Joined
Feb 9, 2012
Posts
3,518
Likes
177
For that amount, depends on what your priority is. If you don't want a lot of storage, you can get a Clip+/Clip Zip and spend the rest on a good pair of headphone.
Otherwise if you want lots of storage, the iPod classic is a good choice.
 
     Share This Post       
post-8901955
Post #6 of 16

Strages

New Head-Fier
Joined
Nov 26, 2012
Messages
3
Reaction score
0
Joined
Nov 26, 2012
Posts
3
Likes
0
Is there any sound-quality difference between the iPod and the clip+? Or if I bought the Sennheiser HD25-1 II headphones, and spent a little extra, would the Cowon Z2 be much better in terms of sound quality? I mostly listen to classical music, but I do listen to Rock from time to time. Thanks.
 
 
     Share This Post       
post-8902270
Post #7 of 16

PurpleAngel

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Sep 1, 2011
Messages
28,750
Reaction score
1,767
Location
California
Joined
Sep 1, 2011
Location
California
Posts
28,750
Likes
1,767
Quote:
Is there any sound-quality difference between the iPod and the clip+? Or if I bought the Sennheiser HD25-1 II headphones, and spent a little extra, would the Cowon Z2 be much better in terms of sound quality? I mostly listen to classical music, but I do listen to Rock from time to time. Thanks.
 
Ask on the website anythinbutipod
 
     Share This Post       
post-8902346
Post #8 of 16

H20Fidelity

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Feb 11, 2012
Messages
16,229
Reaction score
6,645
Joined
Feb 11, 2012
Posts
16,229
Likes
6,645
Another vote for Clip+! With $400 you could buy 16 of them.
 
     Share This Post       
post-8902381
Post #9 of 16

proton007

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Feb 9, 2012
Messages
3,518
Reaction score
177
Joined
Feb 9, 2012
Posts
3,518
Likes
177
Quote:
Is there any sound-quality difference between the iPod and the clip+? Or if I bought the Sennheiser HD25-1 II headphones, and spent a little extra, would the Cowon Z2 be much better in terms of sound quality? I mostly listen to classical music, but I do listen to Rock from time to time. Thanks.
 

Even if there's no difference, they're still competing on different price brackets, and that makes the Clip+/Zip a bargain. You can get the Sennheiser Amperior or Momentum with the left over amount.
 
     Share This Post       
post-8902413
Post #10 of 16

Dustwulf

New Head-Fier
Joined
Jun 20, 2012
Messages
3
Reaction score
0
Joined
Jun 20, 2012
Posts
3
Likes
0
Does anyone know how the clips compare to a voodoo SGS? I currently have a voodoo samsung captivate, but it''s starting to fall apart after 3 years and I'm probably going to pick up a Nexus 4, so I need a standalone PMP.
 
     Share This Post       
post-8902460
Post #11 of 16

proton007

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Feb 9, 2012
Messages
3,518
Reaction score
177
Joined
Feb 9, 2012
Posts
3,518
Likes
177
Quote:
Does anyone know how the clips compare to a voodoo SGS? I currently have a voodoo samsung captivate, but it''s starting to fall apart after 3 years and I'm probably going to pick up a Nexus 4, so I need a standalone PMP.

First, I don't know, and second, pls don't hijack the thread.
 
     Share This Post       
post-8902471
Post #12 of 16

Dustwulf

New Head-Fier
Joined
Jun 20, 2012
Messages
3
Reaction score
0
Joined
Jun 20, 2012
Posts
3
Likes
0
Not hijacking, figured it's a related question with a relatively short answer that didn't warrant an entire thread.
 
     Share This Post       
post-8902498
Post #13 of 16

musicday

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Mar 25, 2009
Messages
7,337
Reaction score
1,794
Location
South London, UK
Joined
Mar 25, 2009
Location
South London, UK
Posts
7,337
Likes
1,794
Quote:
Hi, I'm new on Head-fi, but I'm looking for the best-quality portable music player for under $400. I've heard the Sansa Clip+, or Cowon V5 is good, but I'm open to suggestions. I have a sony mdr-zx600 set of headphones, but wouldn't mind getting better ones (if my headphones are the bottleneck) Thanks!
Why people always ask the same things withour reading? Is a waste of time for us to answer over and over again.
1.Best cheepest mp3 player: Sandisk Sansa Clip+
2.Best expensive DAP: Tera Player, Ibasso DX100, Hifiman HM 801, iRiver Ak100.Do your research next time, is very easy.
 
     Share This Post       
post-8902502
Post #14 of 16

proton007

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Feb 9, 2012
Messages
3,518
Reaction score
177
Joined
Feb 9, 2012
Posts
3,518
Likes
177
I'm not sure I can compare the SGS with Clips. They're targeting different segments. For audio generally, the Clips are pretty transparent. Even if they do sound similar, the Clips are substantially cheaper.
 
     Share This Post       
post-8903640
Post #15 of 16

Strages

New Head-Fier
Joined
Nov 26, 2012
Messages
3
Reaction score
0
Joined
Nov 26, 2012
Posts
3
Likes
0
Quote:
Ask on the website anythinbutipod
 
Okay, I will.
 
Quote:
Why people always ask the same things withour reading? Is a waste of time for us to answer over and over again.
1.Best cheepest mp3 player: Sandisk Sansa Clip+
2.Best expensive DAP: Tera Player, Ibasso DX100, Hifiman HM 801, iRiver Ak100.Do your research next time, is very easy.
 
Sorry, I was searching, but I didn't find a straight answer. Thank you!
 
     Share This Post       

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)

Top