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Best Portable Audio Solution 2013, and mp3 player vs phone
leon11
post Jan 28 2013, 00:02
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Hi there, Im looking to buy a new portable music player (but not apple). I also dont want a volume-capped EU product (im in the UK), so I need to be able to buy it from elsewhere...or the device needs to be able to be flashed or modded to remove the cap!
I am a bit of a perfectionist and would like some nice sound to help inspire my work!


I have done a fair amount of research but it is still a tough choice, and would love to hear peoples thoughts or advice!

I am currently attracted to the Sony z-series (mainly the Z1050 / 60) which I can still get on ebay from japan (uncapped)
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SONY-Walkman-NW-...=item3a7db9eba3

this seems like a lot to pay for something that I cant make calls on though! I understand that it is the amp which bumps the price up.
but...is this kind of player not obsolete now?



And this is part of the brief I guess...my phone is a bit crap so I was thinking that maybe some of the new phones may be good enough for my audio needs.


- I read samsung have good audio, for one...and that many of today's smartphones compete with cowans players for examplem in terms of sound quality

- And ive also seen the new HTC range with 'beats' audio...although I know that the beats brand is somewhat of a gimmick..
HTC one http://www.handtec.co.uk/htc-one-v-black.html ...which I may be able to flash or mod to remove the cap.

- I have always liked sonys products and have also considered an xperia J ...or even an old w995 etc! Apparently the sonys also have a 'warmer' sound.

- I will also be getting some decent headphones (been looking at the IE9's etc...but will cross this bridge when I have a player in mind biggrin.gif)

videos and web browsing are less important to me. I would also probably be disabling any wifi ability as I dont think the frequencies do your body any good.

On this note...has anyone ever looked at the frequencies headphones produce?! biggrin.gif



any help appreciated...thanks for reading
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Gregory S. Chudo...
post Jan 28 2013, 04:09
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I love my Cowon J3. Gapless playback, flac/ogg support, and to make it almost unique - 50 or 60 hours of battery life.


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post Feb 17 2013, 16:35
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QUOTE (Gregory S. Chudov @ Jan 28 2013, 03:09) *
I love my Cowon J3. Gapless playback, flac/ogg support, and to make it almost unique - 50 or 60 hours of battery life.


I have a Clip+ and a J3. They're both excellent, but the Clip is a LOT cheaper. And strange things often seem to happen to J3 batteries with age - I think mine is now down to pretty much the same playing life as my Clip+.

Re. the Fuze: a lot of people seem to hate the newer trackpad driven Fuze+ and, regrettably, NOS older model Fuze prices are getting silly on ebay.
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post Feb 17 2013, 23:34
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QUOTE (scuttle @ Feb 17 2013, 10:35) *
And strange things often seem to happen to J3 batteries with age - I think mine is now down to pretty much the same playing life as my Clip+.


Please don't generalize, I have had my J3 since it came out and the battery is still good. However, I do agree if one does not need the long playback time, hardware buttons or video (with it's exellent AMOLED screen and TV out), the Clip+ is a great choice.
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- leon11   Best Portable Audio Solution 2013   Jan 28 2013, 00:02
- - saratoga   QUOTE (leon11 @ Jan 27 2013, 18:02) Hi th...   Jan 28 2013, 01:04
- - yourlord   It's been said a million times before, but san...   Jan 28 2013, 02:57
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (yourlord @ Jan 27 2013, 20:57) It...   Jan 28 2013, 16:51
|- - francesco   QUOTE (yourlord @ Jan 27 2013, 20:57) It...   Feb 12 2013, 20:27
- - Gregory S. Chudov   I love my Cowon J3. Gapless playback, flac/ogg sup...   Jan 28 2013, 04:09
|- - andrew_berge   QUOTE (Gregory S. Chudov @ Jan 27 2013, 22...   Feb 12 2013, 22:04
|- - scuttle   QUOTE (Gregory S. Chudov @ Jan 28 2013, 03...   Feb 17 2013, 16:35
|- - cpchan   QUOTE (scuttle @ Feb 17 2013, 10:35) And ...   Feb 17 2013, 23:34
|- - scuttle   QUOTE (cpchan @ Feb 17 2013, 22:34) QUOTE...   Feb 18 2013, 00:22
|- - cpchan   QUOTE (scuttle @ Feb 17 2013, 18:22) Poss...   Feb 18 2013, 03:07
|- - andrew_berge   As a member on iAudiophile, i've read of a han...   Feb 18 2013, 06:40
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|- - MrEnergizer   QUOTE (xedge @ Feb 7 2013, 23:23) take th...   Feb 16 2013, 16:48
- - probedb   Another for a Sansa player, Clip+ here and love it...   Feb 8 2013, 09:04
- - Mach-X   Another vote for the clip+, btw it locks by holdin...   Feb 9 2013, 07:16
- - probedb   But that's no use when it's turned off...a...   Feb 9 2013, 15:50
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (probedb @ Feb 9 2013, 09:50) But t...   Feb 12 2013, 15:57
- - Jplus   Just a question out of general interest: what made...   Feb 12 2013, 17:35
|- - Mach-X   QUOTE (Jplus @ Feb 12 2013, 11:35) Just a...   Feb 17 2013, 03:13
|- - DonP   QUOTE (Jplus @ Feb 12 2013, 11:35) Just a...   Feb 17 2013, 18:06
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|- - andy o   oh, I meant I carry the iPod in the car in additio...   Mar 2 2013, 03:10
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- - eleria   I read a lot of hardware reviews and I had the sam...   Feb 27 2013, 21:25
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|- - Kohlrabi   QUOTE (leon11 @ Jan 27 2013, 16:02) I wou...   Mar 1 2013, 08:03
|- - mzil   ^I have no difficulty seeing either of them. There...   Mar 1 2013, 09:10
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