Help in finding MP3 players with good sound quality 18 replies

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Flakpanzer

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#1 12 years ago

Alright. My old SanDisk MP3 player is about to die on me for the last time (I had my previous one, same model, die because I kept dropping it between classes when I would listen to it. I learned to not drop it so much, haha, and got it replaced under warranty. However, this time around, the warranty has expired, and its survived a lot more than my previous one had. [Its been dropped, thrown across a room -don't ask-, dropped then run over with my bike then ground down the street under my foot in my panicked attempts to stop and retrieve it in the middle of dodging rushhour traffic, etc]) Needless to say, I cannot live without my MP3 player. It keeps me sane, and if it craps out on me any time soon, I'm gonna probably kill someone. (Well, maybe not THAT extreme, but you know..) So anyways, enough beating around the bush: I have become a bit of an audiophile lately, and have since been looking into better SOUND solutions rather than STORAGE. I have very limited tastes in music (particular songs, not bands entirely. Usually 1 or 2 tops for any given band) so storage is not an issue. I need something that is NOT an iPod (too cliche) and is fairly cheap (within reason, I mean. No 500 dollar MP3 players or things with stuff i won't use like video, wifi, whatever the hell else you can think of. It just needs to have VERY good sound (and I mean, it needs to be KNOWN for its good sound in particular. Not its looks or its capacity or its brand name.). I also have a preference that it have a tuner on it for listening to radio when I just don't want to listen to my MP3s or I need a bit of variety. I heard of how awesome the Rio Karma's sound capabilities were, but because they are no longer made, I have had no luck finding ANY at all. I was greatly saddened by this, as well. I had high hopes of finding one. Please feel free to ask if you have any questions or require any clarifications. Thanks for your time, and hopefully you can give me some ideas!




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#2 12 years ago

well why not get good headphones ? if you love sound




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#3 12 years ago

I already have a nice pair of headphones. Problem is, my MP3 player is on its last legs (headphone port is very touchy, cuts out alot, and the buttons are all mashed and destroyed from the biking incident). I'm just looking at my options for a replacement here.




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#4 12 years ago

Anything from the iRiver or iPod range should do the trick... just go to a renowned mp3 retailer on the net and order by price :-)

I dont believe many mp3 players have 'bad sound quality' so to speak.




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#5 12 years ago

Iriver, Ipod, Creative (the best), Jens of Sweden




Sinister Øne

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#6 12 years ago

Whats Jens of Sweden?




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#7 12 years ago

As far as MP3 players go, the sound quality is roughly the same for all of them. There are some minute differences, but we are talking about the kind that your ear isn't going to notice. MP3s aren't the best quality sound format around to begin with, so if you're a serious quality fanatic you might want to consider a portable CD player instead.

That said, anything by Creative is going to be your best bet. They have been in the sound business for quite a while now, and produce all sorts of mainstream and niché equipment. I have a Creative Zen Micro and it's excellent -- sound is good (with a good set of headphones), storage is good for the price, you can remove the rechargeable battery yourself very easily (meaning that you can buy a second, and get 24 hours of play time if you switch them over when one dies), and they it has a lot of features such as DJ mode, and the ability to format some of its space to carry other files between computers. Unfortunately, my only problem with it is that it does not recognise Ogg Vorbis format.

Sinister ØneWhats Jens of Sweden?

Swedish. Presumably, they make MP3 players...?




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#8 12 years ago

Mr. Matt are you trying to tell me you have the... MICRO? OMG *bows*




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#9 12 years ago

Yeah, I've heard that Creatives were very good. I've never really delved into MP3 players much since mine has lasted me 2+ years as is and haven't had a need to get a new one until now. Well, now I need to decide as well, now that I think about it, whether or not to buy a new MP3 player, buy a set of Z-5500 speakers for my computer, buy another gig of RAM for my computer, or not spend any money at all on anything for the next few months in order to get closer to my goal of buying a used car by the time I have my liscense (presumably in October, assuming I pass the drive test and I have the required 50 hours). Decisions, decisions. I'm seriously considering the Creative Zen Micro now. It looks promising. I'm just not sure how I want to go about doing it though... Its a tough decision because, financially, I am in a bit of a tight spot (I have a few months before I start classes for college, and I need to get things done ON time if I wish to start on the path to be a Vet Tech (which will then progress after time to an eventual full blown Veterinarian) and to do so, i will need a car. I will be getting a second, fulltime job this summer in order to majorly add to my funds for a car. I'm really not sure what I want to do... Hmm.. But thanks, the Zen Micro is the one I'm considering right now :) can't beleive I totally forgot about it!




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#10 12 years ago
Sinister ØneMr. Matt are you trying to tell me you have the... MICRO? OMG *bows*

Erm... yeah. Why? What's wrong/special about that?




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