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    Exclamation Mp3 player with best audio quality?

    Hi friends,

    my mp3 player is broken and I want to buy a new one.

    Not with most functions but with best audio quality.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks

    Gunther
    "Music is the shorthand of emotion." Leo Tolstoy

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    Re: Best mp3 player?

    iPod baby! Do other mp3 players exist? Let the flame war begin! LOL!

    -Kevin
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    Re: Best mp3 player?

    Quote Originally Posted by LFO View Post
    iPod baby! Do other mp3 players exist? Let the flame war begin! LOL!

    -Kevin
    Oops, I was talking about "best audio quality".
    "Music is the shorthand of emotion." Leo Tolstoy

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    Re: Best mp3 player?

    I would really recommend taking a look at the Sonys, I think they are very good. When purchasing a new player, I looked at various reviews on the web and the Sony's consistently had the highest in terms of sound quality. After using mine, I can vouch that those reviews were accurate.

    Another thing I liked is that the earphones that came with them are actually good! That was a big surprise for me after my iPod where I had come to expect the included earphones to always just be thrown away.

    The battery life (time between having to recharge) was tremendously better than my iPod nano, also.

    I'm sure that there are others that are good also, but just passing along my good experience with one unit.

    The only downside is that the iPods are so well supported in the aftermarket with accessories such as dock bays, speakers, armbands, etc. When you buy a better unit, you give up access to all that. For me that wasn't important though.

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    Re: Best mp3 player?

    Quote Originally Posted by germancomponist View Post
    Oops, I was talking about "best audio quality".
    LOL! Nice one, Gunther.

    I used to be a Creative Zen user up to about 3 years ago. However, the allure of the convenience of iPod was pulling me towards purchasing one. I borrowed a friends iPod classic and tested both to see what the results would be. Playing the same mp3 files I could not hear a difference.

    I took a quick look around the net and aside from the iPod frequency response chart I could not find anything of substance. (I don't call rants on people's blogs substantial as I have no idea what their audio experience is.)

    In my experience, the conversion of a song to mp3 (or AAC) and the quality of the attached monitors (be they headphones, speakers, etc.) has much more to do with the quality of the sound than the player itself.

    Of course, this is a subjective stance and your ears may vary from mine. I use my iPod 10% of the time with ear bud headphones, 30% with regular headphones and the rest on my home audio systems. Since all my music is in lossless format I can't hear but minor differences between playing a song from a CD and from a well converted lossless file.

    So don't give up on iPods yet! I've not yet filled my August quota for iPod converts and if I don't Steve Jobs will be very, very unhappy with me.

    Good luck with the hunt, let us know what you end up with!

    -Kevin
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    Re: Best mp3 player?

    My criteria in players is that they are not hard disk based but chip-based memory. Less moving parts=less things to go wrong.

    Also, in my experience, get some headphones that are good - usually not included with the player!
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    Re: Best mp3 player?

    Hi Gunther. They are not exactly "mp3 players" but, maybe in another price range, you can look for some high-quality handy recorders/players.
    I have heard very nice things from the Zoom H4 and some others from Sony.
    Some links:

    http://www.samsontech.com/products/p...1994&brandID=4

    http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/cat-aud...s-pcmm10.shtml


    I guess they can be a good option for the user looking for sound good quality, since you can play (and record) 24 bit wave files, and mp3 if you want... but if you are planning organize your mp3 collections with thousands of folders... i believe that the normal mp3 players will be the best choices
    Marcelo Colina

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    Re: Best mp3 player?

    I have a creative zen vision:m and really like it. Easy to navigate around with and iPod-like, but it with a voice recorder. It holds its charge for a very long time and I haven't had any issues in the five years I have owned it.

    I also have a mini Sansa flash-based one for the gym--also performs well, though the ergonomics of the controls could be better.

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    Re: Best mp3 player?

    Hi Gunther,

    I did a lot of research for getting a good sound quality player. I am sure some people will have preferences, but I am very satisfied with the Cowon iAudio7, 8 GB version. It is mainly designed for audio, but does have video and picture options. It has many customizable features, and a very long battery life. The software is also easy to use to add mp3 files. Here's a link to the site, but it can also be purchased on Amazon.

    http://www.cowonamerica.com/products/iaudio/7/

    Regards,
    Dominick
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    Re: Best mp3 player?

    Thanks for your suggestions!

    I bought an H4n to make recordings and it is very good. But I don`t want it use it on the beach.

    Gunther
    "Music is the shorthand of emotion." Leo Tolstoy

    Listen to me, tuning my triangle http://www.box.net/shared/ae822u6r3i

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