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I need a new MP3 player as mine has packed in and was looking on Ebuyer.Can anybody help me decide between..
You want one of these
those Archos media players look amazing:)
But a bit pricey:(
40 quid more than you were going to pay. Worth it I would think
unless you want to be owned by Apple, i reckon.
was very tempted by the Zen too but seeing as the Ipod was similar price was undecided.
never had any problems with mine. i love it
Custom EQ, waaaayyy better sound quality.
the D/A in the iPod is scientifically the most pure converter in the world. the components built around it equally so.
yes, i'm an apple zealot, but i also know my facts. you, clearly don't.
iPod, all the way.
in a portable audio player. sorry, i should have stressed that.
But bear in mind that they regularly break and die so you'll need to insure it.
It still sounds really flat to me. I know it has pre-set EQ's but when I used them when I used to have one it just distorted the sound. Being able to adjust the bass, middle and treble on mine makes it just exactly how you want it. And no comebacks with "Well if you ripped at a high enough bitrate then you wouldn't need the EQ anyway" :P Cuz that's not really true...
anyone who uses EQ at all. audiophiles don't believe in EQ - why would you want to alter the mastering and mixing that the band chose themselves? it's desecration of the originals.
Its a bit like listening to a song on a radio you bought from poundland, or on a beef, top of the range system. Obviously the top of the range system will probably sound better. That's all an EQ is to me, makes it sound better. If it doesnt help then you turn it off :D
a band get a song mastered how they want it to sound. very few, if any, bands choose for their music to be played on particularly shit equipment.
not a lot really. It's probably produces very nice ooutput sine waves from input but that isn't really worth a lot.Tbh these things are so imperfect that ti comes down to which distortion of the music you prefer msot and how well they synergise with your chosen headphones. This is true even of highend components. I have aPink Triangle DAc which is amazing but the current transport I've put with it, which is pretty good, sound awful with it because they don't fit together.
EQing isnt as much of a sin as you make out. As you say audiophiles don't believe in it but thats because audiophiles have headphones or speakers that produce a fairly flat frequency response....or one to their taste. Any headphones ou likely to use with an ipod minus amp will not be flat in their response at all so you'll need to compensate for their weakness. Its a matter of whether you prefer the disortion of an EQ to the distortion of the headphones.
what he said. I love my iPod. It sounds great, it looks brilliant, it holds tons of music, it's easy to use, it's simple, it's dumb, it's the pilot.
had me zen for over 6 months, no problems at all and it dont look all scratched up like everyones i-pods.
a rio karma, constantly goes wrong but when you get it to work sounds simply amazing for a portable, really smooth as opposed to the harshness of most. Please note this may also requite you to travel a few years into the past when Rio wasn't bust.
Out of those two its pretty much of a muchness really, they sound quite similar (the ipod used to be weak in the bass but the fifth generation has mostly solved this), its basically a question of whether you want the ease of use but restictive nature of iTunes or the marginally harder to use but freeer systems from creative, oh and the iPod is a bit thiner. Of course you should invest at least Â£40 in a nice set of headphones to go with it or it'll be wasted whichever you choose, I'll help with that ;).
I love my creative, and alot of people I know have Ipods brake reguarly. They can afford it though (this is middle class suffolk).
And it's alternative, liek edgy almost.
my friends ipod broke yesterday.
I've had my Zen for 5 months, dropped it from a height twice, and its still perfect
a zen or an iriver. reliable.
...coz the ipod on ebuyer is Â£20 cheaper than I paid. I thought I'd found it for the cheapest on the net.
One of the things that I like about the Rio I have got is that you dont need any software to put songs on it. You can use if like a flash drive and just drag and drop files on to it which is pretty useful. I dont know if they still have this feature one newer models. They also sound great too so long as you EQ it yourself rather than useing the crappy custom EQ's. You will also want to buy new earphones but most standard earphones are not that great.
ive had mine since christmas and nothings gone wrong at all.
Theyre great. Easy to use, update etc. They look good aswell if thats something you look for in a music player...
good features and is really fast with itunes. Plus you can get videos off the itunes music store and put them straight on, again if you actually wanted to.