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I've been looking endlessly for a media player since my Sandisk Sansa died. I'm looking for a well known brand, such as Sandisk, Creative, Sony, Philips etc. MPEG4 codec would be a nice bonus, but rea…
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
I've been looking endlessly for a media player since my Sandisk Sansa died. I'm looking for a well known brand, such as Sandisk, Creative, Sony, Philips etc. MPEG4 codec would be a nice bonus, but really I'm just after a solid all round decent player.

All help is appreciated, Zak.
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
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#1
With "all round" and "media player" you meant a chunky video/audio player or just one for audio playback?
#2
SUMMONER
With "all round" and "media player" you meant a chunky video/audio player or just one for audio playback?


Perhaps I should have been more clear. Yes I'm after a 'walkman' as they call it.
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Zak_K;5161720
Perhaps I should have been more clear. Yes I'm after a 'walkman' as they call it.

Well, I have the first one just below. Outrageously expensive for it's 2GB capacity. However it is very nice, needs no usb cable *usb plug is built in) and has a good battery life. Bought it just before Christmas at John Lewis for £30 delivered. Before that I had it's predecessor, the A608.

http://images.play.com/covers/6707968m.jpgLink , link and link


This one is nice if you are considering a video player, but want to keep it smallish.

http://www.hiwayhifi.com/media/ProdPics/101494.jpgLink and link (JL's price includes a 2 year warranty).
#4
You can get a 16GB Sony MP4 player on Argos clearance store on ebay. Item number: 260393421649.
#5
http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/store/pcw_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@0768874654.1241855608@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccfjadehejkejfkcflgceggdhhmdgmi.0&category_oid=&sku=450084&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null
i bought this a couple of weeks ago and am really pleased with it. its really small, lightweight and clips ( hence the name) anywhere.
#6
tamoil;5161851
You can get a 16GB Sony MP4 player on Argos clearance store on ebay. Item number: 260393421649.


Nice price! Just remember that this older model doesn't support BBC iPlayer videos, as far as I know.

zurich;5161873
http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/store/pcw_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@0768874654.1241855608@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccfjadehejkejfkcflgceggdhhmdgmi.0&category_oid=&sku=450084&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null
i bought this a couple of weeks ago and am really pleased with it. its really small, lightweight and clips ( hence the name) anywhere.

Currys has been advertising it at that prices too, but no one seems to have stock of them. :x
#7
Just as an alternative to Sony (although I believe Sony are much better for video and overall quality) you could get this:
Sandisk Sansa Fuze FM 8GB MP3 Player - Black for £52.99 at CDiscount with a £10 off a £50 voucher.
#8
OK here's my experience.

I bought the sony pictured above from Amazon at Christmas for my son. Luckily they were doing a double memory special so I got a 16gb for 8gb price - I don't say that to boast. It is a cracking player, works flawlessly with BBC iplayer, which if you haven’t ever been on, is really an excellent service with loads of tv and radio shows – if you do a lot of commuting it’s well worth having. Although the picture is rather small, you can watch programs without getting too fatigued for somewhere between 30 -60 minutes IMHO, although you wouldn’t watch a special effects blockbuster. It has great compatibility and really is super easy with click and drag. The only downside is it does not have expandable memory, so if you get 8 gig or 16 that’s your limit, but for most people that’s more than enough (esp 16gig)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-WALKMAN-NWZS739FB-Video-Walkman/dp/B001PLE7KW/ref=pd_cp_ce_1?pf_rd_p=136153791&pf_rd_s=center-41&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B001FB56PC&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_r=0HNX5H4XVW6GXXB1YXSJ


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-NWZ-S639FB-Video-Player-Tuner/dp/B001FB56PC/ref=pd_bxgy_ce_text_b

A few months later I bought a sansa clip for mrs redjay, it’s cheap as chips and has a great sound to it and is ideal for running and listening to your favourite albums (but its user interface is very basic and has no MP4 support, i.e. you can’t watch anything). Not really a good all-rounder IMO.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss_ce_0_5?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=sansa+clip&sprefix=sansa




At the same time I bought a sansa Fuze. On the plus side it is bang for buck cheapy cheap cheap, it also has wonderful reviews over at Amazon and has expandable memory.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss_ce?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=sansa+fuze

It is an MP3/4 but I found the compatibility to be terrible – no iplayer support, horrible conversion software for video that results in out of synch dialogue
Although the synch problem can be solved using 3rd party software (that you should pay for). For anyone perusing who has the Fuze see

http://forums.sandisk.com/sansa/board/message?board.id=sansafuse&thread.id=7957&view=by_date_ascending&page=1


The biggest problem with the Fuze was – it’s picture quality and sound quality were nowhere near as good as the Sony – the Sony has wasted me, yes I’ve rejigged the equalisers and the Sansa isn’t a patch on the Sony. Listening to the sony is like taking cloth out of your ears. Listening to the Fuze is like chewing a toffee with the wrapper still on. So much so, that now I steal my son’s sony whenver he’s not looking. Don’t get me wrong I bought another Fuze recently for my 9 year old, but that’s because she hasn’t yet discovered music and will probably misplace the thing at some point, so I couldn’t justify paying more than 50 quid.

My advice for you is if it’s for occasional use and you were quite happy with the sound of your last player get the Fuze, it’s wonderfully cheap – just don’t listen to anyone else’s Sony or you’ll be ruined.

Basically go sony you won’t be sorry. One final option is the cowon – it has expandable memory and great reviews (google ‘anything but ipod’). When I get some spare cash I reckon that (a Cowon) will be my next player.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cowon-IAudio-4GB-Player-Recorder/dp/B000NJXF50/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1241863382&sr=1-2


One final word if you are going to use it every day spend a hundred notes, if not spend 50.
#9
Thanks for the reply guys. When my Sansa died I was away on holiday, so I was using it pretty much everyday. How would you compare the Sony and the Sandisk in terms of overall life?

Zak.

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