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Creative Zen V+ 4GB MP3 Player - £49.99 @ Amazon !

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8y, 7m agoFound 8 years, 7 months ago
Was : £129.99. Free deliverey

* FM radio
* Scratch resistant 128x128 pixel OLED screen
* Line-in encoding lets you record music directly from your CD player or other playback source.
* Use it to display the time, as a handy alarm clock, or even to view your calendar, tasks and contacts. Maximize it as an external storage device that stores your important files and documents.
* Its ergonomically designed 5-way joystick enables easy access to all menus. You can even start voice recording with just a click of a button.
* ZEN V Plus comes with 8 presets and custom EQ settings to bring out the best in your music.
* Simple drag and drop your data files between ZEN V Plus and your computer. No complicated or messy driver installations necessary.
* Select from more than a million songs from a myriad of online music stores - Napster To Go, Yahoo! Music Unlimited, Rhapsody To Go, and so much more.
* Rotate your screen orientation to suit your preference.
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#1
It's customary to add a price and retailer name to a thread title - it saves people who view the site on as text only from having to open all the threads. :)
#2
this mp3 player is buff, i've had it for a year or two now, served me very well, cost me £130 when i bought it, seeing it for £50 makes me clench up :(
#3
Nice little player, great price, hot.
#4
Voted cold.

For another £20 you can get the 8GB version.

If you have a store near you it saves you the postage, you also know your going to get one.

Lots of stock available.

http://www.morgancomputers.co.uk/shop/detail.asp?ProductID=4622&CategoryID=201&SubCategoryID=255
#5
isn't this quite an old model though? the newer Creative Zen models aren't that much more expensive, are they?
#6
Newer designs are quite cheap - the 16GB can be had for £99 now. http://www.play.com/Electronics/Electronics/4-/3977591/Creative-Zen-16GB-MP3-Player/Product.html

However, this WAS £130 back in November 2006 ... on the highstreet. I'm listening to mine as I type this at work (in blue as well). It's a good little player - I prefer them to iPods, as iTunes is a truly awful piece of software. This supports drag-and-drop or works with Winamp/WMP etc.
#7
I bought this player a year ago for just over £100.
Was really pleased with my purchase, it is tiny but produces a great sound.
Would definitely recommend it, especially at this price.
#8
I had this player about 2 years ago.

It's SQ was awful (low volume output) even after I installed the firmware that took away the SHi* french volume cap.

Stay away from this there are much better players like Cowon/iAudio iRIVER to name a few.

No disrespect MNWiseman but if you think it has great sound then you need to get a reality check and take a listen to a decent MP3 Player.

My current MP3 is a Kenwood HD10GB7 which has a built in digital amp, thats what you call a MP3 Player with great SQ.

http://www.audiocubes.com/category/Electronics_MP3+Players/product/Kenwood_HD10GB7_Digital_HDD_MP3_Player.html
#9
vuittion
I had this player about 2 years ago.

It's SQ was awful (low volume output) even after I installed the firmware that took away the SHi* french volume cap.

Stay away from this there are much better players like Cowon/iAudio iRIVER to name a few.

No disrespect MNWiseman but if you think it has great sound then you need to get a reality check and take a listen to a decent MP3 Player.

My current MP3 is a Kenwood HD10GB7 which has a built in digital amp, thats what you call a MP3 Player with great SQ.

http://www.audiocubes.com/category/Electronics_MP3+Players/product/Kenwood_HD10GB7_Digital_HDD_MP3_Player.html


It depends on the headphones you use with it IMO. I've listened to many players and the DACs vary like mad. They go in this order:

Cowon>Creative Zen>Apple iPod

The Zen are much better in terms of quality than iPods and others, but the Cowon do use a superior DAC.

You reckon a built-in digital Amp is good quality? I've not seen any built-in that are decent, but plenty of portable headphone amps that are good ... just a drag to carry about for most people.

Let's face it too - not many people are using Shure canal phones with their MP3 players ... 99.9% are using the stock **** that comes with them.
#10
My reply went missing. So I apologise if it comes up as a duplicate:

I got this one:

http://images.play.com/covers/3478012m.jpg

SanDisk Sansa e260 4GB MP3 Player

http://www.play.com/Electronics/Electronics/4-/1148003/SanDisk-Sansa-e260-4GB-MP3-Player/Product.html

It plays videos, has a micro SD slot, good reviews and quality finishes. Good alternative to consider.
#11
My husband has recently bought this in april, £79.99 in argos.. He really likes it. He has just got the creative headphones (which were the amazon deal on here a few weeks ago for £7+) and they are great quality and sound.

No complaints here but i don't know any of the technical jargon to explain it any better :)
#12
Halfpad
My reply went missing. So I apologise if it comes up as a duplicate:

I got this one:

http://images.play.com/covers/3478012m.jpg

SanDisk Sansa e260 4GB MP3 Player

http://www.play.com/Electronics/Electronics/4-/1148003/SanDisk-Sansa-e260-4GB-MP3-Player/Product.html

It plays videos, has a micro SD slot, good reviews and quality finishes. Good alternative to consider.

I have the 6GB version of that, am also satisfied with it. Actually it's thanks to HUKD that I have it! Good times...

although you maty as well get the 8GB for 67.99 (with radio for 73)
#13
I've got the 8GB V+ £49.99 in the HMV clearance about 3 months ago, so am voting cold. I have a pair of Sony £35 earbuds and the quality is brilliant, never had trouble with it and it is in fact an upgrade of my old 2GB standard V.

Get it if not in a HMV near you.
#14
Voted Cold.

There are better options out there, even from creative themselves, for cheaper too:

http://uk.europe.creative.com/shop/product_bundles.asp?category=111&subcategory=125&product=1852&page=

That's their new line of players design to replace the ZEN Vision: M. Not only do they have a larger screen as well as video playing etc They also have an SDHC slot which means potential memory upgrades of up to 32GB (though these are currently more expensive than 32GB players so obviously out of the question, but memory comes down in price with time).

Even now, there are plenty of offers on HUKD for 4-6GB SDHC cards. Stick one of those into that and you've at least doubled the space.

They also look excellent. Please note though, these are refurbished. But you can have brand new ones for around the £60 mark from Dixons etc.

As for vuittion's comment, yes there is better out there but not everyone is willing/needing to pay the premium. Most people are fine listening at the quality that they do and as previous posters have said most will use the standard ipod or whatever headphones which come with the MP3 player. The Cowon's and iAudios and iRivers are inteded for the Audiophile market, the kind of people who are likely to have spent £1000s on audio equipment at home, and want to sustain that audio quality.
#15
Hot.

I've just ordered the 16gb though for £99 :-D

Does anyone kow what the headphones are like, that come with these?
#16
I got one a year ago for about £80. This is a good price but I can't help thinking that there may be better options available now for the price.

Voted warmish.
#17
Good price for an excellent player. I have no idea what vuittion had in his ears when he tried this one out, but with even semi-decent Sony headphones the sound quality is excellent.

Firstly, bin off the headphones that come with as they don't even come close to doing it justice.

Prices are tumbling across the board for extra capacity MP3 players, but £49.99 for a 4Gb model sounds fantastic to me right now. I paid $129.99 for the same player in the States back in October and was pleased with that for a deal.

Another couple of points to be made though - people need to stop confusing Zen with Zen+. The new Zens repeatedly linked to by people in this thread are digital camera sized, with 2.5" screens, whereas the Zen+ is very portable - as small as the newest iPod Nano (albeit not at slim).

Zen is a multimedia player, Zen+ is a music player (even though it can play video).

That's another point actually - the Zen+ should be bought as a music player, regardless of its stated capabilities with video. The screen is far too low resolution for vid, and it's a real pig to view even the pre-loaded samples. For music though I can't fault it.
#18
Flutter
Hot.

I've just ordered the 16gb though for £99 :-D

Does anyone kow what the headphones are like, that come with these?


Terrible. Definitely keep something like £10-£15 aside to replace them.
#19
wotguvnotmeguv
Terrible. Definitely keep something like £10-£15 aside to replace them.


Agreed, though if you can spend a bit more, do it.

Shure E2C canal phones if you want to spend £50~, but otherwise, the Sennheiser CX300 are pretty decent for the cash (between £10 and £20). There are others, but those two spring to mind as best for medium-low budgets.

If you really want to spend lots, get some Westone UM2 canal monitors (£180+ ... totally overkill and totally pointless with these size players).

Oh, also, be sure that your music isn't a turd bitrate, or getting better headphones will make your music sound flat and lifeless, or worse, distorted - this is because 128kbps (the standard that many people seem to rip to) sounds okay thorugh regular in-ear phones, but with canal phones, you can hear things much more clearly, thus identifying flaws with the encoding. 192kbps LAME is my minimum recommendation, but if you can use VBR V0, then you are laughing :thumbsup:
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thesilverfox
Oh, also, be sure that your music isn't a turd bitrate, or getting better headphones will make your music sound flat and lifeless, or worse, distorted - this is because 128kbps (the standard that many people seem to rip to) sounds okay thorugh regular in-ear phones, but with canal phones, you can hear things much more clearly, thus identifying flaws with the encoding. 192kbps LAME is my minimum recommendation, but if you can use VBR V0, then you are laughing :thumbsup:


Is right. :thumbsup:

A mate of mine at work was shopping around a while back for an MP3 player, and asked me if he could put some mp3s on my player to give it a whirl.

Most of his mp3s were 64kbps. Through poo headphones he's accustomed to the sort of medium wave radio sound that this gives and thinks it sounds okay, but he listened to them with my headphones and was stunned by how appalling they sounded. Some of his stuff was 96 or 128kbps, and these too sounded trebly and distorted.

I wholeheartedly recommend dbpoweramp for ripping albums incidentally. Get the LAME mp3 codec for it and you're laughing.
#21
gav989
this mp3 player is buff


Its naked ? Perhaps you need to get a ipod sock thingy for it?
#22
wotguvnotmeguv

I wholeheartedly recommend dbpoweramp for ripping albums incidentally. Get the LAME mp3 codec for it and you're laughing.



I would recommend the brilliant and open source CD EX v1.70 beta for ripping CD albums to mp3.
Download here: http://cdexos.sourceforge.net/?q=download
This is free and includes the lame codec (which is also free)

If you dont want the installer version you can download the zip version and just run it from the diretory you unzip the contents to.
You will need to enter an(y) email address in the Options -> Settings-> Remote CDDB menu in order to download the CD track information.

FWIW, I would always rip at 128 or 192kbps ( or even 256), as I have often found playback problems with some players at other inbetweenencoding rates (such as 160 or 96). Just my 5p worth.
#23
jazid
I would recommend the brilliant and open source CD EX v1.70 beta for ripping CD albums to mp3.
Download here: http://cdexos.sourceforge.net/?q=download
This is free and includes the lame codec (which is also free)

If you dont want the installer version you can download the zip version and just run it from the diretory you unzip the contents to.
You will need to enter an(y) email address in the Options -> Settings-> Remote CDDB menu in order to download the CD track information.

FWIW, I would always rip at 128 or 192kbps ( or even 256), as I have often found playback problems with some players at other inbetweenencoding rates (such as 160 or 96). Just my 5p worth.



You would recommend 128kbps? I couldn't disagree more ... unless it was 1999 and hard disk space was limited!

The difference between 128 and 192 is surprisingly significant. Which players find the inbetween rates an issue? I've had many MP3 players, all have been fine, inc VBR.

The only time I would go as low or lower than 128kbps is for audio books or spoken word. 128 for music is simply NOT acceptable.
#24
vuittion
I had this player about 2 years ago.

It's SQ was awful (low volume output) even after I installed the firmware that took away the SHi* french volume cap.

Stay away from this there are much better players like Cowon/iAudio iRIVER to name a few.

No disrespect MNWiseman but if you think it has great sound then you need to get a reality check and take a listen to a decent MP3 Player.

My current MP3 is a Kenwood HD10GB7 which has a built in digital amp, thats what you call a MP3 Player with great SQ.

http://www.audiocubes.com/category/Electronics_MP3+Players/product/Kenwood_HD10GB7_Digital_HDD_MP3_Player.html


At 3 times the price it should be better, you're not comparing like with like.
#25
i keep my music at 128, it sounds alright to me, that's all that matters. i do so because hard drive space is an issue, i already have over 100gb of music at this bitrate, in 192 or whatever it would be considerably more (i'm living in 1999)

as for whoever was complaining about the volume output on this player, i have to disagree with you. i can hear my 128kbps songs at max volume through jvc gummy (or the gelly ones that are the same thing, different company) over the top of my drumkit (i drum along with songs i'm learning). this is far louder than i should ever really be listening to it

and i said it was buff, not in the buff...
#26
Is this player any good for use while jogging?
#27
gav989
i keep my music at 128, it sounds alright to me, that's all that matters. i do so because hard drive space is an issue, i already have over 100gb of music at this bitrate, in 192 or whatever it would be considerably more (i'm living in 1999)

as for whoever was complaining about the volume output on this player, i have to disagree with you. i can hear my 128kbps songs at max volume through jvc gummy (or the gelly ones that are the same thing, different company) over the top of my drumkit (i drum along with songs i'm learning). this is far louder than i should ever really be listening to it

and i said it was buff, not in the buff...


I can confirm that the volume is fine. At VBR 0, I can sit in my office and volume set to 6 is plenty loud enough (it goes to 20). I currently use Sony MDR-EX71 buds ... bit poo, but do the job. I'll think about Shure E2C another time, lol.

128 kbps just sounds dead flat to me, even on my Zen V+. I use a hotrodded X-Fi Xtreme Music (upgraded opamps, capacitors etc ..) with:

1) Little Dot MKIII Valve Amp + Sennheiser HD595 cans
2) Yamaha AX-300 Amp + Tannoy M3 floor-standers

My setups mean that I can hear massive differences in 128 - 192 VBR or V0. It's quite amazing really, as I used to be in the 128kbps camp when I only had a 15GB hard disk (got about 1400GB at the moment only 100GB or so in MP3). Consider the fact that my equipment isn't exactly "expensive", so I'm hardly an audiophile who throws all my money at sound!

Gummo
Is this player any good for use while jogging?


It comes with a neck strap attachment, so providing you have earphones that can stay in (canal phones are best), you should be just fine.
#28
Thanks.
#29
Voted Cold

The 8Gb V plus is at Argos for 49.99, if you follow the link below, the title says V but I bought one yesterday and it is the V PLUS, the V version only goes up to 4Gb. Several other people have confirmed this also if one cares to read the thread.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/188787/creative-zen-v-8gb-mp3-player-was-9/showthread.php?t=188787&page=5

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