What is the best sounding MP3 player?

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Found 24th Jan 2007
What is the best sounding MP3 player that's 4/8 GB and 150 pounds and under?

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I thought ipod was rubbish until I bought half decent ear phones and now its great. Original ipod earphones should be binned or sold on fleabay they are terrible.

I would get new 4gb nano, think around £115

I personally think the sound is as good as the headphones.

Check out Sony's new flash based model, it comes with 'noise cancelling' earphones = wonderfull quality.

The new iPod earphones you get with the 2nd Gen nano and 5.5 iPod video are an improvement over the old ones, smaller so they fit better in your (mine at least) ears, giving you much better bass response. My other half doesn't like her original shuffle earbuds and would pinch mine if she could - no chance.

As for best sounding player, I'm saying nothing! It's a very subjective... uh... subject, and tends to bring out the zealots in their droves whenever discussed :viking:

It all depends on what do you mean by "sound quality". To audiophiles, the best sound quality is the one that is as true to the original recording as possible, so no equalizers, no 3D effects, no WOW, BBE bass, etc. To an average person these things tend to improve the sound, though. From my own experience (I used to work in a company, where I revied mp3 players), the best sounding for audiophiles (natural sound) were Sony (espacially the NW-HD5 (20GB, small size, 40hours battery life, around £70 on ebay) and the new NW S700/S600 range). For average person, truly exceptional are most of the players from iaudio/cowon (they also have a lot of sound adjustments). The worst (from the "normal" players, I'm not even talking about the cheap chinese brands) in the audio tests were usually ipods and creative ones.

Hope I could help.

col

I thought ipod was rubbish until I bought half decent ear phones and now … I thought ipod was rubbish until I bought half decent ear phones and now its great. Original ipod earphones should be binned or sold on fleabay they are terrible.I would get new 4gb nano, think around £115



£111.59 @ Scan Delivered (think its just a today only deal though)

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=45293&highlight=ipod+nano

Hardware + dac speaking I would think the iRiver ranges would take best sounding, but is dependent on some good earphones which all these Shure offers on HUKD would provide.

schizoboy

Hardware + dac speaking I would think the iRiver ranges would take best … Hardware + dac speaking I would think the iRiver ranges would take best sounding, but is dependent on some good earphones which all these Shure offers on HUKD would provide.



Yes I would agree, I have an iRiver and am very imperessed with the way it sounds.

kemot1984

It all depends on what do you mean by "sound quality". To audiophiles, … It all depends on what do you mean by "sound quality". To audiophiles, the best sound quality is the one that is as true to the original recording as possible, so no equalizers, no 3D effects, no WOW, BBE bass, etc. To an average person these things tend to improve the sound, though. From my own experience (I used to work in a company, where I revied mp3 players), the best sounding for audiophiles (natural sound) were Sony (espacially the NW-HD5 (20GB, small size, 40hours battery life, around £70 on ebay) and the new NW S700/S600 range). For average person, truly exceptional are most of the players from iaudio/cowon (they also have a lot of sound adjustments). The worst (from the "normal" players, I'm not even talking about the cheap chinese brands) in the audio tests were usually ipods and creative ones. Hope I could help.



Were you using the same headphones for all the tests? or did you use the supplied headphones.

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I've got one of those and its great! Great sound quality, really easy to use and a good size for the price

airey

Yes I would agree, I have an iRiver and am very imperessed with the way … Yes I would agree, I have an iRiver and am very imperessed with the way it sounds.



I'd nominate iRiver too, I've sworn by their players for many many years. The H340 easily beat my sister's iPod when connected to my hi-fi.

I especially like the Ogg Vorbis audio format it supports as it has a much more faithful sound, particularly compared to MP3.

Yes, I did use the same headphones. I agree with the posters above, iRivers are very good too, but some people don't like their tendency to overdo the bass slightly in some songs. All, in all if I were you I'd go for iRiver, iAudio/Cowon or Sony if the sound quality is really the most important thing for you.

I think a lot it is to do with the earphones itself, and the audio file / bitrate etc etc

How have iRiver owners on here found the Radio mode?

I am thinking of getting an iRiver so I can listen to the radio (and also MP3s) when I'm at the gym.

What's the durability of the iRiver like ? would it be ok in terms of going on a bicycle / treadmill etc with it ??

Thanks,

chrisfdh

How have iRiver owners on here found the Radio mode?I am thinking of … How have iRiver owners on here found the Radio mode?I am thinking of getting an iRiver so I can listen to the radio (and also MP3s) when I'm at the gym.What's the durability of the iRiver like ? would it be ok in terms of going on a bicycle / treadmill etc with it ??Thanks,



Cant say ive used the radio much , its nothing special though, probably what you would expect from any portable radio or mobile phone but should be fine if your in an area with good reception.

I have a h320 (probably cant buy them new anymore), the durability of mine is very good, been on a lot of runs with it and even dropped it a few times :roll: and had no problems.

Can't tell how good other players as I only had Rio and Cowon and both produce excellent sound. The Cowon X5 also got radio though I don't use it much.
A couple days ago I bought Archos GMini 202 20GB for 50 quid in Tesco and it is also very good.

Kommunist

Can't tell how good other players as I only had Rio and Cowon and both … Can't tell how good other players as I only had Rio and Cowon and both produce excellent sound. The Cowon X5 also got radio though I don't use it much.A couple days ago I bought Archos GMini 202 20GB for 50 quid in Tesco and it is also very good.


That's an excellent price for the Archos..wonder if there are any in a Tesco near me...guess i'll have to make a visit.

I know That's why I bought it. They also had Archos GMini 402 (non-camcorder version) for 89.99

the rio karma was supposed to be the best sounding mp3 player, scan still have them flac and ogg support too!
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