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New Mp3/video player?

Post by maj0r_pawnage » Sat Feb 09, 2008 7:51 pm

Well I've been stuck without any kind of music device for almost two years(yeah I don't know how I've survived either..) and now I have come across about $270 worth of spare cash maybe $300 max w tax/shipping if it was really really worth it. Since I've been outa the market for a while I was wondering what type of mp3 players do you guys have and what do you recommend for this price range? I was looking at an ipod touch 8gb, but I figured the novelty of a touch screen would wear off soon and I'd be stuck with the reality of 8gb of storage.(btw I guess i would like a relatively large screen so it would be easier to watch movies :D.
I know there are reviews and stuff out there, but it would be nice to know how people who have used the products actually like/dislike about their own mp3 players.
+ I don't need new earbuds now I will suffer with the stock ones until I can afford to get some shures :P
:-/ lookin at the other flash players...ipod touch 8gb doesn't seem so bad now lol
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Re: New Mp3/video player?

Post by w00fd06 » Sat Feb 09, 2008 8:10 pm

the new Creative zen is great, i don't personally own one, but the screen is fairly large (2.5"), has enough storage (4 to 16GB, with SD Card expansion, too), great interface (not touch, but hey), great audio quality (yes, i've heard it), and plenty of people like it (editors, owners, etc.), and the 4GB is reasonably priced ($120 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6855102033), so you could get a dock or those uber expensive shure headphones.

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Re: New Mp3/video player?

Post by maj0r_pawnage » Sat Feb 09, 2008 8:13 pm

yeah if only the ipod touch had expansion slot it would be perfect :D but the zen looks pretty good

the Sony NWZ-A818 seemed pretty good, if only it had FM radio and expansion slot :-(

16gb zen looks perfect, oor lol I shoulda just listened to you in the first place lol, 4gb zen + shures + get expansion later

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Post by dicecca112 » Sat Feb 09, 2008 9:15 pm

Zune, I have it and love it. You can find the older ones on sale from time to time at buy.com
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Re: New Mp3/video player?

Post by w00fd06 » Sat Feb 09, 2008 9:43 pm

dicecca112 wrote:Zune, I have it and love it. You can find the older ones on sale from time to time at buy.com
I love the new Zune "Nanos" they have such high-dpi screens, even more so than the new iPod Nanos, which is great and all, but i would think that my eyes would hurt after trying to watch any sort of videos (thank god the menu text is massive)

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Re: New Mp3/video player?

Post by maj0r_pawnage » Sat Feb 09, 2008 10:29 pm

dicecca112 wrote:Zune, I have it and love it. You can find the older ones on sale from time to time at buy.com
isn't zune= hard drive though? I don't really need like 80GB of space because I won't be doing much more than just listening to music and maybe a few short movies or TV EPs

hmm now that I think about it lol, having entire collections of simpsons/seinfeld/family guy ect on an mp3 player would be pretty sweet lol
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Re: New Mp3/video player?

Post by hnzw_rui » Sat Feb 09, 2008 11:06 pm

The Zune "Nanos" are flash-based and come in 4GB and 8GB variants. Zune 80GB is hard-drive based and so are the old 30GB models. I've seen the 30GB Zunes go on sale at Amazon from time to time. Around Thanksgiving and Christmas last year, I remember they had it for $89.99.

I still have an old Toshiba Gigabeat F-series and I'm quite happy with it. It can't do video but that's what I have my PSP for.

I don't like iPods myself, but they're also worth a look. I suggest you head over to one of the big box stores and test the players they have on display to see if there's any that catches your fancy.
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Re: New Mp3/video player?

Post by maj0r_pawnage » Sun Feb 10, 2008 12:25 am

ahhh i need about $340 to get shure se420 + creative zen :-(, must get 420s they have "dual drivers" :prayer: they are like 350 in stores but 200 on good ol ebay :P
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Re: New Mp3/video player?

Post by Zelig » Sun Feb 10, 2008 6:09 am

I've got an iaudio 7, and love it, particularly the battery life. The screen's pretty small for watching videos though, and the 16gb model is tricky to get in Canada.

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Post by DMB2000uk » Sun Feb 10, 2008 7:40 am

I nearly went with the new zune when I needed a new player just after christmas, but it wasn't out in the UK yet, so I went with the 80gig ipod classic.

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Post by maj0r_pawnage » Sun Feb 10, 2008 8:54 am

DMB2000uk wrote:I nearly went with the new zune when I needed a new player just after christmas, but it wasn't out in the UK yet, so I went with the 80gig ipod classic.

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if only it had an expansion slot i would buy it :-(

creative zen, $89.99 D: http://canadacomputers.com/index.php?do ... &cid=MP.29

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Re: New Mp3/video player?

Post by Sapientun » Sun Feb 10, 2008 2:26 pm

Creative Zen all the way. One of the cheapest and neatest players out there at moment. Buy buy buy!
or a Cowon iAudio 7 is nice aswell

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Post by Razorbacx » Sun Feb 10, 2008 10:52 pm

How are you planing to use your MP3 player? The reason that I ask is because a buddy of mine just bought the 30GB Zen from Buy.com and it works great for work, but I wouldn't recommend taking it with you when running. I bought my wife a 2gb Sansa so that she can take it running and I've got an older PNY Vibe 512MB that I take with me when I'm at the gym. Several of the newer MP3 players have an upgradeable memory slot, so that you can add an additional SD card. You might want to consider something like that.
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Re: New Mp3/video player?

Post by w00fd06 » Mon Feb 11, 2008 6:12 am

Razorbacx wrote:How are you planing to use your MP3 player? The reason that I ask is because a buddy of mine just bought the 30GB Zen from Buy.com and it works great for work, but I wouldn't recommend taking it with you when running. I bought my wife a 2gb Sansa so that she can take it running and I've got an older PNY Vibe 512MB that I take with me when I'm at the gym. Several of the newer MP3 players have an upgradeable memory slot, so that you can add an additional SD card. You might want to consider something like that.
Well the 30Gb Zen was a lot bigger than the 4-16Gb (Flash) Zens, and they're much thinner and smaller than the 30Gb, and the 4-16Gb Zens do have SD Card slots.

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Re: New Mp3/video player?

Post by hnzw_rui » Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:18 am

w00fd06 wrote:Well the 30Gb Zen was a lot bigger than the 4-16Gb (Flash) Zens, and they're much thinner and smaller than the 30Gb, and the 4-16Gb Zens do have SD Card slots.
Looking at current Amazon prices, the 16GB model seems like a good buy at $180. For most people, 16GB is enough to contain their music collection with room left for a movie or two. For lower needs, Amazon has the 8GB model for $140 but for a difference of $40 and with your budget, I'd go with the 16GB model. It's worth looking at the tech specs to see if the Zen supports SDHC cards. Otherwise, you're going to have to divide the rest of your music on 2GB SD cards. They're not expensive (just bought 2GB SD for $7.99 a piece + tax), but it's a hassle having to switch cards.
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Re: New Mp3/video player?

Post by Razorbacx » Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:21 am

w00fd06 wrote:
Razorbacx wrote:How are you planing to use your MP3 player? The reason that I ask is because a buddy of mine just bought the 30GB Zen from Buy.com and it works great for work, but I wouldn't recommend taking it with you when running. I bought my wife a 2gb Sansa so that she can take it running and I've got an older PNY Vibe 512MB that I take with me when I'm at the gym. Several of the newer MP3 players have an upgradeable memory slot, so that you can add an additional SD card. You might want to consider something like that.
Well the 30Gb Zen was a lot bigger than the 4-16Gb (Flash) Zens, and they're much thinner and smaller than the 30Gb, and the 4-16Gb Zens do have SD Card slots.
Exactly what I was getting at. You don't necessarily need the 30GB model if you are willing to add an additional SDHC card. I've found 8GB SDHC cards on the net for under $30.00 and from what I've read the capacity for the SDHC is only going to get larger. As far as manufacturer goes, I personnally like the ZEN models as they tend to have some really cool features and use the MP3 format rather than Ipod's proprietary, you must you use iTunes fromat.
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Re: New Mp3/video player?

Post by ZhengHe » Tue Feb 12, 2008 9:27 am

I have been very happy with my 8GB Meizu Miniplayer. It is flash based and has a very large screen for it's size. It supports a wide variety of formats as well and is rather cheap. I was able to get mine for $140 and they have a rebate on Newegg now where you can get it for $135 here. Here is a review of the product if you want to take a look and the specifications can be found in the Newegg entry.

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Post by Cannyone » Tue Feb 12, 2008 10:21 am

I have a Zen. And since I was very concerned about music quality, I investigated this aspect of many different players with great care. The one that sounded best to me was the Zen. And combined with a set of Sennheiser headphones (I settled for the PMX-60s - hey! I wanted a bit more bass than "earbuds" normally provide...) it's amazing!
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Re: New Mp3/video player?

Post by ZhengHe » Tue Feb 12, 2008 2:55 pm

Cannyone wrote:I have a Zen. And since I was very concerned about music quality, I investigated this aspect of many different players with great care. The one that sounded best to me was the Zen. And combined with a set of Sennheiser headphones (I settled for the PMX-60s - hey! I wanted a bit more bass than "earbuds" normally provide...) it's amazing!
Nice set of speakers. I have a pair of PX-100s myself. Sennheiser sure makes some nice headphones, especially if you're looking for some which are not earbuds. Personally I prefer regular headphones since the earbuds can cause permanent hearing loss and I have a bit of hearing loss already. No sense in aggravating a problem.

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Re: New Mp3/video player?

Post by w00fd06 » Tue Feb 12, 2008 6:14 pm

I just found out that the price of the Zens are going down because of the 32Gb iTouches, so if you were planning on getting the Zen, you may be able to get a larger capacity version :) :

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