High def digital audio players.

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Slim

Still on the lookout for a high capacity solution to replace my old 80G iPod. Ibought a 128GB micro SD card, squirted 997 albums onto it and slotted it into my Sony work phone but unfortunately the iPod does beat it hands down for sound quality.

I must admit I was briefly tempted, on the basis of reviews by a Fiio X-1 despite the fact that it also does the "high definition" aural homeopathy, but it turns out that it has a 5000-odd limit on tracks anyway imposed by the firmware, so end of problem. Not the sort of guy to buy a telescope that comes with an astrology guide or a cosmology text book with an appendix written by a creationist, so I don't think I'd have bought it anyway.

I might end up having my iPod converted with a high capacity flash disk. I bloody hate Apple but I have to admit it does sound very good.

Dave64K

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November 06, 2015, 10:10:14 am #47 Last Edit: November 06, 2015, 10:23:55 am by Dave64K
Not sure this counts as portable but looks an interesting option as a dac/head amp from a well known brand.

http://www.whathifi.com/chord/mojo/review

Doesn't say if you can config the headphone out as a line out.

Update.....you can configure as line level out if you want to use into an amp
How could you expect me to live without you? One cannot become accustomed to the loss of happiness.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away

Dave64K

November 20, 2015, 19:55:43 pm #48 Last Edit: November 21, 2015, 14:33:24 pm by Dave64K
Looks like Sony has just dropped the price on their NW-ZX100HN.....which was well overpriced at launch (£500)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B013YIX9CK/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=W7XFKDOL4IB8&coliid=I3H9SF91ABUKOJ

Some competition for the Astell & Kern Jr (£399) although the design appoaches are quite different.

Sony has gone back to it's Walkman OS roots so there is no streaming support for TIDAL, QOBUZ et al You can get digital out using Sony's  WMC-NWH10 USB Conversion Cable but you can't use the player's  DAC for other sources

That said you can double the 128gig on board storage with a 128 gig sd card (some bitheads have got 200 gig sd cards to work.....so 328 gig is a lot of music even if in FLAC format let alone 320kbpsMP3)

And 45 hours FLAC playnback (73 hrs MP3) is a pretty impressive battery life figure for music on the move.  :o :o ;D

How could you expect me to live without you? One cannot become accustomed to the loss of happiness.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away

Slim

Quote from: Slim on July 28, 2015, 00:02:36 am
Still on the lookout for a high capacity solution to replace my old 80G iPod. I bought a 128GB micro SD card, squirted 997 albums onto it and slotted it into my Sony work phone but unfortunately the iPod does beat it hands down for sound quality.

I must admit I was briefly tempted, on the basis of reviews by a Fiio X-1 despite the fact that it also does the "high definition" aural homeopathy, but it turns out that it has a 5000-odd limit on tracks anyway imposed by the firmware, so end of problem. Not the sort of guy to buy a telescope that comes with an astrology guide or a cosmology text book with an appendix written by a creationist, so I don't think I'd have bought it anyway.

I might end up having my iPod converted with a high capacity flash disk. I bloody hate Apple but I have to admit it does sound very good.

I still haven't really solved this problem. I replaced the 128GB SD card with a 200G one last week - it now has 1342 albums, but I'm still using it in a phone that doesn't sound that great, a Samsung S4.
Probably more than a non-stop month of music and spoken word on a storage device the size of a fingernail.


Dave64K

Quote from: Slim on August 29, 2018, 00:22:54 amI still haven't really solved this problem. I replaced the 128GB SD card with a 200G one last week - it now has 1342 albums, but I'm still using it in a phone that doesn't sound that great, a Samsung S4.
Probably more than a non-stop month of music and spoken word on a storage device the size of a fingernail.


I picked up Refurbished LG V30 smartphone for £235 which sounds as good as an iPhone X to my ears and equipped it with a 512GB Micro SD Card for £69.  Quite pleased with the result
How could you expect me to live without you? One cannot become accustomed to the loss of happiness.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away

Slim

High capacity Micro SD cards are a bit of a minefield, lots of fake ones out there and I had one myself, from Amazon. Tested it as soon as I got it and sent it back, pronto.

Amazing to me that you can now get half a terabyte of storage on a tiny sliver.

I presently only have 144G of MP3s.

The Letter R

Sony are releasing a Walkman 40th Anniversary Hi-Res Walkman with a cassette UI that changes depending on what digital format of music you are listening to and a case that makes the whole player look like a cassette walkman player - although it is physically smaller.
Ironically the original tooling of the cassette walkman has been thrown out so despite pressure to release an actual cassette walkman this cannot be made.

Anyway if you're interested in the Anniversary Model then Amazon have it on pre-sale here :-


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-NW-A100TPS-Anniversary-Portable-Bluetooth-Black/dp/B07XDZG1KL?tag=sony009-21