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buying a new mp3 player+'phones

by drZeroes / November 21, 2009 4:22 PM PST

basically i want a new mp3 player, and i plan on also buying higher quality head/earphones, but i need suggestions.


for the mp3 player:
i want it to have a nice design. something i wouldn't be embarrassed to walk around with in public. in this category, the itouch wins hands down. BUT that's not the most important thing to me. as for anyone who listens to music, the most important thing is sound quality, which i know the ipod lacks. as a 6-year band student, i can really tell the difference. things like picture/video/games are nice, but not necessary.

for the phones:
i want them to be durable and portable, cause i'll be putting them in my backpack next to books for 6 hours every day(hopefully i'll have a case for the phones). they have to be able to dominate over the sound of cars passing by, because i walk a mile on a highway every day. i don't mind if i hear cars, but cars better not be the only things i hear. and i don't want anything that would make me sweat around my ears while walking in warm weather. should be able to use them year round

*one small thing. both have to be within a budget of $200 -.- i could spend more money if necessary, but i want to try to keep it within $200

i have nothing in mind for the mp3 player, but for the phones, i was thinking about the grado sr60(may not be able to afford these pending on the mp3 player). idk, if you have something better suited for me in mind, please lmk

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by d_adams / November 24, 2009 10:05 PM PST

don't know if it will help you, but I have an iPod touch and the Apple in-ear headphones. I'm quite sensitive to music quality, and I have never understood all the complaints about "bad sound on iPods", but whatever. I generally listen to 320KB/s mp3s, so it's not exactly low quality stuff. The headphones are pretty cheap, come with a case, are excellent at blocking external noise, and they sound pretty darn good. One complaint I have about them, is that when you are running or jogging, the rubbery wires tend to convey a lot of noise directly into the silicone heads, making a dull drumming noise. It doesn't bother me much, though, because I don't jog much. Anyway, this is a pretty good setup

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Style is subjective
by make_or_break / November 26, 2009 2:55 AM PST

The Touch is BIG. Unless you want it for everything else it does, there are better musical options. I like the SQ of the new Sony S-series; the 16GB unit is around $110-130 retail (online like Amazon is at the cheaper of the range). It sounds great, definitely a step up from any iPod on the market, although Sony skimped on the processing power; it's noticeably slower to anyone that's used a previous generation Walkman. Sony also got away from using a metal casing; the current S-series is plastic and proud of it. All in the name of bringing the price point down. As for its looks and allusions to trendy styling: well it's a DAP...how else is it supposed to look? At least it's not lying about being something that it's not.

As for your choice in cans: the SR60i is a well-regarded set by a lot of people...just not me. For an open-back design I tend to think they sound too shallow and confined, but that's just my tastes speaking. I'd choose the Sennheiser HD238 Precision over the Grado, which is close in price to the SR60i, at least online. Your own mileage will of course inevitably vary. But at $80 for the Grado, you should be able to squeeze both the player AND cans in under or just at your $200 price point.

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