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How much would YOU pay for a new DAP?

Discussion in 'Headphones, Earphones & Portable Music' started by shadowritten, Oct 1, 2005.

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  1. Under £100

    3.4%
  2. £100-£150

    13.8%
  3. £150-£200

    31.0%
  4. £200-£250

    17.2%
  5. £250-£300

    17.2%
  6. £300-£350

    3.4%
  7. Over £350

    13.8%
  1. shadowritten

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    There was much debate in my office yesterday about the amount most people seem willing to pay for today's hand-held consumer electronics - the conversation ultimately centring around DAPs.

    Interestingly, the majority of my colleagues said that £100-£150 is all they'd spend; and many eyebrows were raised when I claimed (sincerely, I might add) that I'd happily go up to £350 for a near-perfect piece of kit.

    So it's poll time again. I'd like to know what you'd be prepared to spend on a new DAP, if you had the cash and were ready to replace your existing one. As well as voting, I'd love it if you could also give a brief reason within this thread as to why that's all you'd pay; and, if you're not particular about it, give your age, as I discovered yesterday that while the older members of the team had greater disposable income, it was the younger folk who were prepared to spend more.

    For me (I'm 32, btw), I really would spend up to £350, because I genuinely believe you only get what you pay for.

    Who's next?
     
  2. David Mackenzie

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    I agree with you. I don't care too much for huge amounts of disk space - 10gb would be perfect for me - but I'd pay a lot for sound quality. The whole point of a DAP is music, and I know from experience that if you aren't happy with the sound quality you're getting, the whole listening experience just becomes subconciously unpleasant.
     
  3. Cloysterpeteuk

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    £200 max, because I like to upgrade every year or so so I can't really justify spending any more than that. Besides any player I bought wouldn't need a 100GB of storage so it would never cost that much, maybe adding the video playback to the players will ramp up the cost until that becomes standard.
     
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    I would happily pay over £350 for a DAP assuming it actually fulfilled my needs, which currently none of the DAPs on the market do. I want more than 60Gb of storage, I want to be able to store photos on it, and i want to be able to navigate 10,000+ songs easily, without looking like i'm fingering a white plastic box for fun. I await the day that the 60Gb iPod i currently own can be removed from my pocket and thrown into the nearest wall as i hate it so much.
     
  5. shadowritten

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    :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
     
  6. KJ_Palmer

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    £200-250 for me. 30-40GB is adequate at the moment and I like ATRAC, so the NW-HD5H suits me fine. I can imagine needing more memory though, in time, as I generally dont go under 256kbps, so perhaps I should have put £350 plus.. but its too late now I guess...

    (I'm 41)...
     
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    I'm the opposite of Cloysterpeteuk, in that, when I buy a new toy, I expect it to last me at least 5 years and hopefully nearer 10. I spend a long time shopping around and will pay anything, within reason, for the right product. I'm not interested in a DAP that can't hold my entire music collection, which allowing for future growth, means I need 40GB. I'm 42 and I've just spent £265 on the iAudio H340 (non SE/Lite version).
     
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    Although i voted £250-£300 i would happily play more if the DAP met all my needs,the primary need being sound quality with HD size closely following behind.
    I dont believe the current crop justify any more money than that given they all have some flaw or another whether it being quality,lack of gapless etc etc .
    Have you seen what complete PC systems you can pick up now with flat screens etc etc for not a lot more or even for that £350 and yet they charge £300 for the ipod 60,you certainly pay a lot for so called "style!".
     
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    Do you mean iRiver, rather than iAudio?
     
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    I'm with Shadow. Wouldn't mind paying more for a player that could fit more than half of my music collection (I think that means at least 60GB, if compatible with Atrac) in a very small device.
     
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    well spotted, Shadowritten. The iAudio X5L was another leading contender which came very close, but didn't offer enough advantages to compensate for the smaller hard drive and additional cost.
     

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