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Discussion in 'Headphones, Earphones & Portable Music' started by blackpoolowl, Jul 2, 2005.

  1. blackpoolowl

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    right i am ready to buy now. i want at least 20 g. easy to use . reliable with great sound. around £200 ish may go higher .

    in ONE SENTENCE ONLY PLEASE

    which one?


    thx terry
     
  2. HMHB

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    Only you can decide what you really want ;)
     
  3. Pecker

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    How important are the following:

    Sound quality
    User interface (you & the machine)
    Battery life (between recharges)
    Replaceable battery
    Memory size
    Size of the machine (does it have ti fit into your jeans pocket?)
    Software useability
    Coolosity ("Hey look at me, I've got a...")
    Colour screen
    Sound format (do you want mp3, WMA, ATRAC, AAC?)
    FM Radio

    There's probably other stuff I've forgotten.

    Don't forget to budget for c.£20 or £30 for replacement 'phones, as the ones you'll get with your machine, whatever it is, will be quite poor.

    Sound quality is pretty good with any of the major players. You'll get arguments, but a lot of it is down to personal preference.

    For me, I couldn't give a hoot about my player being the latest thing, or looking stylish. I don't want to carry a brick, but as long as it sits comfortably in my suit pocket, I don't mind. Big memory is important, as I have a large music library.

    So I got a Zen Xtra 60gb - though this is more expensive than you're wanting.

    Creative Zen Touch 20gb is £150 from Amazon.

    Toshiba Gigabeat 20gb, I-pod 20gb, and Sony HD5 20gb are the main competition, and all cost £200 (or thereabouts), so you'll not get the player AND new 'phones for £200 if you buy them.

    If sound quality is an issue you MUST replace the 'phones, whichever player you buy.

    Steve W
     
  4. Pecker

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    Sorry, did you say ONE SENTENCE, I'll try again...

    Steve W
     
  5. Pecker

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    If sound quality is important, and your maximum budget is £200, the Creative Zen Touch is probably the best machine from the major competition that you can buy, and still have enough left for a decent pair of 'phones.

    :thumbsup:

    Steve W
     
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    £209 buys you the colour 20GB iPod - it's a no brainer, esp. with battery life extended to 15 hours (best case scenario as always.)
     
  7. Pecker

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    But he only has £200.

    And any ipod, Zen, HD5, whatever will sound massively better with decent 'phones.

    Steve W
     
  8. metal_jester

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    Get the Iriver H320, nuff said.
     
  9. davebach172

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    sony hd5 from amazon is £183, leaves you £17 for some headphones.

    there - one sentence! now i can waffle on a bit more!

    i'd go for the ex71 headphone things - nice, and they isolate well, and with the money you save by going for the amazon free postage, you can affors the extra few quid youll need as the headphones are £25.

    all in for 183+25 = £208


    ahhhh - but for that money, you could have an ipod photo 20gig! *sigh*

    (i'd been debating the exact same problem you see!)
     
  10. Pecker

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    But if you're going to go a touch over budget (no pun intended) the Zen Touch 40gb can be had at Amazon for £190.

    But, given a strict a £200 absolute limit, and given that sound quality is important (so replacement 'phones are vital), the Zen Touch 20gb is still the only suggestion which meets all criteria.

    BTW, the Iriver H320 is no longer available from Amazon UK.

    Steve W
     
  11. Mike_manchester

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    Get the 81's - they sound even better ( i have had 2 pairs of ex-71's) and stay in your ear without having to be jammed in hard (tho they are £30+)
     
  12. Steven

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    Patience is a virtue. I'm waiting till end of July by which time Apple should have announced their 5th gen iPod plans (at Mac Wotld Expo next week?) and also the sales kick in :)

    Or I could save up for another month and get an iaudio X5 or X5L
     
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    Patience is a virtue. I'm waiting till end of July by which time Apple should have announced their 5th gen iPod plans (at Mac World Expo next week?) and also the sales kick in :)

    Or I could save up for another month and get an iaudio X5 or X5L
     
  14. Doctor_AB

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    20g ipod with b&w screen sare being sold for 175 pounds now that new colour screen 20g is here (try amazon) .
     
  15. Hasselhoffia

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    Get to Argos, buy the brilliant little Sony HD3 for £150 + some new 'phones and you've still got enough for a round at the pub.
     
  16. dc007

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    iRiver H320 - £180 at Comet, and 5% cashback if you go through www.greasypalm.co.uk

    20gig
    Firmware upgradable via website.
    Colour screen with video playback capability.

    Tasty.
     

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