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Discussion in 'Headphones, Earphones & Portable Music' started by newbie265, May 2, 2005.

  1. newbie265

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    I am looking for a good portable device to hold my vast collection. I was thinking of a mindisc player but thet tend to jump when i am jogging then thought about an I-River or sony hd.
    Sound quality is very important to me ,I have listened to my nieces's i-pod and I-river and didn't think they sounded as good as my old basic minidisc player and certainly not as loud or bassy.
    The other problem I have is a lot of my albums have continuous music Eg.dark side of the moon so don't want gaps between the songs which I know the minidiscs do fine but am I right in saying the others don't?
    any help greatly appreciated.
     
  2. mcfarfs

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    From your specification, I suggest a Sony NW-HD3 or HD5 when that comes out.

    Mine has never skipped, even when running (to catch a bus!) with it in my back pocket. IMO it is perfectly loud enough, with the volume unlocked. It has very get treble and bass settings.

    Also it will play back gapless, but only in Atrac3/Atrac3plus. Not in MP3.
     
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    Thanks for that i take it the hd 3 will go down in price when Hd5 comes out? Are there any big diferences?
     
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    It probably won't go down in price that much. The HD1 didn't drop considerably when the HD3 was released.

    The main differences are, the physical things (size, shape, buttones). On top of that there is the 40 hour battery life of the HD5 in comparision to the HD3s 30 hours. Also the screen rotates automatically on the HD5, according to which way up you are holding it.

    On top of that, the menu system is different with proper playlist support finally added to the HD5.

    Also the HD5 has a removable battery.
     
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    Thanks again ,sounds like the perfect one for me out just in time for my hols in June too :D
     
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    They are available from Japan now via E-Bay for £177 ,might go this route .Would I be right in thinking these ones won't have the sound cap on?
     
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    I seriously suggest you wait.

    If you wait until May 20th you can get one from a reputable store. This means that if something goes wrong with it, you can return it or send it back to be fixed, as long as it is within the guarantee.

    I wouldn't worry about the soundcap, I expect there will be a way to remove it, like with the HD1/3. :thumbsup:
     
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    I would agree with Mcfarfs, it's far safer to wait and get it from the UK.
     
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    Sony HD5 can be pre-ordered from dabs.com @ approx. £185.
     
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    Thanks for the advice ,think I will wait then rather than taking the E-Bay route. :thumbsup:
     
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    www.dabs.com/uk

    £185 and that includes vat and delivery etc :)

    cant wait for may 20th!
     
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    Owner of HD3. Now, I reckon wait for HD5 to come out then read review(s) to see if Sony have removed hiss in HD1/3. I only have hiss in 6 songs out of 50 albums, so I don't mind. but enough to put me off any new Sony HD player - if it had hiss.
     
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    if you pre-order or order the hd5 off the net, do you still get a guarantee? and if it breaks or something, can you send it back?
    or is it worth paying a little extra to get it in a shop?

    thanks in advance!
     
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    Yes you do get a guarantee, and yes you can send it back, as long as it is within the guarantee.

    I personally, however, prefere to buy expensive items such as an mp3 player from a reputable shop. It is much easier to take it back to Currys or Comet to have it repaired/exchanged than it is to email a website, have them send you a box, then send it off to them, wait for them to fix it or exchange it, then wait for them to send it back.... some may even expect you to pay to send it to them in the first place.

    Especially don't buy it from Sony Style, because they will not fix cosmetic damage, eg. cracked screen.
     

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