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Discussion in 'Electronic Devices' started by Wolfman, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. Wolfman

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    I think most people nowadays just listen to music on their phones. I find that this is good for working out, but for just listening, the low audio quality of streaming and mp3s bothers me after a short amount of time.

    My music collection is now all FLAC, which is not supported by my old ipod classic, and I don't have a lot of space left in my phone.

    Does anybody have a dedicated DAC that plays FLACs? I was thinking about the Fiio X3, but I'd need a new sd card for it.

    Does anybody have suggestions for a dedicated DAC that plays FLACs, with internal storage, and is under $100?

    The only thing I would bend on would be the internal storage.
     
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    What is the minimum amount of storage you are willing to accept?
     
  3. kd7dvd
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    If you're all FLAC, you might want to check out Neil Young's Pono device. ISTR the internal storage is 64 GB, and has a micro SD port to add more. It won't meet your price point, though....
     
  4. Wolfman

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    The Pono seems kinda gimmicky to me. It's expensive (the device and the music) and I don't think it would fit well into a pocket, but the storage is spot on.

    I would like about 64gb of space, even though that's probably not enough. If there was an sd slot I would settle for 16gb.
     
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    Have you thought about using Rockbox firmware on the iPod somthat it will work with FLAC?
     
  6. Wolfman

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    I haven't thought ofusing rockbox. Do ipod docks still work with the rockbox firmware?
     
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    My vote would be with the FiiO X1. I don't own one, but it's for sure on my list to buy. The reviews chalk it up to be a fair shot at a portable DAP compared to others.
     
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    I'm not sure. I have only loosely looked into using it.
     
  9. Hampa_D

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    Try a SanDisk sansa clip zip, put rockbox on it, it handles flac, you can dual boot, handles sdhc cards. Good sound (I'm no audiaudiophile) light weight. Cheap.
     
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  10. Wolfman

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    Lately I've been thinking about building one from a Raspberri Pi, but I haven't found any good plans.
     
  11. dml24

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    These portable units support, Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC), play back:

    • FiiO X3 Portable Music Player
    • PonoPlayer
    • Sandisk Clip Sport
    • Sandisk Sansa Clip+
    • Sandisk Sansa Clip Zip
    • Sandisk Sansa Fuze+
    • Creative Zen X-Fi 2
    • Iriver LPlayer
    • Sony Walkman F800
    Samusngs Galaxy series of phones, S series, Notes, and LGs G2 and G3 also support FLAC.

    (BTW, Mr. Moderator. I cannot remember if posting such a list is allowed. Please delete the names if I am breaking a forum rule.)
     
  12. andiem

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    Go with Fiio X3
     
  13. dml24

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    The Fiio X3 receives overwhelmingly good reviews at Amazon.
     
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    Another vote for Sandisk here!
     
  15. Wolfman

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    Well, I think it's either the Sansa clip or the Fiio x3. I'd really like the x3, but I'd have to save up for it. So I'm leaning a bit more towards the Sansa.

    The problem with both of them is my music collection is about 100gb, and juggling all those little SD cards.

    Does anybody use a headphone amp with the Sansa? If you do, does it really improve SQ like the claims I've heard?
     
  16. GrayMouser

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    One thing to consider, when switching cards on the Sansa clip, the refresh time can be 15-20 minutes. Not a big deal most of the time, but it can be annoying.

    I don't use Rockbox, a headphone amp or FLAC files, but I think the Clip is one of the easiest to use and best sounding players out there.
     
  17. Wolfman

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    I just ordered a refurbed clip zip and a 64gig sd card for about $65. I feel a lot better about that than $100 on the Fiio with no memory. Maybe I'll Rockbox it, maybe I'll get an amp, but I'll decide on that later. I do think an amp is overkill though.

    Btw, I tried to Rockbox my iPod Classic, but it's not supported. It's gotten a solid 7 years of use, so I'm not too disappointed.
     
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    You got a good deal for the Clip Zip and a 64gig SD card.
     
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    RockBox'd Clip Zip + 32GB card has been my setup for a few months now. Rockbox doesn't have the refresh issue. And it adds crossfeed which I find indispensable for listening to music with headphones.
     
  20. Wolfman

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    I got mine a few days ago. I haven't had the refresh issue. I'm seriously thinking about installing Rockbox.