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i need advice..i want a portable audio player..im torn between buying a sony wakman (e series) or just buying an android phone and then use poweramp..my first priority is the audio quality..i have a decent pair of headphones..thanks
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Hi Lisa,

Welcome, I won't answer your question, but I will start the discussion. Do you need a new phone anyway? if so, then that's a good way to go. If you're not looking for a new phone than I'd suggest that you go the route of a dedicated device. Going this direction will give you a lot of options; storage size, colors, aesthetics. You might want to expand your search beyond just the Sony, there are other manufacturers with good product lines, are you adverse to Apple? (as you mentioned android and Sony, I think you might be) Include Apple in your search.

Whatever device you select, make sure it will drive your headphones. Otherwise you'll end up buying new phones or a step-up amp.

Good luck!
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In terms of audio quality, it's probably a wash.
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I have a Cowon J3 32GB with a 64GB microSD. The J3 plays FLAC if you're looking for real good quality. I'm using Sennheiser HD555s with it and it sounds great. Of course that doesn't matter if you're not listening FLAC files on it. As others have said, go for the Android if you want/need a new phone anyway. Otherwise a dedicated device will be better and it would be good to look at many different devices.
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Believe it or not, the Sansa Clip+ and Clip Zip have been shown to be some of the best music players in SQ, rivaling even more expensive players that are over $100, including all of the iPod series. The headphone amp in it is extremely low impedance and does very well with a wide variety of phones. You can pick up a Clip+ 2gb for about $30, put a $10 16GB micro SD card in it and have plenty of storage. Then if you load the Rockbox open firmware, you get even some more features, such as PEQ.

Research it. You'll find that a lot of people serious about audio are using them over much more expensive MP3 players, even the Cowon mentioned previously in this thread. I love mine and see no reason to buy anything more expensive (and I have plenty of other expensive audio equipment).

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i am very grateful to your replies..a new phone will give me more than listening to music but like what you mentioned, it will probably not sound as qood as a 'real' portable audio player..apple is an excellent choice, its just that many say that sony walkman sounds better..i guess i need to search more and maybe find what i really need..thank you very much smile.gif
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Here's a thread discussing PCM via USB output from Android phones: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1393599/enable-usb-audio-on-any-android-4-0-smartphone-tablet/0_5

Even if you didn't use this feature when listening-on-the-go you could still use your phone as a "transport" connected to an external DAC in a in house system or portable system as shown in some of the pics in the linked thread.

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i am very grateful to your replies..a new phone will give me more than listening to music but like what you mentioned, it will probably not sound as qood as a 'real' portable audio player..apple is an excellent choice, its just that many say that sony walkman sounds better..i guess i need to search more and maybe find what i really need..thank you very much smile.gif

There are three different series of Sony Walkman's currently available. Be sure that with the comparisons you are using, you are looking at the E series, which is the lowest model Walkman. The audio quality is not the same between all three.

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There are three different series of Sony Walkman's currently available. Be sure that with the comparisons you are using, you are looking at the E series, which is the lowest model Walkman. The audio quality is not the same between all three.

Good point, Sony has a history of making products at various price points with quality to match- ya' pays a bit more and ya' get better stuff.

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I’ve got the best of both worlds. I have the Walkman Z, which is an Android based personal media player from Sony. If you have the money, and want one of the best, I would strongly recommend it! It was released in Japan in December of 2011 and made it’s way over here to the US in March or April. I ordered it on the first day it became commercially available here. I had an iPod Classic and an iPhone at one point, besides hating Apple as a company, I absolutely cannot stand using their products. They’re all terrible! The Walkman Z’s claim to fame is its audio quality. The player is infused with Sony’s S-Master MX technology that they use in some of their other products. The sound quality of this thing is absolutely AMAZING! Check the reviews on Amazon and other sites, just about everyone is blown away by the audio quality. The stock media player comes with a fully customizable 5 band equalizer, with an added bass control, and another half a dozen settings to control loudness, dynamics, and such.

The stock ear buds are great, phenomenal actually considering they’re the stock ones, with great bass and it only gets better if you have better ear buds or headphones. The Walkman Z has a 1.0 GHz dual core processor, comes in 8, 16 or 32 GB sizes, has a 4.3” display but unfortunately this thing runs Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread and it’s doubtful if it will get updated to anything newer. The negatives are the older OS as I said, the screen while nice and big, is lower resolution at 800 x 480 and there is no camera like the iPod Touch, which I don’t give a hoot about. This thing was primarily designed to deliver some kickass high quality audio and that’s what it does. It’s not a trendy toy for 12 year olds like the iPod. And it absolutely blows away the audio quality of the Apple products that I’ve had the unfortunate experience of using.

The Walkman Z did not come cheap, it’s $330 to max it out at 32 GB, the one I have, making it one of the most expensive MP3 Players out there. But I love it! Like most Sony products, it is also DLNA compliant (You know, the standard for streaming digital media, that Apple doesn’t believe in), so I can easily stream my entire music collection from my Walkman to my TV, Blu Ray Player or A/V Receiver or any other DLNA device via wifi. I can also load up photos and video and stream them as well. I also have an Android phone. The HTC Evo 4G LTE on Sprint, which features Beats Audio. While the new Evo sounds great, and definitely better than Apple stuff, I have to say, in terms of audio quality, I’d still give a slight edge to the Walkman. I also have Sony’s brand new Xperia S Android tablet, that has a lot of the same audio features as well. I’ve only had the thing for a few weeks, so I have not done much serious listening.

Two months or so ago, Sony introduced another line of Android based Walkmans, the F Series. I believe they are slightly less expensive, while having the same audio features and running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but unfortunately the screen is only 3.5”.

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