I have a Creative Zen M and a Cowon A2
I use the Creative mostly for Music and TV Shows
The Zen I use for Movies
So what do you use the Cowon A2 for?
I have a Sony PSP + 2GB MS Pro Duo. Used mostly for 30 minute anime episodes (and internet and homebrew). I've also got 2 Gigabeat F-series MP3 only players. I was considering getting a Gigabeat S-series, but now, the 80GB iPod seems more bang for the buck. Still waiting for a better player, though, since I have an irrational dislike of iPods.
Unfortunately, to get video on you must convert it to MOV format through this media converter. Since it is a one-size-fits all solution that has virtually no options, conversion either works or it doesn't (ususally doesn't). If it doesn't convert properly, be prepared to spend several hours, if not days browsing forums, downloading freeware and codecs, and following complex tutorials to get it working properly. Because of how technical and poorly thought out the video feature is, I can only recommend this player to advanced computer users. Everyone else should check out the Creative Zen Vision M Plus player for their MP3/video solution.
Shure E3c earphones
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Shure e500 headphones, (just got them about a week ago) still breaking them in.
Currently looking into portable amps / external DACs for playing off of my PC to eliminate EF noise
I use Slysoft CloneDVDMobile for DVDs (and I delete the file after watching, or buy the DVD if I want to keep it). I also move Tivo content onto my PC, and this transfers seamlessly to the Archos using WMP.
4Gb iPod nano for audio.
I do not own a portable video player. But I do have an portable audio player.
I have an Sharp MD721, that I purchase in Japan back in 1999. Yes it seven years old and have survive sevaral drops to the floor etc. I have about 150 self recorded MiniDisc's, The MiniDisc are copied from old vinly records, cassettes, and some CDs. When compareing the playback quality, you cannot hear a drifferance between the CD and the MiniDisc. I can here a slight differance between my HalfSpeed Records and the MiniDisc recording. The compression ratio used by the MiniDisc recording technology ATRAC is ~1 to 5. MP3 compression ration runs ~1 to 13.
Firewire is alive and kicking!
However I just bought a nice ipod conversion program and am in the slow task of converting my favorite DVDs over.
So far I've got 10 full movies on it. One of the first being star wars WS.
So now I'm thinking about getting a 80GB ipod. I figure ill use the 70-75 GB for video if I do. And the rest for my top songs.
But with two ipods I could really get a lot of video on their.
Although I could just store everthing on my PC and convert all my movies then just add them as needed.
Lets see about 400 dvds. That's about 250 hours of work. Giving 1 hour per movie to convert. And a hour here and their for trobble shoting. About 250-300 GB of PC space will be needed so I may need a bigger HDD. As the one I have is 200 GB right now.
Regular HDD are pretty cheep.
I wonder how I could orginize the movies. One folder. By type. Actors.
Must sleep now 2:08 am
I have been told to get a product to record in wav files as these have less compression. I will be playing on a classic audio system including Martin Logan Aeon I.
Any suggestions for product, Archos or San disk or Zen ??
Thanks in advance.
Finally, if you're concerned about audio quality enough to think you'll be able to appreciate lossless vs even 192kb files, then you'll find that the 'bottleneck' for audio quality coming out of devices is the DAC chip in the player itself. If you are for REAL seriously concerned with audio quality, then the optimal solution seems to be a portable player with a line out going to a portable headphone amp.
I'm pretty sure that message may have not helped very much at all but I did want to point out that WAV wasn't an optimal format.
Rumor was that Cowon was going to work on gapless playback since it has become "popular" with the ipod supposedly going gapless. We'll see if they will actually take that leap with a year old unit. Cowon has been great in terms of firmware support. . .
And also have the newest addition for portable recording, the Edirol R-09. 24 bit recording and playback of .wav and mp3 files on SD cards. Will reluctantly accept 4Gb cards.
Portable Sony DAT Recorder TCD-D3
Original Sony Minidisc Recorder MZ-1
Various other portable MD players and a head unit
Original Archos Studio 10 mp3 player
Rio Karma that died and untimely death
Archos Gmini 400 Audio/video player (20gig)
Creative MuVo Slim (512k)
Sony PSP (1/2gb Memory Sticks)
iPod 4gb Nano
Etymotic ER-4P and ER-6i Earplugs
Pioneer Elite - A-20, DV-79AVi, BDP-HD1, SC-05