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    MP3 player or new phone

    So I recently had my trusty Cowon J3 MP3 player stolen. I could do with a new phone which might do the job of replacing my MP3 player, but I'm wary of sound quality from a non-dedicated music player, and it's kinda nice having a MP3 player that I can use without draining my phone's battery.

    Any recommendations of MP3 players and/or android phones with good sound quality? I'd prefer to avoid apple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deckard View Post
    Any recommendations of MP3 players and/or android phones with good sound quality? I'd prefer to avoid apple.
    You could get a used Zune. Real cheap for the quality.
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    Headphones and file quality will matter more than the device being used to play them for something battery powered. If you listen to music a lot I'd recommend a Sansa Clip+. The battery life is great, the microSD slot makes for plenty of storage, it's super compact but feels good in the hand. I've had mine for years and it's rock solid. Oh and the price is hard to beat. You can get a factory refurbished one for under 20 bucks.

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    One other thing: it needs to play FLAC. I do have good headphones so I'm mostly concerned about the internal amp. It needs to drive a pair of fullsize ~50 ohm headphones (senn hd518s & audio technica ath-m50s) and sound good. I suspect some of those tiny players or a phone might not supply enough juice.

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    Oh. Yeah, the clip+ plays FLAC fine but I don't know if it will be able to drive those. Are you out walking around with those? Headphone amps are cheap, portable ones not as much, but even a $60 portable one should work for you. I would just get a pair of Koss Portapros though, cheaper and more portable and they sound awesome.

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    Don't really wanna carry around a headphone amp, so I'm looking for a player with a hefty enough internal amp to drive my headphones. My old J3 did a great job of it so I know it's possible. Looking around at reviews, this one might fit the bill:

    http://www.head-fi.org/products/fiio...e-music-player

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    Considering FiiO seems to be more known for their headphone amps, I'd say that's a good bet. They are apparently about to come out with a newer model, the X5, looks pretty awesome but it won't be out here until March.

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    Dang, that X5 looks badass, I might have to wait.

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