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Looking for at 120+GB FLAC Player, dimensions L<=6 W<=3 D<=.5
Jonathan217
post Oct 15 2012, 16:10
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Before we get started, I've Googled it.

I have a music library that expands at the rate of about one cd every month. I encode all of my music as FLAC files and then lock my little plastic discs away for safe keeping.

I had a Rockboxed iPod with a 60GB drive in it, but I have long since outgrown it. I could have expanded the Hard Drive, but I am looking for something with native FLAC support and better hardware.

I don't mind discontinued devices being listed, but I would like to see what is currently out there too. I'd say the player should provide a minimum of 3 hours of play time on a single charge, 8 would be 'cherry.'

I need to be able to put music on it with out proprietary transfer software.

The player will be plugged into a pair of ATH M50s and will be listened to by someone who puts his hands over his ears when a track from iTunes is played.

A good bonus would be support for 96khz/24bit files, but I'm not holding my breath.

Lastly, I'm looking at spending less than $200USD. If it is a little over budget and meet the aforementioned requirements perfectly, I'd still like to know about it.

Thanks in advance for your time.
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yourlord
post Oct 18 2012, 21:39
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I know it's not what you want to hear, but honestly, the days of portable media players with that kind of storage are gone, for at least a little while longer.. Until flash storage at that capacity gets within the reasonable cost range you're gonna be stuck with constrained storage..

Like you, if storage wasn't an issue, I'd love nothing more than to carry my entire library around in flac format. I detest having to transcode my flac library to lossy to get a reasonable music density on my devices. That being said, I don't detest transcoding because of a problem with the audio quality, but just because it's an extra step in the process.

Get an 8GB Sansa Clip+, add a 32GB uSDHC card and transcode your library onto the thing using Ogg Vorbis at quality 5 or 6. If you think you can hear a difference between that and flac, you're wrong.. If you have a friend who thinks they can hear a difference, they are wrong too (unless they/you provide positive ABX results that say otherwise). It's your best CURRENT option for high music density on a portable device. You won't even need to rockbox the clip+ to play Ogg Vorbis (unless you just really want to rockbox it)..

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- Jonathan217   Looking for at 120+GB FLAC Player, dimensions L<=6 W<=3 D<=.5   Oct 15 2012, 16:10
- - hlloyge   Wasn't there iPod with 160 GB drive? something...   Oct 15 2012, 16:24
- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (Jonathan217 @ Oct 15 2012, 11:10) ...   Oct 15 2012, 17:20
- - eamon123   The sansa clip might be what you're looking fo...   Oct 18 2012, 14:15
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (eamon123 @ Oct 18 2012, 09:15) The...   Oct 18 2012, 14:37
- - skamp   Put rockbox on a used iPod Classic (160 GB). Much ...   Oct 18 2012, 17:51
- - eahm   Even better if you like lossless, 240GB iPod Class...   Oct 18 2012, 17:54
- - yourlord   I know it's not what you want to hear, but hon...   Oct 18 2012, 21:39
|- - eahm   QUOTE (yourlord @ Oct 18 2012, 13:39) It...   Oct 19 2012, 01:31
- - yourlord   Sorry, I let my love of freedom bias me.. The qual...   Oct 19 2012, 03:01
- - Soap   QUOTE (Jonathan217 @ Oct 15 2012, 11:10) ...   Oct 19 2012, 14:29
|- - J.Philippe   QUOTE (Soap @ Oct 19 2012, 09:29) QUOTE (...   Oct 19 2012, 18:26
|- - Jonathan217   QUOTE (Soap @ Oct 19 2012, 22:29) QUOTE (...   Oct 26 2012, 16:49
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (Jonathan217 @ Oct 26 2012, 11:49) ...   Oct 26 2012, 17:20
|- - db1989   QUOTE (saratoga @ Oct 26 2012, 17:20) QUO...   Oct 26 2012, 18:28
- - Jonathan217   QUOTE (hlloyge @ Oct 16 2012, 00:24) Wasn...   Oct 26 2012, 16:51
- - yourlord   Still, it doesn't make sense. Ipod classic 16...   Oct 26 2012, 18:02
- - greynol   How many 192kbps files can you get on an iPod clas...   Oct 26 2012, 18:20
|- - yourlord   QUOTE (greynol @ Oct 26 2012, 13:20) How ...   Oct 26 2012, 18:39
- - greynol   Can you still use the Classic as a portable hard d...   Oct 26 2012, 18:43
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (greynol @ Oct 26 2012, 13:43) Can ...   Oct 26 2012, 18:57
- - skamp   Yes, you have to tick a checkbox in iTunes, which ...   Oct 26 2012, 18:49
|- - db1989   QUOTE (skamp @ Oct 26 2012, 18:49) Yes, y...   Oct 26 2012, 23:06
- - greynol   So it still behaves like the older iPods and not l...   Oct 26 2012, 19:06


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