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Advice on Audio Player for Old Folks, Digital Playback - How much do devices vary?
carpman
post Nov 19 2012, 19:47
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Hi all,

I'm looking for a budget device to play audio mainly from USB memory stick (or possibly USB External Drive)

Was looking for an all in one solution and that led to looking at Portable DVD players (thus could play MP3s burnt to DVD, CDs, and MP3s from USB), but the problem having tried a couple is the interface is simply not designed to deal with a large number of audio files and one ends up navigating a clunky tree / directory system with buttons not designed to be pressed that often.

So, since my folks have a decent CD player already, I'm starting to think more along the lines of a straight MP3 player or e-Reader but it must have a decent sized screen and navigable interface.

Here's what I'm considering:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B006LZW...me=&seller=

But this leads me to my second question:
How much do digital playback devices vary in regards quality. I'm assuming nowadays a DAC is a DAC, but is this true?
Afterall, it's just pumping ones and zeros out to an amp; can it vary that much?

The Mebook can play AAC, MP3, FLAC and WAV so its appealing. Plus it's very simple to navigate.

Anyone have any alternatives (I looked at Sansa players but none has a large enough screen for old folks - at least not these ones).

Any help greatly appreciated.

Cheers,

C.


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mzil
post Dec 3 2012, 04:21
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I've owned various DVD and even Bluray machines which, on paper, say that they'll read music libraries stored on SDHC cards, etc,. but when I go to actually try the feature I discover they are painfully slow to read the data, to even just display the table of contents for anything other than a very small library of tunes. I find them to be of no use. I'd avoid that (including microSDHC) as a storage medium for large libraries.
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- carpman   Advice on Audio Player for Old Folks   Nov 19 2012, 19:47
- - saratoga   QUOTE (carpman @ Nov 19 2012, 14:47) But ...   Nov 19 2012, 20:07
- - JJZolx   How old are they? Where are they going be getting...   Nov 19 2012, 20:16
- - carpman   Old. But to be honest none of that stuff is an iss...   Nov 19 2012, 20:34
- - DVDdoug   Maybe a (cheap) laptop? For the last couple of ye...   Nov 19 2012, 22:43
|- - Dynamic   QUOTE (DVDdoug @ Nov 19 2012, 21:43) Mayb...   Nov 20 2012, 02:30
- - DonP   How portable does it have to be? I've seen lo...   Nov 20 2012, 02:09
- - carpman   A fast loading laptop with a line out and nothing ...   Nov 20 2012, 03:12
- - Dynamic   On Android, you can probably choose an app (or the...   Nov 20 2012, 03:37
- - carpman   Thanks, that's useful info. I had a look over ...   Nov 20 2012, 06:50
- - Dynamic   I get your point about build quality assumptions n...   Nov 20 2012, 11:46
|- - southisup   QUOTE (Dynamic @ Nov 20 2012, 21:46) Cert...   Dec 2 2012, 05:28
- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (carpman @ Nov 19 2012, 13:47) Hi a...   Nov 20 2012, 17:02
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|- - DonP   QUOTE (RonaldDumsfeld @ Nov 21 2012, 06:2...   Nov 21 2012, 14:06
- - carpman   QUOTE (Arnold B. Krueger @ Nov 20 2012, 16...   Nov 22 2012, 17:42
- - Dynamic   Did you see the Sandisk or Sansa Clip Zip? It has ...   Nov 22 2012, 19:25
- - Stephan37   I bought an iPad for my stereo system and I just L...   Dec 2 2012, 15:41
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|- - carpman   QUOTE (kritip @ Dec 2 2012, 16:41) http:/...   Dec 27 2012, 20:19
- - mzil   I've owned various DVD and even Bluray machine...   Dec 3 2012, 04:21


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