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DAPs and Portable Music Players
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I've tried a few audiophile daps, and a friend of mine has gone through many. So far I haven't been terribly impressed. Some were ok, others were terrible, and I hate that I'm carrying around this heavy brick. Pricing on those daps has been getting crazy lately too.
Meanwhile I'm still rocking my original Sansa Fuze. At a *fraction* of the price/size/weight of some daps these days, I really haven't felt the desire to upgrade. I want my portable side to actually be portable.
I'm much more lax on the desktop side where I'm one of those HE-6 nuts who's gone up to monoblocks before, but I feel the diminishing returns curve in audiophile-nervosa also competes heavily with the useability curve in the portables realm. There's only so much reasonable sound quality you can expect to hear when you're actually out and about and don't want to get hit by a car.