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Old 05-21-2016, 11:06 PM   #1
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Default Need Recommendation For A Good MP3 Player

I'm not into more "advanced" portable tech like iPods or whatever it is people use these days to listen to digitized music. I am, however, looking for something to replace an old MiniDisc player - which has been my gadget of choice since the early 2000's. I still like those mini CDs but they are becoming harder to find so I gotta move to the next logical gizmo - an MP3 player (don't laugh). I have no idea what to look for. I need something that will make it easy for me to transfer my CD collection and some stuff I have on flash drives to an MP3 - what would be a good standard player for beginners? I'm not looking for cheap, just simple but high-quality with lots of storage. Any recommendations? Thanks
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Old 05-21-2016, 11:54 PM   #2
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I like the Sansa Clip+. It's very simple and solid, can be expanded with an sd card, and can clip onto clothing, belt, etc. Also very small, so good for workouts. How much is "lots of storage"? I think my Clip+ is 4GB (there is also a 8GB version), and I have a 16GB sd card in it.
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Old 05-22-2016, 02:07 AM   #3
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I had a 1gb Zen Nano Plus and an 8gb Samsung Galaxy Player which were from before I had a smartphone - which is what I use now. Crazy how I paid over $100 for a MP3 player back in the day.

Nowadays, you can get a cheap prepaid android smartphone for ~$30 with 8GB + microSD card slot to expand it. With wi-fi (or cell data), there's cloud storage if you need even more. Smartphone will also give you a mic and possibly FM radio depending on the phone. You don't even need to activate it to use those parts if you want it separate from your regular cell.

You can check these forums for more suggestions - they're more for audiophiles (esp head-fi) but may be useful for real reviews/pictures: or
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Old 05-22-2016, 05:53 AM   #4
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Fiio makes good products, I have an X1 and X5 2nd gen, but the M3 might be worth looking into.
It has 8GB internal memory and takes up to 64 GB MicroSD cards, and read that people have used 200GB cards of specific brands. IUVVG6UAZ&psc=1&ref_=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl
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Old 05-23-2016, 12:42 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by frogmeat69 View Post
Fiio makes good products, I have an X1 and X5 2nd gen, but the M3 might be worth looking into.
It has 8GB internal memory and takes up to 64 GB MicroSD cards, and read that people have used 200GB cards of specific brands. IUVVG6UAZ&psc=1&ref_=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl

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Old 06-09-2016, 03:00 AM   #6
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Your phone.

Get a streaming service (Google Play comes with free Youtube Red). Boom.
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Old 06-09-2016, 03:08 AM   #7
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Sansa was once what I considered to be the best "drag and drop" player. A glorified flash stick with a screen.

They make MP3 players that are shaped like a pack of gum and are cheap as dirt. I wouldn't over think this.

Most people are using their phones for this now, so the standalone MP3 player is neither a high-end or high pressure buy.
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Old 06-10-2016, 06:17 PM   #8
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Based on your original post you will also need software to rip your CDs to MP3s. You will also have to make decisions about bitrate based on the quality you want and the amount of memory in your player. As a starting point I would suggest MP3s at 256kbps and you can move up or down depending on how you think it sounds.
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Old 06-11-2016, 02:13 AM   #9
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If wanting high quality audio from CD why not go with flac encoding instead of the lower-fi mp3 format?
Fiio X series are high resolution music players... get one of those like mentioned and rip your CD collection to flac...

Use Exact Audio Copy to rip CDs to flac format...
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Old 07-10-2016, 10:28 AM   #10
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I do not know the technicalities of mp3 players but I use them personally on a daily basis. As a runner, I can only recommend those that are small enough to tuck into my pocket without it being an additional source of weight to carry around. Try your luck here:
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