Yeah looks nice, here's a quick video I made....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8Sa_NaNheM
Not going to go into to much depth as the video shows all the functions and features pretty well. So far though I have actually been pleasantly surprised by this player.
The UI itself is not bad looking, although I don't like the icons much and the inconsistency in the fonts used throughout (certain fonts are different and jagged (non antialiased) on the playback screen like repeat/shuffle/DNSe settings and the clock etc). I also think the space could have been used much better on the playback screen. I also don't like the way the home screen uses capital letters and you cannot customize your backgrounds, although I believe there is some tool available to can do this. The hardware looks very nice though, very nice feel and finish to the player.
However....despite my annoyances about the style, overall it functions very well. I updated to the latest FW straight away and it seems pretty snappy. Scrollings not super quick, but quick enough. Although the navigation pad is by no means perfect it is very responsive and with the hold function you wont have problems of accidentally hitting it.
Obviously blind operation is not an option though, however there is one hardware button at the sign which has some useful assignable functions like track skip. Even with the screen brightness set to three it seems quite bright though and so far battery has performed well. All the functions you would expect are there, on the go play listing (you can also make multiple on the go playlists) custom EQ etc etc. Screen also looks nice, good viewing angles and video seems crisp, although I have not attempted to encode anything for it.
So whats wrong with it? well apart from what I have mentioned already I only have a couple of niggles. My main one is the lack of support for FLAC tagging. Very disappointed that its not supported, would be a real pain in the ass if you have lots of flac files on it. The propriety connector is also annoying (but not a deal breaker). Also the fact that it is an MTP device means that I cannot edit the tags of the tunes (using mp3tag) while they are on the player, again annoying. Finally it does not remember your volume setting, meaning you have to change it every time you have a new listening session.
Overall though I really can't find much fault with this player, I am very pleased considering how much I paid. The main thing though that has really made this player worth while is.....THE SOUND!!!!!!!
I am no audiophile but the sound on this thing sounds pretty damn amazing to me. Way beyond what I expected. The combination of the DNSe and using the player with the Sennheiser MX760 buds is really a joy to use. You get a real sense of space and depth to the music, I was particularly impressed with how defined, strong and warm the bass sounds. Has literally made me want to listen to my music a lot more when out and about. The only thing I would say is that I would have liked a little more volume, but saying that It would probably be bad for me to listen any loader than the loudest setting, just maybe to bring up lower recordings would be nice.
So far though I would definitely recommend this as an audio player. I have not done much testing of the other functions to be honest but from what I have seen they do their job and seem to work well.
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