what's Best (Sound Quality) Walkman ?

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December 18, 2010 at 09:37:12
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Hi , im going to buy a walkman , my first and last aim is ( SOUND QUALITY ) , regardless ( Design , Weight , Battery , Capacity ), please tell me which one has the most clear sound technologies , here are some Walkmans maybe u tried :

1- A919 - (A900)
2- A840
3- A728
4- E345


1- NW-HD1
2- NW-HD3
3- NW-HD5

Even anything else you suggest , like Cassettes , MDs ( MiniDisk) players .
Or even any of them BUT with a special ( Headphones ) u know about , and what is it.

What guys ? Walkman , IPod ? Here we go for a new unique thread as i think.

Any little idea would be appreciated , Ratings for any of above choices will be helpfull too
Many thanks in advance ...


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December 18, 2010 at 14:38:20
Can you even still buy Walkmans? I doubt it, unless you can fine one on eBay. But still... why would you?

iPods are great. Some of the newer ones like the Touch can be a little tricky until you get used to them though.

The Apple headphones aren't the greatest, however I like the way they fit in your ear. Are you looking for In-ear headohones, or the classic "DJ" style headphones?

BOSE typically makes good stuff, however usually expensive. Skull Candy In-Ear headphones are fairly good for a good price.

Can I put a question here?

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December 19, 2010 at 04:21:57
Yes , but i heard that ipod (Sound technologies) arent like those in Walkmans , also it depends on manufacturer , i tried many kinds of both , but they were some old kinds .

Here im going to see reviews from ppl who may tried some of these , and their opinions about them.

And yea i still can buy walkman , i actually looking for the clearest sound chipses , i tried some MDs ( old fasion ) , but still nothing from new products can kick that technology , forget about the ( size , disks , etc ) point

It seems that i know more info about the sound quality than others ( since they almost never mentioned it in comaprisons ) , but my prob that i can't afford all of them to try :D .

For your info ( thanks BTW for sharing ur opinion ) , Jpanese old techno still lead , and the selections i already posted in first msg are the highest quality , depending on what of them is a japanese .


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December 19, 2010 at 18:01:57
"Yes , but i heard that ipod (Sound technologies) arent like those in Walkmans"

Of course it's not, Walkmans use cassette tapes to store audio data and todays audio devices use solid state memory chip. You're comparing apples to oranges.

Mini disc players are better than tape storage but they used a type of compression that is not as good as mp3,wma or the other new compression technologies and I believe the audio frequency range capped out at 15kHz.

I'm not sure where you get your info from but old Japaneese technology is not still the best. It sounds more like you wanted to come in here and brag about your supposed knowledge of audio rather then get real information. Anyway, if you want an outdated Walkman that sounds like crap compared to today's portable audio devices, then knock yourself out.

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December 19, 2010 at 18:06:56
Oh, and by the way, it wasn't the Japs who invented cassette tapes, it was Philips, a company from the Netherlands who invented it.

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December 20, 2010 at 23:02:57
You actually have no idea how much i appreciate your post , im here not to ( as u said ) , but i eally looking for advice , maybe i forgot to say that i judged the jap techno with the chinese one at the same category/kind of walkmans .

Im not jap and hope u arent chinese though, its not the point whatever u are , im not biased to X , im really talking about facts , its true im noob in new devices ( the reason why im here ) , but i hope u dont deny the quality ( overall ) quality of old strong made devices (regardless manufacturer) , unlike these new ( frequently break ) ones .

And im sorry if i missed the description again , i didnt only mean by ( Walkman ) those old categories ( Casettes MDs etc ) , take a look at least at the first gen (Walkman NW-HD1) .

My general experience with Electronics is really remarkable , im sure u have problem with most new ( techno Electronics ) , either by Functioning , Body made , Quality etc other measurements .

I really respect your point of veiw , ok lets compare the solid state players , i see wherever i read ( Full ratings for Ipods ) although more complainers about its working life ... !

Im not going to abuse none , but with my friends the same is happening , thats what makes me encourage old-schooled players , cus im confused and im missing those audio experts to see their reccomndations depended on their continuous experience .

( Regardless what Maths+Science say kHz , rate , mp3 , compressed , FLAC etc )

I dont know if you ever experienced a perfect clear sound players ( even those old ones ) , but i assure you it can be the most fun / happyness u can gain .

Regards davidson

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December 20, 2010 at 23:18:06
And lets ask ourselves this :

Why arent you hearing the most amazing sound quality , when you listen music via your PC ?

Maybe ( im sure ) that many ppl believe its the same , while its almost incomparable , whatever kHz - Bitrate were used .

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December 21, 2010 at 09:42:13
Actually I do enjoy great audio through my PC I use an M-Audio professional sound card connected through an SP/DIF connection to my receiver.

As far as different portable sound devices (I assume you mean iPods, MP3 players as apposed to Walkmans which were old cassette tape devices) it hard to get real specifications from the manufactures. These devices are targeted at a demographic that cares more for convenience and portability then audiophiles. And most true audiophiles agree that compressed audio files don't sound very good, they would prefer and uncompressed CD and some even go as far to say that vinal is the best sounding.

So that being said manufactures don't usually list the detailed audio specifications of their devices such as total harmonic distortion, intermodulation distortion and the muriad of other specifications dealing with digital decoding.

Another factor in determing sound quality is the fact that everyones hearing is different. Some people who may have problems hearing high end may prefer a player that sounds brighter while others may prefer a warmer sound.

The quality of the audio file and compression type is also a huge factor. Most people I know think that encoding an mp3 at 128kbps sound just fine to them. I think at that rate they sound horrible. I never go less than 192 and for certain music I'll use 224. MP3 although the most popular, it not the best sounding format either. Ogg Vorbis is probably one of the best. Lossless WMA is also good but the files become rather large. It just depends what sounds good to you.

I think the bottom line is no one is going to be able to tell you what is best for you. Go out and try different models and see what sounds best for you.

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December 21, 2010 at 15:59:53
+1 man , thanks for info
also dont forget about the earphones factor .
gl buddy

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March 13, 2011 at 04:27:21
Matt123 and THX 1138,

Are you guys idiot?...current Walkman are electronic MP3 player like ipod too...it's even embedded into mobile phone like iphone namely sony erricson walkman series...by the way, X-Series Walkman are far superior in SQ than any MP3 players in the market, just second to Cowon S9.

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March 13, 2011 at 21:03:11
Are we "idiot"? Well no less than you who can't distinguish between singular and plural.

And as far as the Cowon S9 is concerned, I see nothing to indicate it is superior to any other MP3 player. It has a few bells and whistles like every other audio player has. And lots of BS technobabble that appeals to the general crowd who knows nothing about audio. Again, where are the true specifications like harmonic distortion, intermodulation distortion, etc?

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