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Re: Mp3 player recommendations
« Reply #30 on: September 07, 2020, 01:58:28 PM »
Looks like it might. At the moment, sometimes the ipod "malfunctions" when I plug it in, but I'm wondering if when I'm done with this, I may have solved that.  I do like the drag and drop nature of the Sony, but I've always been fond of the clickwheel rather than a touchscreen. An iPod running Rockbox may be the way to go.

On my previous mp3 players (iRiver and Cowon) once I installed Rockbox I never went back, and the iRiver and Cowon own software were both leagues better than iTunes.

I'd still take the Sony over the iPod, but then I'm all about what it sounds like rather than how it's controlled, and the Sony is ten times the audio performer the iPod is.

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Re: Mp3 player recommendations
« Reply #31 on: September 07, 2020, 02:06:23 PM »
Looks like it might. At the moment, sometimes the ipod "malfunctions" when I plug it in, but I'm wondering if when I'm done with this, I may have solved that.  I do like the drag and drop nature of the Sony, but I've always been fond of the clickwheel rather than a touchscreen. An iPod running Rockbox may be the way to go.

Depends how it 'malfunctions'? Most iPod problems are caused by borked HDD, so replacing with an SSD mod will solve the problem. Bare in mind that 5th Gen iPods are limited by the RAM to less than 20,000 tracks, they are a bit temperamental over that amount and shuffle all tracks is unlikely to work.

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Re: Mp3 player recommendations
« Reply #33 on: September 07, 2020, 05:05:28 PM »
Depends how it 'malfunctions'? Most iPod problems are caused by borked HDD, so replacing with an SSD mod will solve the problem. Bare in mind that 5th Gen iPods are limited by the RAM to less than 20,000 tracks, they are a bit temperamental over that amount and shuffle all tracks is unlikely to work.

I plug it in, and Windows tells me the USB device I just plugged in has malfunctioned and it won't recognise the iPod. I did get it to work last week, though.

I currently have less than 20000 songs in my iTunes anyway, and not all of them go on it, so should be fine on that front.

Re: Mp3 player recommendations
« Reply #34 on: September 07, 2020, 10:15:28 PM »
Funny this should be bumped just as my old iPod Nano's finally carked it and I've been considering what to replace it with. Much like the OP I'm really not arsed about it being able to do anything fancy other than play music (and I'm not a fan of using my phone as my main music player, either).

I know absolutely nothing about this stuff, had been eyeing up second-hand iPod Classics mainly just for the capacity, but I've got no particular loyalty to Apple products/software so maybe one that uses SD card storage is a better bet for the money... thanks for the inspiration here, anyway!

The Shanling M0 seems to come out OK in reviews for stuff around that price range, has anyone tried it?

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Re: Mp3 player recommendations
« Reply #35 on: September 08, 2020, 01:03:58 PM »
The Shanling M0 is a nice sounding, nice looking player. Ok battery life at about 12 hours. Definitely worth the price.

I had it and traded it in for the Hiby R3, which is about twice the size, but still relatively compact - absolutely love it.

I'm a big fan of Fiio, so you could also try the Fiio M5, which is very similar in size/style to the Shanling, and a similar overall performance too.

Definitely worth anyone's money is the Fiio m3k - nice sounding, great battery life (about 20 hours), compact and ultra cheap for what you get. That would be my top tip for a player under 100 quid (*in fact less than 60 quid!!!!). There's been a recent upgrade too, the M3 Pro, a little more expensive, but i've not had a chance to grab one yet.

Re: Mp3 player recommendations
« Reply #36 on: September 09, 2020, 05:19:12 PM »
All the bits are here. I have ordered a metal spudger and some spare charge/sync cables from Amazon, but plan is to start on this maybe as early as Friday evening.

Caerphilly County Borough is under lockdown again as of last night, so I can't really go anywhere I'd usually go on a weekend anyway. Good chance to sit down and do all this stuff.

Looks like I have to charge the battery and then discharge it a few times as well to start[1]. If I feel up to it, might start on this tomorrow after work.
 1. Is this REALLY necessary?

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Re: Mp3 player recommendations
« Reply #37 on: September 09, 2020, 05:34:47 PM »
All the bits are here. I have ordered a metal spudger and some spare charge/sync cables from Amazon, but plan is to start on this maybe as early as Friday evening.

Caerphilly County Borough is under lockdown again as of last night, so I can't really go anywhere I'd usually go on a weekend anyway. Good chance to sit down and do all this stuff.

Looks like I have to charge the battery and then discharge it a few times as well to start[1]. If I feel up to it, might start on this tomorrow after work.
 1. Is this REALLY necessary?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S83ZHf1GAeY

Worth watching this video if you're not familiar with how to do it. (The hardest bit is generally getting case oof without breaking everything)

Obviously you might find his humor off putting, but I find his channel pretty entertaining.

Re: Mp3 player recommendations
« Reply #38 on: September 09, 2020, 05:45:24 PM »
I bloody love DankPods. Actually linked to his "ShrekPod Pro" video in the YouTube thread. That video you posted is really handy, regardless.

His videos have partly inspired this whole thing. My 5th gen seems fairly straightforward to open etc. Just going to take my time with it.

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Re: Mp3 player recommendations
« Reply #39 on: September 09, 2020, 08:24:17 PM »
I bloody love DankPods. Actually linked to his "ShrekPod Pro" video in the YouTube thread. That video you posted is really handy, regardless.

His videos have partly inspired this whole thing. My 5th gen seems fairly straightforward to open etc. Just going to take my time with it.

Yep he's very good. Also does the Dankmus Simpsons remixes which are great. Only realised it was the same guy very recently.

Re: Mp3 player recommendations
« Reply #40 on: September 12, 2020, 01:39:24 AM »
Definitely worth anyone's money is the Fiio m3k - nice sounding, great battery life (about 20 hours), compact and ultra cheap for what you get. That would be my top tip for a player under 100 quid (*in fact less than 60 quid!!!!).

Off the back of this recommendation (and some subsequent reading up online) I've only gone and got myself one of these.

Still figuring out some of the functions (and also clumsily set the language to Italian by accident in the initial setup and not sure how to change it back), but so far it sounds and looks really nice (to my idiot non-audiophile mind, at least) and seems great value too, so thanks a lot for the heads up :)

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Re: Mp3 player recommendations
« Reply #41 on: September 12, 2020, 01:25:19 PM »
Ah that's great - really hope you enjoy it. Think it can take 500+gb micro sd, which is handy.

To change the language -

-Go to the last option on the main menu - 'Settaggi di Sistema'' - a blue circle
-4th from bottom tab is 'language/Lingua'
-Choose English'

Yes, i did just change the language on mine to Italian to help with that!

Re: Mp3 player recommendations
« Reply #42 on: September 12, 2020, 03:57:22 PM »
Hahaha, grazie man!

Re: Mp3 player recommendations
« Reply #43 on: September 13, 2020, 02:07:00 PM »
Completely buggered my ipod trying to to install the flash memory this afternoon.

Battery installation went well. "Calibrated" it by charging, discharging and charging it again. PC still wouldn't recognise it. I thought maybe an ailing hard drive might be it. So I pressed on with putting the iFlash solo in there this afternoon.

Managed to break the bit that held the battery ribbon in place, and when I did get it back in, and reassembled the ipod, I get the sad face.

Decided to leave it there, and keep using the Walkman. Will be looking to circumvent the volume restriction thing, so I'll give that a crack in a bit.

Gonna salvage the micro SD card though, as it should be a perfectly fine card (it's Sandisk, which I've had no problems with in the past, my walkman uses a Sandisk)


Re: Mp3 player recommendations
« Reply #44 on: September 13, 2020, 02:41:56 PM »
Just had a go with this:

https://www.rockbox.org/wiki/SonyNWDestTool

Apparently it's for changing the region on walkmans like mine. set it to "U" so we'll see if this works.

EDIT: Does the Fiio  m3k have any kind of volume bullshit on it? That looks like a lovely bit of kit.

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Re: Mp3 player recommendations
« Reply #45 on: September 13, 2020, 03:02:02 PM »
Shouldn't have, as they're made in China and i don't think they add the volume limit for imported models. I live in Hong Kong, so it doesn't affect me, either way.

Maybe flotemysost can comment on volume?

Re: Mp3 player recommendations
« Reply #46 on: September 15, 2020, 11:33:29 AM »
Got a Hiby R3 pro which is very nice sound quality and functional, can operate via an iphone as well. Only minor issue is I've put about 500gig of music on there which is over the standard limit of 40k tracks, so I have to go through folder navigation to find and play stuff. I'm hoping the firmware updates will eventually fix this

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