MMMMusic wrote:Can someone give me their thoughts on this Rockbox firmware? I'm reading about it right now and I want to hear what people with experience with it think about using it. I'm considering getting an old iPod nano or something just to use it, especially when a good deal for one shows up her at Woot.
So what's the big deal about it? What do you like/dislike about it? I'm a hardcore audiophile, so how would this benefit my strict tastes in quality? Anything you can give me would be appreciated. Gracias.
The biggest advantage of Rockbox for you would probably be FLAC support. Of course, this only matters if the rockboxable DAP you're using has good quality hardware (for instance, the e200 probably isn't an audiophile's player, given the flash access noise).
mudman2007 wrote:hmmmm,why bother...an lp record on a decent stereo will totally blow away any codec digital format.I personally can't listen to mp3,it totally destroys the music.
Compression=missing music,plain and simple
mudman2007 wrote:if you are an audiophile,why would use listen to codecs in any form?:D
FLAC is a codec too, you know, if you can sully your ears by listening to digital instead of analog.
And these clips support Ogg Vorbis, so you could encode to q10 Vorbis (500kbps nominal VBR, compared to mp3's 320kbps max CBR). I somehow doubt that even most audiophiles could ABX that, especially on the go with a portable.
I normally wouldn't suggest q10 Vorbis, given that it's only a relatively small filesize jump to go for fullblown lossless, but when lossless isn't supported, and your ears (due to training and good equipment or just a really powerful placebo effect) need the quality...
giantcrazy wrote:No, and from the looks of it, it's not going to be supported anytime soon, due to the small display on the clip:
Dang. My wife recently wrecked a cheapo Nano, and I was going to pick this up as a replacement if it supported Rockbox.
Heh. Rockbox is very much text-based menu-driven. I would think that it would just mean lots of extra scrolling and a very cramped while-playing screen. And, anyway, Rockbox has the possibility of a voice 'display' for the blind and visually impaired, so I doubt the screen size is the actual issue.
According to this forum post (by a developer) there might be other hardware reasons for the Clip not being supported by Rockbox.
On the other hand, with Ogg Vorbis support in the OF updates, Rockbox isn't quite so necessary (for me, at any rate).
thewilldog wrote:Can anyone comment on the build quality of these vs the Sansa e250? I've had multiple headphone jack issues with those. I bought a Sansa e250 off woot (respiffied) and after 60 days the right channel stopped playing music. Woot sent me a replacement, but after 60 days that one stopped playing music on either channel unless I press down on the headphone jack juuuuuuust right. It vacuums, because otherwise they're nice players. But the whole situation has made me wary of Sansa built players.
AFAIK, that's just a problem with the e200 line. To salvage it, I'd suggest rockboxing it (assuming it's an e250v1 or e250R) and setting it to mono so that you can get both ears' audio in that one side. (Settings > Sound Settings > Channel Configuration) Either that or see if a little DIY solder job will help.
griggster wrote:How do I get the Sansa to play ACC files? I put them on it, but it doesn't recognize it. Also, rockbox doesn't work on MAC, nor does the sansa firmware updater. I don't know which I should use.
For the e200 and c200 (v1) Sansas, Rockbox will play non-DRM-infected AAC. These Clips, however don't have Rockbox ported to them.
As for Rockbox working with Macs, it really should, since (on the Sansa e200 and c200, at least) it just uses the original firmware for transferring files, which means that you can just use UMS/MSC mode and treat it like a normal USB Mass Storage device.
woode wrote:Can't someone make one of these with AM? (yeah, I like talk radio... what of it).
AM antennas are a lot bigger than FM antennas (read: require more than just a decent-length headphone cord). If they don't try to fit one in the larger e200 line, I highly doubt they'd try to fit one in the tiny Clip.
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