Hi dfkt. I have read your comparison in between the D2 and sansa clip, and i can see you really know what you are talking about.
Then i see you come from Austria, great country for classical musicians/composers!
Well i am just getting myself a Cowon D2 (in less than 4 days will be home ) and I just got tired of iPods, and cr***y quality earbuds, flat eq, and average sound quality. So i bought this Sony A820 series, that has very good sound quality, customizable EQ. However it came with sony EX-082 earbuds free. They are way better than the iPod ones, but I wanted more. I checked for the "best sound quality mp3 + earphones", (quite funny to look it that way )
I am not (at least for now) an audiophile, but I have been living with music all my life, I play piano myself, and have heard my mother play piano since I was born. I also have quite a nice ear, and maybe most important of all, I "understand" music.
Of course, budget is one important subject. And for now I plan not to waste any more money. I already own a Sony A820 series, and will soon receive my Cowon D2 + shure se-210 Then i might also get a Sansa Clip 2Gb (as for the price and sound quality it is almost like "a must have")
I have also seen some sound benchmarks on that post, and would like to fully understand every number and test they make. i would appreciate your help in that matter.
As i am also writing this mail to you i would like to ask if you have tried the A820 series and what you think about its sound quality (when you personalyze the EQ, SQ, etc). Before this i owned the , Creative Zen NX 30 Gb, so getting this sony is a big step over that one (it didn't sound that bad though)
Well i hope you can gradually give me some help getting the highest music experience posible, understanding those numbers of sound benchmarks, and giving me some tips on products i could think of buying after some time (as I plan on living with those mp3 I mentioned you for some years) (I was now looking at some portable amps and they are quite expensive, so I will wait some time before I buy one (or before I save that money)