Portable Digital Player, iPod or ?

Apologies. I am sure this has been asked, but a search took me down many fruitless paths.

In short I am looking for a decent quality player that is portable, and has an easy interface with cars or home, and has a lot of storage space. Content will be mostly HQ 320bit MP3, but some FLAC and better may be added depending on space. I have an old iPod touch that is only 32GB and full. I have an Android phone with a cheap 512GB card, but my phone does not easily interface with much. If Apple had an sd slot for 512GB and larger cards, I'd probably get one, but the touch is limited to 256GB. Plus they are expensive..

I like the Apple interface. iTunes has it quirks, but for the most part, I like the setup. I like that it's compatible (interface and menu) with many different devices (older cars, AVRs, TVs, BluRay Players etc.), and there are a number of different connection options that are not too expensive. From what I recall many devices can access the digital stream, so it could act more like a HQ storage device.

My iPod touch is a decent stand alone player. I don't use it for "critical listening. I also like it as a 2nd device for music playing. I can leave it hooked up to whatever, but still carry my phone around.

Much of the time the sound quality is not that important, but it would be nice to connect it to my or someone else's equipment and be able to play a digital flac file without going through the internal DAC and using RCAs.

Any recommendations on a player, or is Apple it for ease of connectivity?

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  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 5,104
    They have portable dac \ amp you can hook up to the droid.
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  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 1,040
    Check out Shanling DAPs. They take microSD cards and can play every format except M4P...can even play DSD.
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  • gyosagyosa Posts: 266
    Iphone coupled with a dragonfly black is what I use ....
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  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 12,235
    Use Apple Lossless for iPad music. I used my iPad as a music source for my stereo for a few years.
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  • vcwatkinsvcwatkins Posts: 1,939
    I use this phone as an inexpensive Roon endpoint, but it could be used as a player and wifi streamer. Very good DAC for a phone.
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  • vcwatkinsvcwatkins Posts: 1,939
    Here's a Darko video on the LG v30. His take is also as a Roon endpoint with display. But since it has a better DAC than most phones and a 3.5mm jack, you can output analog to a home or car stereo, or listen with wired or wireless headphones. MicroSD up to 1tb. Multi-use flexibility and low cost ($138) appeals to the cheapbastahd side (okay, three-quarters) of my brain.

    One note re Roon use: when I first tried it, I was getting some noise - pops, bumps, gaps. After updating the Android OS, I had no issues.

    https://youtu.be/kboxkbkKgHY
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  • pkquatpkquat Posts: 682
    lol @rpf65 That is missing a TV though. :p (in reference to a post a few weeks back with boom boxes that played and tuned in anything).

    Thanks for all the ideas. I'll do some more investigating on whats been listed.

    I have thought about an iPad. They are pretty reasonable used for 512GB, and have a good screen size, but I think of that more for home use. They don't fit in a pocket or car well.

    I have thought about possibly getting a dragonfly, but TBH for portable I am not as concerned about the quality making it to the headphone jack as long as I can easily connect digitally to other devices, and especially older devices (within the last 10-12 years). There are more and better options for new devices, but it appears there isn't much of a standard aside from Apple.

    I think that is where I am hung up some on the iPod / iTunes. Their interface is compatible / available with so many devices. I like being able to easily access songs with the native devices menu. I have seen some devices that will work with HD's, android, and Apple via USB. Usually the Apple interface and menu doesn't require any setup, and finds playlists etc. The android and HD access have either been more of a plan file menu access, or require some setup. I have not found much of a standard format for playlists or album displays that works well either.

    Maybe, I hope, I am missing something.



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