Sound quality and cord lenght
by Aluk Dramen - 11/28/07 2:18 PM
In Reply to: Update by methos1979
I've got a NW-A818 myself and I've heard the Zen personally. Sony's sounds way better, out of the box, but that's an unfair comparison since I couldn't test both with the same same buds. I can tell you, though, that this Sony has one of the best audio reproductions I've heard on mobile devices in my life. Highs are crisp, lows are clear and powerful, without being boomy, and mids are just right, without annoying nose-y accents (such as the one on iPods).
About the cord lenght, without the extender, it fits nicely a shirt pocket, totally tangle free. With the extender, it fits a pants pocket just nicely, thus, tangle free, also. I've got absolutely no qualms about it. And, by the way, not everyone will change the buds. Some people just aren't ALL that into audiophile stuff. I, myself, am a musician and since got myself better quality ones, E4gs, but I'm not taking they everywhere (especially since the cord is somewhat long and tangly), thus the bundled ones are quite the nice addition.
The interface of both players are quite nice and easy to use. I could get the A818 running in five minutes, with little to no reading. It all boils down to preference. As is the looks. The A818 indeed looks somewhat cellphone-ish, but I like it this way better. They've got a more "serious" tone to them. People tendo to ask less about it. It's just not for show-offy people.
One last thing I noticed is that the A818 has a better overall response time. Not a dazzling difference, but it's there.
In the end, it's a matter of personal taste. Zen got a few extras that are nice, like the FM tuner and the expansion slot, though, and I can see why some people would prefer it.
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