“As compact as the Fuze is, having a high powered output really limits the amount of playback time, as it’s a split between the display and the amplifier for power.”
Many of us would be happier with a player that has a much larger battery and is up to twice as thick as the Fuze if it has higher power output and much longer battery life. I noticed one player that has an 1800 mah Lion battery, has peak power output of over 100 mw/channel(into 16 ohms), and over 100 hour battery life. It has no radio, a micro SDHC card slot, and no equilizer though, and just a 1" screen. A player could probably be made with a 2" monochrome lcd screen, fm radio, a card slot, and equilizer, and still have high power output and very long battery life if it is around double the thickness of the Fuze. While having a thinner player is preferable, imo it isn’t really worth it if power output and battery life suffer too much as a result. Imo the main thing is that the player should still be able to fit into a typical shirt pocket.
“Many users have found headphone amplifiers that work well with the less-efficient headphones.”
Unfortunately very few mp3 players have a line out jack(excess perhaps one available through a bulky docking station?). An external headphone amp is bulky. I would rather have a player that is thicker with a larger battery and higher power output than to use an external headphone amp, especially if the external headphone amp can’t be plugged into a line out and needs to be plugged into a headphone jack.
Message Edited by JK98 on 01-03-2010 11:45 PM