Recently, Fuze has caught up my attention and seems like it’s the next big thing. I am looking to buy it in a very near future. I also have been lurking to the forums and found the Sansa gurus very helpful and sometimes even more than patient. I have a couple of questions before accomplishing this purchase:
My music store is entirely in FLAC. I will have the Sansa to carry around dozens of FLAC albums when I travel. That is all I need it. I don’t expect to store my entire collection in the Fuze. Say 30 albums is just fine and pratically all I need. The FLAC codec is 1.2.1 and it is level 4. The files also have embedded art, which is 600x600 pixels and have a size from 80kb up to 600kb (just a few this big). The average size of album art is 200kb. Some of this art is collected from www.albumartexchange.com and some of them have custom color profiles stored in them.
a) How much can I expect only playing FLACs, having a reference of 21 hours on lossy/MP3.
b) I didn’t understand an article which said “Battery not user replaceable”. Does that mean that I never change the battery but only recharge it when it runs out? How long can it last over recharges? Can you “actually” replace the battery? Is it rechargable via USB or via AC power?
2. Album Art
a) Will 600kb embedded album art definitely choke the Fuze, or last case scenario, would it be not viewing albumart for those image sizes while viewing smaller arts in other files?
b) Can fuze cope color profiles inside images. Not “honor” these profiles, but just display the picture. I don’t expect such crazyness. I ask this because I don’t want to “re-do” my covers that have profiles in them.
3. Sound quality
a) I have read one article which says that fuze sound quality is *excellent*, and another article saying that sound is *good* but iPod is quite much better. Although I would still buy the fuze because of this, I am wondering if anyone can confirm this, or the other way around. Sound is very important to me, and I use quality Sennheiser headphones - I don’t think is going to be a problem, but I don’t want to come across an iPod later and say “oooh my god this is so much better…”
4. Sound out-put
a) When I plug the Fuze on a stereo system through line-out -> aux-in, will that definitely work?
b) When I plug the Fuze on a USB-ready dvd-player or USB-ready mini-system stereo, will the fuze be recognized and be able to play the “supported formats” that the USB-DVD or USB-System supports? (Notice: I don’t expect these devices to see the FLAC files…)
5. m** icroCARDs **
a) If I buy a Fuze today, I know there is a 16GB limit for the microcard (totalizing 24GB of storage space). Will this limit be broken through updateable firmwares or only through new fuze retail releases?
6. Gapless Playback
a) LAME is not natively gapless. FLAC and OGG are. While some people are nagging the hell out of developers to have this feature in their MP3 (just to find out later that it won’t work with their 2000’s FhG/iTunes coded files!!! :) ) Can I assume that my FLACs are going to play gapless as of today, or am I gonna have to wait firmware updates? I ask this because I know FLAC is another territory compared to MP3 when gapless comes to talk - and a LAME implementation would be hard enough and I know it is in the works, however we have the native gapless codecs all over us now…
7. FLAC Support
a) I have some FLACs ripped from DVD, they are 24bit/48000Hz. Are they playable in fuze or will it cause issues / are they potentially not recommended?
Thank you so much for answering.
Looking forward to buy the fuze.
Sorry if I hit a persistent already discussed topic in this questions.
Message Edited by BourneShell on 07-08-2009 09:56 AM