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zeth006 04-28-2011 01:40 PM

Need a replacement for Sony S639
 
Hey guys,

Lost my Sony S639, need a replacement. The A845 seems to be getting a lot of bad press here for background clicking noise and an unbearably slow UI. (reviews on front page)

Are those same problems present in the S754? Are there any sub-$200 (USD) players you guys would recommend? Any places besides ebay I should look?

nodirectionhome 04-28-2011 02:06 PM

The S754 is much improved on the S639 in terms of interface, screen etc. with a number of bugs - scrolling, year tag etc. fixed.

I didn't notice any clicking or a slow UI with my A845, but the S754 is a better player because

1: The buttons are a lot bigger despite the player's being smaller - the A's buttons were really hard to work.

2: Twice, or even more than twice the battery life.

3: 5 user playlists plus SensMe.

4: The S's Tru-Black is better than the A's OLED - writing is clearer and
the viewing angle is just as good.

5: Smaller - the A was sharp and angular - no good for in your pocket.

I sold the A and kept the S - it really is that much better.

zeth006 04-28-2011 02:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nodirectionhome (Post 551432)
The S754 is much improved on the S639 in terms of interface, screen etc. with a number of bugs - scrolling, year tag etc. fixed.

I didn't notice any clicking or a slow UI with my A845, but the S754 is a better player because

1: The buttons are a lot bigger despite the player's being smaller - the A's buttons were really hard to work.

2: Twice, or even more than twice the battery life.

3: 5 user playlists plus SensMe.

4: The S's Tru-Black is better than the A's OLED - writing is clearer and
the viewing angle is just as good.

5: Smaller - the A was sharp and angular - no good for in your pocket.

I sold the A and kept the S - it really is that much better.

Sounds good #1 and #2 are really important to me. I can't stand finicky buttons.

Any chance I can get an S754 for lower than what it's being sold for on eBay? ($186). Is the scrolling bug fixed? Dunno what the year tag is for, if it's for labeling music, not my worry! :)

nodirectionhome 04-28-2011 02:16 PM

The scrolling bug is fixed - I don't know about US prices - that seems kind of high.

Here is my comparison:http://www.anythingbutipod.com/forum...ad.php?t=62082

I do know of one other member who was glad he got the S.

zeth006 04-28-2011 02:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nodirectionhome (Post 551436)
The scrolling bug is fixed - I don't know about US prices - that seems kind of high.

Here is my comparison:http://www.anythingbutipod.com/forum...ad.php?t=62082

I do know of one other member who was glad he got the S.

Dang it. I'm going to have to scour around for a lower price. At this price point, the iPod Touch is tempting.

Marvin the Martian 04-28-2011 02:26 PM

Sony's USA site only lists the S544/545(previous gen and not as good) and the new E354 (which is only 8GB).

zeth006 04-28-2011 02:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Marvin the Martian (Post 551440)
Sony's USA site only lists the S544/545(previous gen and not as good) and the new E354 (which is only 8GB).

To Sony: For shame. Not all of us are Apple fanboys! :mad:

Marvin the Martian 04-28-2011 02:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by zeth006 (Post 551441)
To Sony: For shame. Not all of us are Apple fanboys! :mad:

Agreed....if the 16GB E355 was sold here, I would buy it in a heartbeat....they charge $80 for the 8GB, so the 16GB would probably be only another $20 or so.

zeth006 04-29-2011 01:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Marvin the Martian (Post 551444)
Agreed....if the 16GB E355 was sold here, I would buy it in a heartbeat....they charge $80 for the 8GB, so the 16GB would probably be only another $20 or so.

Really? They have it available for $73 for the red E354 on Amazon and $80 for the black version. How's the sound quality on it? Is the UI snappy?

Marvin the Martian 04-29-2011 02:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by zeth006 (Post 551572)
Really? They have it available for $73 for the red E354 on Amazon and $80 for the black version. How's the sound quality on it? Is the UI snappy?

I haven't had the chance to try one myself...but there's a pretty comprehensive review of one here on the site by GreasyTacoAficionado, and it looks real nice.

zeth006 04-29-2011 10:53 PM

Damn. I've read so many good things about the S754. Why does it have to be pricey here!


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