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Old 05-14-2010, 12:43 PM
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IMO, yes.

I recently bought a Fuze 8GB. I was looking for a decent capacity flash player with microsdhc support. I was able to audition both devices.

I am not a CreativeLabs basher - see my signature: I have owned more CreativeLabs players than any other manufacturer and in fact, all my players still work and I love em all.

However I was horrified with the Creative Zen in the store...granted, using store music on the device but the major problem for me was that turning on any of the "sound enhancements" on the Zen resulted in immediate distortion. "Sound Crystalizer" = Sound Distortionizer.

If the Zen is any indication of Creative's current quality, then they have sadly fallen quite far.

Go for the Fuze - I am liking mine a lot. Some ideosyncracies [proprietary cable, love it or leave it default UI], but overall a fine sounding player. Also, do not forget: RockBox-ability for Fuze!

For even better sound enhancements and a slightly more pleasing sound signature [and standard USB mini cable in a taller, but flatter/slimmer form factor], I feel the Sony E is the best value for the money right now. 16GB for $70USD is a steal! No microsdhc support though.

cheers and good luck!
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