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Old 04-28-2011, 12:40 PM
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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?
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Old 04-28-2011, 01:06 PM
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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.
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Old 04-28-2011, 01:11 PM
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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!
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Old 04-28-2011, 01:16 PM
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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.
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Old 04-28-2011, 01:18 PM
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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.
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Sony's USA site only lists the S544/545(previous gen and not as good) and the new E354 (which is only 8GB).
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Old 04-28-2011, 01:27 PM
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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!
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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.
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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?
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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.
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Old 04-29-2011, 09:53 PM
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Damn. I've read so many good things about the S754. Why does it have to be pricey here!
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