I used to think the same thing but since buying my Creative Zen Micro a few months ago my opinion's changed. I wouldn't be without it now. I record at 192 kbps and the sound is very sharp and clear. It doesn't give me a headache. But then, I don't listen to stuff with lots of bass. One of my neighbours does and plays it loud. Now that does give me a headache!
Fitcher, I have not got a clue at what rate I record at. I will say this though, I think they are a great piece of kit. I think the sound quality is spot on and they are so handy that depending on the size of the memory you can carry loads of tracks or just as many as you want. It's a lot easier than burning CD's and using the "old tape recorder". I would say it's one of the better things I have purchased of late.
I agree mp3 is ok for ordinary music tracks.but it still sounds brittle and to bright for me . but I listen to languages learning. and clarity is all important .you are right mp3 does the job ok for most people ..
I have a mini disc player as well as a sony mp3 player and i havnt touched my mini disc player since i had the mp3 the sound on mine with different headphones than those awful ones they supply with it is excellent and i can put 1000s of songs on it
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