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Old 12-04-2009, 05:38 AM
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Default E445 (E340?) vs A729 - both bargains

After many years with my trusty iriver iFP-799 (!), Iím ready for an upgrade. Overall, the player has served me well and even holds up well in sound tests against my friends Ipod touch 2G. Anyway, itís time for an upgrade and get with the times - the space, interface and size are just too Ďretroí.

Following some hours of research Iíve narrowed it down to these two players E445 (E340) vs A729. Will there be any difference between the players? Iím not interested in video etc just quality audio in a small package with good battery and UI. From checking out reviews on ABI and various other websites it would suggest the quality is similar if not the same (same DAP). Is this correct? Also, in general how much improvement could I expect over my iriver? Right now Iím using some Denon 351s but will upgrade to a set of Shures later. Additionally, with the A729 Iíd undoubtedly do the hidden service tweaks as suggested by The Dark Side. I havenít read about the same with the E445/340.

Now the main raison-díetre that settled my decision was the offering at rather low pricing. Originally I was considering the Sansa Fuze (actually my first desire was Cowan i7 but quickly realized the low value/price ratio.) until I came to some irresistible deals for the E445 and the A729 for both £70.

E445 - http://www.advancedmp3players.co.uk/...jkhn4lu5ge2070 (Ironically this might be a mispricing as the 8GB is more expensive!)
A729 - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SONY-NWZ-A729-...eb68579b#payId

Now something that van potential shift the balance: for the E445 I might be able to get a further £15 with a Sony cashback scheme (http://www.sony.co.uk/article/id/1237476979966) meaning it could be 16GB for a low £55 which together with a further 4% discount on the £70 (via quidco.com) leaving it at a quite incredible value of £52.20! (at least for the UK!)

So which of those would you recommend? Does the A729 have any real additional value as Iím only interested in audio given the UI should be the same, the battery life is similar as are most others? Does it still have the better headphones, EX82/85?

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