Hmm..... I surfed around Creative's website lately and saw their new player, the Creative ZEN X-Fi.
It looks good to me, somewhat a better choice from my initial choice of Sony.
I've been using a few Creative stuffs and I'm confident with their product's quality, nice SQ and design.
This Creative ZEN X-Fi is running on Creative's X-Fi sound technology, which is something sweet in audiophile's world. I dunno how good it is if compared to Sony's tech but rest can be assured that this thing wouldn't dissapoints.
The player boasted a 2.5" screen, which is slightly bigger than my Sony's 2.0". One of the reason I bought this player is because I wanna watch videos from it, but with smaller screen the enjoyment is somewhat limited. If you're watching something, you'll need a bigger screen! I overlooked this issue when I purchase the stuff so it's a little late now.
The earphone they bundled together with then ZEN X-Fi, the EP-830, I believe is a better choice than the Sony's MDR-NC020.
Another issue is that I might have invest a little too much into the player's capacity. I doubt how long I'll need to fill up the 14GB in my player, as I just used like 3GB+ currently. I may have settled nicely with a 8GB unit, much cheaper.
Talk about cheap, I had the feeling that the Creative ZEN X-Fi might be selling cheaper than the Sony Walkman for the same capacity. I'm not sure about this because I haven't check the Creative's unit price. As for the Sony, especially the S series, it's priced same as the iPod Nano. I was hesitating between Sony or Apple, and I opt for Sony that time.
I should have done more homework before laying my cash on the unit. Ah well.... but anyway better regret buying than regret not buying! This is especially true because I missed the chance to get a few Final Fantasy CDs and it's gone for good, I dunno where else I can get it here in M'sia.
I would still stick to my Sony Walkman, and maybe few years later I would reconsider the whole picture again. I bet by that time there will be better players rolling out.
I may be wrong from some of the points above which I mentioned. After consulting a few fellow audiophiles in the forum, was quite surprise to read that it's just rated as average instead of great as I thought.
Perhaps I should be content that I've made the right choice?