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T.Sonic 820 Vs iPOD Classic

Posted by stringofthoughts on April 6, 2009

When I started looking for an MP3 player iPOD was around. Actually it was the only MP3 player people knew (Kudos to the marketing team) but it wasn’t for me. I started searching for all available mp3 players i found Creative zen, Sandisk sansa, Philips mp3 player, iRiver MP3 player and Transcend T.Sonic. A lot of people know Transcend from it memory products especially RAM (Random Access Memory) and now the flash drives.

When i looked through the features available in these MP3 players i was amazed. iPOD has got nothing in the name of features. It does one thing play mp3 files and now models are coming with video and photo features.

Let’s take a look at the vast features of T.Sonic 820 mp3 player.

tsonic-8201.5-inch (128 x 128 pixel) color OLED display for playing videos and photos; plays music, video (.mtv), and photos (.jpg, .bmp); MP3 player supports MP3, WMA, WMA-DRM10 (subscription music), and WAV music formats; FM radio (FM radio recording and the ability to preset 9 FM radio stations); advanced digital voice recorder, ability to read e-books (.txt); Karaoke-type lyrics display; Direct line-in recording using an external microphone, or line-in connection; VAD (Voice Activation Detection) for high quality gapless audio recordings; Playlist builder; A-B repeat function allows you to continuously replay a designated section of a track; variable track playback speeds; supports 12 user languages including song/artist name display; USB Flash Drive capabilities for data transfer and storage; included software can be used to lock your computer and setup passwords for your files; 7 Equalizer effects that include a customizable USER EQ setting; powered using a rechargeable Li-ion battery (fully charged battery supports over 15 hours of continuous music operation); hi-speed Mini USB 2.0 port for easy computer connectivity; and fast file transfers; and Real Time Clock (RTC) displays local and world times

At the same time i was looking for a portable radio and a Digital Voice Recorder. I had options like buy a phone with radio+MP3 player and buy a separate Voice recorder. T.Sonic solved all my problems and guess how much it cost me 😀 $70 only 🙂 and iPOD was almost double the price.

I don’t understand why people prefer iPOD so much when there is a lot of alternatives available and having much better features and worth every penny when compared to iPOD. A lot of people says it has better sound quality. Who compared the sound quality I won’t accept apple cuz they have to say it’s better than others.

If you look into the device itself Apple doesn’t make the IC’s. It buys and the fabricate the player. It uses ARM7 microcontroller and for audio it’ll need an audio codec IC. Now these audio codecs are manufactured by Texas Instruments, Analog Devices and other semiconductor giants. All the ICs are equivalent in performance and every MP3 players uses some sort of codecs. so sound quality is not that different. I can at least say that for T.Sonic vs iPOD . The real difference comes from the type of headphones you are using, It’s frequency response, impedance. The headphones are the ultimate output devices.  So just use a better headphone 🙂 .

I find T.Sonic way too good than iPOD. Even compared to the new iPOD cuz iPOD doesn’t provide the features i need. T.Sonic is a multipurpose tool iPOD is just an expensive flashy mp3 player.


2 Responses to “T.Sonic 820 Vs iPOD Classic”

  1. Lots of of bloggers not too pleased with the new iPad.There was 2 much hoopla over it and alot people got disapointed.You see, I for one see some of the awesome potential uses of this gizmo. Third-party apps for working with music, games, newspapers and magazines and books, all sorts of cool stuff, but IMHO they failed to sell it properly (aside from the books). It smells kinda undercooked

    • stringofthoughts said

      I never liked iPod or iPhone. Now the iPad. This gadet has some serious limitations, like no apps in the background, what the hell! feels like a piece of crap with bigger screen. The second thing is that it’s supposed to be useful for web browsing. Well guess what the browser doesn’t support flash. Hmmm ..now how am i gonna browse today’s web content without flash. Design is sleek , half the weight of netbooks 🙂 cuz they ‘ve transferred the weight to your pockets. 2-3 times costly than a netbook, Some of which run multiple programs BTW.

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