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A link for the 64GB Zune HD had popped up on Microsoft's website
Microsoft will soon launch a 64GB Zune HD

When Microsoft first announced the Zune HD, one of the things that left many of us scratching our heads was the fact that the portable media device wouldn't launch with a 64GB option. At the time, it was well hypothesized that the third generation iPod touch would ship with such an option -- it did -- leaving Microsoft without an effective counterpunch.

Six months after the Zune HD launch, it now appears that Microsoft is finally getting around to adding a 64GB model to its Zune HD lineup. Engadget got word that a link to the 64GB model has been added to the official Zune website. However, the link is currently not active meaning that Microsoft probably isn't quite ready to make an official announcement.

Current MSRPs for the 16GB and 32GB Zune HDs are $219 and $289 respectively, although retailers like have them listed for a low $169 and $239 respectively. For comparison, Apple's 32GB and 64GB third generation iPod touch models feature MSRPs of $299 ($258) and $399 ($343).

Microsoft's Zune HD features an NVIDIA Tegra HD processor, 480x272 OLED display, 720p video output, and an HD radio receiver.

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By sprockkets on 3/29/2010 9:38:06 PM , Rating: 2
If I had to chose a lossless format, it would be FLAC. I find that Vorbis -q5 sounds good enough for tough material and -q3 for material where quality is not so important.

Cowon's stuff though sounds great. No one seems to get the EQ right but them. Apple? Start using the EQ and it goes to crap.

I store all my CDs in FLAC and downconvert from there. No point to using uncompressed audio for storage.

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By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/2010 10:33:54 PM , Rating: 3
Cowon's stuff though sounds great. No one seems to get the EQ right but them. Apple? Start using the EQ and it goes to crap.

But an active EQ can be very battery intensive. I personally feel that an EQ doesn't have much use except to compensate for poor quality players, headphones, and environments. Messing with frequencies doesn't allow you to listen to music the way the artist intended.

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By sprockkets on 3/29/2010 10:49:31 PM , Rating: 2
Cowon's players sound great as is, plus they put in very powerful amps. Their D2 can go for two days playing music with BBE and the EQ on. Their EQ enhancements are no gimmicks. I know because I have one.

Today it seems the RIAA sets the sound level until the stupid song is 100% compressed. Regardless, the artist can't compensate for as you said, your particular headphones/speakers/etc, so I would simply eq it to your tastes.

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By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/2010 11:18:45 PM , Rating: 2
I don't doubt they make good stuff. Too bad they fly so low under the radar ! Most ppl probably don't know they exist. Sort of like iRiver, but they have fallen off lately in my opinion. 8 and 16 gigs just isn't cutting it anymore iRiver, get a clue please !

Today it seems the RIAA sets the sound level until the stupid song is 100% compressed.

Can you elaborate on this please, compressed ?

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By sprockkets on 3/29/2010 11:50:46 PM , Rating: 2
Compression is when you make quiet sounds sound louder and louder sounds sound quieter, so as to compress all the sound into one level. They then take it and raise the overall volume, and you get this (for example):

More about it here:

Alice In Chains new album suffered a similar fate.

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By Reclaimer77 on 3/30/2010 2:28:18 AM , Rating: 2
Ah. Well I wish they would use a different term than the already associated "compressed". Because what they are talking about is normalization.

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By sprockkets on 3/30/2010 10:17:58 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, normalization is another term, but I think compression is normalization + gain. Compressors do just that in the audio field.

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