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So here is what I am looking for..I want the best sound possible out of a relatively cheap MP3 player/DAP. I am soon going to order a Cowan J3, but that isn't exactly something I want to take out with me in situations where I could easily lose it or break it (I have an active lifestyle during the warmer months). I want something relatively cheap ($50-75 - MAYBE $100, but I'd rather not go that high) that has the best sound quality. Preferably something that I can go pick up at Best Buy or another big retail chain.

I currently have the first gen 4GB Zune, and after reading up about it, the sound quality is average at best, so I want a better daily player to carry. The player will be coupled with Monster Turbines (that are due to arrive tomorrow). I have been reading great things about the sound quality of the Sandisk Clip and Fuze, but am curious if there are any other recommendations before I go out and buy one of those?

I am just starting to get into the IEM and DAP spectrum of audio excellence so any information will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

PS - Do not recommend me an Apple product
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Edit

You already know about the Sandisk Sansa clip. It gets my vote.
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Yeah, the Sansa Fuze or Clip+. Both are can rockboxed as well.
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Clip(+)

I only put the + version in parentheses because I own the regular Clip, and people say the Clip+ sounds slightly warmer; something I can't imagine being a good thing for my sonic interests.
    
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I have a cowon D2+ and love it great battery life and good SQ i use mostly flac on it also fairly rugged.
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Looks like I may be picking up a Clip+ today then. Thanks for the input
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