For: Small, lightweight, high quality sound and long lasting battery
Against: Poor interface, reduced power output, terrible manual
I managed to crack the screen on my D2 and when I found out how much it was going to cost to repair, I purchased t...Read morehe C2 instead. I liked my D2, lots didn't, but the folder architecture of the interface suits what I listen to which is mostly dramas and downloads from R4 or R4 extra.
The major problem with the D2 was the size of the text. As a someone with poor eyesight this was awful to read. The C2 is a major step forward here, it has bold and clear text, very easy to read. Nor does it do a maddeningly slow scroll if the text does not fit, it shuffles from side to side - I quite like this.
The C2 has 2 pointless gimmicks. The first is the rotating album art, a complete waste of precessing power. The second is the so called UI screens which you only see when you first switch on, and not then if you were in the middle of listening to a track.Fortunately you can switch them off. (Bet you can't do it first go.)
It also has two methods of accessing tracks or data. I just wish to know why, surely one is enough. Then sometimes you swipe to change screens, other times you have to press a very small button at either side of the screen. One method or the other for my money.
I was a bit disappointed with the power output, a distinct drop from the D2 which was the most powerful small player on the market and easily drove 2 pairs of headphones when the wife and I lazed on a beach listening to Count Arthur Strong. I suspect for this I am going to have to invest in a headphone amplifier or get my Boostaroo fixed.
The worst part of the whole machine is the manual. It's confusing, badly written and actually misses out on how to perform simple tasks. For instance on the D2, to add a track to a Dynamic play list you highlighted the track and then hit the menu button then "add DPL" button. On the C2 it's actually much easier, in list mode you click the little dialogue button then the heart icon (favourites instead of DPL) which highlights all the tracks in that folder / album, the you can individually add each track in any order or all. To add the whole album you just go up a screen, do the same and click the album icon. The problem is, the manual mentions nothing of this, I had to work it out for myself and it took a lot of shouting and cursing at the machine before I discovered this. Good think I did not have it in record mode!
Deleting a file or removing a track is a similar process pressing the dustbin icon first. Here there is another faux pas, the machine, quite rightly asks for confirmation, but you then press the 'O' to delete, not the 'X' which is counter intuitive. Yes, I know where they are coming from, X to cancel, I still pressed the wrong button several times before I realised.
This may sound like a rant against what is a good instrument but actually I quite like it. Volume and power is down from the D2 but the sound quality is not. I have not played with the effects, but I did that with the D2 and eventually put it all back to flat except when playing out though my amp where a bit of bass and treble boost helps counter the losses on MP3.
I know I will purchase a 16 gb card to boost the capacity to 32 gb which I achieved on the D2 by having a lot of SD cards. Not having to carry extra cards will be a definite plus.
Lastly the screen. It's a resistive screen and, as such, needs a positive press to make it respond. Fortunately I have good fingernails and that makes it easier with the sometimes very small buttons. Swiping screens I found works very well. If this product had an AMOLED, capacitive screen and simpler interface I would like it even better and would have paid the extra for those features.