Listening to something a little more upbeat failed to put the player’s musical nose out of shape, with the Killers’ epic guitar riffs and synthesizers coming through clear as day. The Prodigy’s chaotic, thumping dance was reproduced with a real verve and sense of timing, while simple pop was despatched with aplomb.
If anything it struggled a bit to reproduce the full dynamic impact of the opening to Mahler’s 5th symphony but with other, less demanding classical the T60’s performance was admirable, creating plenty of atmosphere during the haunting parts of the Concierto d’Aranjuez.
Perhaps most impressively, the T60 manages all this and keeps cranking it out even when given more difficult loads to drive. I plugged in a pair of Shure E2C noise isolating in-ear canal phones, then moved to a pair of Koss Sportapros and finally to a set of high-end Sennheiser noise-cancelling cans, and in every instance the T60 stepped up to the plate.
Other positive features include a standard mini-USB socket so you can hook it up with any old cable, and a pretty decent FM radio. The supplied earbud style headphones are decent too, though to take full advantage of this player you really ought to be spending a few pounds on a high-quality pair of phones.
There’s no doubting the T60’s musical credentials – it’s right up there with the best in its price bracket and sounds fantastic. The fact that it takes a single AAA battery also makes it a very flexible player for those who want to travel light.
But it is quite expensive and there are just a few too many flaws for us to seriously consider recommending it; the lack of USB power for connection being foremost among these. If you’ve got this much money to spend you’d be better off opting for the 2GB iRiver Clix 2 or its 4GB version for a few quid more.
Score in detail
Sound Quality 9