Summary: The sound on this thing is truly terrible. The default sound (without bass boost) is dull, with a lot of mid. Since this happens with a lot of portable players, I cranked up the bass - and recieved a rude surprise. The first setting of two, if anything, made the sound even duller than before. The second boost REALLY distorts the sound: the bass starts to hurt your ears, strangely enough, the treble gets augmented, and the mid just disappears.