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Re: [vox-tech] portable mp3 player in linux



On Fri 03 Dec 04, 12:40 AM, David Hummel <dhml@comcast.net> said:
>   [ apologies for breaking the thread, too quick with delete ]
> 
> On Wed, 1 Dec 2004 16:48:54 -0800, Brian Richter wrote:
> > 
> > If I had the money, I would get a Neuros. www.neurosaudio.com
> 
> I agree that if you want to hack your player, the neuros is (possibly
> the only) way to go, and could be fun if you had the time.  I don't, and
> I ultimately decided against it based on the following:
> 
>                         Neuros HD 40GB     iRiver H140 40GB
> 		        --------------     ----------------
>  Mass (g):              266                172
>  Dimensions (mm):       134x78x33          105x60x22
>  I/O:                   line               SPDIF+line
>  Record to MP3 (kbps):  64-160             40-320
>  Charge Time (hrs):     8                  3
>  Remote:                --                 Backlit LCD
>  Playback Time (hrs):   10                 16
>  Battery Type:          Li-ion             Li-polymer
>  EQ:                    ??                 6 modes
> 
> These are just the things that were obvious, and the rest of the specs
> are similar between the players.  Apparently lithium polymer batteries
> last as much as 3x longer than lithium ion, which is good because like
> the neuros, the battery in the iRiver is not user replaceable.  I'm
> guessing the iRiver battery is much more expensive to replace as a
> result.
> 
> Of course the neuros has the FM broadcasting, which I'm not sure is
> practical, but it's cool.  And it has a large skip protection buffer
> which is nice.  The neuros is also quite a bit cheaper ($300 vs. $400),
> but there are lower capacity versions of both.
  
I love this thread!

Have you looked at the iRiver iFP 799T?  It appears to be a flash player with
1GB of storage.  I didn't think there were any flash players with that much
storage around.  I've seen it at a remarkable $180 on amazon.   1G for under
$200 sounds too good to be true.

There also appears to be an iRiver H340, which slightly cheaper than the
H140.  It has a color screen (say hello to more recharging), can display jpg
and bmp images.  Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to support wav.

Lastly, there were some complaints about the H140 (although I suspect these
are all ipod lovers who are pretty low or non-tech people to begin with).
This is from amazon

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0001BRITE/002-3454873-5363261?v=glance

   * playlists can't be created on the fly (dunno what that exactly means...)
   * it takes 4 minutes to boot in DB mode (whatever that means...)
   * sound quality is said to be "OK".
   * maximum volume is not loud enough


What exactly is SPDIF?

And is there any way possible to get one of these things to play in a car
stereo?  I've been meaning on getting a new sound system in my car anyhow.
If I can get something that can interface with an mp3 player, that would be
really awesome.

You've pretty much sold me on one of these things, but I wanted to ask a few
more questions before jumping in.  :)

Pete

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The mathematics of physics has become ever more abstract, rather than more
complicated.  The mind of God appears to be abstract but not complicated.
He also appears to like group theory.  --  Tony Zee's "Fearful Symmetry"

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