JVC XA-F Digital Audio Player review: JVC XA-F Digital Audio Player

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.7
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 4.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good The JVC XA-F107 (and F57) series offers a superbasic intro to portable digital audio with its slim feature set, compactness, choice of colors, and decent sound quality.

The Bad The JVC XA-F series has no extra features, except line-in recording, cramped volume buttons, slow transfer speeds, and a relatively high retail price.

The Bottom Line If you're looking for a no-frills MP3 player, the JVC XA-F series is not a bad choice, though it is plenty overpriced.

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The 1GB JVC XA-F107 (the 512MB versions are called XA-F57) is a sleekly designed flash-based MP3 player that would work for anyone seeking a compact and basic player with no frills. The player, which comes in black (XA-F107), gray (XA-F107H), or pink (XA-F107P); supports MP3, WMA, and WMA-DRM file types (purchased files only); and includes line-in recording. The XA-F107 and F57 don't have many secrets--what you see is what you get--however, the $150 and $100 list prices for the 1GB and 512MB version, respectively, are way behind the times, so bargain hunters, cross this one off your list.

The JVC XA-F series' size, its best asset, is a comfortable 2.8 by 1.6 by 0.68 inches and a slight 1.05 ounces, making it quite easy to carry around. The eight-button onboard controls and built-in menus are all intuitive and easy to use, although the player's volume controls seemed a bit cramped next to the headphone jack, making them difficult to access. Its backlit LCD is monochromatic and can at times be a bit tough to read. The LCD shows the usual assortment of information, including battery life, song and artist titles, EQ settings, track time elapsed, and volume. You browse songs using a folder tree; unfortunately, you can view only three items at a time, which makes scrolling through hundreds of songs a pain. The player has three tactile buttons on the face, which control playback, pause, advance, and previous-track selection; three smaller buttons on the top, which control the menu options stop/power off; and the record feature.

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The 1GB JVC XA-F107 (shown in black) next to a 1GB SanDisk Sansa C140. The SanDisk includes a color screen and has more features for a better price.

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Where to Buy

MSRP: $149.95

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Built-in Display LCD
  • Run Time (Up To) 15 hour(s)
  • Capacity 1 GB
  • Color pink
  • Weight 1.4 oz
  • Supported Digital Audio Standards MP3
    WMA
    protected WMA (DRM)
  • Installed Size 1 GB
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Type digital player