Samsung YEPP YP-MT6 review: Samsung YEPP YP-MT6

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Superior AA battery life; solid sound quality; compact and durable; highly readable display for such a small player; FM radio; voice, radio, and line-in recording; next-track readout; MP3, DRM WMA, and OGG playback.

The Bad Too many operational instructions to remember; FM radio and voice recordings placed in random play queue; line-in encoding requires uncommon 2.5mm plug.

The Bottom Line If you're a Windows user, the Samsung YEPP YP-MT6 is a superior choice to the Apple iPod Shuffle, thanks to its compact design, its good sound quality, and its many useful features and functions.

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Samsung's tiny YEPP wonder

If you're not worried about being trendy, you have a lot of options where flash-based MP3 players are concerned. Among the best-of-the-non-Apple-rest is the Samsung YEPP YP-MT6, available in 256MB ($99), 512MB ($130), and 1GB ($180) versions. This boxy little flash player features FM radio, voice memo, and line-in recording, as well as FM station presets. These tidy extras make the MT6 even more of a bargain compared to less endowed flash players, especially the featureless Apple iPod Shuffle.

Vaguely resembling a prop microwave oven from Attack of the 50-Foot Woman, this keychain-sided rectangular player, available in black (256MB), blue (512MB), or silver (1GB), measures a pocket-friendly 1.0 by 2.4 by 0.9 inches and weighs 2.2 ounces with its AA battery installed. It looks nearly identical to the older YEPP YP-T5 and the YEPP YP-T6. All boast similar features in a cute and tiny form factor, but the MT6 has better sound quality, thanks to an 89dB signal-to-noise ratio, and a much better rated battery life of 42 hours.

The four-line, powder-blue backlit screen is eminently readable and displays EQ mode, play mode, the battery meter, scrolling track info, the play-progress bar, the elapsed time, and the number of the track playing (out of how many are stored). Most pleasing is the preview; the next track is always shown on the bottom line, making it easy to skip past a song you don't like. Next to the screen is the multifunctional five-way skip/volume/menu access toggle. In addition to the mic, up top are buttons for record, play, and the A-B multipurpose function used primarily to set FM station presets or to loop playback selections. On the underside is the hold switch. The USB 2.0 and audio input connections are on one end, while the other houses a headphone jack and a lanyard loop. Overall, it looks and feels like the lighter Cowon iAudio U2. While it may not have a photo-friendly color screen like the equally miniscule YEPP YP-T7 series, the MT6 flaunts useful extra features.

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Samsung YEPP YP-MT6V (256MB)

Part Number: YP-MT6V Released: Jan 1, 2005
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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jan 1, 2005
  • Built-in Display LCD
  • Supported Digital Audio Standards ASF
  • Installed Size 256 MB
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Type Flash player
  • Capacity 256 MB