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MP3 CD Players

by cis_tec2 / April 17, 2004 11:04 AM PDT

I am looking for a portable CD player for under $80US. Something with MP3 and WMA support and high quality audio. I don't want rechargables or a remote unless the player can be used with out it. An iRiver iMP50 seems close. Can anybody give me some advice? Thank you for any help.

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Re:MP3 CD Players
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 17, 2004 12:23 PM PDT
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Wait a moment. MP3 and WMA tosses out a lot of audio content so how can that be "high quality"? I notice it when I've played any common MP3 on any device on a nice stereo system.

If we accept MP3/WMA is lossy audio, then you need to just go shopping.

Bob

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Re:Re:MP3 CD Players
by cis_tec2 / April 17, 2004 2:33 PM PDT
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By "high quality audio" I mean the Signal to Noise ratio and the players ability to play at high volume without distorting the music. It is not a question of format quality.

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Looking at the signal with an oscilloscope....
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 2, 2004 9:59 PM PDT
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I found that the distortion was not there in the two models I tried. As such, the distortion must have come from the ear buds. Final test was to put the signal to some small speaker set and sure enough, the distortion vanished.

Be sure to consider this anomaly.

Bob

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Re:MP3 CD Players
by PoeticOddity / May 2, 2004 7:36 AM PDT
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If you're willing to step your price up like, ten bucks, you can get an iRiver SlimX 350. I've had one for over a year, and it's utterly fantastic. Really durrable, phenominal battery life (I have to charge it maybe once every other week playing it for about 1.5 to 2 hours a day), wicked anti-skip (8 min w/ MP3, 3 with regular audio, and 16 w/ WMA) Rechargables are standard, but you can use an external battery pack with standard alkalines, and the thing can be used without a remote, but it's better navigation with it. This is by far the best thing I've seen for the price, and the best portable audio player that will handle MP3s for under 100 bucks.

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