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Self-Contained MP3 Player

by moranacus / November 1, 2009 4:32 PM PST

Does anyone if they sell a self-contained MP3 Player that has a huge GB hard drive and speakers????
I don't want something that you hook a portable MP3 player or an IPOD to.

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by d_adams / November 3, 2009 2:45 AM PST

Archos makes hard drive music/video players with speakers. I think they're biggest one is 500GBs. Only other hard drive based player I know of, is an iPod Classic, which is 160GBs, but lacks the speaker. Archos operating systems are very unstable, though, and their batteries don't last as long as an iPod battery. Plus, almost all their players are kind of big and clunky; hard to fit in a pocket.

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by moranacus / November 3, 2009 3:15 AM PST
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Thanks for the info!!!!
I would like something alittle bigger than that.

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by fihart / November 3, 2009 4:48 PM PST
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by moranacus / November 4, 2009 2:46 AM PST
In reply to: sublime2ridiculous

Thanks for the info but I don't see it on sale anywhere when I did a search

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They should've make it a little more like a tank.
by ahtoi / November 4, 2009 4:21 PM PST
In reply to: sublime2ridiculous

but the tread looks ok, hehe.

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by 1shado1 / November 8, 2009 1:32 PM PST
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The Tank is just a concept, not made for production.

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500GB is the max
by d_adams / November 11, 2009 11:53 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks

I'm pretty sure that's as big as they get right now, because that's the largest a 2.5" drive can be. If you want bigger, then I guess you could buy a netbook and a large (max is 2TB) external hard disk.

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Closest I know of...
by make_or_break / November 11, 2009 5:30 AM PST

It doesn't have built-in speakers, however.


Bring your own hard drive (unfortunately only up to 500GB, and no Maxtor drives allowed) and your own speakers.

Iomega makes a player device that has 1TB of storage and supports a lot of formats, but it's only a source component that plugs into an existing stereo or a/v setup (no internal amplification or speakers). Samsung has something similar as well.


Not aware of an all-in-one tabletop hard drive-based MP3 unit, but it's not to say that there's not one out there...someplace.

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by moranacus / November 12, 2009 4:56 AM PST
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I wonder how good the Iomega would work if I used my Bose Wave system
for the sound.
If it works the same as it did when I tried using my computer to play mp3's on the Bose the it would be useless (had to crank the volume
way up on the BOSE).

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How were you...
by make_or_break / November 12, 2009 2:55 PM PST
In reply to: Iomega

...connecting your computer to the Wave Radio? From the PC speaker output jack on your soundcard or on the back of your computer to an aux-in jack on the Bose? Or does you computer setup have a separate line-out?

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by moranacus / November 13, 2009 1:59 AM PST
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Well, I plugged one end of the cord into the computer's headphone jack and the other in the Bose's Aux In jack.

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Just Wondering...
by 1shado1 / November 13, 2009 3:14 AM PST
In reply to: Well,

Did you then turn up the volume on your PC's headphone jack? Maybe it was set too low.

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Tried That
by moranacus / November 13, 2009 3:40 AM PST
In reply to: Just Wondering...

I tried that but it didn't help.

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by 1shado1 / November 13, 2009 3:57 AM PST
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Any idea what the impedance level is on the Bose aux input?

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Aux In on a Bose Wave system...
by make_or_break / November 13, 2009 3:02 PM PST
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...is configured so that it can work an input from a portable MP3 player like an iPod, Walkman or Zune, directly out from the headphone jack on the portable to the 3.5mm stereo miniplug jack on the back of the Wave system (at least according to Bose's website). IN THEORY, connecting from a computer's miniplug headphone jack should be no different than feeding an aux in from the headphone jack output of any portable MP3 player. From their website Bose says their Wave gear is designed for exactly that.

If there's enough signal strength to properly drive a set of headphones from the computer's headphone jack, then there should be enough signal to feed the aux in of the Wave Radio/Music System, unless there's something wrong with the aux in jack. And I assume that the cable being used between the computer and the Wave System is the CORRECT type (3.5mm (1/8") stereo to 3.5mm (1/8") stereo), and not a monophonic one. In principal if those check out fine, then you should have music fed from your computer going to the Bose.

Beyond that, you'd have to take it up with a Bose expert; I'm not a fan of Bose products and their respective sonic performance so I don't have much experience with any of their Wave systems (aside from toying with them at the local Bose stores).

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Not Going To Use
by moranacus / November 13, 2009 4:43 PM PST

I'm not going to play mp3's on the Bose from my computer if I have to crank up the volume so high.
I love playing CDs on the Bose Wave System but after all this time if you want to play an MP3 CD you still can't go directly to the sond you want. If you want to play song 75 on the CD you have to push the button 75 times on the remote to get to the song.

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Thanks make_or_break
by 1shado1 / November 13, 2009 7:03 PM PST

I figured the input was configured like any other standard aux input, for things such as cd players, tape decks, mp3 players, etc. But I still wonder if the input impedance is the 'standard' 47k ohms, or some other value. But of course Bose always provides a dearth of specifications (to intentionally keep people in the dark).

I understand the OP's frustration when switching between, say, the aux input and the built-in cd player, only to have the music go from soft to loudly blasting due to the mismatch in levels. As inexpensively built and expensively priced as Bose stuff is, you'd think they could have done something to address such an issue.

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