Prizefight: The Coby MP-C7092 vs. Little ProfessorCan a homemade MP3 player beat the worst-rated player in CNET history? Prizefight asks the tough questions.
[ music ] ^M00:00:07 [ background music ] >> Hello everyone, welcome to Prize Fight. I'm Veronica Belmont. And on this week's show we have something a little bit different. I heard from Jasmine France, one of our digital audio editors, that she'd recently reviewed the Kobe MPC7092, and that had the lowest score of any player on CNET. Around the same time I learned the Donald Bell, another digital audio editor, had recently built an MP3 player from a kit that he got from Make magazine. It made me wonder which would win in a Prize Fight. So here we are in this very unorthodox battle. Let's start with round one between the Kobe and the Little Professor sexiness. ^M00:00:43 [ music ] ^M00:00:46 [ background music ] The Kobe does have cuteness going for it. It kinda looks like a kid's player, doesn't it? Small, rounded edges, very pocketable. Almost vaguely looks like the love child of an iPod and a Creative Zen or something. The Little Professor, well he's not winning any beauty contest. He used to be a calculator from the eighties. He's very cute, he's got the rosy cheeks and the studious look, which frankly I think we could use more in consumer electronics. But I mean don't discount him just because he's a little geeky looking. Love him for his personality. Yeah, I know this isn't the personality round. I've got to give it to the Kobe for this one. It gets a four, and the Little Professor gets a two. Unfortunately, no geek [inaudible] round yet. Up next is navigation. [ music ] [ background music ] On the Kobe the buttons are laid out in a pretty standard manner. But the on off switch is a mechanical one situated on the back of the device. You don't see that very often. Unfortunately, this is where it all starts falling apart. The navigation just doesn't work. The buttons aren't responsive, and they're also totally buggy. Very unintuitive for something that should be very simple. Little Professor used to be a calculator game back in the day like I said, so the math is a little unconventional. You can make the buttons do whatever you want because it is a kit. In this version the four key is back, the five is play pause, and the six is forward. To make the volume go up you flip the switch right here and then push the button as many times as you need to, and then down to do the reverse. I'm giving it a four for ingenuity, and the Kobe gets a two. Round three is next. Features. [ music ] [ background music ] Oh the Kobe has an FM tuner with an auto scan that doesn't work very well, video playback that's impossible to load video for, and a voice recorder. However, since there's no discernible method for organizing media on this thing, who cares? Little Professor doesn't fare too well in this category either, but it's not really trying to do anything other than be an MP3 player. It uses an SD card for memory, no internal memory, so it can be as high capacity as you'd like it to go, as far as SD cards go. Kobe gets a three in this round, and LP gets a two. Sorry. Next round is compatibility. [ music ] [ background music ] Well Kobe supports MP3, WMA, subscription tracks, and [inaudible], not terrible. But let's talk about the headphone jack. It's a two point five millimeter jack, not the standard headphone jack size that you would you know, normally use, and that's pretty weird. Little Professor only plays unprotected MP3 and uncompressed wav files. That's it. I'd give the Kobe a four, but since it only has a weird USB port for syncing, it loses another point. Because if you lose that cable you're screwed. The Kobe now gets a three, and the LP gets a two. Final round is here, and it's audio quality. [ music ] [ background music ] Now this is an easy one. The Little Professor sounds great. It doesn't have any EQ settings, so that's a problem. But overall it sounds better than most players we test around here. The Kobe sounds pretty bad. I'm giving the Little Professor a four, and the Kobe a two. Well look at this, a tie. We have a tie at fourteen points each. I don't know if this speaks really well for the Little Professor, or really poorly for the Kobe. Maybe both. Hope you enjoyed this Prize Fight. If you have suggestions for future shows, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm Veronica Belmont. See you next time. ^M00:04:13 [ music ]