Date: November 4th, 2004
Article by: Josh Williams
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth
(Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Merconnet
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PRODUCT COMPOSITION AND MAKEUP
There isn't a whole lot to this package. All that is included
is the actual MP3 player, the 12volt cigarette lighter adapter and the
switch map sticker for tuning the frequency that the unit transmits.
It comes in nice looking yet durable packaging but the documentation
is limited to what is on the box. The 12v DC power connector is the
only source of power for this MP3 player which I will address soon along
with the FM frequency selection.
The buttons are pretty straight forward and easy to use.
They include rewind, play, fastforward, and volume. There is a Fade
IN/OUT function when you change songs - a welcomed touch. Each button
has a light that is illuminated when hooked to the power for easy night
or low light use.
There are a series of four dip switches that allow you
to choose from 14 different FM frequencies. The small chart lists the
frequencies and the frequency associated with each one. There should
be plenty of choices no matter how densely populated your airwaves are.
One thing I really like about this MP3 player is its simplicity.
It so easy to use that even a monkey could set it up (please no jokes).
Setting the dipswitches is a breeze with the chart right next to them.
Set the switches, tune your radio, plug it in, and press play. You are
listening to your MP3's over your car's radio. It is also VERY easy
to move from one car to another. This thing is simplicity at its best.
How are the quality and signal? The quality of the music
being transmitted through the FM radio waves is slightly less than that
of your local radio stations. It is noticeably lower quality but it
was still great to listen to. The signal can be poor at some times,
but overall it is very good. One hiccup is the distortion when the volume
is turned up on the MP3 player itself. When the volume is maxed and
playing through the FM transmitter, there is a horrible distortion.
By setting the volume between ½ and ¾ volume, the distortion is eliminated.
The signal through the audio out is absolutely perfect.
The same is true with the audio in. Using headphones or other external
speakers makes for a very enjoyable listening experience. The FM transmitter
DOES shut off when using the audio out. It really makes me wonder why
they didn't give the option for batteries. With the FM transmitter shut
off, the power consumption would really drop. The 12v DC only power
source is a very big downfall in my opinion. With batteries, this would
make a very nice MP3 companion.
From this picture, we can also see a big limitation -
the size of the flash drive that can be used. Most of the USB flash
drives are very similar in shape. There are, however, a handful of flash
drives that will not fit into this MP3 player. An example would be most
Most USB flash drives will fit in this MP3 player, but
like I said before, there is a handful that won't. The drives that deviate
away from the normal look and size of USB flash drives probably won't
fit. PNY's pen drives for example are too big. There are plenty out
there that will fit. You shouldn't have any worries.