Date: November 2nd, 2005
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Samsung Canada
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION & SETUP
Setup is actually quite simple and easy, first you insert the CD into your optical drive and allow it to automatically initialize.
Once the software has fired up, click and install the USB driver with the drive not connected to the computer. The next step could be skipped if you don't need any third party software for managing your MP3s.
You could install the Samsung Music Studio if you want to customize some of your MP3 titles and such, but I found once installed, I never used this program at all. All I ever did was just drag and drop my MP3s directly onto the player's drive.
You see, once the player is inserted into your USB slot, the player's 1Gb flash drive is setup as a small removable hard drive in Windows XP. Why anyone would want to waste time dealing with Windows Media Player or the Samsung Program is beyond me. I found whether transferring data or music, all you needed to do is copy and paste or drag and drop just like transferring files normally in Explorer. Third party programs are just not needed. You copy the sound or data files and you disconnect the player from the computer and turn on the player and start enjoying your music.
PRODUCT IMPRESSIONS & THOUGHTS
Product Quality & Aesthetics
There is no doubt in my mind that this player is robust and is capable of handling some abuse without failure. As said previously, the player is extremely solid and lacks any feature that might be susceptible to breaking or failure especially if you use the included case. The product looks great and as you can see above, there is no way that this player is going to be a burden to carry around and enjoy. Everything included and associated with this player is built well and you cannot find one cut corner or cheap component.
Product Listening Enjoyment
With 1Gb of memory on tap, you will be able to store anywhere from 300-400 songs depending on just how high of bitrate you encode your music at. Some people might bawk at this and boast on how they can store 1000s on their iPod which is fabulous, but this product is not meant to compete directly with the larger capacity competition. This player is meant to be a small and extremely portable music option to take with you anywhere with little effort.
The battery life realistically is not as linear as Samsung states and if you want to get 45hours out of this player, you will be only listening at low volume with little to no surround or bass enhancement activated. You can plan on getting 35+ hours if you listen to your music like most normal people do and for the love of god don't buy the cheapest pile batteries on the market and complain that your player is only lasting 10 hours. This player is exceptionally efficient on batteries if you use it properly.
I tested this player for over a week trying to find a fault in the sound quality but I was confronted with nothing but crisp clear music, great sound quality and a very event-free experience. Every sound property is completely configurable through the menu which is easily navigated thanks to the navigation key next to the display. Overall, nothing went wrong, you turned it on, you used it, you turn it off. One thing I did enjoy is the small size. You could slip it into your jeans pocket and not even know it is there.
The FM radio was a nice addition and the antenna did work very well and picked up all the local stations along with a couple even my car radio can't pick up. Any stations can be saved under a preset. But overall, this just adds value to an already wonderful and compact product.
Overall I have to say that this player is excellent but I cannot see it being worth almost double what I am seeing when comparing some other manufacturer models with the equivalent features. But I guess if you want a top name brand you are going to have to pay for it. The one thing I am seeing is the big difference is the battery use is much better with this player than any of the cheaper alternatives,
Tough call really, it all depends on just how picky you are when you pick out your components. There are cheaper alternatives that will accomplish the same thing as the YP-MT6 and leave a lot more money in your bank account.