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1. Samsung YH-920 Super Thin MP3/WMA
$199.00
2. Squeezebox Wired-only Network
$249.99
3. Roku SoundBridge M1000 Network-capable
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4. Yamaha MCX-A10 MusicCAST Digital
$43.00 list($104.99)
5. U.S. Robotics USR6003 SoundLink
$72.00
6. Omnifi DMS1 Wi-Fi® home digital
$78.98 list($89.99)
7. Ultra MP3 / 256MB / FM Tuner /
$339.99 list($349.00)
8. TViX Digital Movie Jukebox (200GB)
$189.99 list($199.00)
9. TViX Digital Movie Jukebox
$130.00
10. Linksys WMLS11B Wireless-B Music
$99.00 $90.95 list($79.99)
11. BenQ Joybee 102R MP3 Player, 128MB,
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12. Philips Streamium SL300i WiFi-Enabled
$299.99 list($319.00)
13. TViX Digital Movie Jukebox (160GB)
$99.00 $94.58 list($139.99)
14. BenQ Joybee 102R MP3 Player, 128MB,
$99.00 $94.40 list($139.99)
15. BenQ Joybee 102R MP3 Player, 128MB,
$549.99 list($699.99)
16. MuzicVault 60GB MP3 Server Jukebox
$149.50 list($219.99)
17. Audiovox PVR1000 Portable Personal
$49.97
18. Ultra MP3 / 128MB / 2-in-1 / MP3
$24.95 list($89.95)
19. Acer iRhythm 900MHz Wireless Remote
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20. Creative MuVo Micro N200 256 MB

1. Samsung YH-920 Super Thin MP3/WMA Player (FM Tuner, Voice/Line-in Recording
by Samsung
list price: $349.99
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Asin: B00021M096
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Samsung
Sales Rank: 20186
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The YH-920 is the second product to be co-branded by Samsung Electronics with Napster 2.0. This innovative Digital Audio Hard Drive and Storage device is the next generation product created through this technology and marketing partnership in order to improve the experience of consumers using digital music. The Napster 2.0 device, and the fully integrated YH-920, will offer music fans access to more than 600, 000 songs from today's hottest artists, which can be transferred directly to the YH-920. ... Read more

Features

  • Rechargeable battery with up to 10 hours of playback
  • 20 GB MP3/WMA player; also plays Audible and OGG Vorbis formats
  • Weighs only 5 ounces; just 0.65 inches thick
  • FM tuner with 40 presets; includes line-in recording capability (records to MP3)
  • Plays protected WMA files; works seamlessly with Napster Music Store

Reviews (41)

1-0 out of 5 stars Nothing but problems...
I bought this player in January, and have been able to use it less than 10 times.I have had to fix problems everytime I try to put new songs on.I have had to send it back twice--for the same problem!The second time Samsung said they would send me a new player--a week later I was sent my old one that they said they couldn't fix.Now when I call to find out what is going on, customer service says sorry, nothing we can do...be warned if you buy this player, you may not actually get to use it, nor is Samsung very helpful.

4-0 out of 5 stars Samsung YH-820
I have this gear for more than two months since March/2005 and I am really amazed by its good quality of sounds when comparing with other no-name flash MP3 players. Its deep rich bass really give me lots of good listening pleasure.

But this gear is not perfect and be aware the following:

1. YH-820MS will only display either English and Korean characters, nothing else.If U look other foreign characters, this gear is not the one.
2. Battery time is not very good.Full bettery charge will last up to 5-6 hours. Each full charge takes close to 3.5 hours.
3. It takes close to 40 seconds to boot to have sound out
4. 2 out 10 times, booting will hang and requires hardware reset
5. It works with either Naspeter or MS's media player Version 10 only. Do not expect to drag the MP3 songs or music folder into this gear. It requires SYNC thru MS's media player and "SYNC" 1500 songs into this gear requires lots of time.

Other than these concerns, I really enjoy this gear.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Player
I posted a review before about how my player began messing up and deleting all of my songs. I exchanged it for a new one, and I've determined that the original messed up because I did not handle it correctly and did things like unplug it without safely disconnecting.

My new one works great. It does take forever to load all of your music, but that probably doesn't vary much from player to player. I have no complaints about my new player, as it has done everything I expected it to and has not malfunctioned at all.

2-0 out of 5 stars Buy this if you want to take it to the shop...
I have had this since December. I agree the player is cool and has good features such as the ability to record from the radio but if it breakes down what is the point? I am now having to bring in my player for the SECOND time for servicing. Not a big deal unless you want to wait a whole month for the process and if you don't have all of your music backed up... My suggestion, go with something that has been proven to work that also has good features, not this player.

4-0 out of 5 stars Samsung has more features, better price than overated IPod
It says it all in the title: fm tuner, line in / voice recording, recording directly from radio, etc.This has many of the features that the IPod is lacking.I picked one of these up last week from Office Depot for $99 after mail in rebate. What a steal!Plus it comes with a case, line in plug, cradle charger, and more.
***Do not use the Napster software.That is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.Stick with Windows Media Player 10.Use the sync option.Very easy and very fast transfering WMAs.It seemed to take a little while to transfer some of my mp3s.It said it had to convert the files.When you rip the files off your cds, transfer them to WMA files.
Besides that, this player is great.Good job Samsung! ... Read more


2. Squeezebox Wired-only Network Music Player by Slim Devices (US Power Supply)
list price: $199.00
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Asin: B000231H6G
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Slim Devices, Inc.
Sales Rank: 4827
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Product Description

Squeezebox is the easiest way for music lovers to enjoy high-quality playback of their whole digital music collection, compressed and uncompressed audio files, anywhere in their home. Squeezebox lets you rediscover the hidden gems of your music collection. Start with one and then add players in different rooms to create an affordable whole-house audio experience without the hassle of re-wiring your home. Squeezebox uses SlimServer, the powerful software developed by Slim Devices. Because the software is developed under an open source license, Slim Devices is able to tap into the creative energies of a worldwide team of independent programmers. Squeezebox, as a result, continues to add features with the release of new software and the product never becomes obsolete! Squeezebox includes many features not found in similar products; built-in alarm clock, SHOUTcast and Live365 directories, music selection by Album Art, Yahoo! News ticker and more. Winner of many awards including Best of Show - MacWorld Expo 2004 & Kick Ass Product - Maximum PC. Audio outputs; digital coax & optical, analog RCA, mini-jack connector. ... Read more

Features

  • Stream your digital music or MP3 Internet radio stations
  • Connect to any digital/analog stereo over ethernet network
  • Supports MP3, WMA, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, WAV and AIFF formats
  • Place anywhere; low profile, built-in graphic display, no TV required
  • Easy to setup and use with any computer; PC/Mac/Linux/Solaris

3. Roku SoundBridge M1000 Network-capable digital music player
by Roku

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Asin: B0002YCKM0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Roku
Sales Rank: 22420
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Winner of the CES 2004 Innovations Award, Roku's SoundBridge M1000 digital music receiver uses WiFi technology to let you broadcast media files from your Mac or PC to just about anywhere in the house. You no longer have to be at your computer to hear your music, and you no longer need to burn your Internet-sourced audio to CDs to import it to the living room. Just plug the M1000 into your integrated amplifier or surround receiver and listen to your digital music on your stereo or multichannel speaker system. You'll need a compatible wireless CompactFlash adapter (see technical details for compatibility) or a hard-wired connection to your computer through the M1000's RJ-45/Cat5 Ethernet port using a supplied, 10-foot cable.

SoundBridge is compatible with MP3, AAC, AIFF, and WAV music formats right out of the box. Further, its native support for Apple Rendezvous and iTunes means the M1000 is instantly ready to play your Apple media--there's no additional software required for you're already set up for Rendezvous or iTunes; just enable iTunes' sharing feature (though please be aware that iTunes Music Store "Protected AAC" files are not supported). SoundBridge uses Apple's DAAP (digital audio access protocol) to communicate directly with iTunes, and reduces its network bandwidth by decoding AAC files in the player rather than in the PC.

With its large, bright display and convenient remote control, you can browse, select, and control your music from across the room. The M1000 features a 280 x 16-pixel VFD with an "EQ display" music visualizer that plays along with the beat of your music. Bright, sharp vacuum-fluorescent displays are easy to read in all lighting conditions and from any angle--even from across the room.

The SoundBridge offers Internet radio access, too, bringing you a selection of free music and talk-radio stations. Roku's Fast Browse feature lets you browse huge music collections by album, artist, genre, or composer (providing your files are properly encoded with said details). Play your iTunes playlists or use keyword search to find the exact title you're looking for.

Beyond its WiFi and RJ-45 interfaces, the M1000 offers straight-ahead audio connections: a gold-plated stereo analog (left/right) RCA output and 1 each coaxial and optical digital-audio outputs for pure digital connection with a surround receiver or a CD or minidisc recorder. The unit comes with a stereo RCA-to-minijack connector for hooking it directly into a set of powered computer speakers to create a stylish and minimalist compact stereo system.

You can expand the system's format compatibility to play additional audio formats--including WMA, FLAC, Ogg-Vorbis, and Apple Lossless--if you download and install the free SlimServer open-source music-server software on your PC or Mac. SlimServer does not support the direct interface to iTunes, but it does have some iTunes support in addition to the other listed formats, and it works with non-iTunes music libraries and clients.Roku has outfitted SoundBridge with a super-fast, 300 MHz Blackfin DSP and lots of memory, giving it more than enough headroom to handle powerful future software updates. Showcase the SoundBridge on the wall or under a shelf or cabinet using Roku's optional mounting accessory.

What's in the Box
M1000 digital music receiver, a remote control, 2 AAA batteries, a 9V AC/DC power adapter (110/240V), a stereo analog "Y" adapter (RCA to minijack .125-inch), a 10-foot RJ-45/Cat5 Ethernet cable, a detachable rubber base, a user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • streams music from your computer for playback on your home audio system
  • communicates with Apple iTunes®, Windows Media Connect, or Musicmatch server software
  • PlaysForSure compatibility -- plays downloaded music files from compatible music sources, like MSN Music, Musicmatch, MusicNow, Napster, and more
  • compatible with MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, and AIFF music files and Internet radio stations
  • fluorescent blue display with "EQ" music visualizer

Reviews (20)

5-0 out of 5 stars Hands Down the Best Networked Digital Music Player
The Roku M1000 is by far the best offering of networked digital music players to date.It has a very intuitive GUI, and works well right out of the box.Within 10 minutes I had it set up and running on Rhapsody.All you have to do is either add files to your library (stored locally), or create a playlist.Playlists will stream without downloading locally.I tried the Linksys offering, which worked horribly.The Roku gets my vote, and is miles ahead of anything else I have seen.Check out Crutchfield.They offer a rebate on it right now through July.

5-0 out of 5 stars Let Your Music Play
I picked up the Roku Soundbridge 500 at Radio Shack. It's exactly the same as the Roku Soundbridge 1000 model, only with a smaller display. I have to say that in this world of products that are getting increasingly hard to work that I had no problems with this. I went to their Web Site and followed their simple directions, plugged the Soundbridge into my stereo in the bedroom and all of a sudden I had my iTunes music library available clear across the house, without wires and without buying another computer. The only downside is that it won't work if I shut my computer off. Duh.

I have a Mac, but the Soundbridge is availabe for Widows as well, so whatever system you're using, you're in luck, you can get one of these babies and let your music play.

Jack Priest, Sailor Home from the Sea

5-0 out of 5 stars Features and value surpassed by new Squeezebox2
I spent a great deal of time learning as much as I could about the SoundBridge models and the original Squeezebox, but when the Squeezebox2 began shipping, my choice became obvious. You can look at Squeezebox2's prices and specifications and see how many folks are developing useful plugins for it at slimdevices.com, but the most noteworthy changes to the competitive landscape are:

Wireless protocol: SoundBridge M1000, 802.11b; Squeezebox2, true 802.11g (won't slow your g network to b speed).
Buffer (critical for many who connect via wireless): SoundBridge M1000, 16MB; Squeezebox2, 64MB.
Display type/resolution: SoundBridge M1000, non-grayscale VFD/280x16; Squeezebox2, grayscale VFD/320x32.

3-0 out of 5 stars Best DAR out there? Maybe, but still lots of holes.
I bought this m1000 and returned it over a couple weeks.

I liked the bright display, and the form factor. But thats about where the wow ended

1) Wireless card is only wireless B so if you have a G network, be prepared to have your entire network slow down.
2) No off button. It merely goes to sleep, so if you want to reset it, you have to pull the end cap off to get to the plug.
3) No server side software. Yes, it can use several different packages but something should be included. (Musicmatch seemed to be the best as it allowed you to close the app and the server would always load on your host PC once you set it up)
4) In ability to see shared drives over the network. This means you need to full fledged PC on to play your music and not NAT (unless you hack a NSLU2)
5) no mini-jack output for your average computer type speakers (or headphones) RCA and digital outs are great, but for a device of this type, thats pretty basic.

I think the #1 reason I ended up getting rid of it was the cost. For close to the same money (or cheaper) you can get a 20g mp3 player that doesnt require your computer to be on, doesnt require you to buy a wifi router, doesnt slow down your network, Can be take to work, your car, or on a walk. I still can hook it up to my stereo. The only thing I really lose is a remote, and I gain a heck of alot of flexibility.

If this device was $100 cheaper, Id have no problem reccomending it, but as what amounts to dumb terminal for audio, its just not worth it. Its one of the best DAR's out there though, so if you really want one despite my reason's its not a bad one to get.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm Listening to Radio Again!
I own the M500, which is basically the same as the M1000 or the M2000 except with a smaller display (which I prefer). They are nice-looking units that allow you to stream audio (from your hard drive or internet radio) over a wired or wireless network into your stereo. You just connect the Roku to your Receiver or Preamp using regular (RCA) interconnects or a digital cable (coax RCA or optical Toslink). In other words, your computer and stereo don't have to be in the same room, just on the same network. If you've already set up a network, adding the Roku is easy (but check out the list of compatible hardware at their website - some routers are problematic). To me, the huge attraction of the Soundbridge is access to Internet Radio in a comfortable environment. There is a wide variety of all-music stations with no advertising, in just about any genre you can imagine. At www.live365.com, you can find radio stations devoted to 20th and 21st century classical music, for example (Iridian, Postclassical). Try finding that on your FM dial! I get free Rhapsody over Comcast, which has a pretty good variety of stations. The great thing about Rhapsody is you can program your own stations. Enter 10 artists and they'll play mostly those plus others in the same genre. And they don't have to be household names, either. (Note: as of 6/13/05, Rhapsody has been broken for internet radio on UPnP devices like the Roku for some time now. People who pay for Rhapsody (i.e., NOT free Comcast Rhapsody) can revert to older versions and get UPnP radio.)

Things to know:

1) Some audiophiles have had to cut holes in the plastic end caps to fit their bulky, stiff cables.

2) If you use Windows Media Player, you have to install Windows Media Connect, which is free and not a big deal. However, Windows Media Connect doesn't support radio stations. Just use iTunes or something comparable for radio.

3) You can bypass the internal digital-to-analog converter with an outboard DAC.

4) These comments are addressed at audiophile lunatics (you know who you are): The sound quality from your hard drive is not as good as playing the original CD, unless you're using a lossless or noncompressed format.A wireless network (Roku supports only 802.11b) theoretically should have no trouble keeping up with full PCM data, but some people have had problems. PCM bit rate: 44,100 x 16 x 2 = 1.41 Mb/s. 802.11b nominally 11 Mb/s, real world can be much lower. I'm now using a G network with a wireless bridge to the Roku and playing AIFFs from iTunes with almost no rebuffering.

5) Don't bother investigating different internet radio players with different features such as buffer size - the player just sends the internet address (url) to the Roku and the Roku gets the stream directly from the internet. iTunes is convenient for this. It's easy to get Live365 or other regular radio stations into your iTunes library. Or you can memorize a list of up to 10 internet radio stations in the Roku itself and play them independently of a player on your computer.

6) In addition to email, technical help is available via the discussion forums at the Roku website - answers from the Roku engineers are usually posted within a few hours, plus there's an excellent search function for the forums. ... Read more


4. Yamaha MCX-A10 MusicCAST Digital Audio Terminal
by Yamaha
list price: $599.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0000C7LA1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Sales Rank: 17439
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Amazon.com Product Description

Designed for use expressly with Yamaha's MCX-1000 80 GB MusicCAST digital-audio server, the MCX-A10 MusicCAST digital-audio terminal (or "client") is a wireless or wired receiver/amplifier for the music broadcast from the central server. You can use up to seven clients per server to enjoy music in every room of your house, and the MCX-A10 offers a strong 17 watts per channel (x 2) through clip-type speaker


Learn about the MusicCAST system in detail
terminals for powering nearly any loudspeakers, including Yamaha's matching MCX-SP10.

You can think of the MusicCAST system as a digital jukebox for every room in your home. The MCX-A10 provides instant access to the massive library of songs (in MP3 or linear PCM) you've stored on the MCX-1000 server. With your client, you can easily create playlists to complement special occasions or gatherings, or simply enjoy selections from your entire CD collection at random, all without having to leave the room--or even cross the room--to select the music.

The MCX-A10's efficient graphical user interface and slender remote control put the ability to organize and browse your collection right at your fingertips. You'll even enjoy visual access to all server features through an onscreen display (when connected to a local TV).

Connections include one each stereo analog (left/right) audio input and output and a dedicated subwoofer output in case you want to enhance the system's low-end output with a powered sub.

The client features speaker and line outputs, a LAN connection for optional wired communication with the MusicCAST server, and video outputs for displaying the onscreen menus on a TV or monitor.
What's in the Box
Digital audio terminal, remote control, remote battery, a stereo analog-audio interconnect, a monaural subwoofer interconnect, a composite-video cable, an AC adapter, a power cord, a stand, and a user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Includes LAN connection
  • Digital audio client supports wireless music transmission to anywhere in the home. Can use with MCX-SP10 MusicCast Speakers (optional) and MCX-1000 MusicCast Digital Audio Server
  • Communicates with IEEE802.11b music servers (Use with Yamaha MCX-1000 MusicCast Digital Audio Server)
  • Built-in hi-fi digital amplifier supports multitude of speaker configurations (Can use with Yamaha MCX-SP10 MusicCast Speakers)
  • Onscreen video out, line-out audio output, subwoofer output, and audio input

5. U.S. Robotics USR6003 SoundLink Wireless Audio Delivery System
by US Robotics
list price: $104.99
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Asin: B00005ICD2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: US Robotics
Sales Rank: 16143
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Easy to set up and use; includes a transmitter unit and a receiver unit
  • Listen to MP3 and Internet radio from your PC on your home stereo
  • Operates on 900 MHz frequency
  • Long-range wireless transmission up to 1,000 feet
  • Compatible with any audio device's 3.5 mm or RCA output jack

Reviews (39)

3-0 out of 5 stars A Simple Solution With Several Caveats
This device was very easy to set up and use, but beware of a few caveats: first, I found the 88.1 and 88.3FMoptions a total bust - the reception was very poor. However, the 900MHz link works fine, but it means that you have to use the receiving unit as well as the base unit. Second, the sound quality is satisfactory for voice-grade audio, which is what I was looking for, but it is only so-so for music. Finally, the manufacturer has inexplicably not included a volume control or headphone jack on the receiving unit. A trip to Radio Shack took care of the headphone connection, but I have to go back to the source (in my case a computer streaming BBC Radio 4) to adjust the volume.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for the price
Works great to play MP3s from the computer to the stereo if the A/V line is plugged directly into the stereo.Not so great if you try to use the FM transmission on a boombox or radio.

5-0 out of 5 stars sweetsoundlink
just got this little toy and it performs exactly as advertised. it takes about 3 minutes to set up and then you are listening to music from your computer.sound quality is good;at least as good as fm ,maybe better. probably not good enough for a serious audiophile. sound is best when receiver is plugged into stereo receiver rather than on fm broadcast. this is a quick,simple and inexpensive($40.00)way to get that music out of your computer and put some serious wattage behind it.

1-0 out of 5 stars This thing Sucks
As my title states, this thing REALLY sucks. I tried every channel, and pressed scan..and everything..and it wouldn't lock on to the signal. Even when it was 5 feet away in the same room. The only thing it would pick up was a bunch of junk, and other peoples phone conversations.

And what did come through was all distorted...

Summary: NEVER buy this...in fact..call up US Robotics and ask them why they made such a horrible product. I bought this because i've had good experiences with USR before....oh well.
Piece of junk.

1-0 out of 5 stars You pay for what you get...
This product did what it says it will do, but don't expect it to sound like you're listening to a CD.Because it's only 900MHz, it sounds like you're listening to your music on a weak FM station.There is a high-pitched hiss that doesn't seem to go away regardless of the signal strength.I was transmitting line-of-site 10 feet across the room and the hiss persisted. ... Read more


6. Omnifi DMS1 Wi-Fi® home digital media streamer
by OmniFI

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Asin: B000255I1Y
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: OmniFI
Sales Rank: 53675
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Plays music from your PC through your home audio system * plays MP3, WAV, and WMA files * SimpleCenter software * remote control ... Read more

Features

  • Plays music from your PC through your home audio system

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't do anything an inexpensive cable won't do...
What this product will do: stream mp3 and wma music formats from your computer.
What this product will not do: play anything directly from the web, play AAC files.

This expensive little guy will play files from your computer. But, all you need to play files from your computer is a five dollar cable which connects your computer's headphone jack to your stereo.Your computer has to be on at all times and logged into Rhapsody to play files from their service.Also, this thing is much more difficult to use than your computer's media player.I'm going back to the simple, inexpensive cable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product for listening to Rhapsody
When paired with Rhapsody music subscription service this product is truly awesome. I highly recommend it to anyone who is a Rhapsody user. This little gadget brings Rhapsody's 50,000 CDs on-demand directly into your stereo. Very cool. The sound quality is better than the sound sound quality out of my PC sound card and it is really easy to navigate my music library. I liked it so much I now have two. One for my home stereo and one for work. ... Read more


7. Ultra MP3 / 256MB / FM Tuner / Thumb Drive / MP3 Player
by Ultra
list price: $89.99
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Asin: B000679IS2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Ultra
Sales Rank: 37240
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Product Description

Sensational Value! Ultra’s 256MB 8-in-1 MP3 Player It’s hard to believe this miniature powerhouse can pack so many amazing features in such a tiny configuration. But Ultra’s 256MB MP3 player offers 8 dynamic functions in one stylish, palm-fitting unit. ID3 tags. Voice recording. FM radio tuner. USB pocketdrive. Language learning function. MP3 player. E-mail function (yes, you can read and receive email anywhere!). Non-stop entertainment wherever you go! Plus, this phenomenal Ultra player reads SD and MMC cards! Indeed, the Ultra 256MB MP3 player takes versatility to a whole new level. Features a large, easy-to-read LCD display that informs you of song title, artist name, lyrics and more. And the Ultra 256MB MP3 player is expandable - use either MMC or SD. Best of all, we’re offering you this amazing Ultra MP3 player for an incredibly low price! For the ultimate in quality, choose Ultra! ... Read more

Features

  • MP3 Player -This superb Ultra device can capture hours upon hours of your favorite music. Everywhere you go, you'll have your customized music collection at your fingertips, right in the palm of your hand!
  • Voice Recording - This wonderful player doubles as an incredibly compact memo recorder. Record your important meetings. Create a voice recorded to-do list. Record your important thoughts as they come to you. Memorialize reminders for future use. A great on-the-go tool!
  • SD/MMC Card Reader - Expand the horizons of your Ultra MP3 player to include an amazingly versatile data storage application. Whether you want to access, store or simply to transfer files to and from your Ultra, the SD/MMC Card Reader is ready for your convenient use wherever you go.
  • Email Communication from Anywhere! - The Ultra MP3 Player gives you the capability to check your email as well as write and send to anyone with a valid email address. The Ultra MP3 Player boasts built in POP and SMTP client to equip you for global communication anywhere at any time.

8. TViX Digital Movie Jukebox (200GB)
by DVICO
list price: $349.00
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Asin: B000653CTU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: DVICO
Sales Rank: 50838
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Product Description

TViX is a digital media jukebox. Simply copy your digital movies, music and photos onto TViX thru USB, then enjoy them on TV in your living room! TViX can be used as a DVD/movie/music jukebox, photo album and even as a portable storage. ... Read more

Features

  • TViX, Remote, Battery, Manual, A/V Cable, USB Cable, Power Cable
  • Enjoy digital movies (DivX, Mpeg-1, Mpeg-2), music (MP3, WMA, OGG), and photos (JPEG) on your TV.
  • MPEG-4(DivX 3.11, 4.x, 5.x, Xvid), MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MP3, OGG, WMA, JPEG. USB External HDD.
  • Uses a 3.5" HDD (not included). Supports FAT32/NTFS (multi-partition). Multilingual subtitle.
  • Video : Composite/S-Video/Component. Audio : Stereo/Optical/Coaxial. USB 2.0. AC90~250V.

9. TViX Digital Movie Jukebox
by DVICO
list price: $199.00
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Asin: B00063XK94
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: DVICO
Sales Rank: 9411
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

TViX is a digital media jukebox. Simply copy your digital movies, music and photos onto TViX thru USB, then enjoy them on TV in your living room! TViX can be used as a DVD/movie/music jukebox, photo album and even as a portable storage. ... Read more

Features

  • TViX, Remote, Battery, Manual, A/V Cable, USB Cable, Power Cable
  • Enjoy digital movies (DivX, Mpeg-1, Mpeg-2), music (MP3, WMA, OGG), and photos (JPEG) on your TV.
  • MPEG-4(DivX 3.11, 4.x, 5.x, Xvid), MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MP3, OGG, WMA, JPEG. USB External HDD.
  • Uses a 3.5" HDD (not included). Supports FAT32/NTFS (multi-partition). Multilingual subtitle.
  • Video : Composite/S-Video/Component. Audio : Stereo/Optical/Coaxial. USB 2.0. AC90~250V.

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Will Change the World!
This box does for movies what the I-Pod did for music.I thought it couldn't be true - but it works quite well.
This box costs less than an I-POD, holds (if you install a commonplace 300GB hard drive) 10 times more data, and (gasp!) delivers AC-3 5.1 audio and HDTV 1080i output as well as MP3 over the optical digital cable or digital coax.
I have hooked it up to my HDTV and 5.1 system - you cannot tell the file is DIVX.Even if you don't rip your DVD's into DIVX, it is a huge convenience.The documentation says it will accept subdirectories that include the original DVD Video_TS files -- keeping the current menus and options of your DVD's.I haven't tried that yet.
My only caveat - documentation is poor.The "empty box" needs a 3.5 inch hard drive - a big one.Also, if you buy the empty box, you need to format a hard drive in your computer first, then install it into the TVIX box.
Why do you need this?If you have a vacation house or boat, or take long drives, this VERY small box (after you put in a big hard drive) holds 300 dvd's in Divx format, holds 1000's of songs as MP3's and all the photos you can create and displayes them all in a menu-operated format with a remote control.You don't need to lug around your whole video and music collection.I think it is great for kids going to college who don't have space in the dorm and won't take the entire family movie collection.
I haven't touched my DVD player in months - it is faster to turn on the TVIX and browse through my movie collection by remote control.
I only wished they made a version that would hold 2 hard drives.

4-0 out of 5 stars No more watching things on the small monitor...
I bought this primarily so that I could watch DivX on the TV in bed. So far, I've had a great experience with this. It plays most of the mainstream codecs such as Xvid, mpg, DivX. The interface is great and it's very very easy to use. Shove a HD in and you're good to go. I gave this product 4 stars as oppose to 5 because some files don't play correctly and codecs such as Real, OGM or WMV are not supported. (Though this situation can easily be remedied by converting the video and who knows perhaps in the future they'll release a firmware upgrade to support more.) Overall, this was a great purchase. I would buy another one if I needed another one without much thought.

5-0 out of 5 stars TViX - What a great idea!
This box is fantastic.I can play the ripped VOBS from a DVD.All you need to do is create a playlist to list the vob files in order.Divx support is very good as well.I formatted this drive (which is not included) with NTFS, and it worked without a hitch.Updating the firmware was a snap as well.

I have nothing but accolades for this little box.

4-0 out of 5 stars Versatile and portable, but the manual needs improvement
Pros: Small size and very portable, barely larger than two 3.5" HDDs stacked together. It supports a wide range of file formats, has lots of A/V connection options, and the jukebox UI is very easy to use.

Cons: The manual does not cover a lot of setup details. The tiny cooling fan is a bit noisy. Video and sound file support is great, but a few more photo file formats would be nice. It only supports jpeg.

I ordered this device along with a separate 250GB HDD, which I installed myself. When I tried to set it up, I discovered that several critical details were not covered in the manual. For example, after I installed the HDD, I plugged it into my TV and powered it ON, expecting to see the setup menu. Nope, it won't get past the splash screen until the HDD is formatted. OK, so I figured that out, no problem. I then discovered that it can either act as an external USB storage device, or it can act as a multimedia jukebox, but it can't do both at the same time. Whenever I plug the USB cable into my PC, the video output is disabled. OK, I can live with that, but it wasn't mentioned anywhere in the manual, and I thought it might have been defective until I realized what was happening. Finally, the manual was a little skimpy on the steps to update the device's firmware, which you can download from the dvico website. The manual wasn't clear that you had to unzip the files into the device's root directory, rather it implied that they had to be in a subfolder. I figured that out with a little trial and error.

The setup menu is pretty simple, and it has a lot of video options, including 480p, 720p and 1080i, as well as selectable screen size options such as 4:3 and 16:9. Selecting the best combination took some trial and error, but I found one that looked right to me after a while.

You can create whatever folder structure you want on the HDD. The jukebox's UI lets you navigate the folders, select files to play, and create playlists. It displays file properties such as size, length, etc. I loaded a few DivX files, and it plays them without any problems. I didn't try any other video formats. I saw no stutters or artifacts. I tried playing a few WMA files, and they played fine through my TV speakers. I haven't hooked it up to the HT receiver yet, but I don't expect to have any problems when I do.

There is a file management application available on the Dvico website. I downloaded it and installed it on my PC, but I have not yet spent much time with it to see how useful it is.

The Dvico website mentions a carrying case, which would come in handy if you plan on taking your TViX with you when you travel. I have no idea where they are sold. Portability is one of the best features of this unit.
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10. Linksys WMLS11B Wireless-B Music System

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Asin: B00031PFO2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 12496
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Product Description

The Linksys Wireless-B Music System liberates the digital music stored on your computer, sending it to your home audio system over your Wi-Fi® network. You'll hear your music files through some good speakers and quality amplification for a change! The Wireless-B Music System comes with detachable speakers. If you're playing it through an existing audio system, you can save space by removing them. Or, attach them, and you've got a portable digital music boombox that works anywhere within range of your wireless network. Using the included remote control and the built-in LCD menus, you can browse your MP3 or WMA music collection on your home PC by title, artist, album, genre, or playlist. Or, access Rhapsody's online digital music service (free trial included) to listen to over 600,000 songs on demand. You can even tune into Internet radio stations without using a computer. Find out how Rhapsody's online music service works with a digital media streamer. See other Rhapsody-compatible digital music streamers. ... Read more

Features

  • Plays music stored on your computer through your home stereo or the detachable speakers
  • compatible with Internet radio stations and Rhapsody music service
  • plays MP3 and WMA files
  • built-in Wi-Fi® (802.11b) capability
  • LCD display

11. BenQ Joybee 102R MP3 Player, 128MB, Orange
by BenQ
list price: $79.99
our price: $99.00
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Asin: B0002UHUKG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: BenQ
Sales Rank: 48875
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Be Different. Be You. The Joybee 102R harks back to the royal balls once held in royal palaces-drawing inspiration from the elegant necklaces and nobles' pocket watches. Bold design and futuristic materials have been melded to create a high-tech aura and produce the exquisitely stylish Joybee portable music player. The Joybee 102R's trend setting and evocative form will convince you that it is a necklace; a bracelet or another elegantly designed personal accessory. With it, you can create a life of boundless vitality, sophisticated sensibility, and Bohemian attitudeShow your creative side with the Joybee 102R and make yourself the center of attention.The Joybee 102R can play MP3/WMA/WAV digital music-10 hours of your favorite rhythms. You can connect the Joybee 102R to a computer to recharge. The Joybee 102R uses flash memory to store your music and data, meaning that you never need worry about damage from vibration. ... Read more

Features

  • PC interface(s) supported - USB 2.0 Full Speed, Arm Band and Necklace headphones included
  • Half the Height and Half the Weight of the Apple iPod Shuffle
  • Wearable MP3 Player, Super light-weight, miniature design
  • Super light (0.35 ounce) andsuper mini (1.6x1.6x0.3 inches), Shock Resistant
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion battery,Battery life - 8 hour(s), MP3/ WMA/ WAV support

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars It's so tiny
I was impressed with the shuffle till I saw the 102R. It is much smaller than the shuffle. The player hangs like a pendant from the headphones. This is quite a neat feature. very secure and easy to get to

If you only need a few hours music and want something hip, this is the way to go ... Read more


12. Philips Streamium SL300i WiFi-Enabled Multimedia Receiver for Home and Internet Entertainment
by Philips
list price: $299.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B000278KMQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 7544
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Product Description

Your SL300i gives you wireless access to multimedia content stored on PCs and brings live streaming Internet entertainment to your existing TV set and/or audio system. ... Read more

Features

  • New features, functions, and media formats readily available through Internet upgrades
  • WiFi 802.11b/g compatible for existing home networks (does not include wireless access device)
  • Measures 1.8 x 7.3 x 7.1 inches (W x H x D)
  • Wireless interface to let you enjoy PC multimedia--music, movies, and photos--on your TV and stereo system
  • Easy access to Internet entertainment, including online music, movie trailers, photo collections, games (requires broadband Internet access)

13. TViX Digital Movie Jukebox (160GB)
by DVICO
list price: $319.00
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Asin: B000653CTK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: DVICO
Sales Rank: 43870
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Product Description

TViX is a digital media jukebox. Simply copy your digital movies, music and photos onto TViX thru USB, then enjoy them on TV in your living room! TViX can be used as a DVD/movie/music jukebox, photo album and even as a portable storage. ... Read more

Features

  • TViX, Remote, Battery, Manual, A/V Cable, USB Cable, Power Cable
  • Enjoy digital movies (DivX, Mpeg-1, Mpeg-2), music (MP3, WMA, OGG), and photos (JPEG) on your TV.
  • MPEG-4(DivX 3.11, 4.x, 5.x, Xvid), MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MP3, OGG, WMA, JPEG. USB External HDD.
  • Uses a 3.5" HDD (not included). Supports FAT32/NTFS (multi-partition). Multilingual subtitle.
  • Video : Composite/S-Video/Component. Audio : Stereo/Optical/Coaxial. USB 2.0. AC90~250V.

14. BenQ Joybee 102R MP3 Player, 128MB, Green
by BenQ
list price: $139.99
our price: $99.00
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Asin: B0002UHUTC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: BenQ
Sales Rank: 47548
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Be Different. Be You. The Joybee 102R harks back to the royal balls once held in royal palaces-drawing inspiration from the elegant necklaces and nobles' pocket watches. Bold design and futuristic materials have been melded to create a high-tech aura and produce the exquisitely stylish Joybee portable music player. The Joybee 102R's trend setting and evocative form will convince you that it is a necklace; a bracelet or another elegantly designed personal accessory. With it, you can create a life of boundless vitality, sophisticated sensibility, and Bohemian attitude Show your creative side with the Joybee 102R and make yourself the center of attention. The Joybee 102R can play MP3/WMA/WAV digital music-10 hours of your favorite rhythms. You can connect the Joybee 102R to a computer to recharge. The Joybee 102R uses flash memory to store your music and data, meaning that you never need worry about damage from vibration. ... Read more

Features

  • PC interface(s) supported - USB 2.0 Full Speed, Arm Band and Necklace headphones included
  • Half the Height and Half the Weight of the Apple iPod Shuffle
  • Wearable MP3 Player, Super light-weight, miniature design
  • Super light (0.35 ounce) andsuper mini (1.6x1.6x0.3 inches), Shock Resistant
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion battery,Battery life - 8 hour(s), MP3/ WMA/ WAV support

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Very unique
The look is unique, and it's easy to wear and operate.It's extremely light.But you need to buy an adapter at Radioshack to make other headphones work with it.And it's a bit of a drag not having an LCD screen. But the computer interface is very easy and quick.I think it's cool!

1-0 out of 5 stars Just a pretty face
As soon as I first saw this tiny little mp3 player on Amazon, I fell in love with it. Who wouldn't? 128mb, cool colors, headphones that you would wear as a necklace, extremely small (4.1" diameter), and .5 ounces - the perfect gadget for a fashion-loving girl like me.

Well. As soon as I took it out of the box (two days after I ordered it on Amazon, by the way! :) I was disappointed. The player had a cheap feel to it. The headphone port does not allow you to use your own headphones as it is smaller than the standard port. There is no display (which I knew but kept convincing myself that it didn't matter) and therefore had no menu options such as fast forward, delete, etc.

To top things off, the player connected to my computer once, I transferred some music on it, and it never connected again!

Pros: Cute, small, innovative headphone design
Cons: No LCD, no menu functions, cheap-feeling, not durable, cannot use your own headphones or USB connector, etc. ... Read more


15. BenQ Joybee 102R MP3 Player, 128MB, Purple
by BenQ
list price: $139.99
our price: $99.00
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Asin: B0002UHUU6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: BenQ
Sales Rank: 26451
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Joybee 102R harks back to the royal balls once held in royal palaces-drawing inspiration from the elegant necklaces and nobles' pocket watches. Bold design and futuristic materials have been melded to create a high-tech aura and produce the exquisitely stylish Joybee portable music player. The Joybee 102R's trend setting and evocative form will convince you that it is a necklace; a bracelet or another elegantly designed personal accessory. With it, you can create a life of boundless vitality, sophisticated sensibility, and Bohemian attitudeShow your creative side with the Joybee 102R and make yourself the center of attention.The Joybee 102R can play MP3/WMA/WAV digital music-10 hours of your favorite rhythms. You can connect the Joybee 102R to a computer to recharge. The Joybee 102R uses flash memory to store your music and data, meaning that you never need worry about damage from vibration. ... Read more

Features

  • PC interface(s) supported - USB 2.0 Full Speed, Arm Band and Necklace headphones included
  • Half the Height and Half the Weight of the Apple iPod Shuffle
  • Wearable MP3 Player, Super light-weight, miniature design
  • Super light (0.35 ounce) andsuper mini (1.6x1.6x0.3 inches), Shock Resistant
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion battery,Battery life - 8 hour(s), MP3/ WMA/ WAV support

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Supercool and light
I bought this a month ago and have been using it daily since. The battery life is nice and long (8hrs), and I love and adore the fact that you don't need another power adaptor to charge it, all you need is a spare USB slot on your computer and it draws power from that. Down side -- the computer must be powered on to charge the thing (unless, like me, you have an external usb hub with separate power). Anyway, overall I love it -- so here's the bottom line:

PROS: Very, very light. Clever in-built neckchain/earpiece means you don't have to find a way to hang this mp3 player on yourself -- it's all there, on one loop of wire. The quality of the earphones is surprisingly good and the overall sound of the player is exceptional compared with others I have owned. Nice centrally located light on front so you know when it's recharging (red) or playing (green) in a glance. When walking, you barely feel it, and it does look and feel like a simple pendant -- great for those who don't want their mp3 player to attract them masses of attention due to its ostentatiousness.

CONS: You can't use another pair of headphones without an adaptor (although I am happy with supplied pair). No LCD screen. No pause button (it switches off when you unplug the earphones, and resumes playing where you were in the song when you plug it back in and hit the On button -- but having to do all this just to pause it can be a little annoying).

The software it comes with is very non-intuitive and basically sucks but is workable if you are patient. There's no fast way of reordering songs when you add them to a playlist (it plays them in the order you add them -- period); to test play a song requires more than one mouseclick. And there's no way to easily burn songs from the playlist -- adding songs must be done from a different menu selection. But the worst thing is when I tried to just drag and drop songs on the device and bypass the program, it doesn't play those ones, so I will have to return to the Qmusic software and basically 'switch on' those mp3s by selecting them so the device sees them.

On balance -- think about this, the time you spend downloading songs onto it will be minimal. Most people, once it's done, it's done, so the above quirks are just that. The most time you'll be spending with your player is actually playing it (full marks for its ability and sound there) and recharging it (fast). So in sum: this player IS worth it, I would buy it again, and I don't think anyone else will have much regret either, unless they get a dud right out of the box or something.

5-0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL WONDERFUL
I just got this for christmas and i love it. the only complaint i have is that the headphones hurt your ears.its nice that you can take a friends cd or something and put it on there useing your computer and then you can have that cd on your mp3 and your friend can have their cd back. ITs nice thats its light and can hang around your neck. Its portable and easy to handle and great for all ages. ... Read more


16. MuzicVault 60GB MP3 Server Jukebox Player, Sony Palm PDA Controller included
by MPTRONIX
list price: $699.99
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Asin: B0006HIDO2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: MPTRONIX
Sales Rank: 115924
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Product Description

* The MuzicVault is Bluetooth ready, access and control the MuzicVault wirelessly. * Optional Garmin iQue audio support mixes navigational audio into your muzic for easy GPS guidance. * Ultimate user interface, the Palm PDA. Total control using buttons, touchscreen or handwriting recognition. Email or see our website for list of supported PDA's * Internal high quality digitally controlled FM transmitter for super easy home or car installation. Transmitter allows you to place your MP3 audio anywhere on the FM dial. * Unbelievable capacity. Larger sizes as technology moves ahead.... * Fiber optic output for the ultimate digital connection. * Switched line inputs, allows a simple connection between head unit and amps. * Built in PDA charging, never need to charge your PDA again! * Play modes include all songs in album or directory, all songs on disk and random modes. * Indicator lights on unit as well as on cable, show power, communication, and hard drive activity. * PC,MAC, and Linux support via external USB 2.0 connection Mass Storage class driver. * Ultra fast file transfer rate of 480Mbps is as fast as a hard drive copy. * Dynamic playlist support, allows creation of any favorite list you can think of. * Supports MP3 at 8-320 Kbps (including VBR) * Optional IR reciever for Blaupunkt Thummer and other remotes. * Car ignition input allows automatic startup and shutdown of player with car. * Simple 3 wire car installation, just power ground and ignition. * High quality, heavy duty extruded aluminum case. Cherry red or gray colors available. * NO proprietary software of any kind required. All operations can be done with windows explorer or like. * Open source PDA application and communication spec availible free to developers. * Infinite anti-shock buffer, will never skip. * Super easy transfers of all MP3 files! * Please see our website for more info. ... Read more

Features

  • Sony High resolution color PDA included in bundle deal preprogrammed and ready to use.
  • Removable hard disk, upgradable, USB 2.0 (480 Mbps) transfers, Win, MAC, or Linux, no special software required.
  • Built in FM transmitter covers entire home or car, line outputs, fiber optic out, car or wall power input, easy to install.
  • Options include Bluetooth controller, steering wheel remote, gooseneck mount and various other mounting options.
  • Dynamic playlist support, super easy control of your entire muzic library. Specify color (red or gray) and PDA cable type when ordering or email us.

17. Audiovox PVR1000 Portable Personal Video Recorder with 2.5" LCD
by AudioVox
list price: $219.99
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Asin: B0002DG0MM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: AudioVox
Sales Rank: 54715
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Audiovox PVR1000 is your home away from home: a portable device capable of letting you enjoy your digital photos, digital music, and digital video through a standard headphone jack, a 2.5-inch TFT LCD screen, and a single onboard speaker. What's more, you can use the unit to record video programs from camcorder, VCR, television, or other sources for viewing at lunch, on the road, or on vacation. It'll serve nicely as a digital voice recorder with its own built-in condenser microphone. The PVR1000 offers 32 MB internal memory and an SD/MMC card port for expanding the unit's memory to a full gigabyte.

Compatible video formats include MPEG-4 video, JPEG images, and MP3 and WAV audio files, and supplied software helps you convert multiple video file formats to the MPEG-4-compatible ASF format. Hook it up to your PC--or, when using it as a mass-storage device, to your Macintosh computer, as well--using a standard USB interface.

Use it as an alarm clock and a calendar, or play games (tic-tac-toe, puzzle) on the bus or subway. Share photos with friends, colleagues, or family members. It's DPS-ready, too. That means you can print photos directly from the PVR1000 without ever attaching it to a computer. Shoot with your SD/MMC camera, view and print with the PVR1000--it's that simple.

What's in the Box
Personal media recorder, a software CD-ROM (including user's guide), an audio/video input cable, and an AC/DC power adapter. ... Read more

Features

  • Measures 3 x 3.7 x .78 inches (W x H x D)
  • Portable personal media player/recorder with 2.5-inch color TFT LCD and 32 MB internal memory; plays ASF, JPEG, MP3, and WAV files
  • Audio-video input for video recording from composite-video sources; offers SD/MMC card port, USB interface, and rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Built-in microphone lets you use it as a portable voice recorder; lets you print photos without attaching to a PC (DPS-ready)
  • Media playback: PC only; mass-storage use: PC and Macintosh compatible

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars The unit is great for kids
Pros: Good quality TFT screen, video playback, support for larger SD cards

Cons: Awkward UI, poor bundled software, weak manufacturing and design

The bottom line: Unless you're ready and willing to spend $00+ on a Personal Media Center (the gold standard) and want to play portable video and audio - and can live with the limitations - the Mustek PVR-A1 32 is a great choice. Perfect for young kids (and even adults).

The Mustek PVR-A1 is a great unit - we purchased two for our kids at Christmas and have used on a couple of trips with great success. Yes, it has some limitations, but for $129 on line, it has great value for money.

I use the units with 256MB and 512MB SD cards (all regular, off the shelf name brands) with success.

Our kids (both under 7) used this on family trips and it easily lasted a 2 hr flight with battery power to spare.

Negatives include...

- the bundled "Multimedia Converter" to covert files - you can load cards directly from your PC (assuming you have an SD reader on your PC). As noted in other reviews, the PC software application that comes with the unit is not very intuitive and prone to problems.

- operational controls are weak, with limited fast-forward and rewind. if you pause a file you will not be able to play from where you left off if you power down/sleep the unit.

- FF is too slow for watching video.

- low quality design and manufacturing, resulting in a weak batter door, front panel controls. Perfect for smaller fingers, adults may have some difficulty turning the unit on and off. The included soft case and screen make up for these limitations.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not Very good
Bought this..Sound is terrible..Has a white noise during playback of video..The fast forward option is so slow and if you press fast forward in just a little will go back to begining of video..No way to advance video ahead to where you left off..Cant save video position if you turn off must start from begining..Mp3 player is good though..Wish I would of saved money and went with Archos PVR.. ... Read more


18. Ultra MP3 / 128MB / 2-in-1 / MP3 Player
by Ultra
list price: $49.97
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Asin: B000234WKE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Ultra
Sales Rank: 97749
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Product Description

World's Smallest USB MP3 Player + Flash Drive!The Ultra 2-in-1 128MB MP3 player is the solution to your portable music and as well as flash storage needs. The light-weight portable MP3 player packs all the features you need in tiny yet powerful palm sized package. It's simple to use and converts into a portable USB flash drive in seconds. Perfect for students who want to store their favorite music, homework and pictures in one place. The player features ergonomic controls and high-quality stereo headphones. Storing up to 128MBs of CD quality MP3 music (about 20 songs), data and images, you are sure to enjoy the fun and convenience of this nifty portable device. This player can be used as a mobile storage disk while plugging the player into PC to exchange data with friends or updating (download/delete) MP3 music on the player. Simply attach the player to your shirt or belt, and you can listen to your favorite tunes hands-free! ... Read more

Features

  • MP3 Playback
  • High Speed USB 12 Mbps
  • No drivers necessary in Windows ME/2000/XP, Mac OS 9.x, Linux Kernel 2.4x operating system or higher
  • Built-in 128MB memory
  • Battery life: 8 hours or more!

19. Acer iRhythm 900MHz Wireless Remote Tuner
by Acer iRhythm
list price: $89.95
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Asin: B00005AKMK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Acer iRhythm
Sales Rank: 45302
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Listen to your own MP3 playing lists
  • Includes remote tuner, base-unit transmitter, and receiver
  • Optimized for broadband; hundreds of preset Internet radio stations--sort by genre
  • Wirelessly play Internet music and MP3 files over your home stereo or headphones
  • Transmits from your PC--connects to your stereo

Reviews (20)

1-0 out of 5 stars ALERT - the website that this hardware needs is DEAD
HI - I wrote a review of this earlier this year - and I am still impressed by the fact you can send computer audio or any audio throughout your house...However, it looks like as of about May 1, 2004 the website that the hardware works with is no longer active.When you are deciding whether you want this, factor that into your decision.In my case, it's still good, but I can no longer control the channels.I have to set up some audio playing on the PC first and I can't change channels. Buyer beware.

4-0 out of 5 stars 2004 review - Great if you can get it for $40 or less!
Introduction:
I first bought a RCA pair of wireless speakers over ebay for listening to internet radio in my bedroom - that was okay, but lacked a headphone option and control of the channels I listen too -- and I was forced to hang out near the bulky speakers.

Now, seeing the Acer/SonicBox thing for $40, I bought it -WORD OF CAUTION: don't get the KO version unless you don't need wireless.As long as you get the little blue pager thingee, you will be able to broadcast from the square transmitter thing 'up to 100 feet'.For me wireless was the whole purpose.

Summary:
It works pretty well even several rooms away on a different floor.In 2004 though, it looks like the manufacturer is out of business or not supporting the product and about a third of the preprogrammed stations don't seem to work for me.However, I love this product!Now I can listen to channels fro around the world from VOA to VOIran (!)

Interesting Points I found:
* The RCA 900 mhz speaker/transmitters I already owned seem to work with the Sonicbox - though not in stereo.I am trying to figure out how do something neat with this.
* Pray your IRhythm works - mine worked well.I'm not sure how you'd get service or help if it doesn't work.This does seem to be the best remote internet listening choice.
* I'm still trying to figure out how to get extra stations added. I have been able to add most mediaplayer format streaming stations, but haven't had any luck with ReadAudio stations added to 'your personal Z band'.I'm not sure how to get MP3s to work.
* My PC is XP Home and seems to work fine with the tool.There doesn't seem to be much help for hacking or using this product on the web.I'm using these customer reviews as my primary help source! (Thanks Amazon for having the reviews in the first place!)
* This product is actually a pretty cheap way to make yourself a pair of wireless headphones - just plug your good headphones into the pager thingee and an audio source into the transmitter input and you've got decent stereo - though I would not agree with other reviewers that the sound is better than a good FM tuner.
* I have a CABLE MODEM (read: Broadband Connection) which makes the IRhythm a great thing to have.I don't know if I would think the product was so good if I didn't have a fast constant connection to the internet.

It would be great if someone with a dial up modem could tell us all if the product is still any good -- for example, wouldn't it be cool if when you turn on the unit it was smart enough to dial up your internet provider and get you on line, even though you are in another room lying on your bed!

5-0 out of 5 stars Super gadget, easy to use, multiple uses!
The Acer iRhythm 900MHz Wireless Remote Tuner works as advertised.
Easy installation (get the software updates online), very good sound quality, a very clever device that is handsomely designed and well constructed.

In addition to being able to access a (seeming) zillion internet radio stations, the remote device can also wirelessly "broadcast" your music playlists (or internet radio) from your PC to your home sound system or headphones (using the included small remote receiver).

It is recommended that you also install the latest FREE versions of Windows Media Player and Real One Player.Somehow these players interface with the iRhythm Tuner and expand its capabilities.

A cautionary note:The iRhythm software may tell you, incorrectly, that you have obsolete versions of Windows Media and Real One Players.This slight error does not affect the functionality of the unit and can be ignored.

The unit is optimized for Broadband/DSL connections but will operate with a good 56K modem connection.If you can stream music using Windows Media or Real One Players then the device will work on your system.

Summary, it is a fun and highly practical device that enables you to squeeze more audio entertainment from the internet and from your PC.

2-0 out of 5 stars Software Issues / No Support
I like transmitting audio from my machine to my home stereo. My wife really likes it a lot - Austin radio is terrible - so getting a few thousand more stations is great. I bought the remote tuner though and the software always crashes. I wrote support and got no answer. I've also checked the web -- nothing. Also weekends are bad because many people are using their cordless phones in our building and so we get the loud "BBRRRRPPPP!" every couple of minutes when someone uses their phone or gets a call.

4-0 out of 5 stars We love it
This is great for listening to Internet Radio over your regular stereo.It sets up in minutes.The only problem is that it get noisy (Rarely though)because it works like a cordless phone.Well worth every penny! ... Read more


20. Creative MuVo Micro N200 256 MB MP3 Player White
by Creative Labs
list price: $89.99
our price: $64.98
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00067KZBQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 1126
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Weighing just a little more than an ounce, the incredibly thin Creative MuVo Micro N200 packs a lot of features into its small package. In addition to multiformat digital audio playback--both MP3 and WMA--the Micro N200 also offers an FM radio, voice recorder, and line-in recording capability.

The Micro N200 plays both MP3 and WMA digital audio files; the 256 MB internal flash memory will store up to eight hours of WMA files at 64 kbps or up to four hours of MP3 music at 128 kbps. With support for WMA, MuVo Micro N200 offers you access to the widest selection of music download services on the Internet, including Best Buy MusicNow, Buy Music, Musicmatch, and Napster.

The Micro N200 enables line-in recording to create MP3 files directly from a CD, mini-disc or record player, and high-quality digital voice recording via the built-in microphone--perfect for recording voice notes, interviews, or lectures. The Micro N200 also plays and records FM radio. You can also use the Micro N200 as a mass storage USB drive, enabling you to carry important documents and presentations.

It's powered by one AAA battery that provides up to 15 hours of continuous play. With super-fast USB 2.0 connectivity and simple drag-and-drop transfer without software, the Micro N200 accepts music files as quickly as a song per second. A blue, backlit LCD screen--reversible for left- or right-handed operation--displays song title, play time, play mode, FM tuner, and preset settings. Songs and EQ settings can be easily accessed and selected with one finger using the side-mounted scroller button.

What's in the Box
This package includes the 256 MB MuVo Micro N200, dynamic bass stereo headphones, neck strap, sports armband and case, line-in cable, 1 AAA battery, and CD-ROM with Creative MediaSource music management software. MediaSource is an easy-to-use application for ripping CDs, organizing entire digital music collections, and easily transferring MP3 and WMA files. ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with Windows 98SE, 2000, Me, XP
  • Holds up to 8 hours WMA or 4 hours MP3 music
  • Line-in connects directly from any audio source for music recording
  • Built-in mic allows recording quick notes or lectures
  • USB 2.0 connection transfers songs from your computer in seconds

Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars Works with Mac and iTunes, Great Price
I had been looking to get a MP3 player for use at the gym.I was looking at the ipod shuffle, iriver and this creative player.The Creative Muvo is by far the best player for cost.I was not pleased with the ipod and the iriver is a bit more expensive.This player works great with iTunes on my Mac even though it does not specify any Mac compatibility.With all the options and having all the acessories come with this player, it is definitly a great value and a great player.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great player with one problem
I just got this, my first mp3 player, yesterday.Sound is great, pretty easy to set up and use, with one problem.I tried for hours last night to get my songs to play in order (a playlist order; they weren't from the same album).Every time, they would be in the correct order on the computer, then when they would transfer to the player they were in alphabetical order.I tried several things and alphabetical order every time.I did an internet search and seems this is a known problem (I didn't know before purchase) and requires more software in order to set up playlists.It costs $15 but works great and so far is worth it.The software and more information is at http://www.redchairsoftware.com/notmad/featmv.php.

Overall I'm satisfied so far, but wish I'd known this ahead of time.This may be a problem with other brands, too, as this same site had additional software for iRiver players and others.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Value for Money
I got this feature-packed digital music player for under $70 - and like most other people, I was also surprised to see that it was much smaller than I expected.

Here's what I liked:
* Plays MP3 and WMA's (format used by majority of online music stores - not just iTunes)
* FM Tuner - High quality reception, even better than my Sony CD Walkman!!
* Extremely small and light!!
* Voice Recording and FM recording.
* Line-in (cable provided)
* LCD Screen with adjustable contrast provides menu to select featured and settings. No such thing in iPod Shuffle.
* Small "scroll" wheel (like the one found in a PC mouse but much smaller) to skip songs or select menu with a thumb.
* Includes belt clip and sports armband.
* Can be used as USB disk to store/transfer files.
* Easy to use - use Windows Explorer (for unprotected content), Windows Media Player, or Creative Media Explorer to drag and drop files.

Some words of caution:
* At 128kbps, 256mb runs out pretty soon 3 CD's max. Better go for 512MB.
* No neckstrap or lanyard - online product description said ther was one, but there was none in the shipped product.
* Color is different from shown in the pictures - it's *not* all-white. It's white with a blue border around the LCD screen.
* Unlike iPod shuffle or a USB disk, the player does not plug directly into the PC - it requires a USB cable (which is included). But then again, that helps keeping the size of the device smaller.

One reviewer mentioned that recorded files are stored in WAV. That's true but the only downside is that the file-size is larger than MP3, since WAV is an uncompressed format. That does *not* mean that the quality is not suitable for music.

Overall, a great buy if you want an MP3 player with FM.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very nice overall
Pro/Con/Neutral observations all mixed in:

Second to the iPod Shuffle, it's one of the slimmest MP3 players out there.

5 band equalizer in addition to preset options.The custom EQ is real-time, so you can hear the sound change as you adjust it.I wish the presets (you know, "rock, jazz, etc") would show you how they are actually setting the EQ, but I guess it either sounds good or doesn't.I always use the custom EQ anyway.

Easy to find most menu options. Some options are a little abrupt, like selecting FM recording and it just starts--there is not menu for it.But this is actually kind of handy, because you can just select it to record quickly.I figured out how to use all of the features in about 60 seconds.I can also get to any option pretty fast.

No software needed, just plug in and drag/drop.

Single-level folder navigation - it can only see the first level of folders, but it can still play everything in sub-level folders, you just can't specify which folder within a folder is playing.

Perfectly-fit rubber slip-in case with clip.It's very basic, and probably costs about 50 cents to make, and it is EXACTLY what I wish all small devices included.

Headphones have good bass response, but they are a little large in size compared to my Sennheiser 500's making them less comfortable to wear.

The volume up/down keys are loose within their set holes, so they rattle.They could have fixed this cheapish annoyance by adding a tiny bump to the inside of the case.It's annoying, but it doesn't affect anything.

As far as I can tell, you can't "browse" through your other songs while one song is playing.

The price is good when it is on sale.

Only a 3 month labor warranty, 1 year for parts.That means after 3 months you have to pay them to repair it.In my repair-related work experience, labor is usually the larger part of repairing most electronic items, so after 3 months the manufacturer could be covering less than half of repair costs.That said, I don't know what Creative typically charges people for labor, but it's kind of a shady policy.I would rather have 6 months parts and labor than the unbalanced 3/12 months.

There is a built-in mic for recording.Low-quality, short-range pickup good pretty much just for notes when you really need it.

It has an input jack for recording (in addition to the microphone).It's a 3/32 jack, not the regular 1/8, but it does include a cable that adapts it to fit the regular size.I haven't tried MP3 recording, but I don't really have a use for it.

The sound quality is not exceptional.There is a slight hiss sound typical to all small audio devices, so this isn't really bad, but you would get better sound quality from one of the larger MP3 players like the Zen.

The rubber cap protecting the USB port is permanantly attached so you won't lose it.Ironically, the line in jack, which most people will never use, is has no cap.But if I am not going to ever use it I guess it doesn't matter if it collects lint.

It picks up where you left off when you turn it on.I think this is common now, but I am not sure all MP3 players always did.


UPDATE:

It started to have some major problems with not being able to play certain songs (about half of them!), both mp3 and wma formats of average size.I tried deleting and reloading the files and it still wouldn't work.Updating the firmware (by downloading and running a file from the creative website) seems to have fixed it.

3-0 out of 5 stars FM Recording is NOT MP3
At this price, I would've bought the N200 solely for FM recording but there is a problem... It records FM only in wav, not mp3. That means the quality is not suitable for music. This is according to CNET's review, and this fact was well obscured by Creative's crafty marketing. ... Read more


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