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Samsung Yepp 780V MP3 Player Review

Former staff writer    -   December 22, 2004
Category: Mobile, Music / Video Players
Price: N/A


Introduction
Today we have a third installment in the MP3 collection from Samsung. We'll be reviewing the YP-780V, another 256M mp3 player similar to the last two, but still drastically different. This Yepp looks nothing like the previous two, but can it hold up to the bar set by the T5V? Let's take a look.


What's Included
For a third time with the 780V we see the Samsung typical plastic clamshell packaging. The packaging is really solid, but with the distinct disadvantage of never being to use the package again once you tear into it. Again the 780V is displayed in clear at the top, with the accessories in the bottom.



Upon opening the packaging, we find:
  • Yepp 780V
  • Basic earphones
  • USB port cable
  • Software CD
  • User Manual
  • Neck Strap
  • Carrying Case
  • Line-in cable
  • 2-AAA batteries (not pictured)




The package has got everything you need to get the Yepp up and going, apart from the music. The included software is the catching point for this Yepp - FINALLY we have some useful software! The Yepp Studio is finally a fairly slick piece of work, allowing you to arrange a playlist on the computer, and copy that playlist to the Yepp, in an arrangement of your choosing. Finally I can listen to my Live CDs again! More on the software in a moment.


Features
The features of this Yepp are similar to the previous two, offering FM radio and recording, as well as Voice and Line-in recording.
  • Touchpad operated key
  • 256 MB
  • MP3/WMA/OGG[Ogg vobis] (upgradeable Firmware)
  • Variable Equalizer (User, POP/Classic/Jazz/Rock/DBB)
  • FM Tuner
  • SRS WOW 3-D Surround
  • Scalable MP3 (Save memory size by half)
  • MP3/FM Encoding
  • 20Hours playback(AAA x 2)
  • MP3, WMA Playback
  • Voice Recording
  • Lyric Auto Sync display (LDB)
  • Aluminum/Acryl mold
Since the majority of the features are the same, I'll focus on the ones that are different from the previous two Yepp reviews. To begin, the 780V is a touchpad MP3 player, as opposed to the button-driven 55i and T5V. This makes the 780V quite larger, but still very, very small. In our forums, we've been asked to compare the size of the MP3 players, so here we have a quarter (for size reference), the 55i, the T5V and the 780V.



As you can see, its not a drastic change in size, but that extra room yields a HUGE amount of maneuverability when you're trying to change a menu option. This Yepp also offers more ability to listen to different track types, now including OGG Vorbis, on top of MP3, WMA and WAV.

The 780V also offers the ability to further compress your MP3s with 2xMP3, thus increasing your total track count by nearly 100%.



  1. Introduction
  2. Closer Look
  3. Closer Look (Cont) & Conclusion
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