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Samsung Yepp T5V MP3 Player Review

Former staff writer    -   October 27, 2004


Specifications
  • Multi-format Support (MP3,WMA) with upgradeable Firmware
  • 192MB Built-in Flash Memory
  • FM Tuner
  • Blue Color Backlight LCD Display
  • ID3 Tag Display (title,file name)
  • FM encoding
  • Voice Recording
  • USB 1.1 Support (direct plug to PC)
  • Over 15 hrs. of Playback (AAA x 1)



Closer Look
One of the best parts of this article is that the Yepp setups and features are so similar; I don't have to write this section again! Check it out:

The Yepp itself has a whole load of features (as you can see above). One of the most interesting ones is the ability to encode on the fly. This is done from a variety of sources. First, you can encode from FM radio, which I personally find fantastic (there's a 4 hour continuous DJ spin on one of the local radio stations here) The file is encoded and placed in a separate folder, which unfortunately means you cannot listen to it right away, but needs to be moved around on your computer first. Similarly, you can encode (with the Line cable) from another audio source - if someone else has an amazing tune on their CD player that you want, you can grab it off them without the bother of ripping it onto a computer first. Similarly, the Yepp can record voice using an integrated microphone. The voice recordings you can listen to right away and you can listen to them right away, unlike the FM recordings. The microphone (which I tested) was extremely good, holding it farther aw! ay and facing the opposite direction didn't faze it a bit. The Voice recordings are recorded in WAV format, as opposed to the FM encoding's MP3 format. As previously mentioned, only the Voice recordings are immediately available - both the Line and FM recordings must be transferred out of their folders first (/LINE_ENC and /FM_ENC) before they can be listened to.

So, from here we go to the layout. Where the 55i was small, the T5V is miniscule, literally nearly the size of the AAA battery it takes to run it.



So, to start off, we have the LCD screen, which is unfortunately quite small, but the writing on the actual screen has been scaled down as well to match it. While you'll basically never get a full title onto the screen, it scrolls to let you see it. Best of luck if you have bad eyes though. To the right of the screen is the main control. This little swivel knob has a number of functions. It adjusts volume and skips through songs to begin, but when you press it down (similar to a Playstation controller L3/R3 button if you get the idea, just smaller) it opens the main menu, and allows for navigation through them.



On the top of the unit, we have the Hold slider, the Play/Pause/On/Off button, the A-B loop/playlist control button, and the Record button. The names alone are pretty much giveaways, the Record button controls FM, Voice and Line-in recording, and the A-B loop control allows you to loop a certain part of a song or start the playlist.

 




The ends of the unit have the line-in and earphone plugs, the opening for the battery compartment, and the USB plug.



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