Samsung Yepp T5V MP3 Player Review

Admin - 2007-02-09 23:41:04 in Mobile, Music / Video Players
Category: Mobile, Music / Video Players
Reviewed by: Admin   
Reviewed on: October 27, 2004
Price: N/A
Introduction
Greetings and welcome to another OverClockersClub review. Once again, I'll be looking at a new offering from the Samsung Digital department, this time the Yepp T5V 256M MP3 player. If you'll all recall, the last offering was the Yepp 55i, a good looking package, but a sadly incomplete feeling unit. Will the T5V be able to change the tempo for these Samsung MP3 players? Let's take a look.


What's Included
Again with the T5V we see the Samsung typical plastic clamshell packaging. Again, I'll note that the packaging is really solid and safe feeling, but with the distinct disadvantage of never being to use the package again once you tear into it. The T5V is proudly floating on the top of the package, with the accessories tucked away hidden underneath at the bottom of the package.

 


After tearing the packagin open, we find inside:
  • The YP-T5V
  • Basic earbuds
  • One AAA battery
  • One neck strap
  • One carrying case
  • Quick-connect USB attachment
  • USB cable
  • Instuction manual and installation CD
  • Line-in cable




Again, the detail in the T5V is very detailed; seemingly even more so then the YP-55i. Once again, the included drivers and software really aren't needed, with the USB drivers already being installed if you have any recent copy of Windows from the past decade or so and the software isn't really necessary either, unfortunately. Same as the 55i, the software isn't very well put together, and is rather redundant overall. It makes sense, seeing as it’s the same piece of software. 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. Closer Look (Continued)
The menu is pretty straightforward, with the knob scrolling up and down, and forward and back through the menus (forward to move to a menu item, back to go to the previous menu) and since the menu is pretty large, with a big number of features, the menu tree itself is inside the manual, so you'll never have too much trouble finding exactly the item you want to.



The backlight on the T5V is green, and the knob lights up as well (blue), giving it a bit of extra style. Neat stuff. Again, you can adjust pretty much everything on the Yepp, from the length the backlight stays on, to default volume, to the time before the unit automatically shuts off (if no music is playing).

Now, as for the improvements over the previously reviewed YP-55i. Number one, and in my opinion the most important, is the ability to create a playlist, which means that I can finally listen to live albums in order, which makes my life a little more relaxed (I really like live CDs, okay?) It takes a while to get used to the Playlist function, but after you've got the hang of it, you're kosher.



The second major improvement is the carrying case. While the 55i carrying case was a complete fiasco that made absolutely no sense, and made the unit completely inaccessible, the T5V carrying case is a clear, heavy plastic with holes in all the right places to make using the unit while in its protective case a breeze. Congratulations to Samsung for creating a great carrying case for this one completely redeemed from the last disaster.

The T5V still maintains the USB 1.1 connection unfortunately, but with its greater capacity, and the additional function of using this MP3 player as a USB key it all balances out.

Conclusion

With the smaller size, greater capacity, vastly improved case and the ability to create a playlist, the Samsung Yepp T5V is an amazing piece of work. The sound is still crisp and clear, and I've also noticed an improvement in the player's identification of songs - while the songs you load on will appear in a seemingly random order, the ID3 tag recognition process allows you to quickly see what song is playing, as the title of the song now comes up first, then the artist. All that is left to improve is an easy way to create those playlists, and the Yepp would be virtually flawless.

Overall, the improvements on an already solid unit, the size versus capacity and the absolute plethora of features available in this little unit make the T5V an excellent choice for those looking to stay in the price range below HDD-based MP3 players. The T5V comes highly recommended by this reviewer.



Pros

  • Small size
  • Tons of functionality
  • Easy to Use
  • Drag and Drop
  • Looks amazing
  • ID3 Tag compliant
  • Incredibly well written and detailed user manual
  • Improved and useful carrying case
  • Ability to create playlists

Cons

  • USB 1.1
  • Useless software