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Archos 504

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    5.5 5.5 from 9 reviewers
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    4.9 4.9 from 14 reviewers
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    5.7 5.7 from 7 reviewers
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    4.8 4.8 from 8 reviewers
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    4.0 4.0 from 2 reviewers
  • Sound quality (12)
    5.0 5.0 from 12 reviewers
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    4.0 4.0 from 3 reviewers
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    6.7 6.7 from 2 reviewers
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    5.1 5.1 from 5 reviewers
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Archos 504

The Archos 504 is a portable multimedia player that supports audio & video playback and photo & PDF viewing. The player can also be used to record both audio and video.

The gadget has a scratch-resistant brushed metal casing. It measures 5.1 x 3.0 x 0.9 inches and weighs approximately 11.15 ounces. It is powered by a removable Lithium-Ion polymer battery that can last up to 17 hours of music playback and up to 5.5 hours of video playback. The battery can be charged using a computer USB…

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Archos 504

The Archos 504 is a portable multimedia player that supports audio & video playback and photo & PDF viewing. The player can also be used to record both audio and video.

The gadget has a scratch-resistant brushed metal casing. It measures 5.1 x 3.0 x 0.9 inches and weighs approximately 11.15 ounces. It is powered by a removable Lithium-Ion polymer battery that can last up to 17 hours of music playback and up to 5.5 hours of video playback. The battery can be charged using a computer USB port or a power adapter.

The Archos 504 is available with either an 80 or a 160 gigabyte hard drive which can approximately store up to 95,000 songs, 200 videos, or 1.6 million image files. It is equipped with a 4.3-inch 480 x 272-pixels resolution TFT display that supports more than 16 million colors.

Audio Player & Recorder

The Archos 504 is most popular as an MP3 player but it supports other popular audio formats including WAV, WMA, and protected WMA files. It also comes with an improved version of the ARC Library which allows users to create playlists and organize their audio files and sort them by artist, album, genre, title, or year.

The player can also be used for voice recording as it features an integrated microphone. Audio files can also be recorded using accessories such as the DVR travel adapter and the DVR Station.

Video Player & Recorder

The Archos 504 plays MPEG-4, WMV, and protected WMV and reads MPEG-4 AAC/H.264, MPEG-2, and VOB. Other features of the video player include slow motion playing and video editing. The screen size of the player can also be adjusted.

Recording videos with the Archos 504 is possible using the optional DVR Station. Through this, users can record VGA-resolution (640 x 480 pixels) AVI videos in MPEG-4 SP with ADPCM stereo sound at 30 or 25 frames per second.

Other Features

The multimedia player supports the storage and viewing of images in JPEG, BMP, and PNG formats. It can also be used to view PDF documents.

Review Summary

The Archos 504 is actually available in 40GB, 80GB, and 160GB options. The unit's great strength is its gorgeous 4.3-inch wide screen that offers 16 million colors, perfect for both photo and video viewing. The large screen offers incredible picture quality for its size. The do-it-all player has a vast array of accessory options available for purchase as well. Controls are considered excellent for tactile purposes and the sophisticated interface provides easy to use selection screens. With the optional accessory kit, you can record both audio and video and the unit features a removable battery. Offering an extremely fast photo viewer that includes zoom, music background and transition effects, this unit is exceptionally fun to play with. The Archos 504 reads all standard video formats and records directly from your TV in MPEG-4 format, provided you purchase the optional DVR Station.

On the negative side, the Archos 504 is deemed to be a bit bulky and the standard purchase does not include a kickstand for the device. Furthermore, the user must purchase separate kits to record audio/video and must purchase a separate kit to get the power adapter (you can charge with the USB connection to your computer, generally a slow charging process). If only these folks knew that they could top the list by making some of these basics part of the standard purchase. One reviewer expressed disappointment with the speaker volume capabilities. Another reviewer expressed great disappointment with battery life. However, the battery is removable allowing for quick substitution for extended viewing possibilities The Archos 504 offers crisp sound overall and great DVD quality viewing. It also offers advanced music player capabilities that display track, artist, album and album cover information. That said, most reviewers pointed to the company's AV 500 unit as a better overall product, but this could fit the techie who wants to mix the music and photo functions.

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