Reviews and Problems with Creative NOMAD Jukebox 3
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This Player Made it Through the War!
Christopher Hunt, Amazon
17 January 2005
Summary: So, I got a Jukebox 3 for Christmas two years ago. Since then, I took it with me backpacking for six months around the world, use it daily at work, take it with me whenever I travel, use it as my home stereo, and generally beat the hell out of it. I've dropped it multiple times on hard surfaces, and exposed it to heat, cold, and almost anything you can think of. I am so impressed with this product and its durability. Sure, there are some drawbacks to the Jukebox 3.
Summary: I have read a lot of negative reviews on this system and would just like to add my own Imput. I bought my NJ3 in SEP 02. I took it with me to Afghanistan for 7 months. Afghanistan happens to be the worse place for Electronics in the worlds. Dust and filth... Just Awful. I dropped my player quite a few times. Took it with me on missions. Used it every single day. After 2 years my player still works perfectly. Its worn beyond belief but still works fine.
Summary: I bought this product because of the many features it has. I particularly like the fact that you can record from other players onto it. You can take a line in off of your computer and record streaming audio to listen to later. The USB 1 is reasonble,although USB 2 would be nice. It only takes about 1-2 seconds per song to load. The button layout takes a little getting used to, but once you do, it becomes intuitive.
Summary: I don't use this for playing music back. I use it to record original content: interviews, sporting events, choral music. There seem to be a limited number of products like this that make good recordings. Nomad Jukebox 3 makes excellent line in (high level) recordings. The VU meters don't seem precise enough to rely on much, but there is so little noise that you don't need to set levels very high.
Summary: I have had NJ3 for exactly a year now and I decided to share my thoughts with you. I only had one problem,which is known to owners of NJ3 as "Erratic scroll" control. I upgraded to firmeware "1.20.06. and that solved it completely. I am giving it a 5 stars, because I am comparing it to what was and is available out there and I can see that NJ3 stands out in features.
Summary: I agree with most of the praises for this device, so I'll limit my review to my misgivings about it: 1. I had to send it back for repairs twice in a year - after a couple of months it just died. 2. several times I had to perform the "clean up" operation from its "rescue mode" menu - which is only documented on the web site, not in any of the accompanying manuals (paper or digital).
Summary: Creative MP3 jukeboxes sound like a great idea but they come with laughably brief warranties. Creative offers a three month warranty, but considering the high cost, that is unacceptable. Keep in mind that an MP3 jukebox is nothing more than a laptop hard drive in a flimsy plastic case. Creative is inflexible about the warranty, as I found out, and considering that my Nomad has failed three times I can only warn that it is a very poor investment.
Summary: Well, back in the day, I used to own the original Nomad. Granted the battery life was horrid, but the thing had more than decent sound. I had that for about a year and half (no lie) but I finally filled it up and had to upgrade. Two days ago, after drooling over it for an eternity, I got my Nomad Jukebox 3. Lets start with sound quality. This thing's headphone amp is the most powerful I've ever heard.
Summary: I had the Original Nomad Jukebox (6GB) since it first came out in 2000 and I used it so much that all the markings on the buttons were worn off! But it got to the point where I was having to delete some of my music to add new songs, so I've opted to go to the 20gb Nomad3. I barely considered any other player, I've been so satisfied with the Nomad product. I use it at work, at home, on my computer and with my stereo, and for hiking and working out.
Summary: I wasn't sure about buying the Nomad Jukebox 3 because of the mixed reviews but now that I got mine and loaded it with around 4,500 songs I can say that it's a fine piece of hardware (the bundled software is useless, get Notmad instead). The sound is great and the 2 line outs are definitely the selling point over the Jukebox Zen, It's great to be able to connect the player to your home stereo or multimedia speakers.