Summary: It is the only portable player to meet the follow pluses: 1) can play flac, ape (up to fast mode), wav files with any of bitrates/samplerates (24bit/96000 for example) (RockBox firmware) 2) understands .cue files (RockBox firmware) 3) optical output (VERY rare) 4) fairly compact 5) non-color display (I want SOUND, not video! But I want to read what is on the screen.
Summary: I've owned mine for 6 years. It has everything that i want from an mp3 player (except for functionality that allows one to make playlists on the fly). The user interface is simple (easy for me to say, i've been using it for 6 years). The EQ feature is awesome. The unit records using a line in/internal mic. This has proven to be QUITE useful. You can hook it up to some pretty high quality recording devices and get yourself whatever you want in mp3 format.
great hard drive based mp3 player with optical output.
15 February 2009
Summary: This is a great hard drive based mp3 player with optical output. This player has a 20 gig hard drive that can cheaply be upgraded to 30 gig with the MK3006GAL hard drive (less than 50$). there is also a 40 gig drive you can install but that drive is not cheap (more than 200$). this player will play many file types including ogg.
Summary: Pros: 20gb is enough 4 me, plenty recording options: MP3 & Wav. Analog and digital in/outs. In-depth EQ settings I don’t use but some1 will. Cons: non-intuitive interface/menu; but I assure its all there. Mine is noisy when it records wav; so I record in mp3 and convert to WAV on my cpu. Hardrive storage is inferior to flash storage in regards to portability; but I have a flash player when I’m on the run.
Summary: Although the iHP-120 is an old product, it is really an excellent product. Its sound is impressive and lovely. It is easy to use. (Both the Rockbox and original versions) One important thing is that it has optical In/Out socket, which I can hardly find in nowadays market. It helps me to record my music from my Yamaha CVP piano. It is really awesome. One thing I slightly dislike is that it doesn't have color screen.
Record live music and spread the vibes! Iriver rocks!!!
11 March 2008
Summary: I searched far and wide for a small unit to record live shows with, and I think I found it. The original Iriver ihp-140 became the h140 after a fuss put up by "HP" hewlett-packard. It is sought after still because it is without all the DRM issues that plague other machines like the ipod. I use it as a player, but mostly got it because it can record LOSSLESS recording in WAV format.
Summary: The iRiver iHP-120 is an excellent player. It has many possibilities and it is easy to use. The only negative I can say is it is that it is not the easiest gadget to get out of your pocket; its size is a bit too big. The reason why I bought it is that you can use the digital optical out with a portable digital to audio converter (DAC) to get superb audio quality and that it is easy to use.
Summary: Put Rockbox on it and you've got an excellent recorder for concerts, etc. Also gives you more options for playing files. Just get yourself a stereo mic (and, ideally, a preamp or battery box, although not necessary) and you've got a great, small, high quality recorder that is inexpensive.