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Creative Jukebox 10 GB
Creative Jukebox 10 GB
Date: 15/09/01, updated on 15/09/01 (282 review reads)
Advantages: Excellent storage space, great sound, many features
Disadvantages: Poor battery life, four-channel sound is not true
New MP3-player from Creative NOMAD Jukebox (second title for Europe D.A.P. Jukebox) is possible to name as the representative MP3-players of new generation. As the information carrier in it is used the hard disk. Due to such solution and many additional original functions, Creative Nomad Jukebox can become rather popular, because it really exceeds existing minidisks and CD-players. It is impossible to tell, that the main principles of work this device should be new. First player with the portable hard disk was manufactured last year, but it had many defects and too high cost.
Creative Nomad Jukebox by a size and appearance reminds usual CD player. For interaction with the user the LCD-display and eleven buttons is intended. For connection with the computer is the USB-port.
What is Jukebox from a technical point of view? Actually it not that other, as the computer working under operational system RTOS and containing memory, reprogrammable ROM and hard disk volume 6 Gbytes. The memory is used for work and for caching playing (antishock is about five minutes), ROM is used for boot-up and storage of seldom changed things (for example, algorithm of playing), other is stored on the hard disk.
In produced now models the hard disk Fujitsu MHK2060AT is used. 6 Gbytes allows to save on it till 100 hours of music in MP3-files CD quality (128 Kbit/s). As a result, Jukebox quite approaches for portable sound library, where it is possible to store not only favorite tracks, but also generally music on all cases of life. Unfortunately, the replacement of the hard disk on a more capacious model is not stipulated, though theoretically of any restrictions on volume of disks in player is not exist. To transfer from computer to computer other data, besides music in stipulated formats will fail. Moreover, even in the following version player such possibility is not realized.
The velocity of transfer data from PC to Jukebox is 500 Kb/s (on the average
). The program Creative PlayCenter 2.0 permit as copy ready files from the hard disk of the computer, and "grab" tracks immediately from the CD. Time of reading, the coding and copying full audio-CD is about 10 minutes.
As the amount stored MP3-tracks can easy be bigger than 1000, before the developers there was a problem cataloguing content of player. The problem this was decided enough not bad. In spite of that files structure in Jukebox not hierarchical, the tracks in player are sorted for three criterions: title of an album, name and musical style. Is realized in player primitive search of tracks on a title. All information about current state player, help and the messages of system are mapped on a seven-string LCD-screen having illumination.
Certainly, has not done without "firm" support of a 4-channel sound: two pairs of columns are connected. However a four-channel sound it is not present, there is only duplication of frontal channels on back columns. As if to delivered with player the headphones, they doubtlessly are better, than the headphones, with which are usually completed other MP3-players.
Batteries are awful. Appetite at Nomad Jukebox is big to impropriety - 4 batteries to it are enough only on 4-5 hours. As if to accumulators, with them the time of continuous work is reduced for one hour.
As to quality of reproduction and decoding of a sound, Jukebox does it, directly we shall tell, at a level is "be above the average. However there will be users, dissatisfied algorithm MP3 and files received compression on this algorithm. Especially for such people Creative Jukebox supports usual format WAV also. Jukebox is supplied with 8 Mb buffer DRAM, permitting to listen nonstop music in any conditions.
So, Creative Jukebox is rather interesting and original device. However, it the realization is those, that on the present moment Jukebox has appeared is allocated defects, which actually d
o not give is comfortable to use player in a portable mode. As if to stationary use, then Jukebox exhibits itself at height.
Having support EAX, a possibility of storage till 100 hours of music and many other interesting technologies, Jukebox doubtlessly is one of the best digital audioplayer.
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