I LOVED my Iriver H120. I would never have parted with it and would never have bought another mp3 player ever but then sadly my other half charged it with what he thought was the correct charger but actually turned out to be the wrong voltage as it was the camcorder charger. Gutted! I loved it. I loved the fact that you didnt need itunes or windows media player or even iriver software to manage your music collection. Just usb cable into computer, it would pop up in my computer and I would use it this way. Great to use on a friends pc to play tunes, no nasty itunes trying to sync it to one pc. I never had a problem with battery life, fully charged it would last way longer than my ipod up to 18 hours if fully charged and the older it got I never had to replace the battery ever! Yes it was bigger and chunkier than ipods but when its plugged in your car playing top tunes or in your bag and you are using the little clip on remote to navigate through the 20gb of tunes who cares about how it looks!! To navigate is very simple, you can also shuffle albums or the whole contents if you wish. Sound quality is superb - you can choose different sound options to suit your music, bass, 3D, classical etc. It supports different file types again a bonus if you dont want to spend time converting files. Voice recorder was clear - easy to use and a very handy feature as is the radio option but I rarely used this feature as with 20gb on offer you could have music to suit every mood. Definitely recommend. Iriver is an excellent brand.
I have owned this player for many, many years now (I believe it was known as the iHP120 back when I bought it). It really is a quality player. It has a robust metal casing housing a 20GB hard-drive. That is plenty of storage to fit most people's music collection. It also couples as a great portable hard-disk drive. I don't actually use mine for playing music anymore (as I bought a iRiver Clix 2) but I find it extremely useful as extra storage (for example, when I reformat my computer or move a large file between machines). The music quality is excellent as it appears to be with all iRivers. You'll need some better headphones to appreciate it as only cheap ones are provided. Sound file compatibility is also excellent. There aren't many other worthwhile features as it is quite and old model. Also, the player is a little on the chunky side (in terms of both size and weight) by todays standards. However, if you're simply looking for a great sounding player with a big storage capacity then this could be the player for you (assuming you can find it really cheap second hand somewhere). It's like and MP3 player and portable hard-disk drive rolled into one.
I have owned this player for over 5 years now, and what an absolute cracker it has been. Yes, in this day and age of video players, MP4, wifi etc it has fallen way behind the pack leaders, even from iRiver's own output, but the fact that it is still going strong 5 years later with a battery that lasts and lasts (and lasts) is real credit to the great design and build of this device. I bought for its sound quality at the time and the fact that it played OGG, WMA etc in addition to MP3. Additionally, the iHP range had the much under-rated optical in and out jacks (where have they gone from this generation's iPods and the like?!) As I said earlier, the battery lasts forever and the drag and drop nature of the folder structure was such a blessing then and now.. having battled through Creative's file manager and the early incarnations of iTunes at the time, the fact that files and folders just appeared as standard Windows folder structure to drag and drop files on the iRiver meant that it was always easy to use. The player also features an excellent recording function, although it doesn't allow you to record directly from the in-built radio, which was a little disappointing in the days before podcasts became all the rage. So what's missing? Well, a lot of the stuff that you would expect from the current generation of MP3 players e.g. it has no video playback, not even a colour screen! The control joystick would probably seem a bit fiddly to someone who is used to using the big, friendly Apple scroll wheel and the player itself is obviously a lot bigger than the tiny devices you can buy now. On the plus side, you're not going to lose it in your coat pocket any time soon! In summary, if you can still find one for sale and you want a solid, reliable MP3 (and more) player with great quality sound then you could pick a lot worse than this. I think I will hold a little funeral service when mine eventually shuffles off to silicon heaven!
Great mp3 play! Now shines with the fantastc support from Rockbox!!http://www.rockbox.org/dl.cgi?bin=h120With rockbox, it plays almost all audio formats now! FLAC, Apple lossless, APE, WMA....................................................long long list.........A little bulky, not the fashion one now, however, the best MP3 I own ever.
Brought this back in jan 2005 from ebay. Simply amazed by its standard firmware functionality. Couldnt quite believe that it could record from an optical in source in different formats at first until I tried it. Remote is a saviour, suprised its ommited from so many new MP3 players?! Keep it well out of site this way. Sound quality is excellent via my Sennheiser PX100 headphones, and the Sennheiser earphones that come with it arent bad either! This device really comes into its own using the rockbox firmware, adds features like on-the-go playlisting, fully working M3U playback, reduces startup time to just 6s, gives you battery estimate in time, change the interface on the big and little LCDs and much more. Battery life with the original battery is good, realistically 17hrs with MP3s and 12hrs with Ogg vorbis. New battery with larger capacity (1650mah) takes this to 25hrs MP3 playback. Unfortunately the german company who provided the battery no longer is around although there should be another location to find them. It can be treated like its a removable HDD, which is ideal for transferring music onto, as it'll work in *any* platform that can connect to a USB mass storage device , which is virtually any modern operating system. Works at USB2 speeds no problems on my nvidia nforce2/nforce3/ati xpress 200/SiS 755 based systems. All in all , apart from its bulkyness (due to the strong magnesium chassis) its a great mp3 player.
I was recommend this player by mp3players.co.uk - but unfortunately when I tried to order - the item was out of stock which I found to be true at a number of online stores. So either the IHP120 is popular or there are supply difficulties. When I tried another site - which told me stocks were in - I was later emailed saying that the item was out of stock. On enquiring I was told that their site was not linked to the stock list - hmmmm : ( However eventually - to my surprise Dixons online had stock (check by phone call) - and the IHP120 was delivered a few days later. The IHP120 is a breeze to set up - drag MP3s from the computer. I have been using Real player to scan in my CD?s and this appears to work really well. The remote with display is fab - and allows you to browse the unit at ease by Artist, Genre, Album or by File. This is handy - particularly is you want to be discreet say on a train/tube - where you can keep the main unit in a jacket pocket or handbag. Sound quality is good via the headphones supplied. I have yet to connect the IHP to my hi-fi or Cinema system - but you either go via analogue line out or even optical out . There are also optical & line in?s should you wish to record from an external source (non-PC). My wife loves this for her train commute . Also, we can now scan in the several hundred CD?s we have - and listen to some old CD?s which have been in the garage for several years - because of lack of space in the house. I have yet to find any faults with the unit, and recommend this without hesitation. You will not be disappointed.
This unit has a lot of features, and I have a short attention span, so I'l going to bullet point this review. Reason for purchase I wasn't particularly looking for another portable music player, despite being fairly drooly over the iPod. I walked into my favourite electronics shop to buy a ethernet switch when I spotted the iRiver under the glass counter alongside a 15GB ipod and a Creative Zen Extra. After the Gent spent a few minutes running through the features in comparison with the others, I was sold. As a radiophile, the FM tuner is a killer feature, the USB 2-ness of it is also a necessary - and of course, it was cheaper than the other two. Size & Weight It is roughly comparable to the new iPod range in both aspects. The screen a perfect size. The Remote control is a workable size with a decent screen also. Looking at it, it weighs exactly would you'd expect - whilst not likely to float up to the ceiling, it doesn't substantially add to your walking pocket total. Some interesting features It can plug into any USB equiped computer. Essentially, it is a portable hard disk that can also decode music files. I predominantly use Linux, so iTunes, SonicStage et al are not available. I can plug in into my computer and drag and drop files, folders, anything into and out of the units entire volume - no proprietary software required, there are no restrictions whatsoever. In the office, I can 'share' the device as a 'network attached storage' volume and anyone can then play the tunes. It supports variable bit rate formats and Ogg Vorbis, a truly open codec. It can record directly to different codecs and bitrates via an inbuilt microphone (which is very good quality), 3.5mm line in or optical input. So, if you want to rip a CD at a quality arguably beyond that of a computer program/CD-ROM device, rip directly to 256kbps Mp3 via optical cable from a good stereo. You can queue music while playing, so basically, you're DJ'ing contiguously. Excellent sound quality including SRS and WOW equalisers. Plug in two sets of headphones simultaneously without any loss of quality. Read the lyrics in time to the music - sounds intriguing, but I'll give that one a miss. It can rip directly to Mp3/WMA. Plug into a jack anywhere anytime, and you can record. Ergonomics The unit is a good size and shape, and can be operated with one hand effectively. Most buttons have two functions, depending on the time depressed, and each button is labelled with both features with press duration depicted as a dot or a dash. The main 'traditional' buttons: play, stop, pause, on/off etc. are on the side of the unit in a pleasing groove. Having buttons on the side seems more ergonomic - it seems natural to 'squeeze' for function. This is obviously a throw-back to cow milking. The buttons are very clicky. The side buttons have no travel, they are either on or off, so when you have the device in the pocket, you know you've pressed the button - which is also evident as there is a 'beep' whenever any button is pressed. Navigating through potentially 20GB of files requires a well thought out directory structure and input device. The directory is simply a user defined tree of folders and the input tool is a joystick. From my experience, joysticks are very difficult to get right. I can think of three examples of good joystick implementations: My laptop pointer aka jellytot, it feels like it's covered with sand paper, so very grippy, and it's analog, the harder you push, the faster the cursor goes. Sony Playstation Dual Shock joypad, the sticks are analog and have a good travel, Nokia phone, it's small, very stiff and rubberised. The joystick on the iHP-120 sucks. It is 'mushroom' shaped and metal, so your t humb easily slips off it. You cannot get 'under' it, as there is a stylised 'lip' on the body under it - imagine a giant mushroom growing from the centre of a volcano caldera. The tilt travel is too long, so it is uncomfortable to push to the 'click'. Like the Playstation, it is also a button, which is very definite, but the loudest click I've ever heard, you'd probably be able to train dogs/open garage doors with it. The remote control is an extremely 'full' inline attachment, it duplicates the screen and button functions of the device. the buttons are also jog dials, which is an intuitive idea, as the remote will almost always be vertically attached to clothing. The tree-style navigation itself is vert intuitive, it can clone your music folder on your computer. The display shows folders, types of file formats, subfolders etc, although the text could be smaller to get more info in. Scrolling down a large list of songs is a chore as the joystick is not analog - a 'page up/down' button would be nice. The over all design is good I think, and visually fairly attractive. The learning curve is shallow and it won't take long to remember the doubled-up functions. Other stuff in the box Packaging - It comes in a big blister pack, which is pretty ugly and difficult to get into, but hey, you're going to chuck it anyway. Case - It comes with a black plastic case which will protect the thing from scratches, but it's pretty ugly and you won't use it. Scratches add character. Head phones - After decades of portable music devices, I now just toss the earphones in the bin by reflex, so I couldn't tell you what they're like, but they're bound to be poor. Remember: headphones are a link in the chain, the player is only as good as whatever you stick into/on/around your earhole. Doohicky - It came with a tiny male to female 3.5mm cable extender to enable headphones with a bulkier plug to fit into the slightly hooded remote control socket - an obvious 'D'oH!' revision, but at least they did, which is nice. Instructions - Extremely good. It even explains how to create standard .m3u playlists with WinAmp (which it doesn't come with). Cables - they are all very standard, USB-Mini USB and pin-type 5v power mean cheap, easy replacement. Battery - It's a Lithium Polymer jobbie, and genuinely lasts for 15 hours. I feel like I've left a lot out. Key things to remember: it has a radio. Music transfer does not rely on a program. It plays/records most formats (although not Apples AAC). 20GB is a lot of space. Very long battery life. It's all metal. Full, LCD remote. Standard cables.
I was looking at getting a hard drive based MP3 player for a while and was so happy when i got my IPOD 20gig player. i loaded up all my songs and was away i was happy sitting down listening to my music when the battier died on me after about 3 hours. The information said it would last for 8 hours the next day i was reading the daily mail and there was an article about the apple ipods. so i started to read and i was horrified to about the rubbish battier life and how if you use it for to long after a year you will not be able to charge it again. you would have to send it off to apple to get a new battier installed for the cost of £70 + p&p. I took it back to the shop and they said they had only found this information two days before the article was printed. so i had to start all over again in my search for a Hard drive based MP3 player. so after looking around i found my replacement and it was the Iriver IHP 120. now it does not look as flashy as the ipod but you cannot judge a book by its cover now can you. The iRiver H120 is the ultimate digital audio player. Listen to over 600 hours of your music or tune in to the built-in FM radio. With a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 16 hours, ultra-fast USB 2.0 file transfers and simple navigation, the H120 is the music player of choice. the features are just brilliant they are as follows Plays over 600 hours of digital music Up to 16 hours of battery life Supports MP3, WMA, ASF, WAV and OGG music files Ultra-fast USB 2.0 transfers (up to 40 times faster than USB 1.0) Integrated FM tuner Backlit remote control with 4-line display Built-in voice recorder Intuitive music navigation Real-time MP3 encoding (no PC required) 20GB of internal storage Store or transfer files of any type Extra-large, 8-line, backlit LCD Rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery Optical input and output Upgradeable to future f ormats and features The 16 hours battery life is great out last most other players. It also supports WMA files which the ipod cannot play. I really liked the fact that it has an FM tuner cos sometimes it is nice to just sit and listen to the radio the reception is very clear as some built in FM tuners are a bit weak. The Remote control has its own little LCD screen so you can see the names of your songs unlike the ipod. There is a built in voice recorder which is handy not something you use much but a good feature. Real time encoding is a great feature you can plug the old girl in and copy all your old lps cassette tapes all in to MP3 format to keep for ever i have backed up my dads complete Vinyl collection in to MP3 format. 20GB is so much storage i have filled about 6GB with about 2000 songs and still have 14GB left but this little baby again unlike the ipod can be used as a portable hard drive just pop on your files and take them with you with its super fast USB 2.0 connection couldn't be easier. Audio No. of Channels Frequency Range Headphone output Frequency Characteristics S/N Ratio STEREO (L+R) 20Hz ~ 20KHz 20mW(L) + 20mW(R) : 16 ohm at Max. Volume +/- 2dB (Lineout) 90dB(L), 90dB(R) - MP3 FM Tuner Frequency Range S/N Ratio Receiver Type 87.5MHz ~ 108MHz 50dB Headphone/Earphone Cord Antenna File Support File type Bit Rate Tag MPEG 1/2/2.5 Layer 3, WMA, ASF, WAV, OGG: 32kbps ? 500kbps, 44.1KHz Supports 32Kbps ~ 320Kbps ID3 V1 Tag, ID3 V2 2.0, ID3 V2 3.0 Power Supply AC Adaptor DC 5.0V, 2A Battery Built-in rechargeable lithium polymer(1300mAh) General Dimensions Weight Operational Temperature Approx. 60(W) X 19(D) X 105(H)mm Approx. 160g (battery included) 0°C ~ 40°C Playback hours MP3/WMA/ASF Approx. 16 hours The sound bite rates that this IHP 120 can handle is great no lose of sound quality with files going u p to 500KPS and when you add that it can play WMA files what more could you ask for The whole package comes with Backlit remote control with 4-line display iRiver earphones Carrying case Installation software CD AC adapter USB 2.0 cable Line-in cable External microphone Printed user manual this machine is just so good i have not regretted getting it i use it every day and have not looked back i would not swap it for an ipod. you get so much more and it is the same price and far better i just hope that this review will get people to look outside the box and not just go for the ipod and look at the other hard drive based players
The iRiver iHP-120 is the ultimate digital audio player. Listen to over 600 hours of your music or tune in to the built-in FM radio. With a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 16 hours, ultra-fast USB 2.0 file transfers and simple navigation, the iHP-120 is the music player of choice.