LG's entrance device into the portable MP3-World offers to the occasional user everything that it needs, for whom, that has higher requirements, works it somewhat dearless finished and the configuration is too unbalanced. Processing/quality: The "Fancy" Design, how LG recruits on the packing, is habituation needy. Especially the unnecessary and actually disturbing issued roundness at the top side, reliably one of the first places where a damage with falls occurs, in addition makes more difficult you acces to the "Hold" slide switch. All in all the device is to large, if Design items would have omitted, could the device be surely many smaller. The housing works at first sight stable, with medium pressure to it, it gives way in many places already. The flaps for Cardslots and batteries are dangerously unstable, the control elements makes a spongelike impression, the pressure point (Click) is hardly noticeable. If you pour the PD330 a little, there is clear rattle to hear, control elements and flaps have very much freedom of movement in their guidance. With 60g (without batteries) the device is lighter as a Slim Line Walkman, as already mentions, without unnecessary design elements, it was possible to save also on wheighting. The phones-socket made already after few hours scratching noises if the plug in the socket was moved. Features: The PD330 has 2 MMC (Multi Media Card) Slots for cards up to 32 MB, so you can use a maximum of 64MB, correspond approx 60 minute to hearing benefit with highest quality (128kb Samplingrate). Against the manual and packing-imprint delivers LG the PD330 meanwhile with one 32 MB MMC, and not with 2x16MB MMC. The music files are copied with a parallel cable on the device, which results in in the case of simultaneous use of a printer at the same PC in disadvantages. At special functions are to the user available: Intro Scan (allude all title for some seconds), MP Bookmark (these set bookmark
s and branch to), Repeat (repeat an individual title), random (playback of all titles in coincidental lining up sequence) and x-Live sound function (x-Tra bass system). With this MP-Playera cable remote maintenance is delivered, which displays some information in a LC-display such as playing time of the current title, use of the MMC Slots and the battery status. Additionally are all control elements at it, like the device, are equipped also the remote maintenance with a "Hold" function, in order to protect the keys against inadvertent operation. Also the processing of the remote maintenance is not convincingly, the dramatic even, which some control elements are to be found only at the remote-control: With damage or loosing of the remote maintenance you must do without x-Live sound function, MP Bookmark, Repeat/Random Play and Intro Scan. Also remote maintenance is actually too large, the PD330 itself can operate without remote maintenance too. At the remote maintenance the headphones will be connect by an typical socket, you can also operate another headphones with the remote maintenance together, if the sound characteristics provided are not enugh or this has a defect. The remote maintenance is equipped with a stable clip, with which it can be fastened even to fixed clothes well. You need 2 micro batteries (also called "lady" or "AAA"), the possibility to load Akkumulators dirket in the device is missing, exactly the same as a link for a power pack. The life span of the batteries in the PD330 is not particularly long, more than 5-7 hours sound may one from a few Lady's not expect. The acquisition of 2 sets Akkumulators and a battery charger is advisable when frequent use. Software/transfer: The provided Software convince at all, the installation runs problem-free on different Windows versions (not under NT!) and the handling is quite simple even for untrained PC users. With the so-called "MP Expl
orer" by the way also different files can be transferred except MP3 to the device, with this the user has a genuine Multi Media Card server, e.g. to transfer files to another computer. With the MP Explorer are available both MMC Slots such as drives, i.e. you can shift files of and to the PC/MP Player at will. The transmission speeds of the files rank within the middle area, 16 MB in approx. 5-8 minutes are transferred, with USB here surely a faster handling has been possible. Sound characteristics: On headphones arrives the sound clear and strong, at all, good sound characteristics can be certified. Only the volume limitation would have more highly to be set, sometimes is still too much ambient noises to be heard. Better sound characteristics can be obtained with better headphones, the headphones of the Groove series from Sony improved the sound again noticeably. The x-Live sound function is moderately useful, even at high volumes, it began to over-cry itself, The sound is sufficient generally, in order to store the music also with 96kb Samplingrate and to experience still quite good hearing benefit, with which the playtime can be extended around a half hour. Scope of supply: The MF-PD330 is delivered according to standard with cable remote maintenance, in ear headphones, a 32 MB MultiMediaCard (with older distributions 2x16MB MMC), a belt bag with sturdy tie-clip and 2 Micro batteries. Technical data: Frequency range: 20 Hz to 20 kHz Distortions: 01% Power output: 2x 2.5 mW Memory: 2xMMC Slot for max. 64MB Current supply: 2xAAA 1,2-1,5V Dimensions BxHxT: 71x95x19 mm Weight: 60 g (without batteries and MMC) Result: The MF-PD330 is to be called unique a riser model, for those, which want ocassionally hear some music and does not place high requirements, is this device an appropriate selection. For people which plan the constant use of the device and place higher requirements some
benefits are missing: because of the missing USB interface is frequent change at the PC announced, if the music program is to be modified, the processing leaves to be desired and is not not suited for hard outdoor or school satchel application. For the listners with trained ear might be also the sound characteristics still to bad, also the limitation on 64MB memory affect themselves in this case bad, cause then, in each case an sampling rate at 128kb will be used, which limits the hearing benefit to approx. 1 hour. P.S. For information about my bad english visit my Profile :)
Travelling long distances on public transport, I decided that some sort of audio entertainment was in order. I have a CD player but found it cumbersome to lug around the unit and change over the disk. A minidisk player was ruled out as it seemed to be too much like a CD player. I decided to go hi-tech and jumped on the MP3 bandwagon. MP3 is a recording format which can be used to record music, speech etc. The file created is digital (so no hissing) and compressed so that it takes up less space. With this in mind, I rushed out and bought a PD330 player. The main unit is made out of light shiny plastic and weighs next to nothing even when containing the 2 AAA batteries. The top of the unit contains some buttons to play, REW, FF and stop the music. On the side are 2 buttons to adjust the volume (up/down) and a flap to get at the 2 memory cards. Each card holds up to 16MB. It is possible (I am told) to buy 2 32MB cards – but I have not been able to purchase them. On the bottom of the unit is a removable rubber flap; which covers the hole into which the cable to your PC is connected. This is used to download/upload music etc. Batteries are loaded into the top of the unit and there is a switch to prevent the accidental playing of the unit. The device is small enough to fit into the palm of a hand. Attached to the base unit are the combined earphones and control unit. This allows the user to perform all the functions without fiddling around with the main unit, which can be attached to a belt, put in a pocket or whatever. The little grey unit comes with a little dark grey pouch, which can be clipped, to a belt. To download music, the music has to be converted (ripped) to the MP3 format. I use Real jukebox though there are many different types of rippers around. Once in MP3 on a PC, a cable is connected to a parallel port and to the MP3 player at the other end. Having installed some software, which comes with the player, the music is
copied onto each 16MB disk by clicking and dropping. Once recorded on the cards, it is very easy to play each disk. Tracks can be selected, and played over and over again. Being digital and without any moving parts, the quality is superb. However there a number of flaws with the player which I will describe: The player eats batteries. Even using Duracell type AAA batteries, the player can easily get through a set every 3 days. They are also not easy to get out of the main unit ( I have used tweezers on 1 occasion). There is also no means to power the unit by mains power when at home or in the office. The 2 x 16MB cards are very limited. You have to ensure that the total of all tracks loaded onto 1 card doesn’t exceed it’s capacity else it will not play back. You therefore have to be selective in what is loaded. I was able to record about 25 minutes of music on each card – not good. It would have been better to have 1 x 32/64MB card. Port problems. The player does not have a USB connection, which would be much better. I kept getting ‘port not ready’ messages which my handbook did not explain. I eventually solved the problem by replacing the 2 batteries in the unit. The same music can get boring. Unlike a CD/Minidisk player, the amount of music on an MP3 player is limited. You don’t tend to change the disks, simply ‘record’ over them from your PC. This became tedious after a while. The principles behind MP3 players is a great one. My player is a relative pioneer and lacks a number of facilities, which would make it a lot more usable. Some of the features such as battery power, and the 2 cards are not really acceptable for such an expensive product and have been criticised in product reviews. However LG are a major Korean producer and I am sure their next set of MP3 players will be much better....