dooyoo opinion - Rio PMP300 MP3 Player I have had a Rio PMP300 for nigh on two years, and it has only just begun to have slight problems. This, however, could be because one of my less clever friends tried to open the battery compartment backwards and nearly snapped off the entire connecting battery door. However, it survived with just a broken clip, and I now carry ir around in a small leather pouch, with a small piece of sellotape over the hole. Anyway, do not let this put you off, as the PMP300 is one of the best value for money MP3 players there are, and one of the most worthy purchases out there. Read on... Admittedly, the player itself is not feature-rich like its big brother the PMP500, having only the most basic functions available (detailed in the next paragraph), however, it is far cheaper, has been around longer, and is the same size, plus is easier to manipulate. The player was one of the first ever digital portable MP3 players, and is still comparitively very good even today. It is smaller in width than a floppy disk, measuring about 4/5 of the width of a 3.5" disk, and roughly the same height. It is, of course, wider than your conventional floppy disk, but no wider than a cassette in its case. These enviable measurements, coupled with its virtual weightlessness, and very attractive appearance (see below), make it a very desirable appliance. The features for the PMP300 are as follows: 1) Keylock switch, on the side (prevents keypresses from doing anything). Sadly, this can be difficult to switch on and off when you have guitar nails like mine, or when it is in a case. However, only a minor problem. 2) Basic LCD Display (track details). Basic display only, which means there is no display of track information, nor any other relevant information, except for bitrate, track number, and time elapsed (plus "status bar" details such as repeat mode, keylock status, and other play modes.) are displayed. This is a
bit of a shame, but no real problem again, unless you wished for a full ID3 listing of each of your tracks. 3) Play/Pause, Stop, Forward, Rewind "Wheel" (circular disc in centre of player for manipulation of tracks). Easy to use and feel, as it has special "feel discs" on the Play/Pause section, so you can find it easily. 4) Repeat Function (track repeat possibilities). Can be off (plays from track one to end and stops), Repeat One (repeats single track until prompted otherwise), or Repeat All (repeats all tracks in order, looping from end to beginning when required). NB Repeat Mode is displayed in status bar. 5) Intro Play: very simple, plays the first fifteen seconds of a track, before skipping to the next one (displayed in status bar). 6) Excerpt Mode (records a section for repetition). Pressing the A-B button turns on Excerpt Recording (displayed in status bar). Pressing it again, within the same track, stops recording. The excerpt then recorded will simply loop over and over again until A-B is pressed again to turn off Exceprt Mode. This is a very useful little function if you are word-learning or just have a love of a certain riff/chorus/fill etc. 7) Menu (memory information): displays if any further flash memory is installed, plus the amount of memory available on the player. 8) Equalizer Mode (different play modes): select from Jazz, Rock, Classic (written CLASIC because the LCD display has a character limit of six...), and Normal. This merely alters the way the music is played by enhancing the bass/percussion/lead/vocals etc, in accordance with the selected style. So, as can be seen, there are a fair few functions on the old PMP300. However, there are many more on todays newer players, thus giving the impression that the 300 is a basic player. In a way it is, because it is older, but it is still far better than some that are produced today, in terms of quality. The overall appearance is a black b
ox, with a silver-grey "wheel" in the middle, with an extra circular rim, holding more separate buttons. There are three silve buttons atop the player, and on the back is a removable beltclip, plus the release part for the extra flash memory (an external Flash Memory card is not provided, but you can purchase additional 32MB or 64MB Flash cards for between sixty and ninety quid. Of course, you can only use one additional external card at a time, along with the internal one, but you can always carry extra ones!). The battery door is located on the bottom, and opens (openED in my case) with a push on the pressure pad. The Rio PMP300 takes one AA battery, which lasts for more or less twelve hours, if the battery is of Duracell standard. The ergonomic design makes the whole thing apear very compact, and also it has a very "modern" look, with the circular navigation panel against the black background. As for time, 32MB gives around an hour, to seventy five minutes (a CDs worth!) of recording at 96kbps to 128kbps (Super CD Quality), and half an hours worth of recording time at 256kbps (Ultra-High-Quality Unnecessary Recording Bitrate). Thus, if you only wish to record at 64kbps, or high-radio-quality, one can get around two hours worth of tracks on. I usually have around ten to twelve tracks on my MP3 player at any one time, at bitrates of between 96kbps and 128kbps (with the occasional at 56kbps or 192kbps), and I am very satisfied with the result. And finally, installation. You get MMJB (MusicMatch JukeBox), a CD-ripping and MP3 playing application, supplied with the Rio Manager, which together allow you to rip MP3s from CDs, upload them to your player, and then have fun, with no trouble at all. Installation is simple and the most complicated part is working out which one the parallel port is (this is a joke by the way...). You should have no trouble getting this to work. So, in conclusion, if you want a relatively cheap MP
3 player which will not let you down (by itself... if not accompanied by a foolish friend :) ), which will give you no trouble in any field, and which is just really quite... groovy, then, the Diamond Rio PMP300 is your player. -khrys
The RIo Diamond PMP300 mp3 player is one of the most effective and price-efficent I have ever come across. I purchased mine about 6 months ago for a cut down price of £65 and my PC at the time was just about better than the ''required specifications''. However, after about a week or so, my mp3 player refused to be recognised by my computer, but this is all ok now as I have since acquired a new computer. So a word of warning to all those who may be in doubt as to wether their PC is compatible with this mp3 player is to try out somebody else's first if you can! This player holds up to 32 MB of mp3 files (I find this is usually around 9-11 songs) and can be upgraded to 64 MB (18-22 songs) for around 70 quid. The software is fairly easy to install and comes with a copy of MusicMatch Juke Box so that you are able to record CD's on to an mp3 format. It also comes with a few test mp3 files so that you are able to test if your mp3 player works. The actual player is roughly credit card sized and weighs ,very little. It takes just a single AA battery which I find last quite a long time. However, even if the player is left turned off it still takes some energy from the battery, meaning that after usage, you have to remove the battery, or watch it run out very quickly! The buttons are easy to use and the player comes with the usual 'random, 'repeat one song/all' features as well as a rather unique 'A~B' feature, which repeats any section of a song(s) you want it to, which seems strangely useless but still pretty cool to play around with. Overall, this is a superb mp3 player and I strongly suggest that you pick one up should you see it going cheaply at all.
I have a dream. A dream where automobiles can fly through the sky with ease. Where television and books have been abolished and stories and images are transported directly to the brain and every little detail can be remembered with ease. Where people can be transported from one place to another instantly. Where all the body's required food stubstances can be ingested through one small tablet or pill. Where disease no longer exists. Where money has been abolished and everything is free. Where any object can be replicated at will. Where every planet in this galaxy and many others are fully populated and people live in youth forever. Where music can be downloaded directly to the ears where and whenever a person chooses. Alright so the above paragraph all sounds a bit 'Star Trekky' and far fetched except maybe for the last sentence. This vision might not be so ridiculous. Everything else I have said so far may be thousands of years away but in a way music can be downloaded directly to your ears whenever and wherever you want through the use of MP3 players. MP3 players are like walkmans or personal CD players only better. With an MP3 player you can download any song off of the internet and play it on your MP3 player wherever you are. MP3 players have no moving parts so if you are an active person (you know, if you like to walk and stuff) then your music will not jump or skip. MP3 is a rather new format of music and sound file. It is like a WAV file only it is considerably smaller and most MP3 songs are CD quality. It is easy to download MP3s from the internet as they are posted on lots of different websites and with the use of MP3 search engines such as MP3 Fiend and file sharing tools such as the almighty Napster, MP3 hunting is now almost effortless. You can also get MP3s from your own CDs by using a certain program to upload your CD songs to your computer (the common term for this is 'ripping' and the technical term for it is &
#39;the legal way'). The best tool I have ever used for this is a program called CDcopy. This program also converts WAV files into MP3s. I slipped in that little comment about taking songs from your own CDs as 'the legal way' because apparently, downloading MP3s from the net is illegal unless you actually own the single or album that the song is taken from. This might seem a little bit strict to the average music fan but record companies and stores and indeed, some of the bands themselves, have been hitting out at the format saying that MP3s are ruining their buisiness. In fact Napster is constantly being sued by numerous bands and record companies who are not willing to give the format a chance. I personally feel that MP3 is a great step forward in music history and it will soon revelutionise music listening as we know it. I would recommend purchasing an MP3 player to anyone as you would never have to buy a CD or cassette ever again. The only MP3 player that is available in my area is the Diamond RIO 300. This MP3 player allows you to download songs to it from your computer and then mix and match them in any order you wish. I have heard that there is a lot of better MP3 players available out there though so if there is a wider selection in your area then why not compare them by reading some of the opinions on dooyoo.com before deciding which one is best suited to you.
Diamond’s was the first portable MP3 music player that stored up to 60 minutes of digital-quality sound, and in this case it shows a little. It’s smaller than an audio cassette and has no moving parts, so it never skips. It's got a single AA battery and apparently provides up to 12 hours of continuous music playback, I've managed about 7..... The good thing about MP3 players is that you can mix your own music and take it wherever you go! a bit like the old tape players when I were a lass, it's also very lightweight and you can store up to sixty minutes of digital-quality music from the Internet or a CD, so a CD's worth really. You can add extra memory, but then if the battery doesn't last, is it worth it? It uses MP3 compression - something I'm not quite sure about, but it works hehehe. The music quality is good and transferring the files from my computer to the Rio is really easy. The only downside is the transfer rate, it's pretty slow, but that may be my ISP. It does look quite plasticy (if that's a word) and the huge clip on the back looks soooo out of place, however, I got it free (I won it in a competition) so i'm not complaining. The buttons are quite groovy, they make that nice 'clicky' noise when you touch them, the earphones that come with it are quite non-descript. It has a 'random' and a 'repeat' button, so you don't have to go fiddling with it while you're on the bus, just like any portible audio system nowadays. The system equirements are:- PC Hardware: Pentium PC 90 MHz or similar Operating System: Windows 95/98 System RAM: 16MB Display: 256 colour or higher VGA graphics You can get nicer looking ones now, so it might be worth looking at some others, but if you've got about 100 quid going begging, it's not a bad little player.
When I was asked what I would like for farthers day I had just found Napster and an MP3 Player seemed a good idea. Though not cheap the quality is fantastic. The Rio at its basic model which the 300 is has only thirty two meg of Ram, which works out to eight or none songs. I use mine when I am out walking the dog or on my pusbike, skip nonexistant as there are no moving parts there is no skip as there are in the discman. The sound quality is fantastic as long as you have 128bit then its CD quality. Buy one you'll enjoy although you maybe better going for the 500 which has sixty two meg of Ram and USB connection.