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I River H320 20 Gb Digital Music Player

Reviewing: I River H320  |  Rating:
derwood By derwood on
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When this model first came out, it was one of the more advanced digital music players available, and even today, its still offers a set of features that very few players can match.

To begin with, this player can handle a variety of different music formats. Along with the standard MP3 and WMA files, this player also handles WAV files, as well as files in the Ogg Vorbis (OGG), and ASF formats.

It has a built-in microphone which allows for voice recording, and also offers a line input which allows you to record directly from another audio device. In addition to that, you can also record directly from the built-in FM tuner and create new MP3 files when you hear your favorite songs on the radio.

Sound quality is one of this players strongest points, and it offers a variety of equalization settings that allow you to customize the sound according to your listening preferences.

The 2 inch color screen allows you to view JPG and BMP image files, although they can sometimes take a little while to load. Also, unfortunately, there is no way to view your photos and lisen to music at the same time.

File transfers are handled over USB 2.0 so it's quick to load up your favorite music, and with a 20 GB hard drive built in, you should have plenty of space for a rather large collection. If you find yourself having trouble filling the player with music, it also doubles as a portable hard drive which will allow you to transfer other files along side your music and pictures. It even has the ability to display the contents of text files if you want to bring along something to read. The built in battery should keep all of these features humming along for round about 16 hours too.

This device is definitely about function moreso than appearance, though. The player itself is a tad on the bulky side, and it has a strange carbon-fiber type finish to it. Some folks may like that, but I guess I'm not one of them. Also, the user interface is definitely not as "smooth" as some other players, and it may take a few minutes to get up and running comfortably with all of the available functions. However, once you become familiar with them it won't present a problem.

Finally, if you're on the adventurous side, I've read that you can replace the default firmware with other versions that allow you to play videos and movies, but I have not attempted that yet.

So in closing, if you're looking for a player that offers a cool set of features and does what is supposed to do very well, and if you're not overly concerned with style, be sure to check this one out. I'm very happy with mine.