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1. iRiver SlimX iMP-400 CD / MP3
list($129.99)
2. iRiver SlimX iMP-350 CD/MP3 Player
list($179.99)
3. iRiver SlimX iMP-550 CD / MP3
$159.80 list($199.99)
4. iRiver SlimX iMP-400 CD/MP3 Player
list($79.99)
5. iRiver ChromeX iMP-150 CD/MP3
list($99.99)
6. iRiver ChromeX iMP-150CK CD/MP3
list($79.99)
7. iRiver iMP50 MP3 / CD Player with
$119.99 list($129.99)
8. iRiver SlimX iMP 450 CD/MP3 Player

1. iRiver SlimX iMP-400 CD / MP3 Player (Silver)
list price: $199.99
our price: $149.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00007788K
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 7781
Average Customer Review: 4.08 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The iMP-400's chrome-style design and incredible features redefine expectations for what's possible in a portable CD player. From its circuit design to its final manufacturing spec, iRiver has channeled all its efforts into delivering the best CD and MP3 sound quality. The player supports WMA and ASF formats as well as discs burned with Winamp playlists. Additional formats, such as AAC and MP3 Pro, will be supported in the future through simple firmware upgrades, by which iRiver can add and modify player features.

The iMP-400 comes with quality iRiver wrap-around headphones, offering far superior quality to standard CD player headphones. The player offers eight preset equalization curves and one user-defined curve (choose from normal, pop, rock, jazz, dance, classic, metal, U-Bass, and user EQ). Auto EQ changes automatically according to ID3 tag information, and a battery indicator lets you know when you're low. The player also performs perfectly in the face of external shocks because of iRiver's unique anti-shock algorithm, iRiverShockFree. This feature maintains supreme control over the server, so it can accurately read data even in the face of extreme vibrations, letting you listen to continuous music.

An easy-to-read, four-line LCD shows every bit of information needed, and an FM tuner comes in handy when you're traveling by tracking the frequencies to maintain reception as you move. The iMP-400 uses 16 MB Flash memory to support the display of Chinese characters (traditional/simplified)--37 languages are supported. The player also recognizes discs in Packet Write format, which enables you to use CD-RW discs like PC hard disks, offering the ease of using discs and of saving and deleting songs. Finally, the player prevents its rechargeable batteries from overcharging, and a discharge function fully discharges batteries before recharging, thereby preventing the diminishing of rechargeable battery capacity. ... Read more

Features

  • Supports MP3, WMA, and ASF formats as well as discs burned with Winamp playlists
  • iRiver wraparound headphones included
  • 4-line LCD offers plenty of track and disc information
  • Plays discs in Packet Write format so you can use CD-RW discs like PC hard disks
  • Upgradeable firmware allows compatibility with additional formats in the future

Reviews (38)

5-0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful product from iRiver
I have just bought this mp3 player last month and I found it very wonderful with cool design. Going with its slim thickness, the smooth surface will attract you as the first look. Not like the 350 of iRiver, all of the control buttons are now on the remote control and you will feel a little nervous if you lost or make it broken. However, don't panic, you can have the replacement easily. iRiver has made it easier for you to replace the broken equipment.
The sound of its is wonderful, too. Not like in 350, now you have 9 presets of sound (one is your own define), and the volume is suitable for all of the people who like to listen to music in loud sound or soft sound.
The remote control is also the new jump of iRiver. You won't find anything easier to learn than with iRiver's. Everything, just need 1 hour to find out in the remote control.
You can listen to FM with the quality you can't imagine.
I suggest you buy this and this is the player you will not forget. The player you need for you active lifestyle.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great CD/MP3 Player, but why pay $80.00 extra right now?
Before I give my review, why are people paying $80.00 for this product insead of getting the just as great SlimX iMP 350. There is actually no difference, except for the remote. On the 350, it uses 75 degree rotating dials on the top and bottom for navigation. It's no hassle to change music. On the 400, it uses a d-pad and center enter button. Both have there pros and cons, but each in it is equal. Now for my review. SlimX makes excellent products (minus any CD player less than the 350). This one is no exception. It has excellent sound quality, excellent battery life (around 12 hours on a charge), and has great skip protection. Also, how can you go wrong with being able to carry 6 hours of 128kbps music with you? If you want to spend a little more, go with a Nomad Zen (excellent bang for the buck). Other wise, if CD's are your thang, go with the SlimX 350 or 400.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well Designed
After much searching online for a good mp3 CD player, I decided that the iMP-400 looked like the right CD player for myself (unfortunately this was just a little before the release of the iMP-550). It had many features that appealed to me, and I have remained happy with it over the last 9 or so months.

On the upside, I have loved all the features about this player, with the ability to play mp3's, audio CD's, AND have the radio function to be the most prominent features. The svelte styling of the player has impressed many people, along with the slim size of it. I also have defiantly put it through its paces by taking it camping/hiking along with my everyday use. The layout of the remote control, although somewhat tough to learn at first, provides instant access to all of the important functions. Also impressive is the inclusion of many minor features such as the inclusion of an audio-out port to connect the player to a sound system (I have also used it to connect a second set of headphones to share music with a friend). Another is the ability to select the next track to be played with out interrupting the current song; this ability is still available during random mode. The fact that the player uses firmware has allowed updates to include new modes and features, and even a snake-style game!

On to the bashing section of my review:
One of the faults previously touched on by other reviewers is the time that this system takes to power up. When I want music, I want it NOW, not 30 seconds from now.
Recently, the remote control's center button stopped responding. By taking apart the control (and probably voiding its warranty) I determined that the cause of the problem was that the pin attached to the backside of the button to depress the capacitor had inadvertently snapped. Although annoying, the problem was easily solved with the use of some gel-like super glue.
The player turns off when it is connected to, or detached from, the AC adaptor, which means that I have to go through the long boot process again.
My final grudge (although not too much the companies fault) is that only non-protected WMA's can be played (something I only found out after I had encoded most of my music library with the protection on)

All in all, if you want a mp3 player that also plays your CDs, the iRiver series is as good as they come. But if you don't plan to use its ability to play standard CD's too often, you may be better off with a hard drive player.

5-0 out of 5 stars solid player
I've had the imp 400 for 3 months now, and it has performed very well. I like
sound
volume
controls
solid feel
accessories
anti skip
car adapter
pouch

I don't care for the fit of the headphones. I had to sand down sharp edges over the ears before I could comfortably wear them. The imp 400 is slightly expensive but if you need all the accessories coming with it, which I do, it is actually a great deal. I've dropped it with no consequences. I would recommend it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the "spouse"
My wife isn't interesting in ripping CDs, creating mixes, MP3s, etc. Her goal was a unit that would play her large CD collection and would accept the crazy disks that her crazy husband generates.

Given that sort of anecdotal background: this is the perfect player. Interface is easy to use (passes the "spouse" test once again), music quality is good and it is very tolerant of shake, rattle and rolls.

I only rate it as 4 out of 5 because I personally don't like the disk form factor. If that's your thing, though, this is the player for you. ... Read more


2. iRiver SlimX iMP-350 CD/MP3 Player with Ultraslim Design
list price: $129.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000063574
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 5764
Average Customer Review: 4.21 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

With its beautiful sound quality, royal good looks, and simple operation, the iRiver SlimX portable MP3-CD player sets a new standard for future portable units to follow.

The SlimX is one of the most adaptable players we've encountered. It rolls upgradable firmware, eight-minute antishock protection, ASF (Advanced Streaming Format) and WMA (Windows Media Audio) compatibility, ID3 tag support, and the ability to play standard audio CDs, MP3-encoded discs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs into an ultratrim (0.6 inches thick) player. And the sound is deluxe, delivering crisp highs, discernible mids, and bass thick enough to make low-end aficionados nod their heads in approval.

Since we had yet to fully investigate WMA, we felt compelled to dig into the format. At first we were hesitant: how could WMA compress music files to half their size--at, say, 64 Kbps--and still sound good? After dumping an entire, 100-song playlist onto a single CD-R, however, we were humbled. The procedure was painless, and the sound was incredible. The iRiver SlimX completely fulfilled our demands; using the gorgeous inline remote, we easily skipped ahead 10 tracks at a time, used fast-scan to hear a particular verse, and made a customized playlist on the fly.

In fact, the remote lets you operate every function (save changing a disc) without having to dig the unit out of your backpack or its carrying case (included, but frail), and it also includes a hold switch that prevents accidental playback.

After the WMA-disc success, we switched over to an MP3 compilation made by a friend. While reading the different ID3 tags (MP3 file markers that feed song, artist, and album names to your player), we first played the songs whose titles intrigued us most, like "Nannari to Naru Deshou" by the excellent Japanese female duoPuffy. That's why ID3 tags are so cool--they allow you to search by name, not track number.

Next, we took the SlimX out on a long walk to judge its portability. Unless we made silly, Pete Townshend-style windmill movements, each disc played satisfactorily. We noticed that standard audio CDs popped more than anything we burned off the Web, which was strange. We also sampled the five equalizer presets, although we noticed only subtle differences in sound at low volumes.

While listening to any Web-audio disc, the SlimX fills up its antiskip buffer with the eight minutes of music. Essentially, this means the player doesn't have to read the disc as much, which results in prolonged battery life, and ultimately the SlimX delivered on its promise of up to 23 hours playing time. To get these results for yourself, just make sure the two flat NiMH batteries are fully charged, and pop an extra pair of AAs into the external battery pod. It's that easy.

For those new to ASF, MP3, and WMA formats, you may be disappointed by the SlimX's user's manual, which is skimpy at best. OurGuide to Making MP3 Files will familiarize you with the basics and help you turn your computer into a virtual jukebox.

For those of you who are considering upgrading to the iRiver SlimX--or are looking to pick up your first player--we highly recommend this player. In fact, we miss our test player so much, we're going to buy one of our own. --Arno Kazarian

Pros:

  • Upgradable firmware
  • Compatibility with MP3, WMA, ASF, standard audio CDs, and CD-R/RWs
  • Supports ID3 tags for easy search of MP3 files
  • Nearly skip-free performance
Cons:
  • Relatively useless user's manual
  • Shallow-sounding earbud headphones
  • Frivolous carrying case
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Features

  • Ultraslim design (16.7 mm thick)
  • Supports audio CDs, MP3- and WMA-encoded discs, ID3 tags, CD Text, and M3U playlists; integrated FM tuner
  • Upgradeable firmware (will support new audio technologies as they emerge)
  • Anti-skip protection up to 8 minutes (best protection around)Compressed Audio ASP up to 480 Sec, CD Audio ASP up to 180 sec
  • Includes 2 1400mAh NiMh batteries, velvet bag, 11-function LCD remote, earbuds, power source, and manual

Reviews (344)

5-0 out of 5 stars Honestly.... IT ROCKS!!!
I had done alot of researching and searching around for a good all in one media player(You should too). I saw the 350 in a best buy catalog and decided to check it out. I was planning to get the slim sony model, i dunno what it was called... but when i saw all the features of the 350 slim x, i was blown away. I went to the store to see it first hand. I saw the slim 400 too but i thought it looked kinda boring, not as good as the 350 with that sharpish curve on the top and they both had almost the same features so i decided to get a 350. OMG it is awesome. People say it takes a while to load songs, it really doesnt. I have my super mp3 disc with 165 songs on it, over 16 hours of music, and it takes exactly 6 secs to load, which is great considering all the stuff it has to read. The firmware update works great. You get updates at iriver.com, the new update even puts the game snakebyte on to play on the remote which is great to kill some time in a train or bus. Theres even a program that lets u put lyrics on your songs which will display on the remote as the song progresses. I found the program a little hard to figure out... but i got it after reading the intructions at iriver.com. The radio sounds great. I would recommend getting better headphones, not that they sound bad, but they kinda look cheap. I have to agree with some other reviewers that say the remote is a bit hard to use at first. IT is for about the first 2 days but this is because the remote controls so much different things, i swear there are like over 80 different things u can tweck to suit your listening needs, u can have ur nam displayed on the remote, u can change the visuilzations(yes it has 3 differnt ones)Considering all the remote can do id say that it is really simple to use and the font size is just right. I have 20/20 vision but my mom has really bad vision and wears these thick lens glasses and she could read the remote fine too. My bro owns a new panasonic cd player and its so funny to put the slim x next to his. The slim x is literally half the thickness of the panasonic. and it is smaller and yet the slim x has so much more features on it. I got mine for 120. I bet if u shop around, u can get it cheaper, the 550 is coming out also, or it did, but it still has relatively the same features and i still think the 350 looks better than the 400 and 550. Well i hope this review helps u alot. I highly recommend this all in one player.Im sure there is nothing out there that can beat these slimx player, i think its all about thich of the 3 models u think look the best. O and some people worry about the brand name, iriver, its a great brand, they specialize in making mp3 players, maybe u have heard of the rios, iriver makes them. Well i again hope this review is helpful.

5-0 out of 5 stars FRIKEN' AWESOME!(...)
I swear u won't be able too find a mutch better cd/mp3 player anywhere else!!! Plus, this is the best price around, all the other prices r the same or higher. Everything about this thing is awesome! I'll list them!(...)

Good things:Everything.From FM tuner to mp3 cds great stereo & extremly slim!

Bad things: Nothing except the remote. It's not bad but its sorta hard to use. But(...) fur me after u read the remote part of the manual ur all set!

3-0 out of 5 stars almost made it a year...
well the slim x 350 did many things with me..it went to school, on many trips across america, and just played music for the ears of my frinds and mine. but after about 9 months of having it, the cd reader began to fault! it would read no disc and i wanted to drop it i hated it for turning on me..but it did.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome for the price
I just bought mine a few days ago and I love it. I've had cd players forever but this one is very unique, considering it's tons of features, the remote and awesome sound quality. I am one of those techy geeks when it comes to sound.

Trust me it's worth it.....

2-0 out of 5 stars Its thin...
Thats all I really have to say about it. I bought it thinking it has the best anti-skip out there, but I take it on jogs and it starts skipping. I can take my panasonic cd player thats about 6 years old and it doesn't skip a beat on my jogs. The battery life is horrible--will last you about 4 hours if you're lucky. Don't waste your money on this. ... Read more


3. iRiver SlimX iMP-550 CD / MP3 Player with Ultraslim Design
list price: $179.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009YDPM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 7896
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

In keeping with its reputation for cutting-edge features and design, iRiver's iMP-550 handles nearly every conceivable file format. The player, which is little more than half an inch thick, is built with rugged electronic shock protection to guard your listening against interruptions, offering up to 32 minutes of protection when you're listening to WMA files on your home-made CDs. The player supports MP3, WMA, and ASF formats, and additional formats (like AAC and MP3 Pro) may be supported in the future through simple firmware upgrades, by which iRiver can add and modify player features.


slim, powerful, cool.
The iMP-550 comes loaded with accessories, too, including a car kit, a carrying case, and two stick-type rechargeable batteries. When used in tandem with a pair of standard AA batteries, the device is capable of playing for up to 55 continuous hours--perfect for hassle-free travel.

An easy-to-read, four-line LCD on the included remote control shows every bit of information you need, and an FM tuner comes in handy when you're traveling by tracking the frequencies to maintain reception as you move. The player also recognizes discs in Packet Write format, which enables you to use CD-RW discs like PC hard disks, offering the ease of using discs and of saving and deleting songs.

Crank the tunes in your car with the supplied cassette adapter and cigarette lighter power adapter
What's in the Box
CD player, remote control, iRiver earphones, carrying case, car cassette and power adapters, 2 NiMH rechargeable batteries, AA battery adapter, headphone adapter, AC power adapter, user's manual, warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • Audio CD, MP3, WMA, and ASF music file playback
  • 32-minute skip-free playback
  • Built-in digital FM tuner
  • Up to 55 hours of battery life
  • Includes remote, earphones, carrying case, car cassette and power adapter, 2 NiMH rechargeable batteries, AC adapter

Reviews (57)

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb!
This iriver player is superb! Coupled with Bose QuietComfort 2 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones, it forms the ultimate travellers set for under $500. The iriver player (in its case) slips neatly into the Bose case outer sleeve too - nice!

Neat features of this player worthy of mention:
- Battery life is great - 16 hours standard (rechargable) with up to 55 hours when used with the external battery pack.
- Functional behaviour is extremely customisable. There are many menus available to get it to work just how you want it to.
- Player is firmware upgradable! As new formats come out, iriver can provide firmware upgrades to allow your player to be able to play them. Most others it supports what it supports and that's it.
- You get a free car kit including tape deck adaptor and car charger - very handy
- the unit is very light and compact - less than one and a half centimetres thick - one of the thinnest on the market
- It supports Winamp playlists. Simply include your playlist onto the CD you burn and the iriver player can load it up.
- The remote is excellent
- the overall product quality is superb

Why it is better than a Hard Drive MP3 player:
- Battery life is way better
- CDs are cheap as chips and you can fit around 10 hours of music on a CD anyway (if this is not enough for your trip or whatever, just take another CD along with you!)
- the iriver CD player costs WAY less than a HD player. For $188, this product is a bargain! :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best "portable" sound ever
I bought this device 6 months ago from Amazon and I'm still amazed of its performance. Actually each time I upgrade the firmware version I feall like getting a new player.
What amazed myself and everybody that tryied listening music to my Iriver IMP-550 is the quality and the power of the sound.
The second thing that "seduced" me is the advanced technology used to this device, allowing lots of menu options, firmware upgrade and multiple codec support. As a "minus" to the technology are the software bugs, but are allways corrected by the new firmware versions and are a very low price to pay in order to get the upgradeable feature.
An other important think is the beautifull design of the player. The headphones I got aren't the best looking though.
As considering the long lasting of the parts I may say that i have test it only for six months, but unfortunatly the headphones got broken recently, probably due to the high sound level listening.

Concluding: I still find this player the best to buy of the portable CD players with MP3 support.

4-0 out of 5 stars Amazing....
I need to start off by saying, that i really wish i could give this product but a 4 1/2, but...amazon wont let me! But on with the review!

~ok, this player is simple amazing...i knew what to expect from the machine (considering the hours and hours of research that i did) and this beautiful player fulfilled that and SO much more. I chose this over the sony D-ne1, and i'm happy i did!

Design

~the design is simple, but modern. There's no screen at all on the player itself, it's even void of controls! it's all been placed on their remote. The player itself isn't actually a circle, it's actually an oval, but the extra space on the top is so small that i doubt it's noticable at all that it's not a circle. The player is very light, and seems very fragile, but what can you expect considering how much it ways? the remote has the same kind of feel to it. But overall it's a great looking machine.

Remote

~ this and the somewhat fragile design is why i had to give the player 4 1/2 stars. The remote itself is just as well designed as the player, but it can be sooo confusing at times... it takes a lot of getting used too, but once you have gotten used to it, it's actually quite simple. But that means, if you're thinking about sharing it with friends or whatever, they may need some tutorials in the use of it. The jog sticks also act as buttons to go through the menus and such, and these are your main navigation tools. The stop and play buttons only act as what their names describe. Also a BIG problem with the remote is that larger headphones, where the jack is larger even though it's still a 1/8th size don't completely fit in! this can be truly annoying when your trying to use some of the nicer headphones out with with this player. i own a pair of AKG K240S, and with them i'm using a 1/8th adapter from radioshack, i can't even fit it in all the way to get the full effect of the headphones! and yes, it is the right stereo phone plug size...

*Overall!

~beautiful player+great remote once you get used to it
~thing and small! a great combination
~problems with headphone plug-ins
~fragile design

3-0 out of 5 stars Attractive, and convinient MP3 CD Player....for a while
I recieved this product as a present a few months ago. When i first got it it worked perfectly, it was easy to use, and it was very attractive. Now a few months later it seems to have stopped working.Whenever I try to play a CD it tries to read it and then says NO DISC, when the disc reads fine on other CD players. You can try buying this MP3 CD PLayer, because if it continues to work it'll be great, but it might turn out like mine, broken in a couple months

2-0 out of 5 stars dont be mislead by the high rating
Yes. This play is cute, thin, beautiful and have almost all the features I want. However, after working for a few hours, it stop to recognize the CD I feed in. Not completely stop, but I have to do the following: (1) power off; (2) take out my CD from the player; (3) mount my CD in exactly as I did before; (4) power on. This player may then take several minutes trying to do... something... and finally come with a sign "no disk". Okay! repeat (1)-(4) steps... In a extreme case just for a test, I have to repeat 11 times to let it play my CD.

Still hesitate to return it because it is so cute. (By the way, I hate sony's "camel" design with a bump on the back so people cant see it from the front, which is what pictures show.) I did the (1)-(4) steps for another two days, as long as it can play, until today. This player seems to be trapped on a track and did not move on to another. Okay, that could be a CD that I so enjoy and played many time, so it is of low quality compared to a brand new one, but I have so many CDs in such condition!

Okay! remembering there was a little notice says "Stop! before you return, please call xxxxxxxx, we can help". Calling in night... automatical recording: "we work xxx-xxx, monday-friday". Okay, call the next day and waits for more than 15 minutes... hang on because I do not know how long time I am going to wait!

Just took a look at the reviews. It seems like I am not the only one experiencing problem with this player. Okay... may be I am the one with bad luck (and I really admire those of you with good luck!), but I do not think it is the problem of myself for the manufacture to let this out of his factory.

May be I will return it or ask a replacement to test my luck. For those who are going to buy it, good luck! I could be one out of ten who get into trouble with this, but this is my real story. ... Read more


4. iRiver SlimX iMP-400 CD/MP3 Player with Remote and Wraparound Headphones
list price: $199.99
our price: $159.80
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009597D
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 16755
Average Customer Review: 4.08 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Amazon.com Product Description

The iMP-400's design and incredible features redefine expectations for what's possible in a portable CD player. From its circuit design to its final manufacturing spec, iRiver has channeled all its efforts into delivering the best CD and MP3 sound quality. The player supports WMA and ASF formats as well as discs burned with Winamp playlists. Additional formats, such as AAC and MP3 Pro, will be supported in the future through simple firmware upgrades, by which iRiver can add and modify player features.

The iMP-400 comes with quality iRiver wrap-around headphones, offering far superior quality to standard CD player headphones. The player offers eight preset equalization curves and one user-defined curve (choose from normal, pop, rock, jazz, dance, classic, metal, U-Bass, and user EQ). Auto EQ changes automatically according to ID3 tag information, and a battery indicator lets you know when you're low. The player also performs perfectly in the face of external shocks because of iRiver's unique anti-shock algorithm, iRiverShockFree. This feature maintains supreme control over the server, so it can accurately read data even in the face of extreme vibrations, letting you listen to continuous music.

An easy-to-read, four-line LCD shows every bit of information needed, and an FM tuner comes in handy when you're traveling by tracking the frequencies to maintain reception as you move. The iMP-400 uses 16 MB Flash memory to support the display of Chinese characters (traditional/simplified)--37 languages are supported. The player also recognizes discs in Packet Write format, which enables you to use CD-RW discs like PC hard disks, offering the ease of using discs and of saving and deleting songs. Finally, the player prevents its rechargeable batteries from overcharging, and a discharge function fully discharges batteries before recharging, thereby preventing the diminishing of rechargeable battery capacity. ... Read more

Features

  • Supports MP3, WMA, and ASF formats as well as discs burned with Winamp playlists
  • iRiver wraparound headphones included
  • 4-line LCD offers plenty of track and disc information
  • Plays discs in Packet Write format so you can use CD-RW discs like PC hard disks
  • Upgradeable firmware allows compatibility with additional formats in the future

Reviews (38)

5-0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful product from iRiver
I have just bought this mp3 player last month and I found it very wonderful with cool design. Going with its slim thickness, the smooth surface will attract you as the first look. Not like the 350 of iRiver, all of the control buttons are now on the remote control and you will feel a little nervous if you lost or make it broken. However, don't panic, you can have the replacement easily. iRiver has made it easier for you to replace the broken equipment.
The sound of its is wonderful, too. Not like in 350, now you have 9 presets of sound (one is your own define), and the volume is suitable for all of the people who like to listen to music in loud sound or soft sound.
The remote control is also the new jump of iRiver. You won't find anything easier to learn than with iRiver's. Everything, just need 1 hour to find out in the remote control.
You can listen to FM with the quality you can't imagine.
I suggest you buy this and this is the player you will not forget. The player you need for you active lifestyle.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great CD/MP3 Player, but why pay $80.00 extra right now?
Before I give my review, why are people paying $80.00 for this product insead of getting the just as great SlimX iMP 350. There is actually no difference, except for the remote. On the 350, it uses 75 degree rotating dials on the top and bottom for navigation. It's no hassle to change music. On the 400, it uses a d-pad and center enter button. Both have there pros and cons, but each in it is equal. Now for my review. SlimX makes excellent products (minus any CD player less than the 350). This one is no exception. It has excellent sound quality, excellent battery life (around 12 hours on a charge), and has great skip protection. Also, how can you go wrong with being able to carry 6 hours of 128kbps music with you? If you want to spend a little more, go with a Nomad Zen (excellent bang for the buck). Other wise, if CD's are your thang, go with the SlimX 350 or 400.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well Designed
After much searching online for a good mp3 CD player, I decided that the iMP-400 looked like the right CD player for myself (unfortunately this was just a little before the release of the iMP-550). It had many features that appealed to me, and I have remained happy with it over the last 9 or so months.

On the upside, I have loved all the features about this player, with the ability to play mp3's, audio CD's, AND have the radio function to be the most prominent features. The svelte styling of the player has impressed many people, along with the slim size of it. I also have defiantly put it through its paces by taking it camping/hiking along with my everyday use. The layout of the remote control, although somewhat tough to learn at first, provides instant access to all of the important functions. Also impressive is the inclusion of many minor features such as the inclusion of an audio-out port to connect the player to a sound system (I have also used it to connect a second set of headphones to share music with a friend). Another is the ability to select the next track to be played with out interrupting the current song; this ability is still available during random mode. The fact that the player uses firmware has allowed updates to include new modes and features, and even a snake-style game!

On to the bashing section of my review:
One of the faults previously touched on by other reviewers is the time that this system takes to power up. When I want music, I want it NOW, not 30 seconds from now.
Recently, the remote control's center button stopped responding. By taking apart the control (and probably voiding its warranty) I determined that the cause of the problem was that the pin attached to the backside of the button to depress the capacitor had inadvertently snapped. Although annoying, the problem was easily solved with the use of some gel-like super glue.
The player turns off when it is connected to, or detached from, the AC adaptor, which means that I have to go through the long boot process again.
My final grudge (although not too much the companies fault) is that only non-protected WMA's can be played (something I only found out after I had encoded most of my music library with the protection on)

All in all, if you want a mp3 player that also plays your CDs, the iRiver series is as good as they come. But if you don't plan to use its ability to play standard CD's too often, you may be better off with a hard drive player.

5-0 out of 5 stars solid player
I've had the imp 400 for 3 months now, and it has performed very well. I like
sound
volume
controls
solid feel
accessories
anti skip
car adapter
pouch

I don't care for the fit of the headphones. I had to sand down sharp edges over the ears before I could comfortably wear them. The imp 400 is slightly expensive but if you need all the accessories coming with it, which I do, it is actually a great deal. I've dropped it with no consequences. I would recommend it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the "spouse"
My wife isn't interesting in ripping CDs, creating mixes, MP3s, etc. Her goal was a unit that would play her large CD collection and would accept the crazy disks that her crazy husband generates.

Given that sort of anecdotal background: this is the perfect player. Interface is easy to use (passes the "spouse" test once again), music quality is good and it is very tolerant of shake, rattle and rolls.

I only rate it as 4 out of 5 because I personally don't like the disk form factor. If that's your thing, though, this is the player for you. ... Read more


5. iRiver ChromeX iMP-150 CD/MP3 Player with 120-Second Anti-Skip and Upgradeable Firmware
list price: $79.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000669BN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 9151
Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The innovative iMP-150 (also available as the iMP-150CK, with car kit) comes stacked to the gills with features like broad format compatibility, prebuffering, antiskip protection, firmware upgradability, graphic LCD with multilanguage display, and packet-write format readability so the player can double as a hard drive extension (using data CD-RWs).

The ChromeX supports music CDs and homemade CD-Rs and CD-RWs with MP3, WMA, and Microsoft's Advanced Systems Format (ASF). New formats such as AAC and mp3PRO can be supported in the future through a simple firmware upgrade. The iMP-150CK also supports Winamp playlists as long as they use the .m3u file extension (a maximum of 20 lists).

The player provides 40 seconds of skip protection for conventional audio CDs, 120 seconds for MP3 (44.1 kHz, 128 Kbps standard), and 240 seconds for WMA (44.1 kHz, 64 Kbps). By applying iRiver's own special algorithm, the iMP-150CK provides better performance against shock than standard antiskip algorithms. At the same time, iRiver maximizes protection at the beginning of songs through prebuffering.

The iMP-150CK comes with a graphic LCD that supports multiple languages, including English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and other alphabet-oriented fonts; Korean; Japanese (katakana, hiragana, and kanji); and others--a total of 35 languages. With MP3 (128 Kbps) files, the iMP-150 can play for 16 hours on two AA batteries (not included). ... Read more

Features

  • Supports music CDs, home-made CD-R and CD-RW with MP3, WMA, and ASF
  • Upgradeable firmware allows additional format compatibility going forward
  • Enhanced anti-shock mode with 40 seconds of skip protection for audio CDs, 120 seconds for MP3, and 240 seconds for WMA
  • WinAmp playlist playback support; up to 16 hours playback on 2 AA batteries (not supplied)
  • Recognizes discs in packet-write format

Reviews (97)

5-0 out of 5 stars Music to my ears (and pocket book)
I've just received the ChromeX, and I love it! The sounds from this machine are crystal clear and well-balanced; I hear details I haven't heard from other systems.

The anti-shock protection is very good - I've tried jiggling and shaking the player and it doesn't miss a beat.

The 'remote' is light and has all the functions you could want. Navigating the menus on the CD player and with the remote were easy after looking at the manual, and relatively intuitive.

I haven't had the CD player long enough to know how well the batteries last on average, or to run across any problems (not that I think that I will).

Here is a summary of the pros and cons of the ChromeX from what I've seen so far:

Pros:
* Excellent sound quality
* Easy-to-use
* Plays MP3 / WMA / ASF / regular CDs (including CD-R and CD-RW)
* Stylish design
* Upgradeable firmware
* Handy little remote
* Stylish design
* Head
* Inexpensive, especially for this quality!

Cons:
* No AC adapter included (can be purchased direct from iRiver)
* No rechargeable batteries included (despite what the amazon site is included)

For this price it would be hard to find another player with all of the features and quality of this one!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best MP3 player for the price.
Seeing as one of the benefits of MP3s is that they are, for the most part, free, it hardly seems logical to spend a fortune for a player. Flash memory players are expensive, and supplementing their internal memory is almost as expensive as buying a new player. Hard-drive based players are extremely pricy...

The only other real option is CDs. Unfortunately, until recently, you could only fit about an hour onto a single cd, or had to buy an expensive and cheaply made CD-MP3 player.

The ChromeX is a godsend to those of us who want to hear our MP3 collection on the go, but don't have a fortune to spend. Also, unlike most other MP3-CD players, the ChromeX is both attractive and well built (especially for the price).

The sound from the ChromeX is extremely good. Its equalizer options are well designed, and unlike most CD players (namely Sony ones) it doesn't just boost up the bass (though its bass is good, very clean). The volume is good and loud (7mw per channel), and the sound doesn't break up at high volumes.

Strongly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Worth the money
For a cd player under $60, you really get the bang for your buck. It contains all the features it says it has. However, there are some minor annoyances which prevent it from recieving 5 stars:
1.) Speed - It takes an average time of 13 seconds for the chromex to "power up". It also takes around 5 seconds to switch from track to track using cd audio, the same goes with data music (mp3, wma, etc.).
2.) Included headphones - These are very cheap, you are much better off using another pair of quality headphones.
3.) ESP - This cd player is not a jogger. Even though a 10-second ESP is set by default, a 40-second ESP is an option. Since I workout in the gym regularly, flawless anti-shock is a must. It works ok, but not great.
4.) Size - If you're are willing to shell out extra money, the SlimX would be a better option.
5.) Volume - I have used 4 different pairs of headphones, and the max volume isn't quite as loud as other cd players I have used in the past. This is absolutely neccesary when you're in a loud environment. Howevever, if you using it in a somewhat quiet setting, then you are good to go.

This is an all-around great cd player, but it didn't blow me away. Even with these minor annoyances, you can oversee them in short time and fully enjoy it. If you are on a budget and want a lot of features in a cd player for under $60, you can't go wrong with the ChromeX.

2-0 out of 5 stars not good for a long lasting cd player
ive had this cd player for a little less than a year and it has failed me. After about 6 months or so, the cd player wouldnt work. i would press play, and it would come up to the screen that says Iriver and then under it says "loading..."..and it would never go on...everytime it would never go on..so it was still under the warranty so i sent it back to the company and got a new one..about 2 months later...the play button did not work anymore...put brand new batteries in everytime...never worked...the player just wouldnt go on..battery life was HORRIBLE...heavy, and bulky..does not go loud at all..alright sound quality..otherwise..look for something else

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product
I have had this for a year and have only great things to say.
The firmware is great. A feature that I really like is that it recalls what track it was playing on several CD's . I have been able to play CDRW without a problem too. The remote control is very useful.
In simply doesn't skip (unless batteries are running really low). Battery life is super long.And the price! Stop reading this and get your own! ... Read more


6. iRiver ChromeX iMP-150CK CD/MP3 Player with Car Kit
list price: $99.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006JO7H
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 14306
Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The innovative iMP-150CK comes stacked to the gills with features like broad format compatibility, prebuffering, antiskip protection, firmware upgradability, graphic LCD with multi-language display, and packet-write format readability so the player can double as a hard drive extension (using data CD-RWs).

The ChromeX supports music CDs, homemade CD-Rs and CD-RWs with MP3, Windows Media Audio (WMA), and Microsoft's Advanced Systems Format (ASF). New formats such as AAC, mp3PRO, and so on can be supported in the future through a simple firmware upgrade. The iMP-150CK also supports Winamp playlists as long as they use the file extension .m3u (a maximum of 20 lists).

The player provides 40 seconds of skip protection for conventional audio CDs, 120 seconds for MP3 (44.1 kHz, 128 Kbps standard), and 240 seconds for WMA (44.1 kHz, 64 Kbps). By applying iRiver's own special algorithm, the iMP-150CK provides better performance against shock than standard antiskip algorithms. At the same time, iRiver maximizes protection at the beginning of songs through prebuffering.

The iMP-150CK comes with a graphic LCD that supports multiple languages, including English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and other alphabet-oriented fonts; Korean; Japanese (katakana, hiragana, and kanji); and others--a total of 35 languages. With MP3 (128 Kbps) files, the iMP-150 can play for 16 hours on two AA batteries (not included). ... Read more

Features

  • Supports music CD, home-made CD-R and CD-RW with MP3, WMA, and ASF
  • Upgradeable firmware allows additional format compatibility going forward
  • Enhanced anti-shock mode with 40 seconds of skip protection for audio CDs, 120 seconds for MP3, and 240 seconds for WMA
  • WinAmp playlist playback support; up to 16 hours playback on 2 AA batteries (not supplied)
  • Recognize discs in packet write format

Reviews (16)

5-0 out of 5 stars What I Was Searching For
I was looking for a disc MP3 player that could connect to my home stereo and give me quality sound. One that would play my high bit-rate music files and my old time radio mp3s. The Chromex player also plays regular and "home Burned" cds. In the month I've owned it it has worked perfectly. It was a little hard to understand the instructions. There are many functions and settings to familiarize yourself with. The manual seems like it was translated instead of being written by an English speaking tech writer. But you mastered the computer, you'll get this too. Want a great CD style MP3 player? Look no further.

4-0 out of 5 stars Can't find any faults
1.I got this player 4 months ago, it works great. I use it mostly in my car, and it doesn't skip.
2.The car kit also works perfect, although the wires clutter up your car a bit.
3.Some reviewers have said you need the iriver power adaptor, but i've tested mine with a number of universal adapters and all worked fine.
4.Battery life is good
5.Navigation is easy enough, although the screen seems a bit small at first.You get used to it. There's two scrolling options, neither of wich i'm very fond of, its too slow,no big problem though.
5.The firmware upgrades are great aswell, i've upgraded mine three times since I got it, with new added features each time, ex. it now sports a snake type game.
6.My only real problem with this player is that it seems very flimsy, especially the remote ... .
7.Sound and volume is very good, and the headphones are okay too.

There's no major problem with this player and I'd totally recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a GREAT product!
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I really wanted to buy an iPod; I mean, to have the capability of carrying around thousands of selections in the palm of my hand! But then I realized there weren't thousands of songs I want to carry around, just hundreds. After all, every time I buy a CD, I'm lucky if there're more than a couple of songs I really want. Why would I want to spend time ripping, transferring, and storing songs I probably won't ever listen to? Anyway, I just couldn't get myself to spend many hundreds for an iPod.

So, I bought this little gem and it's perfect for my use. I've managed to put about 400 songs in WMA format (at 64kbps) on a 80 min (700MB) CD-R that sound just great and there's still some room to spare. They're all songs I want to hear. I also put a half dozen or so playlists on this CD, since this device handles up to 20 playlists. If I want more, I'll burn another CD-R with 400 more. It's no big deal to carry around a couple CDs with the player.

This device has flawlessly played audio CD's, CD-R's (70 & 80 min), and CD-RW's. I used both MP3 (at 128k) and WMA (at 32k and 64k to really save space).

At first, on reading the manual, I thought that I'd never remember all the combinations of the controls. You see, all of the buttons and jog controls serve 2 or 3 purposes depending on the mode you're in. But with actual use, I found they're not only very logically assigned, but that typically you'll setup configurations one time and rarely or never change them again. Things like backlight, contrast, settings for skip speed (fast forward/reverse speed) and many others are not things you'll change often if ever.

I saw a criticism of this device that it lacks a bass boost - not true. Several play modes can be toggled, including an enhanced bass response; additionally, you can setup your own custom playback response called "User Eq" and crank up the bass just as far as you want.

Upgrading the firmware couldn't be easier. Put the firmware update file onto a CD-R or CD-RW (I recommend CD-RW so it can be erased and reused afterward), load it into the machine, hit Play, it updates itself and switches off; just remove the disk and you're done.

Sound quality is first rate. Skipping has not been a problem. And although I didn't measure it precisely, battery life has been amazing. I played MP3's and WMA's for many hours on a set of pair of AA batteries, although I understand battery time with audio CDs is considerably less. The remote is very convenient and duplicates the thorough control of the main unit.

I have only 1 criticism: The earbud phones supplied (I don't like earbuds anyway) are uneven in cord length; that is to say, there's maybe one foot of slack on the left phone and two feet on the right phone. This is supposedly to allow you to keep the connecting cord in the back of your neck, but it just drove me nuts; I used other phones which I like better, and would have anyway.

This is a GREAT device. I got what I want for my needs and for many hundreds less than the iPod over which I was drooling. I chose wisely.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Good Buy!
I bought this unit for my car, but it is so cool that I take it to the office too. Downloading the software is easy and the manual is straightforward. This is a lot more than just a CD player and the listener options a very cool. It looks nice and has a solid feel. The sound is what its all about and although I'm no expert, this unit delivers true quality audio. The equalizer allows you to adjust the tone to your liking. I've listened to Regular CDs and CD-Rs and both sound great. I haven't gone running with this unit(yet) but it seems to handle jostling and bumping without skipping or stopping. Even though I didn't buy this with the thought of running with it, I am tempted to give it a try.
Downsides are:
The car cassette is noisier than it should be, someone somewhere has to have solved this problem by now.
I'm not a huge fan of ear bud style headphones so I just ordered Sennheiser PMX 60 headphones. Of course when I bought the unit, I had no intention of listening to it anywhere other than in my car so the headphones weren't a concern.
If you are on a budget, I recommend the ChromeX. If cost is not a huge concern then take a look at the whole iRiver line.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just Kickass!!
This is an awesome player for the price it comes! I just got it day-before yesterday! I had a choice between the iMP-150 and a Rio, but I decided I ould buy this as it came with more features at a lower price. The blue backlight, the erogonomic remote control with easy-to-use jog buttons, the colours(Bloac+Silver/Metallic Grey+Silver) just added to the features of the power-packed gadget. It has its own programming functions in which you can change a lot of data on the CD-R from within the player! The sound is crystal clear and the equalizers(you can make your own as well) are amazing. However the Bass Boost didn't make a lot of difference. The anti-skip stays to its word. However the songs are sorted according to filename(if you don't download the playlist as such, that is). The firmware upgrade, where you can upgrade features is the icing on the cake! ... Read more


7. iRiver iMP50 MP3 / CD Player with Car Adapter
list price: $79.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000AERI5
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 8901
Average Customer Review: 3.43 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The innovative iMP-50 comes stacked to the gills with features like broad format compatibility, pre-buffering anti-skip protection, firmware upgradeability, a graphic LCD with multi-language display, and packet-write format readability so the player can double as a hard-drive extension (using data CD-RWs).

The player supports music CDs, home-made CD-R and CD-RW with MP3, WMA (Windows Media Audio), multi-session discs (discs burned at different points over time), and Microsoft's Advanced Systems Format (ASF). New formats such as AAC, MP3 Pro, and so on can be supported in the future through a simple firmware upgrade. The iMP-50 also supports Winamp playlists as long as they use the file extension *.m3u (maximum 20 lists).

The player gives you a healthy four minutes anti-skip protection for MP3 and WMA files. By applying iRiver's own special algorithm, the iMP-50 provides better performance against shock than standard anti-skip algorithms. At the same time, iRiver maximizes protection at the beginning of songs through pre-buffering.

The iMP-50's graphic LCD that supports multiple languages, including English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, other alphabet-oriented fonts, Korean, Japanese (Katakana, Hiragana, and Kanji), and others. It supports a total of 36 languages.

With MP3 and WMA files, the iMP-50 can play for 16 hours on two AA alkaline batteries (supplied) or seven hours with audio CD playback. Additional formats such as AAC, MP3 Pro, and so on may be supported in the future through a simple firmware upgrade.

Eight equalizer presets, a custom EQ mode, and separate electronic bass and treble controls are all at your disposal when it comes to tailoring the sound to your taste or compensating for speakers, headphones, or listening environment. A hold switch prevents unintended interruptions in playback and saves batteries by negating playback when the player is stopped. Other features include repeat and shuffle play, resume, bookmarking, sound fade in, intro scan, and track programming.

What's in the Box
CD player, earphones, car cassette adapter, 2 AA batteries, and a user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • 4 Line Display
  • Reads all CD types
  • 16 Hour Battery Life (2 AA)
  • Car Cassette Adapter
  • iRiver Earphones

Reviews (42)

5-0 out of 5 stars Solid product, nice price.
This product (unlike others I've tried) does not skip when walking with it. True, the bottom feels a littly flimsy, but trust me this player will not open up or come loose. I've carried it around with me, and sometimes I keep it in my bag's front pouch...the headphone cord is just long enough for that.

pros:
-plastic body wont show scratches
-the player is very light, makes it easy to carry!
-the display is very informative...birate, track name, battery life and so many other options I've yet to master
-the size is also compact..too me, smaller then it looks in the picture (comparing it to my sony psych it's smaller and lighter)
-reads mp3 cds flawlessly and is pretty quiet too
-firmware upgradable (and very easy to do, just download from www.iriver.com and burn the 'hex' file onto a blank cd or cdr...this feature is good because as formats change in feature iriver will be on top of it
-comes with ear buds (average, nothing to write home about)
just to clarify, the headphone cord length is supposed to be one long and one short cuz you put the left cording around the back of your head so nothing dangles in front of you...it prevent tangles and is actually really cool..I just can't get the darn ear buds to stay in properly
-comes with car adapter (I have no interest in using this..but FYI does not come with the power charger, just the cassette thing (so you'd have to buy a power adapter or run on AA batteries in the car)
-has 1 year warranty...pretty decent
-comes with 2 AA duracell batteries

cons
-no AC power adapter to run it on at home (FYE sony AC 4.5V adapter works fine with this player, I have one from my sony portable cd player)...at ... it's around $
-no backlight...I know they did this to cut costs, but I would have liked it
-earphones are not too comfy in my ears and sound is nothing more then average (plan to upgrade)...
-LCD scratches easily (mine had small scratches out of the box..but nothing major

For amazon's sale price, this player does the trick. On mp3 cd's you can fit somewhere between 150 to 200 songs depending on the quality/file size...and I don't use wma but you can fit more using that format

Update: Battery life is acceptable. Seems to last between 10-12 hours...I don't think it's really the 16 advertised, but products always overshoot battery life. I am probably going to buy NiMH batteries because of the fact it's cheaper to recharge, then to keep buying batteries. With fairly regular use you'd be changing them at least once a week. Still a solid product. I run it from an AC adapter when I am doing hw at night. No problems like other ppl stated. And the battery indicator is in fact fickle (as one review says). It says the battery is fully charged when I know it isn't and then it indicates suddenly the battery is nearly out. This is the only flaw on the player, if it's even a big issue. Carry a spare set of batteries anyway. This player does not skip when the battery is low (someone else experienced this)...it plays fine until battery drains.

Hope this helps.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent player, great features, low price!
I recieved this as a Christmas present, and I must say that I am very satisfied. The best thing about this player is all the little features that they thought of to make things more convenient.

PROS:
Great sound quality
Extremely customizable, easy-to-use interface
Anti-skip works very well with MP3 CDs (has skipped only once so far)
Batteries last 7-10 hrs with MP3 CDs
Resume feature remembers where you left off on the last 10 CDs you have put in the player
Plays all different types of MP3 files, including variable bit rate
Reads even cheap-quality media that other players won't read
Firmware upgradable, works very well
Comes with headphones and car stereo tape adapter

CONS:
Battery life significantly less with audio CDs
Anti-skip doesn't work very well with audio CDs
Takes a long time to load after turn-on (sometimes 30+ seconds)
Often cannot load when batteries are low
Doesn't come with AC or car power adapter

However, since I don't use audio CDs (I burned my whole collection as MP3s), I give this device five stars. I use rechargeable NiMH batteries and they work beautifully.

One caution: the batteries go right under where you load the CD, and if you don't shut the door to the compartment tightly, it may pop up and keep your CD from spinning and say NO DISC. I thought the device was broken until I discovered this problem.

3-0 out of 5 stars not great for car usage
i got this cd player for my half hour commute to work. It's a great price, but the design is inconvienant. to change cd's you have to turn the player over on it's back. the battery cover opens quit frequently and subsequently ends up scratching the hell out of cd's- because the unit continues to spin the cd.

however the battery life is much better than my old cd player that was about 13 years old. the buttons are different sizes- so it's easy to feel out what button you want to push... but it's still a little awkward. it's a great price and the sound is good quality. i just took away 2 stars because it's not very utilitarian for road warriors.

3-0 out of 5 stars A so-so player that works, but...
I bought this thru Amazon & with rebate, it only came out to around $30. The main useage for this unit is at work , hooked to an ac adapter & a set of Monsoon speakers. It seemed to have a lot of options as far as the display & flexibility to handle both mp3 & wma format (although I never use/have any wma)
Build wise, it feels cheap. The door (which is on the bottom, and ends up being much more of a nuisance that I originally thought it would be)moves around on it's hinges. Major hassle to reload discs. Sound quality is fine, but it seems to have major trouble reading discs that play flawlessly in my other players. You can hear that skriiitching noise is it tries to find it's way.
I only used it a few times on batteries, and as reported by many others, 16 hours per set playing mp3 is a dream (or better yet, a myth) I had updated the firmware from the iRiver website, but did not notice any improvements. So in summing up this player...I guess I got what I paid for. A cheap player.

2-0 out of 5 stars I'm ready to buy another mp3 player!
Battery life is terrible! I've never had a another mp3 player before, so maybe others are worse, but I use this for gym workouts of maybe an hour or so, and the batts (good Powerex rechargeables) are OK for maybe two sessions, and after that you takes your chances! One of the reviews here mentioned that mp3 content has something to do with batt life. I archive my collection with 192kbps (anything really irreplaceable is kept as a .wav, but I've only been using mp3's with this player); I'm not a fussy audiophile, but anything below 192 is definitely noticeable, so why bother? Even worse, since you have to keep removing & recharging batts, is their location: you have to open up where the cd is (not all that ergonomically easy, either), pull the cd off its spindle, lay it down somewhere, then open the little batt door and pull 'em out. Hope the cd doesn't get scratched when I lay it down somewhere without having to go find a jewel case for it! Speaking of ergonomics, the control buttons are goofily laid out in semi-circular fashion, not intuitive to me at all. Guess some of you really buy stuff 'cause it looks nice or cute or whatever, so maybe you'll like this arrangement, but I didn't buy the unit to -duh- look at it. Another problem I have with this unit is lack of sound volume. Again, this is my first mp3 player, so I can't compare it with others, but I use Plane Quiet noise-cancelling headphones (I love them!), and sometimes I'll have to rerecord things with additional volume just so I can hear them easily. I think they could have provided more volume power. Oh, and one more thing--it skips sometimes, too. ... Read more


8. iRiver SlimX iMP 450 CD/MP3 Player with FM Tuner and Remote Control
list price: $129.99
our price: $119.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001X6GEK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 627
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Also known as the SlimX 450, this portable and good-looking CD/MP3 CD/Windows Media player is another offering from iRiver's popular SlimX line and features an integrated FM tuner, 16-minute skip protection, extended battery life up to 55 hours, and much more. It plays discs loaded with MP3, WMA and ASF music files, so you can cram hundreds of songs on a single CD for long listening. You'll also get 16-minute (yes, minute) skip-free playback, so you can take your tunes virtually anywhere uninterrupted. When you get tired of rocking, the 450 is even equipped with a radio to give you a dose of news. The iMP 450 is also upgradable, and comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
iMP 450 player, remote control with backlit LCD, iRiver earphones, carrying case, 2 NiMH rechargeable batteries, AC adapter, AA battery adapter, and a printed manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Plays MP3, WMA and ASF music files on CD for ultimate format flexibility
  • Listen to hundreds of songs on one CD
  • Huge music buffer offers 16-minute skip-free playback
  • Rechargeable batteries with built-in charger, up to 55 hours of battery life
  • Built-in digital FM tuner

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect, as I expected
I just bought this player, and it was perfect even working in my car with a cheap car adapter, there is only pure music. Default earphones are pretty good as well. Only thing is, input voltage of AC adapter was not stated in amazon.com, I was expecting it is 125 VAC because of US, but it should be stated in description anyway. I strongly recommend this to everybody. ... Read more


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