BLiNG CD-Mp3 Player
by Jerome, 10 January 2002
the mp3 revolution people all across the world (including myself)
took on the task of compressing their entire CD collections. This
resulted in smaller amount of CDs required, but left with having
to play them on a computer or transfer them to a portable device;
an inconvenience most were willing to endure. It took some time,
but companies finally caught onto this fact. CD players with mp3
capabilities started popping up. We were swarmed with hyped announcements
and what I believe to be unsatisfactory releases in the first generation
CD based mp3 players. Fortunately we at 8ballsHardware had the opportunity
to put the latest competitor to enter the market to the test. Introducing
the iRock BLiNG.
like to thank the people at iRock
for providing the sample for this review. Before we go on, let's
take a quick look at specs for this unit. Stylish looking, but does
it perform up to expectations of a CD-Mp3 player with all the new
offerings from the likes of Sony & Phillips? First a look at the
all important specifications.
5.1" x 5.8" x 1.1"
Approx 8 ounces .(235 grams)
LCD with Electro luminescent backlight
Output (Earphone): 7mW +/- 10% @ 16 ohm load; 100Hz - 20kHz
Output (Line): 707mVrms +/- 10% @ 10k ohm load; 20Hz - 20kHz
Power: (2) 1.5V AA Alkaline or (2) 1.2V AA Rechargeable
Life: 12-15 hours (MP3 mode / 128 kbps); 8-10 hours (Audio CD
Adapter: Input: 110V +/- 10% (European version available); Output:
4.5V DC@ 650 ma
Systems Supported: CD-ROM (ISO9660), Joliet, Multisession, CD-Extra
and Mixed CD
to noise ratio: > 85 db
Harmonic Distortion: (@1kHz): <0.5%
120 sec MP3; 45 sec Audio CD
Connector: 3.5 mm headphone jack
standard for a product of this type. I do like the 120 second skip
protection, but it is unfortunate that couldn't be used in the Audio
CD mode. Then again who listens to plain old audio CDs anymore right?
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