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iRock BLiNG CD-Mp3 Player
review by Jerome, 10 January 2002

Introduction

With 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.

I'd 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.

Specifications
Size: 5.1" x 5.8" x 1.1"
Weight: Approx 8 ounces .(235 grams)
Display: LCD with Electro luminescent backlight
Audio Output (Earphone): 7mW +/- 10% @ 16 ohm load; 100Hz - 20kHz
Audio Output (Line): 707mVrms +/- 10% @ 10k ohm load; 20Hz - 20kHz
Battery Power: (2) 1.5V AA Alkaline or (2) 1.2V AA Rechargeable
Battery Life: 12-15 hours (MP3 mode / 128 kbps); 8-10 hours (Audio CD mode)
Power Adapter: Input: 110V +/- 10% (European version available); Output: 4.5V DC@ 650 ma
File Systems Supported: CD-ROM (ISO9660), Joliet, Multisession, CD-Extra and Mixed CD
Signal to noise ratio: > 85 db
Total Harmonic Distortion: (@1kHz): <0.5%
Channel Separation: >40dB
ESP: 120 sec MP3; 45 sec Audio CD
Audio Connector: 3.5 mm headphone jack

Fairly 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? :-D.

Initial Impressions >>


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