Samsung YP-T5V Digital Audio Player

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Samsung YP-T5V Digital Audio Player
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Product: Samsung YP-T5V Digital Audio Player
Provided By: Samsung Canada
Price: $129USD - Pricewatch

Introduction:
 

Samsung has recently lent me a bundle of goodies to review, and the current one on the bench I personally enjoyed very much. It's my please to introduce the YP-T5V 256MB Digital Audio Player. This plays not only MP3's but also WMA and WAV files as well. This little device also is a digital voice recorder, FM Radio, and can encode FM to MP3 as well as encode audio piped through an input jack. It's a very versatile player that has good looks and class to boot. Keep on reading to find out if the YP-T5V will be the answer to your portable media needs.

 
The picture above really doesn't show the scale of the T5V. This is one of the smallest Digital Audio Players I've ever seen. This unit is just under 1" deep and high, and just over 2" in length. It can easily fit in a hand, purse, pocket, or hang comfortably around your neck with the included strap. Too see how well it sounds and works keep reading.

Specs & Info:

 
The following list of specs was pulled off of Samsung's web site.
  • Functionality: MP3/WMA/ASF Player, FM Tuner, Voice and FM Encoding
  • Built-In Flash Memory: 256 MB
  • Audio Technical Specs
    • Frequency Range: 20 Hz ~ 20 kHz
    • Noise Ratio: 80 dB with 20 kHz LPF
    • FM Signal/Noise Ratio: 45 dB
    • FM Frequency: 88.0 ~ 108.0 MHz
    • FM THD: 1%
    • FM Sensitivity: 10 dB
  • Codec Bitrate: MPEG 1/2/2.5 Layer 3 (8 kbps ~ 320 kbps), WMA (48 kbps ~ 192 kbps)
  • ID3 Tag Support: Track title, file, artist name
  • Recording: MP3 encoding via line-in or built-in microphone - Bitrates: 32, 48, 64, 96 and 128 kbps
  • Backlight LCD Display
  • Seven user choosable colours - green, red, blue, violet, orange, sky-blue and lilac
  • File Storage: Multi-file storage support (Virtual Drive)
  • Lyric Auto-sync Display (LDB)
  • Computer Interface - USB 1.1 (direct plug to PC)
  • Audio Enhancement: SRS 3-D Sound, TruBass, WOW
  • Power 1 AAA Battery
  • Playback Time: 15 hr.
  • Accessories: Earphones, Carrying case, USB cable, Direct connect USB adaptor, 1 AAA battery, Neckstrap, Line in cable, Installation CD
  • Compatibility: Windows 98 SE/ME/2000/XP
  • Dimensions (mm, WxHxD): 26 x 26 x 81
  • Weight (g): 45

Installation & Bundle:
 
The amount of accessories that come with the YP-T5V far outweigh and overshadow the device itself. In the package you get a mini usb to usb cable, as well as a mini usb to usb adapter. You also receive a clear vinyl carrying/protective case, and a neck strap. Bundled with the unit is a single AAA battery, Software/Driver CD, Manual, earphones, and cable that allows you to input music directly into the unit and let it do the MP3 encoding. Quite the bundle for sure.

 

If you're using Windows 2000 or XP to install the YP-T5V, simply plug it into to any free USB port either by the cable or the adapter. You will have to press the power button to turn it on. When it's plugged into the computer it doesn't require a battery, and stays powered on until you unplug it. If you are using an earlier version of Windows than Windows 2000, you will need to install the included USB driver on the CD. When the T5V is plugged into the computer, it acts as a 256MB flash drive. Unfortunately the interface is limited to USB 1.1, not 2.0, so file transfers take a few minutes rather than a few seconds. Either way it's handy to have around if you don't already own a flash drive.

To load MP3's onto the device, you can drag and drop them with Windows Explorer, or you can use the included Yepp Studio software. This software allows you to select files, play music, and create playlists. The T5V does support playlists, but currently only those created with Yepp Studio. In the future they may offer a firmware that include the popular WinAMP playlists as well.

The software worked well, although it didn't appeal to me a whole lot. I found it much easier to drag-and-drop files onto the device instead of firing up another piece of software. Still, if you want playlists, this will be the way to go.


With that out of the way, lets head on over and take a look at some close up shots of the T5V and test it out!