Freecom Mini CD / MP3 player

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Freecom introduces the Freecom Beatman Mini CD/MP3 player, the first of its kind. Its small size, hardly bigger than the Mini CD medium itself, and it...

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Review of "Freecom Mini CD / MP3 player"

published 03/08/2003 | Simon_J
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"Average. Not bad, not too good either."

The Freecom Beatman is a fairly decent little Mp3 player. It takes 8cm CDs, which hold 185 Meg of data. This means it holds about 22 minutes of CD Audio, or at 128 Kb/s MP3 about 2 hours 45 minutes of music. It includes a key-lock switch, analogue volume control, and a preset equaliser.

It looks good enough, the sound quality is very good (even when connected up to proper Hi-Fi speakers), and the cost per megabyte of memory is very cheap.

For long journeys or PCs where you don't have lots of spare harddisk space for hundreds of albums this sort of player might be for you. You can burn lots of music CDs and take them with you.

You can also use it with 8cm CD-RWs, so you could use it to transfer computer files about with too on the same CD if you want.

It's reasonably small, however, it is quite thick, so it can be uncomfortable in your pocket.

You put albums into different directories, so despite not being able to read any ID3 tags it does differentiate between albums. Navigating them isn't hard, but it is tedious - you have to skip through each song to get to the next album, and when you play an album it will automatically go on to the next one (if there is a next one) so you can't get it to just play one album and then stop.

It's also slightly tempramental. Occasionally I receive "No Disc" messages - you can fix by stopping and restarting but it is annoying.

The other annoying thing is that inbetween each song is a little "pop". You can't tell on external speakers, but if you're a perfectionist this might annoy you.

In its day this was a good little player but compared to newer players it doesn't offer much unless you're getting a very good bargain.


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Product Information : Freecom Mini CD / MP3 player

Manufacturer's product description

Freecom introduces the Freecom Beatman Mini CD/MP3 player, the first of its kind. Its small size, hardly bigger than the Mini CD medium itself, and its low weight make it the perfect music device to carry with you. Plus it looks extremely cool too! The Freecom Beatman meets all standards you can expect from a portable CD/MP3 player. The high-quality technology and the anti-shock mechanism ensure continuous trouble free playing. You won't miss a beat! Download music files from the Internet or convert your CDs into compressed audio format. Burn up to 210 minutes of music on one Mini CD-R- with your CD writer. Play your music on your Beatman and exchange your songs with friends. The Freecom CDRW Internal IDE 12x10x32 burns a CD in less than 8 minutes (12 speed) and comes with a plentiful 2 MB buffer. It features a comprehensive software suite, media etc. for the best possible price. Write, rewrite and read CDs on every PC. This is an ideal upgrade solution for desktop PC users and larger corporate departments, who want to write, rewrite and share data- photo-, audio- and video files. It is also for those, who require removable, online add-on storage, backup/archiving or want to replace their floppies or Zip drives. Thanks to IDE this internal Freecom drive can be connected to every PC! This bundle contains Freecom Beatman mini CD/MP3 player, Freecom CDRW Internal IDE 12x10x32 BurnProof and 25 Freecom Mini CD-R's (185 MB/210 min).

Product Details

Product Description: Freecom Beatman with CDRW Internal IDE 12x10x32 BurnProof - mini CD player - mini CD

Product Type: Mini CD player Mini CD/MP3

Media Content Source: Mini CD

Media Type: CD-RW, CD-R

Enclosure Colour: Black, blueberry

Dimensions (WxDxH): 9.5 cm x 10.3 cm x 2.9 cm

Weight: 170 g

Playback Digital Standards: MP3

Localisation: English

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Built-in Display: LCD

Audio Specifications: CD - Response Bandwidth - 100 - 20000 Hz - SNR - 80 dB

CD System: Slot-load

Headphones: Headphones - binaural - ear-bud - stereo

Battery: 2 x battery - AA type - Alkaline

General

MPN: 17064

Product Type: Mini CD player

Digital Player Type: Mini CD/MP3

Width: 9.5 cm

Depth: 10.3 cm

Height: 2.9 cm

Weight: 170 g

Enclosure Colour: Black, blueberry

Enclosure Material: Plastic

Supported Digital Audio Standards: MP3

Localisation: English

Audio System

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Digital Sound Processor (DSP): Yes

DSP Preset Qty: 3

DSP Presets: Classic Concert, Jazz, Rock

Equaliser: Yes

Audio Specifications: CD - Response Bandwidth - 100 - 20000 Hz - SNR - 80 dB

Features: Battery level indication, pause function

Built-in Display

Built-in Display: LCD

CD System

Type: Mini CD / MP3 player

Media Load Type: Slot-load

Playback Modes: Programme play, intro scan, random play / shuffle, all tracks repeat, one track repeat

Supported Bit Rate: 32 - 320Kbps

Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz

Shockproof Memory: 40 seconds

CD Track Programming: Yes

CD-R/CD-RW Compatible: Yes

CD-RW Compatible: Yes

Supported Digital Audio Standards: MP3

Headphones

Headphones Type: Headphones - binaural - ear-bud

Connectivity Technology: Wired

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Frequency Response: 18 - 20000 Hz

Connections

Connector Type: Headphones ¦ DC power input

Power

Power Device: Power adapter - external

Battery

Battery: 2 x battery - AA type - Alkaline

Included Qty: 2

Run Time (Up To): 7 hour(s)

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