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on 10 May 2012
I bought this device, identical but unbranded, elsewhere. The instructions are inadequate, as others have stated, but here is what I've found with trial and error.
Failure to start up. This may be due to the silver spring loaded electrical contact at the end of the unit being latched and protruding only 1mm or so. To work, it should protrude about 3.5mm. To unlatch, repeatedly press in and release.
File/Folder Transfer. I initially added files using the Mac operating system (formatting the card as FAT32) but found problems: file and folder names were altered in the player and it was not possible to select a folder. Using Windows to reformat the card and add files solved both.
Language. If the unit is set to Chinese by default, as mine was, press the menu button on the remote (bottom left, with folder icon). The display shows two menu items at a time and Language is the fourth, so pressing the Next button on the remote three times should land you there. Press the menu button again to enter the language list. English is below Chinese in the list, so press the Next button once. Press the menu button again to exit.
Play Modes. Holding down the > button on the unit allows selection of ONE, FOLDERALL, ALL and RANDOM.
Prev/Next. Initially, my unit restarted whenever either of these buttons was pressed on the unit or remote. This was fixed by selecting a play mode as described above.
Selecting a track. To jump to a particular track within a folder, key in the track number on the remote. If the unit is paused, pressing Prev or Next will show the current track number and total number of tracks in the current folder.
Selecting a folder. Press the menu button, use the Prev/Next buttons to select Card Folder and press the menu button again (you need to be quick, or it will revert to the play screen). A list of folders is shown, two at a time. Use the Prev/Next buttons to select a folder and press the menu button. The list of two items will now show a blank "/" folder and the first track in the folder. Selecting the blank folder will do nothing, so either select the first track or scroll to another track and press the menu button. The chosen track and the rest of that folder will then play (depending on the current Play mode).
Sound and volume are fine.
Looks inoffensive, unlike many similar products.
25 degree angle of adjustment
SD, USB and Line input.
Can be found cheap.
Remembers current position when off.
Lack of support, inadequate instructions.
Sluggish and unresponsive interface, comparing badly even to years old cheapo mp3 players.
Display not very bright or readable.
Flimsy remote. the buttons are unlikely to last long - especially if you have fingernails. Is an IR and does not repeat on hold, making navigation very tedious.
The unit froze several times during the hour or so I spent investigating it, though I imagine this would be less likely to happen in normal use.
Countersunk rather than round headed screws have been used on the front sides of the unit and present a slightly sharp edge that could snag. (On mine one screw had not been fully driven in.)
The need to repeatedly press the electrical contact to unlatch it suggests potentially unreliable engineering.
No fast forward/rewind.
With the instructions above, it makes a usable and versatile device. The slow interface and hard to read display are likely to prove frustrating for some. Failure or loss of the remote could render the unit virtually unusable. Mac owners should note the problems with file/folder transfer that prevent switching between folders on the unit.