- Item Weight: 1.2 Kg
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
- Item model number: 4897002940085
- ASIN: B0000A119E
- Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2003
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
The Xclef HD-500 features the best sound quality we have ever heard on a hard drive based MP3 player - that good. Choose one of the many EQ settings (or set up your own) and become engulfed in the music. Our favourite is the Ultra-Bass setting, it really helps to produce a rich, vibrant sound.
We've not even started on the feature list, this player has everything: a high quality FM tuner, FM recorder, Voice Recorder, Direct Encoding (create MP3 files without the need of a PC), playlist support, bookmarking and a lot more (see below). Transferring files is a breeze, connect the Xclef HD-500 to your PC and it's immediately recognised as a new hard drive under Windows Explorer - with super fast USB 2.0, your songs are transferred rapidly.
Battery life is also an impressive 12 hours via the internal lithium-ion rechargeable battery (AC mains battery charger supplied). Did we mention how small the player is (13cm x 7.9cm x 2.2cm) - that's about the size of the computer mouse sitting in front of you now (but obviously a super thin 2.2cm mouse!)
The latest technology from Korea, packed with features, resounding vibrant sound quality and at a super competitive price. The Multichannel Labs Xclef HD-500 gets the Advanced MP3 Players recommendation. Truly a great example of a nugget of technology that will change the way you listen to music - 8000 tracks in the palm of your hand, and one of the first truly portable high capacity hard drive MP3 players.
I have all music organized in folders with structure "genre-artist-album-tracks". Makes tree navigation really simple. Connected to PC with Music Match 8.1 I can organize playlists and ID3-tags easily. Playlists are saved directly to the HD-500 and so far I have not seen any limitations on number of playlists or how long playlists you have.
The real +1 features are:
+ Simple and powerful navigation (folder browsing or name search.
+ Sound quality. 5 different presets and one custom setting on equalizer is enough for my needs.
+ Battery life (12-16 hours depending on temperature + how much you use the buttons= lighting up the display).
+ Playlist (M3U-files), as many as you want, as big as you want.
+ really fast file transfer with USB2.0 : 19 GB in 22 minutes (4300 MP3-files).
+ works as an external harddrive and any data format is accepted for storing. No limitations with copy protected music.
The downside with my HD 500 has been (so far)
- size (a lot bulkier than the 1,8" and 1" players)
- radio quite crappy actually - poor reception, lots of noise and static even if you find a station with decent signal.
- line in cannot detect skips between tracks when recording (if you record a CD you get ONE BIG MP3-file containing all tracks).
- takes about 4-5 hours to charge fully (really slow between 80% and 100%)
- current firmware does not support SRS-WOW (great feature for sound improvement on my JOS MP100 flash player)
HD500 is a very good player and is probably the most cost effective player today. Easy and low cost expansion with standard 2,5" harddrives can give you up to 137 GB of music in your pocket !!
Because of the size of HD-500 I recommend that you also have a small flash player for the everyday use.