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VINE VOICEon 13 March 2004
The iHP-140 is the latest jukebox from iriver. It would be a mistake to call it an MP3 player like similar products because it also plays WAV, WMA and OGG files, and it not only plays files but can record and encode them too. Oh and its got a radio. Not only that, but two important things that you have to buy seperately on other players come as standard with this - a decent case and a superb remote control.
As well as looking here for reviews and opinions, also look at the iHP-120 because the two machines are identical in most respects. The 140 has a bigger hard drive and the case is a millimetre or two thicker, but all the controls, firmware and features are the same.
This really is a remarkable piece of kit, and the only reason to not buy it is if your music collection does not justify all the extra disc space. On an iHP-120 I loaded up about 450 CDs, using the WMA format at 64k and only used up about 12Gb of the disc. If you don't have enough music to fill up a 20Gb drive there would be little point in buying the 40Gb model unless money is no object, or you intend to encode at much higher bitrates (I find 64K WMA perfectly adequate, but I know a lot of people want to go as high as possible). To put it in perspective, the iHP-140 is 50% more expensive than an iHP-120.
A brief word about the batteries: they are lithium ion polymer and do seem to last a long time. I can play music for at least 10 hours and still have one quarter of battery charge showing. Recording does seem to use power a lot more quickly. As others have pointed out, the battery is not removable, but already there are kits available from reputable sources for about £50 - albeit for slightly inferior lithium ion bateries. As the life expectancy is several years, I would expect the replacement ones to be even more widely available, cheaper and maybe even better long before replacement becomes necessary. (Note that playing OGG files will be harder on the batteries than MP3 or WMA)
The price on this might seem a bit steep - but you do get what you pay for!
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