Article Author :Ian Date : 3rd Dec 2004 Comments :0
Yamada have released several DivX/DVD/MP3 players in the past year or so, and have become quite a popular name with Audio/Visual enthusiasts for bringing down the price of otherwise expensive units.
The Yamada Beatbox M512 MP3 player is based upon a design from the Korean makers of the MBird XT-21. After receiving a Press Release of the unit, the unit size didn't appear as small as it actually is - which is a tiny 38.6 x 86.7 x 18.7 mm.
Front / Side / Rear View of the MP3 Player
The Yamada Beatbox is not along the same lines as the iPod MP3 players (and clones), as the capacity is a much smaller 512 Megs - which can store around 8 hours of music. Firstly, this unit is about 60% the size of a standard iPod and 75% than the iPod mini. Secondly, this unit features an inverted LCD colour backlight which can display many different colours of text during playback. The final distinguishing feature is the build-in speaker pair, which is a new feature for a mobile player.
MP3 and WMA player with 512 MB memory
Integrated speakers and earphones
Integrated USB stick
Negative LCD with 125 colours backlighting (user selectable), 96 x 64 pixel
Equalizer, Book Mark, Shuffle
Playback speed selectable
Voice recording with time, calendar and file name in MP3
FM radio with Auto Scan and pre-setting
MP3 encoding by line-in
ID-3 Tag & auto lyrics display
Real time clock & calendar support for timer recording
Navigation by Joy Stick
Dimensions: 38.6 x 86.7 x 18.7 mm
Weight: 65 g (incl. battery)
Li-Polymer rechargeable included
Charging via USB
20 hours playback (no backlight) at 128 Kbps
Supports Win 98, 2000, Me, XP / Mac OS 9.1, X 1 & 2
The MP3 player supports the common MP3 and WMA audio formats, along with the ability to read text files (although this is rather impractical).
The top speaker on the unit can be unclipped to reveal the USB connection, which can be plugged straight into the USB port on a PC or connected to the extension cable which is included. The MP3 player doubles up as a portable storage device, which is now quite common amongst similar products.