Here's the deal. I'm a helicopter mechanic. The aircraft I work on are out on flightlines, sometimes a few hundreds yards away. I have a wagon I pull with my toolbox on it.
What I'm looking for is reccomendations for a portable MP3 player that I can keep in my toolbox while I'm working.
It needs to be somewhat durable, small enough to where it doesn't get in the way, but enough volume to hear it. It needs lot's of memory as sometime's I'm out for 3 or more hours and preferably a recharganble battery.
Oh, the price range is $100- $150.
One player I saw that I like is the Phillips Shoqbox but was wondering what else is available.
the latest releasr from Apple iPod Nano.. it is available in 2gb and 4gb version
I've heard that with Ipod's, you need to convert to Apple's format.
Is that true??
I'd say iPod shuffle, or if you want to extend your price range $50 more do an iPod nano.
IPods can play MP3s fine without converting.
The Rio Carbon's have caught my eye. How are they quality wise??
I've had a bad experience with my first mp3 player and it was a Rio. But maybe it was just a defective one.
The only problem I'm facing with a player is the fact I'm trying to keep the player and accessories small and to a minimum. I already have enough junk in my toolbox without adding more.
That's why the Phillips Shoqbox appealled to me at first. It's very small. The 256 mb of space is the only drawback.
get an iriver. They make some awesome cheap stuff.
I have an ipod and it is superb
With all these IRivers, IPods, Iballs, Rios------
I will obviously need some speakers. What are some (inexpensive) speakers I can get?
Keep in mind I'm out on a flightline hauling my toolbox on a large flat wagon.
I'll need batteries or some other power source.
You can't go wrong with an ipod but i like customizable equalizers but they don't have those.
Get an iPod shuffle it is small good battery life an is rechargable. Most exspensive is 130.00 and it is really small.
Well, since this topic has resurfaced-----------
I'll go ahead and say that my wife got me the Phillips Shoqbox for about $129, with 512 memory, for Christmas.
Unfortuantatly, I had to send it back for warranty work. What a bummer. I'm still waiting for it to be returned as I type.
From what I saw of it, it really looked cool. I think it will be just fine for what I want.
And, if I do get one of those MP3 players with gigs of memory, I can use the Shoqbox as an external speaker.
It should be back any day now.
I have an iRiver H10, and it's ACE!
You can get them for £150.
personally i dont like the ipod...ur confined to mp3s and apple formats in some cases need to convert with itunes. and the fact that ur restricted to itunes for loading music is another killer. ill be honest i was looking at the zen micro and ipod mini back when i was looking for a new mp3 player(was before the nano was out). and between price (zen micro was like 50 bux cheaper for an extra gig of space) as well as the use for wmas (i have a lot of) and i like the simple to use drag and drop system. also all everyone thinks about is the ipod...and its purely b/c of the amt of money they dedicate to advertising. if other companies used as much money for advertising their mp3 players i would imagine the mp3 battle would be as close as it should be.
Well since this thread keep popping up I'll go ahead and say that I broke down and got the Philips Shoqbox PSS120/37. It does have it's pluses and minuses.
When I got it.... Christmas Eve, I tried to install the firmware and music. No success. After about 45 minutes with tech support They said I had to send it in for repair. 3 weeks later I got a it back with a note saying they could find no problems.
Tried again to install the music with no success. About 4 days later after several calls to tech support, numerous removal and reinstalls of the latest and greatest I still could not install the music. In despertion I installed everything on my wife's computer.... and it worked. Apparently something isn't right with my USB ports on my computer. oh well, I got it to work.
When it's working, I love it. Perfect for what I want. I can work on the helicopters with nothing stuck in my ear. Sounds good. It only has enough memory for about 100 songs, but I can use a line-in and attach it to an Ipod or other device and use it as external speakers.
One problem is it seems to freeze up alot and I have to use a little reset button on the back to get it to work. Is this normal for MP3 players?