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This device comes with a charger, usb cable, headphones, a headphone remote control, single point transfer cable, brown leather case and software CD (necessary for people with an earlier version of Windows). I got this back in August 2004 so have been using it regularly for nearly 5 years now. iRiver is an affiliate of Toshiba so these are good quality electronics with great sound quality. In this five years the device has crashed only twice, both times the simple switching off and on again resolved the problem. Battery life is great and will stay play for hours - even after 5 years of use. Although this is a digital music player this device also acts as a hard drive storage device meaning you can save anything on here from your computer. The way the music is sorted on here is by files (just as on your computer) and you decide which songs go in which files and how to title them. If you have Windows XP or better you will not even need to install any software to use this - just plug it in and put your music on or off. This not only plays music but can also record it from almost any source. It comes with a cable that allows you to record from any source with a headphone output. You can also record from any other source with an aux output e.g. tv, dvd/blu-ray players, hi-fi etc (You will need to buy you own aux cable for this, but this same cable is the one you will use to plug it into a hi-fi to listen to your music out loud). You can also record with the built in microphone, as well as with an optical input for greater quality. The recordings can be made in mp3 or wav format and you can record in varying quality from 40kbps - 320kbps. The device is also very easy to use - there are only 5 buttons you need plus the locking button. There are three main downisdes to this device. Firstly the music is only sorted by folders you cannot search and play by song, artist, genre etc like on the ipod. The other disadvantage of this is that it's not an ipod - and by this I mean most accessories and docking stations are designed solely for the ipod and so this will not be compatible. The third is that it is a little slow to boot up. I don't consider any of these major drawbacks though.
What a fantastic mp3 player. Owned mine for years and it just refuses to die. I use mine with shure e3c headphones and i can't imagine anything better. My brother's an avid iPod fanatic, but even he admits what a brilliant piece of equipment ole' faithful is. Sure the screen's pretty old school which is fine since i listen to music rather than watch it, and the capacity isn't all it used to be, but the battery life is tremendous, optical in and outputs, a little remote thing that gets left in the box, this mp3 player is still amazing, and compared with the iPod's of the time i've no idea why iPod's are so popular, this was leaps and bounds ahead. Ogg vorbis support, and the piece de resistance - no f*&$ing itunes!!! The original firmware is a little clunky, but google for rockbox and you'll start leaving that iPod at home!
I have had my i-river IHP140 for 18 months now and I am utterly convinced that it is the best Hard Disk recorder that there is. Its own DAC is fabulous, the sound quality is startling but with the optical out you can use external ones if you want to, so it will grow with you as your Hi-Fi gets bigger over the years. The build quality is fantastic and you know that you have got a piece of quality that you will still use as things move on. I have been reading some 5 year old T3 mags recently and it is amazing how obbserd some things seem now but Im convinced that in 5 or 10 years the IHP 140 will still be as relevant as it is now. Its quality and stand alone functionality will keep this piece fresh and expensive as its more flimsey, fashionable contempories fade into tat.
iHP-140 is one of the first MP3 players that supports the new upcoming, and very popular, music file format Ogg Vorbis. Another new feature of iHP-140 is the ability to plug-in an external mic, using the players mic-in.
You now have the ability to encode MP3 files directly in the player, or if you like you can record to a high quality WAV file. Use the iHP-140's optical line-in and get those crisp and ultra clear recordings, either by hooking up your player to your portable CD player or your home sound system. The iHP-140 will give you 100% quality each time and of course you can set the bit rate on your recordings just as you want it to be.
Absolutely packed with superb and powerful features that with no doubt will satisfy even the most fastidious hi-fi enthusiast. It's nothing less then a phenomenon that this small and extremely portable HDD MP3 player can present such a powerful list of features.