River H10S - Not Really Known by the general public, But The "Inn" thing
iRiver has come out with a new series of MP3 players which covers just about a
complete spectrum of storage capacity. The iRiver H10S is available in several
different sizes starting with the 1 GB flash based model to the 20 GB hard drive
model. All of them feature great sound specs and convenient features like FM
radio, ID3 support, picture slide shows and text display.
Supported audio formats include MP3, WMA, and ASF. MP3 files can be encoded with
constant bit rates or variable bit rates up to 320 kbps. Songs can be played
back individually or by play lists, and the ID3 support allows you to find songs
by artist, genre, album, year, or track number.
The sound of the iRiver H10S is really superb. It features a 90 dB signal to
noise ratio over the entire frequency range from 20 Hz to 20 kHz. The headphone
output is an ample 18 mWatts on each side. The player comes with Sennheiser ear
buds -- no need to replace these babies. They offer superb comfortable sound
right out of the box.
The display screen is a good size which allows you to read the information
without squinting. It's easy to navigate around the hard drive using the simple
two-button interface. The display screen allows you to access all the settings
of the player as well as show you information about the current song being
The screen is capable of displaying 260,000 colors which makes it ideal for
carrying around your picture collection. The built-in slide show function
automatically displays all the pictures in a folder while you are listening to
The iRiver H10S comes with software which allows you to organize your music
collection on your computer and transfer it to the MP3 player. Data transfer is
handled through the USB 2.0 interface. When connected to the computer, the
player is seen as a portable drive so any kind of computer data can be
transferred to it.
This is a fairly pricey MP3 player, but the extra features (picture display,
color screen, FM radio) make up for the higher cost. In addition, most MP3
players come with cheap earbuds which need to be replaced. Most people will find
the Sennheiser ear buds on the iRiver H10S comfortable and great sounding.
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