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Re: iRiver iHP120, better than iPod as field recorder

Subject: Re: iRiver iHP120, better than iPod as field recorder
From: Klas Strandberg <>
Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2006 03:13:01 +0100
You are really "on", Oryoki! Thanks.


At 02:53 2006-02-01, you wrote:
>If you're really interested in using a small hard disc-based audio
>player as a field recorder, check out the iRiver iHP-120 and the
>Rockbox software.
>iRiver is a Korean company that makes personal music players. The
>iHP-100 was introduced in mid-2003, and replaced in early 2005 with
>the newer 300 series.  The iHP-100, -120 and -140 are iPod style
>devices, with 10, 20 and 40GB hard drives respectively. Unlike the
>iPod, the iHP-100 series has several features oriented to recording audio:
>--3.5mm line level input jack
>--SPDIF optical digital input and output
>--records in 16/44.1 WAV format or up to 320kbps MP3
>--large remote control to manage most recording settings
>There are a few problems with the iRiver design:
>--maximum WAV file recording is 75 minutes
>--can't adjust levels while recording, must pause
>--1300mAh battery provides only 2.5 hours of recording time
>These problems have been addressed by the open-source audio
>software called Rockbox.  Rockbox is developed by volunteers
>and offered to everyone for free.  You load the Rockbox
>software into the iHP-100 series from your computer using a
>USB cable.
>Running Rockbox, the iRiver iHP-100 series players now record WAV
>files up to 2GB (more than 3 hours).  The record levels are displayed
>on the LCD screen, and can be adjusted on the fly as needed.  And the
>Rockbox software runs more efficiently, making the battery last almost
>twice as long.  Not bad for a free software upgrade!
>The Rockbox software development continues. Bug fixs and new features
>are added weekly.  You can find out more about the Rockbox project and
>download software by following links at
>The iHP-100 series machines are available used from eBay.  The iHP-120
>seems to be the most common model.  Prices for the iHP-120 range from
>$275 for a factory refurbished model with 90 day warranty, to
>$175-$200 for a used model with all accessories.
>Recording via the line level input works OK with most mics if the
>source has a high sound pressure level (like a waterfall or a rock
>concert).  Nature recordists will probably need an external preamp of
>some sort to raise the signal level.
>Admittedly, a setup like the iRiver iHP-120 and Rockbox software won't
>appeal to everyone.  Most of us would be better served by a device
>designed first and foremost as a recorder, such as the recently
>announced Edirol R-9.   But the iHP-120 combination offers real
>advantages over the current iPod as a field recorder.
>"Microphones are not ears,
>Loudspeakers are not birds,
>A listening room is not nature."
>Klas Strandberg
>Yahoo! Groups Links

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