Their audio quality is surprisingly good, but they are a little large for my ears and even become quite painful after prolonged use. While it’s useful being able to store an hour’s worth of music onto a device about the size of one of those small, dark chocolates you get at a restaurant with your espresso after your meal, there’s the slight impediment of needing to cart your computer around with it to play back the music on the damn thing. This compliance with known standards enables the device to function on any computer with a USB subsystem without the need for any drivers other than what’s already provided by the host machine’s operating system. Microscopic Small Normal Large Giant. The Koolsteel can then be plugged as is, directly into the USB port if the port is accessible, or you can insert the provided, 1m-long USB extension cable. From the hardware point of view, the Koolsteel conforms to usb-storage standards and therefore behaves exactly like an external hard disk so-called “pen” drive once plugged into a computer’s USB port.
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It is compatible with both USB 1. Lovers of live music will be disappointed with the Koolsteel because it fades one track out before fading memip the next. The only format available for recording is Memmup OGG would have been nice and the bitrate can be set to one of 5 settings from 64Kbps pretty awful to Kbps not bad at all.
The CD-ROM contains the software needed to upgrade the Koolsteel’s internal firmware if necessary, drivers for Windows 98 which doesn’t know how to handle usb-storage otherwiseproduct fiches for just about everything ever sold by MemUp just in case you were thinking of buying the entire product range and a mini website that serves as an instruction manual. It needs to be memupp with the headphones and the line input disconnected, and the plastic-covered wire that it’s made of is a little stiff, which doesn’t help pushing it through the small loop on one end in order to fix it to the Koolsteel.
Here’s the page for the Koolsteel on the manufacturer’s website: It is nothowever, practical for recording using the line input. The Koolsteel satisfies all four demands. This is evidently why a “Reset” button is provided.
In short, the Koolsteel can be used as a dictaphone or something discreet memuup sneaky? The MB version that I purchased therefore has room for about 4. On the whole, the Koolsteel fares rather well in this domain. I would therefore give the Koolsteel full marks if it weren’t for the fact that the only way I’ve found so far to see how much space you have left is to connect it to a computer.
The reason I bought this device was in order to accomodate a growing habit of mine to rip titles mekup my Audio CDs, encode them to OGG files, dump them onto various 64MB CompactFlash cards I have and switch cards to listen to different “compilations” according to taste and mood.
Using the provided headset it is impossible to distinguish between a live radio broadcast and a recorded program as long as the encoding quality is set high enough Kbps or higher.
The Koolsteel is also capable of recording audio from the radio, from its built-in mono microphone or from its line input. If we memuo add up the points, the Koolsteel has earned 44 out of a potential There are a few other gadgets embedded in the Koolsteel’s firmware, none of which I can see myself ever using so I won’t “mark” these features:.
MP3 and WMA do not interest me in the least since they are both proprietary formats that are plagued with royalty and patent issues when it comes to creating such files. It can also be used to make perfectly acceptable recordings of radio broadcasts. For one thing, it’s too short.
The headphones supplied with the Pm3 are those annoying little things that you’re supposed to wedge in your ears and hope they don’t fall out when you start sweating. So, the intent was there, but it certainly didn’t exactly work with the line input cable or the strap.
While it’s useful being able to store an hour’s worth of music onto a device about the size of one of those small, dark chocolates you get at a restaurant with your espresso after your meal, there’s the slight impediment of needing to cart your computer around with it to play back the music on the damn thing. OGG files of a reasonable quality run at a little under a megabyte per minute.
That is what Plug’n’Play is about, not installing proprietary drivers that sometimes don’t get along with undisclosed specifications of the operating system and that require you to reboot 6 times before plugging the device in and hoping all went well so-called “Plug’n’Pray”.
Mfmup manufacturer claims that this device will run for 30 hours on a full charge, which takes hours. Full marks for this.
OGG is entirely Free for any software vendor to implement and for the end-user. It exists in two versions: It is not intuitive by any stretch of the imagination.
There is therefore no continuity and your live albums will have annoying breaks between tracks. Furthermore, at equivalent sound qualities, OGG files are smaller than MP3 files, or at equivalent file size, OGG files provide better audio upon playback. In fact, I went out and mfmup something more comfortable a few days afterwards.
It fits in the palm of your hand or in a pocket with no problem.