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dfkt 06-09-2007 06:34 PM

Pros and Cons of the Vibez (after one day of usage)
 
This is what I think of the Trekstor Vibez after one day of fiddling around with it - feel free to correct me, or add to the list (positive or negative). :)

Pros:
  • Very good audio quality
  • 5-band parametric EQ
  • Gapless playback, crossfade, auto gain
  • Supports a large variety of audio codecs
  • MSC and MTP modes, works on any operating system
  • File/folder browsing and ID3 browsing
  • Line-in recording in CD quality, uncompressed WAV
  • User replaceable battery
  • Screen is visible in direct sunlight
  • Decent stock earbuds by Sennheiser
  • A variety of useful accessories available

Cons:
  • Scroll wheel can be awkward and imprecise to use
  • Front plate is a lint magnet, back plate is a scratch magnet
  • Slight hiss, even with higher impedance phones
  • Low output volume, doesn't work well with higher impedance phones
  • Auto gain is too aggressive, even when set to low
  • No sleep timer, no pan/balance
  • Only deletes files, leaves empty folders on the disk
  • Tiny low-res screen, microscopic fonts on some menu points
  • GUI can be sluggish at times

musichound 06-10-2007 09:21 AM

The Vibez looks like a suitable player but for some reason the looks of it scares me away. I can't explain why but the futuristic look of it turns me off. As for playback is there gapless support?

dfkt 06-10-2007 09:23 AM

Yeah, looks like a popsicle... as for gapless, did you read the 3rd point in the "pros"-section of the list above? ;)

musichound 06-10-2007 09:29 AM

I can't believe I missed that! :o I am already likeing it better now. :cool:

dfkt 06-10-2007 09:33 AM

It's a really good player, no-nonsense, strictly music. The advantages outweigh the annoyances, IMO.

musichound 06-10-2007 09:43 AM

As for the low output volume, I wonder if MP3 gain can be given a go. It can raise the audio significiently but might increase distortion at the same time.

dfkt 06-10-2007 09:48 AM

It's only a problem with my huge 80 Ohm Beyerdynamic DT770 or similar cans. The Trekstor is loud enough for any of my IEMs. On full volume, I'll go deaf instantly with the V-Moda Vibes or the Futuresonic Atrios.

Sombra 06-11-2007 01:40 PM

I thought the "save session" was the same thing as bookmarks?

dfkt 06-11-2007 03:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sombra (Post 132433)
I thought the "save session" was the same thing as bookmarks?

Indeed you're right. Seems like "sessions" save bookmarks and playlists.

occams_razor 06-21-2007 11:04 AM

I'm very curious about this player; any updates to you list dfkt? Has a week (or so) of use made you like it more or less?

rubennyc 10-13-2007 04:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dfkt (Post 132452)
Indeed you're right. Seems like "sessions" save bookmarks and playlists.

Important distinction. Sessions saves the current running playlist and where you left off at the time you created or updated the Session. The Sessions function does not actually manage independent saved playlists. For those, you need to use the "Now Playing" menu and choose to "Make Playlist". Then give the playlist a name.


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