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Old 06-25-2011, 06:16 PM
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Default [Old-school Review] Samsung YP-E32 (1999)

Surprise!!
I just bought the first Samsung mp3 player released in 1999: The YP-E32 (meaning there is 32GB...no...hum...32MB internal memory ). The YP-E16 and YP-E64 also exist.
1999, try to imagine that was 12 years ago yet! Samsung was one of the first manufacturers on the market. Only MpMan and Diamond were there some months before.
This device is very hard to find nowadays and still harder to find in this very good state. Only the stock earbuds are lacking.



Here is the box, the very big box. At the time people did not care about the environnement...
"Portable Internet Music Player"


Do you feel the excitement?


Here is the content and surprise! You're not dreaming, it's a parallel cable like on the old printers, not even USB 1.0!!! There was an optional USB adapter but I'm not even sure it has been sold outside Korea


That's a big unit! A good friend for Hifiman^^ But a sober design contrary to some other old Samsung DAPs


The card eject switch. The YP-E32 uses SmartMedia cards ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SmartMedia ). Thus the memory is expansible up to 64 or 128MB theoretically.
Look at the beautiful logo Eisa Awards - European Internet Audio 1999-2000...


The compartment for the 2 AAA batteries and the parallel port.


Here are the tactile buttons. Note that some modern touchscreen players don't even have volume buttons and almost all modern players have a shitty power/hold button instead of a real sliding hold button. Sometimes the world is regressing...


The 3.5mm earphone jack and the memory card slot.


Just forget USB and MSC/UMS. The first thing to do is to find a computer with a parallel port. Not so easy in 2011... After some try, the Yepp Explorer software finally recognizes the mp3 player. Then you can start transferring your files. 30MB of files have been transfered in 5min7, that's an incredible 0.1MB/s transfer rate Oo
I reencoded my songs in MP3 128kbps because I could not put many files in VBR V0 quality...





On its wonderful LCD screen without backlight, the player displays some id3tags (song title and the artist) and even the bitrate (but weirdly he always said 64kbps for my songs while they are in 128kbps or more...)!
The time elapsed is not accurate at all, seconds change too fast, not only with VBR files but also with CBR Oo

The sound quality is unsurprisingly not so good. But it's still better than....my Star Wars lightsaber MP3 player
There even are some EQ: Jazz, Jazz-3D, Rock, Rock-3D, Classic, Classic-3D. 3D ones just sound terrible, if I worked at Samsung I would have not dared to implement them!





This device features a voice recorder but the ultimate feature is the phone book of course! You can add up to 350 contacts with 2 phone numbers for each one. Yeah that rocks (I wrote some numbers at random, don't try to call)




A small comparison with the Sansa Clip+


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