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Subject: Re: High kbps/Low kbps power consumption
From: stevem_at_gator.net
Date: 2003-06-06


It takes a little while to show up. If I have my jbr 20 on the charger, it
doesn't show up at all. If it's off the charger, the problem manifests
when the battery drops to 55% or less. Then, if I switch to a lower kbps
file, such as a lecture recorded at 32kpbs, the problem disappears.

I really have isolated it to 320 kpbs files and 55% or less battery power.

Weird, huh? I think the other fellow who responded was right - I'm just
pushing the unit to it's limit. I would be surprised if it was a problem
with the hard drive. I just purchased it the other day.

Other than this problem, it's a really cool little player/recorder. My
only other small grip is that it doesn't have a true microphone jack. Even
with an amplified mic, the recording is 'soft', not very loud. Very hard
to do talks and lectures recording.

Someone told me that the JBR fm 20 has a mic setting for the jack. Is that
true?

(I'd buy another one!)

Steve

> At 02:10 PM 6/5/2003, stevem_at_gator.net wrote:
>>That's why I was wondering if it had to do with bitrate/power
>> consumption. Is it possible that the way my music was encoded is a
>> problem? I'm no expert on these matters.
>
> seems unlikely. maybe your hd is starting to have read errors... that
> would cause a gap as the drive tried to re-read the sector to get a
> clean read. it would be more likely to show up on 320K because the
> buffer has to be refreshed more often. this is pure speculation
> though.
>
>>Are you using the shipped batteries, or something else?
>
> shipped batteries, haven't charged them in quite a while.
>
> i noticed your other email speculated on the length of the file being an
> issue... i just encoded a one hour wav file to a 320K mp3 (161M output
> file) and i am listening to it on the JBR now. it's playing fine so far
> but i'm not very far into it. does your problem manifest itself
> immediately or does it take a while for it to show up?
>
> -jsd-



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