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Subject: Re: What is the opinion on the best MP3 players now?
From: H C (
Date: 2003-12-10

Daniel and SteamShip,

Thanks for your replies. That clears it up.

--- Daniel Gudlat <> wrote:
> H C wrote:
> > Say, why is the older model preferable to the
> Recorder
> > V2? Didn't the older model only have USB1.1?
> From what I've read here, the old JBR20 is the most
> reliable and useful
> of Archos' MP3 player lineup. At least I can't
> complain about the two
> units in our household. People reported several
> problems with the FM
> models, many of them not Rockbox-related, so seeing
> as the V2 shares
> most of the hardware with the FM and taking into
> account Archos' stellar
> (not!) QC, it is fair to assume that the V2 will be
> plagued with by
> same problems.
> I don't know about the JBRs with the smaller drives,
> but the JBR20 has
> USB2.0.
> > Is it just because of the batteries? On all
> devices I
> > have had in the past, I have preferred Li Ion
> because
> > of higher capacity and no need to deep discharge.
> Of
> > course, my box is nearly always plugged in
> anyway.
> The batteries are definitely a factor, as is the
> better case design
> (recessed buttons and display protected by the
> corner bumpers, instead
> of the way these lie on the outwards-curved surface
> of the V2/FM, ready
> to be bumped/borken). These days, you can easily get
> a set of
> rechargeable AA's that have the same capacity (2200
> mAh?) as the FM
> battery, except you can get a spare set and rotate
> them, or easily
> replace them when there are problems. Overall, the
> old JBR20 seems to
> be one of the sturdier, more reliable and ultimately
> useful of Archos'
> units.
> > Is there some other overriding factor that I am
> > missing?
> No, just a lot of smaller things adding up, IMHO.
> Daniel Gudlat

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