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Subject: Re:


From: ajf <>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2003 17:06:01 -0400

I use a cassette adapter in the car, and it works well enough.
The cheap FM modulators are not worth the money.

With the extended service option, Circuit City will have to deal with Archos
or another repair facility. That is almost worth the price, because the
physical quality of the Archos units is poor and their support is worse.
I've had two of these fail for different mechanical (not firmware) reasons,
one just after the 90 day warranty expired, and the other (bought at CC)
within warranty. CC couldn't help me and referred me to Archos; I'm still
on hold.

There are unauthorized but competent third party repair services, but they
are not cheap either.

You should also understand that the terms of the Archo warranty as currently
displayed on their website state that installation of any unauthorized
software voids the warranty. writes:

> Hey all,
> I'm very interested in picking up an Archos Recorder 20 for use at home, on
> the road, and between classes mostly because I was impressed with the
> affordable, feature-rich unit combined with the Rockbox open source
> firmware upgrade. I just have a few questions before I place my order:
> -The Rockbox FAQ says that the Recorder has a digital audio output. This
> is great, because I would like to hook the Archos up to my receiver at home
> through a digital coax or optical input. Can I just use the cable provided
> to go from the digital in/out jack to the digital input in my receiver or
> do I need to buy a special cable? Is anyone on here using an Archos in
> this fashion that can give me advice?
> -Using it in the car. Unfortunately, I don't have an aux in or a CD
> changer plug in the trunk, so it looks like I have to go either the
> cassette adapter route or the FM modulator route. Can you guys recommend
> which one sounds better? Are there particular brands to look out for?
> -Durability of product. It seems that people often have major issues with
> the Recorder unit's quality. Circuit City has an extended warranty, but
> it's pretty expensive at around $55. Are the quality issues so bad that
> it's worth it to pick up the extended warranty? Or are the break-downs few
> and far between, but just well-reported?
> -USB2.0 on Recorder 15s. How can one tell just by looking at the unit if
> it's USB2.0? Does it have anything to do with bumper color?
> I'm really impressed with the Open Source community you have going on here.
> I'm studying computer science at school, and I'd be interested in poking
> around the code when I get my unit.
> Thanks a lot, I really appreciate your help!
> -Elliott
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Received on 2003-07-24

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