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Subject: Re: FMR - rest in peace

Re: FMR - rest in peace

From: Paul \ <>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2003 20:49:04 +0100

I would tend to agree with you. Other considerations would be

1. Use controllers which are well documented
2. Allow some facility for expansions
3. Support rockbox with free hardware, they do a better job than your
software engineers and it should be noted
4. Use a VFD instead of an LCD


LoveLearn wrote:

> I wouldn't respond to this a second time, but it seems likely that
> Archos employees may scan Paul's post.
> Paul wrote, "Actually i'd be interested in archos doing a remodeled FM
> Recorder using a 1.5" hard drive, it would certainly rival the ipod and
> i'm sure it wouldn't cost nearly as much."
> Here are some design considerations I'd want to see addressed.
> AM-FM rather than just FM. Radio section IC chips are similarly sized
> and cost differences for including AM with FM are justified. All current
> top sized listener audience radio shows in the US are "Talk radio"
> programs. Most talk radio programing is only broadcast on AM. Ignoring
> this market simply because FM is sonically better is a terrible mistake.
> When selecting an AM-FM chip, find a top performer like the Sony
> CXA1129N AM/FM chip rather than another weak performer.
> Archos FMR and later models adopted a stylish convex rounded front. They
> are attractive. But their projecting display panels and projecting keys
> invite damage. Slightly recessed displays are much less prone to
> abrasion damage. Accidental impact pressure is better absorbed by
> projecting case rings and bumper structures than by display and keys
> which may directly load damaging pressure into internal components.
> Older AJR 20 and earlier designs protected their display and buttons
> with projections. Surely there's a way to protect displays and keys with
> stylish projections. French and Italian style designers are world
> leaders, and since you're based in France, ask some style wizards for
> help.
> Memory chip prices have declined enough that refresh from the hard drive
> shouldn't be needed more than twice per playing hour. Other compression
> supported. Attractive current choices include RCA's commercial MP3pro
> and free Ogg Vorbis. MicroSoft's commercial WMA versions perform well
> sonically, but encouraging users to become dependent on WMA versions is
> equivalent to knowingly encouraging them to insert sharp copywrite
> triggered fishing hooks into their mouths.
> Just my opinions,
> John LoveLearn
Received on 2003-09-30

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