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New Toys!
Edit 4/21/2004: Please read this post if you're thinking about buying an iRiver H120. I've heard lots of good things about the iRiver, but I decided to return mine the day after I got it.

So I decided it was about time I got myself a portable mp3 jukebox. For a long time I figured I'd just get myself a 15gb iPod, but then I started doing some research. Although I love iPods and think they are just about the coolest toy in the world, I couldn't get one knowing there were a couple better options out there.

I settled on the iRiver iHP-120 for a few different reasons. The biggest one was battery life. The iPod lasts about four hours on a charge, and the iRiver jams for at least twelve or fourteen. It's also comes with a remote, it's got an FM tuner, voice recording, and a buttload of other features the iPod can't match. The only thing it doesn't do is play Apple's AAC formatted files, like what you'd buy from iTunes.

So once I settled on what to buy, I went to Best Buy to pick one up. It turns out they don't carry them. So I called around to try to figure out where I can find one of these things. The only stores around here that have them were CompUSA, Walmart, and Fry's, and they were all out of stock (Fry's having sold their last one just before I called). Not only that, but they wanted $399 for one when Amazon is selling them for $336.04. So I went ahead and ordered it from Amazon, and spent part of my immense savings on 2-day shipping. With any luck I'll have my new toy on Tuesday.

So, the only negative thing I ever heard about the iRiver was regarding the earbud headphones that come with it. So I did a little research on those too. I came across this review on the Shure E2c sound isolating earphones. Unlike regular earbuds, you actually jam these things into your head to use them. This gives you two advantages: You have a speaker pointed directly at your eardrum, and every little outside noise is completely blocked out.

I was able to find the E2's pretty easily. Guitar Center was the first place I checked, and they had them for $79. So I picked them up. And I'm quite happy I did! The sound is completely amazing. It's like downloading the sound directly into your brain. I compared them to some regular earbuds I had lying around, and the difference was staggering.

Sadly, I can't say that wearing them is the most comfortable feeling in the world. They come with three different size "flex sleeves." I put on the smallest size, and they still feel pretty tight. I guess I have narrow ear canals. But the more I wear them, the more I'm getting used to them. I'm sure I'll soon be able to pop them in my skull and forget they're in there.

Anyway, I recommend them highly. And I can't wait until my iRiver comes in the mail!

I love toys.

Current Mood: geeky geeky

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yellzer From: yellzer Date: April 18th, 2004 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooooh...it's so cute. I like the looks of it better than the iPod.
snwbrdette From: snwbrdette Date: April 18th, 2004 01:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the recommendation!! We've been looking at iPods and now we have something else to consider!! Let me know how much you like it when you receive it!! I may have to request one for my 30th b-day!!
jarrett From: jarrett Date: April 18th, 2004 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
This article is a real eye-opener.

I'll definitely post more about my iRiver when it gets here.
From: kendryk Date: April 18th, 2004 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
On behalf of responsible consumers everywhere, I would like to thank you for spending your money at Amazon, and not at Wal-Mart.
jarrett From: jarrett Date: April 18th, 2004 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't normally shop at Wallmart, but if it were the only place in town that had something in stock, I would make an exception.
particle_man From: particle_man Date: April 18th, 2004 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have no idea where you got only 4 hours for the iPod battery life but it's way off. Average battery life is 8 hours.
jarrett From: jarrett Date: April 18th, 2004 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
My office-mate has a brand new (3rd generation) iPod. He told me he gets about 4 hours of music out a charge. Most reviews I read all over the Internet said between 4 and 6... maybe once in awhile someone would say they got almost 8 if they let it play continuously the moment after it was done charging.

Apple has earned a repuation for unreliable batteries in the iPods. It may be too early to tell if they got it right with this generation, but I'm not sure I want to take a $400 gamble.

Besides that, even if I get one that worked perfectly and lasted as long as they claim, the iRiver would outlast it hands down. They say it should play 16 hours, but I've read 12 to 14 is typical.
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