The built-in MP3 playing application was just fine. The program brings up
an onscreen interface including time and equalizer displays, but it's likely
that most users will turn off the screen to conserve battery life.
Audio quality is about as good as you'd expect through the built-in speaker,
somewhat clear, not distorted but with no bass at all when played at medium
levels; raising volume to maximum caused serious distortion. Stick to
Sound quality through headphones was fine, equivalent to your average MP3 player.
Volume was more than adequate through the included set of ear buds.
The audio player comes with an equalizer that can be set to
'normal,' 'jazz,' 'rock,' 'classical,' or 'dance' presets. MP3 playback
was fine, and we noticed no glitches. The file manager built-in to the
Megaview 561 allows you to create folders which you can use to organize your
tracks. Files are stored in alphabetical order in each directory.
The Megaview 561 is not a sophisticated MP3 playback device, but it does the
job well enough to satisfy most users, especially considering its additional
The reception and sound quality
on the included radio app were excellent, as was the quality of
the MP3 files we created from recorded broadcasts. The one irritation here was
using the joystick to scan between stations. The radio application lacks an auto-scanner, so
we had to shift manually through the FM band. This would have
been fine except that the joystick does not allow continuous movement, so
every slight change requires a new push on the stick.
Fortunately you can store up to eight radio presets, so this
shouldn't be much of a problem after the initial setup.
The voice recording function worked as intended. Playback quality was very
good through headphones, but quite poor through the speaker. In
testing, the mic picked up a conversation clearly from about 4-5 feet away, so
it would probably do fine in a lecture hall situation as long as there
was not too much background noise. Touching the player while the mic is
recording caused lots of sound interference.
If you have the idea to bring the Megaview
561 along to record a concert, or covertly monitor a meeting, you'll probably be left with
a recording of every detailed movement of your coat pocket. A separate condenser microphone
would be the best option for such clandestine recordings, but there is no
mic-in jack on this personal media player.