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Samsung Yepp YH-925GS Photo/MP3 player

Samsung Yepp YH-925GS Photo/MP3 player - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Yepp YH-925GS contains a 20GB hard drive and sports a nice bright 1.8 inch, 260K colour LCD screen with a resolution of 160x128 pixels.
 79% Rating:   
Filed under: MP3 Players Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Samsung Apr 25 2005   Mike Dowler  
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Sound quality and Conclusions

We were looking forward to testing the Yepp YH-925GS's sound quality, since the unit included SRS surround sound options. We were not disappointed with the player's audio qualities at all, though it did seem to us that the EQ played more of an active role than it maybe should have.

Using 'normal' or no eq setting, sound quality was excellent. The Yepp YH-925GS has more than enough volume to satisfy us and do serious ear damage to the average user. The eq choices are accessed through the 'settings' menu and include the mundane 'jazz', 'classic', ' 'pop', 'rock' and 'bassboost' presets present on almost all MP3 players. These worked as expected. The three more interesting EQ options are 'SRS', 'WOW' and 'Trubass'.

SRS processing provides a virtual 3D stereo effect, Trubass is a bass booster that can be used with or without SRS and WOW combines the two effects. To be frank, it's hard to imagine using either of the former two options instead of WOW. A separate settings menu is reserved for the SRS effect, and allows you to control the level of TRUbass and SRS processing as well as affect the 'focus' of the sound.

The WOW EQ setting proved to be our favourite for most of the music we listened to, as it gave the music a fuller and more expansive sound. We did notice some flaws though. Volume dips and rises in the music tended to be exaggerated by this EQ setting, almost to the point of being distracting, while some tracks distorted with the default 'earphone' SRS settings we were using for the WOW EQ.

The included earphones are about as good as you'd expect, which is not particularly. Still, they are fine for walking around and listening I suppose. Invest in a decent pair of earbuds for this player at the earliest opportunity though, as the included ones do not do it justice. They do have a nice long cord though, so they will not cramp your style.

Samsung YH-925 vs. iPod?

Our final take on the Yepp YH-925GS Hard drive MP3 Player? It's good enough that we'd want to own it, but it has enough issues that if we did own it we'd probably be slightly annoyed with it...

As a music player, the Samsung Yepp YH-925GS sounds great and has more EQ options than the average MP3 playback device has, but suffers from a poor control layout that makes using the device occasionally more annoying than it should be. Samsung really needs to invest more time in planning out and testing the user interfaces for its hard-disc players. On the bright side, the volume level is more than adequate to damage anyone's hearing.

As a photo viewer, the Samsung Yepp YH-925GS has a decent upside. The 1.8" LCD display is attractive, bright and reproduced our test photos well. It's small though, so this feature is more of a frill than a reason to buy the player. The ability to create slide shows that include music was cooler than it sounds and we enjoyed the effect greatly. The LCD has a rather poor viewing angle though, so only one person at a time can enjoy the pictures.

The fact that this player can only be used with the Napster client or Windows Media Player 10 is another questionable design decision. While we have no issue with Media Player per say, it's not as fast or intuitive as dragging and dropping files, and the licensed bundling of the Napster client left a bad taste in our mouths. Hopefully someone will figure out how to update the player's database manually so that drag-and-drop file transferring will work with music files instead of only other types of data.

While it might seem that we are being overly negative here, the reason is that we really wanted to like the Yepp YH-925GS. It's small for a HD-based player, it has good battery life, a fast connection, great sound and volume, nifty photo viewing abilities and the rare ability to transfer files over USB without a computer. Sadly, the design of the controls and the restrictive software policy make getting to grips with the player more difficult than it needs to be.

At a price of about $300+CDN ($249USD) The Yepp YH-925GS compares favourably to the latest iPods in price, if not design. If you are in the market for a hard drive based player with some frills, Samsung's latest option is certainly worth considering.

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Contents of Article: Samsung Yepp YH-925GS
 Pg 1.  Samsung Yepp YH-925GS Photo/MP3 player
 Pg 2.  What you get for your money
 Pg 3.  Transferring data and Recording
 Pg 4.  A 360 Degree View
 Pg 5.  Onscreen menus
 Pg 6.  — Sound quality and Conclusions

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