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Appeared on: Friday, July 05, 2002
CyQve MP3 Deluxe


1. Introduction

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- Introduction

Many manufactures lately introduce mini-CD (8cm) players instead of the traditional memory based players. The reason is obvious. The lower cost of storage space, since CD-R media is very cheap. CyQve introduced in Taipei 2002 their latest MP3 player based upon the same principal and adds several interested features compared to the traditional proposals from other manufacturers.

- Features

The CyQ've WalkieMusic MP3 player allows you to playback MP3 files, burns onto 8cm CD-R and CD-RW, with the capability of storing 45-50 songs. In addition to the unique built-in advanced functions, ID3 tag support is included, so you can see the song title and artist on the LCD screen displaying, multi-level song directory search, 480-second long time shock resistance, direct charging function, low power consumption allowing 15-hours of continuous playback, five selectable sound equalizing modes - Normal, Classic, Pop, Jazz and Rock and full display of operation status.

- Specifications
Playable Music Format
Playable Audio / MP3 CD Discs
Music Source
Media: CD-R, CD-RW, CD-DA, CD-ROM (MP3, MP2, MPG)

Music Format: CD-Audio/ Layer 2 and 3; for Mpeg 1, Mpeg 2, Mpeg 2.5

Storage: Max. 8 levels and 760 files

Diameter: 80mm

Capacity: 185/200 MB
Compatible Discs format
ISO 9660 or JolietTrack at once, Section at once, Multi-section
Access Time
4 ~ 6 sec. average
Sampling Frequency
8k - 48k Hz
Bit-rate
8k - 384k bps
Maximum Variable Bit-rate
50% (VBR 50)
Frequency Response
20Hz ~ 20KHz กำ 0.5 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (S/N)
> 90dB
Distortion Rate
< 0.1 %


2. Package

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- The Package

We tested the retail version of CyQve MP3 Deluxe player. The package contains: the MP3 Player, 5 pieces of 8cm CD-R media, a printed operation manual, in-ear headphones, a colored carrying pouch, two re-chargeable batteries and one AC/DC adaptor. The re-chargeable batteries are not included in the basic package, only in the Deluxe version among with better ear headphones. In addition, CyQve has bulked a retail version of InterVideo's WinRip v2.1.6 (MP3 Audio Encoder/Player/Ripper using Padus Engine):

The drive is really small with dimensions of 106m/m (L) x 85m/m (W) x 25m/m (H). The weight is around 160gr without 8cm CD-R inserted.

In the bottom of the player lies the open switch. In order to open the MP3 player just push it gently to the right

In the left side, there are power source (DC-In) and the Hold (on/off) switches. If you enable the Hold switch the buttons of the player are disabled.

In the right side, we find the volume control, the headphone jack and the battery charge switch:


3. LCD Screen

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The player comes with a dot-matrix LCD panel (3cm x 1.3cm) that can display up to 2x 12 characters. There is also an option to display other languages than English (default). A very positive point is the adoption of ID information (both IDE3 v1.0 and v2.0), the track number, the folder contents display, the elapsed time, the playback file (mp3, cda, mp2), the possible equalization mode, the shock proof protection and the A-B setting. The ID title of the track scrolls so you can see the track name and artist:

On the top of the drive we can find all the necessary buttons to operate the player. There are the four basic buttons (Play/Pause, Stop, Next/Fast Forward, Previous/Fast Rewind) that are known to most users. In addition, four other buttons are placed around the LCD screen with various functions:

- Mode button

The Mode button circles between:

The selection apears in the LCD screen.

- EQ

CyQve MP3 Deluxe comes with five equalizer presets:

The current selection appears on the LCD screen.

- ESP

The CyQve MP3 Deluxe player includes 8MB SD-RAM buffer that protects playback from shocks. With CD-DA format there is protection up to 120secs, while with MP3 this reaches the 400sec. That would be enough even for hardcore joggers. By pressing the ESP button there are three available options:

- A-B

After pressing this button two times (A and B) the selected time period will be repeated periodically. The A-B selection blinks on the top of the LCD screen.

- MP3 Playback

When a disc with MP3 files is inserted, the CyQve MP3 Deluxe will read the disc contents and display the disc folders among with the total files:

In the next picture, we can see the folder number (03), the track number inside this folder, (10) and the playback time:

- CD-DA Playback

When an Audio disc is inserted, if you have enabled the anti-shock protection (ESP), you will see the total songs (5 in our case and the disc total time (21:26):

If we disable "ESP" the CDA will come up showing the inserted disc is an Audio disc

Lastly, during the playback process, we can see the track number and the elapsed time


4. Battery, Media, Software

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- Batteries

As we said earlier, CyQve included two re-chargeable batteries. According to the specifications, the batteries can last for 12-15h continuous Mp3 playback and for 7-8 hours for the CD-DA format. It is suggested for the first charge to leave the "Charge" switch on for 8hours. Afterwards you must turn the Charge switch off to prevent battery power consumption. Of course alkaline batteries can be used alternatively with similar operating performance.

- Attached media

The attached CyQve 1-20x 8cm CD-R media comes from Ritek:

ATIP: 97m 31s 07f
Disc Manufacturer: Ritek Co.
Assumed Dye type: Phthalocyanine (Type 7)
Media type: CD-Recordable
nominal Capacity: 186.47MB (21m 15s 00f / LBA: 95475)

We tried to overburn and the maximum capacity is, according to the Nero CD Speed software, you can burn up to 203MB of data.

- Attached Software

We installed InterVideo WinRip software:

The software offers many options, including MP3/WMA encoding, sound effects; surround sound and of course visual effects

Under the software's properties we can find the Mp3/WMA encoding properties. The software supports only CBR encoding.

For the test, we used WinLAME RC1 software to create a variety of MP3 files using all possible bit rates and encoding methods:


5. Performance, Conclusion

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- General performance

After we have tested the CyQve MP3 Deluxe player for one week in various cases we can say that in general it worked well among with some glitches that will trouble user. The drive playbacks all possible MP3, MP2 variations we tried (32-48Khz from 8Kbps-320Kbps, CBR/ABR/VBR). Also it can playback 8cm AudioCDs correctly. The weight and its dimensions are small enough for everyday portable use. The included batteries will last for around 4hours of continues playback for MP3 files and around 3hours for CD-DA discs. The drive has a very quiet operation and the included headphones offer adequate sound fidelity. The package is considered as complete, although better MP3 encoding software could be included.

On the positive side, we can list:

On the negative side, we can list:

To sum up, we could say that the player is a good buy for all users who need a complete portable MP3 playback solution. The drive can be found at 132 Euros in the European territory at UK and in Spain under the ODM brandname; Rimax. Later on middle of Auguest, a new version named WalkieMusic MP3 Fashsion will be added with backlit (Blue) and dual-language (English and Spanish). This new one will support the multi-language exactly, yet for the current one Deluxe version will not built with multi-language support.



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