Teac MP-200 MP3 Player
Tests - 1
The Teac MP-200 MP3 Player stores the audio/data files in its built-in flash
memory. The sample that arrived in our labs had a capacity of 256MB, but there
a 512MB and 1GB
models available. While 256MB might appear small to many of you, you can easily
around 6-7 hours of music (128Kbps MP3 format). The capacity depends
on the bitrate of the stored music. The greater the bitrate (and hence quality)
files you store, the less playback
time that will be available. But if you feel you have a greater need for storage
space, you can go for the larger capacity models. Apart from the differences
capacity, in all other respects, all the models in the series are identical.
Bear in mind though, that this device can playback music files encoded with
The main advantage of players that use flash memory
instead of a CD-ROM reader is that they produce flawless playback,
skips. Since the player does not have any moving mechanical parts (like
the optical pickup of a CDROM reader), it is not affected by vibrations or shock
from sudden movements and hence, there is no need for skip
protection mechanisms. Playback is smooth, and skipping between tracks
is almost instantaneous. So, you can use the player without annoying
skips while jogging or while performing any activity that requires rapid
There is another advantage as well, that stems from the lack of mechanical
parts. Power consumption is much less than a CDROM reader based player. This
is the case with the Teac MP-200 MP3 Player as well. It operates on a single
AAA size battery, which will give you many hours of playback time. In our tests,
we managed to get a little more than 10 hours of continuous playback.
The Teac MP-200 MP3 Player is primarily controlled through a pair of
way buttons, located on the lengthwise lower side of the device (see photos
to the display that can be used to turn the
on or off, play/pause as well as record. All the MP-200's
functions are controlled with these three buttons. The 85-page user manual
(in the German/English/French
will help you configure and use the device
without too much hassle.
Looking at the photos above, on the top photo we can see (from left to
right) the power on/off switch, and the display. This two-way switch is used
to start/stop/pause playback,
control recording, A-B repeat. The LCD screen is quite impressive
for a device of this size. The device's LCD screen is readable under
light conditions, and it can display two colors (light blue, yellow). The information
displayed during playback is the file's ID3 tag/file name, playback time, along
with volume level.
The lower photo show the buttons located on the side, where we can see (from
left to right) the VOL/SEARCH FF/RW button, and the MENU and EQ/DEL
serve as volume up/down buttons when
pressed for more than 1 second.
The pair of photos above, show the inputs/outputs to the device. Located on
the the left and right extremes of this rectangular shaped device, there are
the USB connection,
jack, respectively. The USB interface connection is quite small and unfortunately
unprotected. So extra care must be taken to avoid dust or anything else
getting in there.
The USB connection is the only way to exchange files with a computer
making the need for a USB cable imperative.