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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

5. Tests

Apart from mp3 and wma files, the MP-350 can also be used as a video player. Unfortunately, the TEAC MP-350 supports only the MTV movie format, which is not all that popular yet and hence, not so easy to find movie files for. This is a special video format used with some mobile devices. On the other hand, there is a video converter, offered freely by TEAC, that can be used to convert any video file you like to the MTV format and then played with the MP-350. We tried several other video formats, in case we got lucky and found another supported format, but all our tests showed that, indeed, only the MTV movie format is supported.

We also made some tests with various image files, just to confirm that only the JPEG format is supported.

The following table shows the audio formats that we tested with the MP-350 player.

Compression Type Compression Settings Recognize/Play
MP3 CBR 20kBit 11025Hz Mono Yes
CBR 20kBit 11025Hz Stereo
CBR 32kBit 11025Hz Stereo
CBR 32kBit 22050Hz Mono
CBR 40kBit 22050Hz Stereo
CBR 48kBit 22050Hz Stereo
CBR 48kBit 44100Hz Mono
CBR 56kBit 22050Hz Mono
CBR 56kBit 44100Hz Mono
CBR 64kBit 22050Hz Stereo
CBR 96kBit 44100Hz Mono
CBR 96kBit 44100Hz Stereo
CBR 112kBit 44100Hz Stereo
CBR 128kBit 44100Hz Mono
CBR 128kBit 44100Hz Stereo
CBR 160kBit 44100Hz Stereo
CBR 192kBit 44100Hz Stereo
CBR 224kBit 44100Hz Stereo
CBR 256kBit 44100Hz Stereo
CBR 320kBit 44100Hz Stereo
VBR - High compression
VBR - Highest compression
VBR - Low compression
VBR - Lowest compression
VBR - Medium compression
WMA CBR 48kbps
CBR 64kbps
CBR 96kbps
CBR 128kbps
CBR 160kbps
CBR 192kbps
VBR any bit rate

CBR (45~500Kbit)

Not supported
VBR (25~100 Quality)

Our tests showed that the TEAC MP-350 supports all kinds of mp3 encoded files, along with wma files, even those encoded with variable bit rates.

TEAC suggests that it will take approximately 8 hours of playing to discharge a fully charged battery. It took us 13 hours of mp3 playback to discharge the battery and 5 hours of video playback.

In general, this is not a player that plays everything, but it is a small, mobile multimedia player that actually does what it promises. Namely, mp3 and wma playback, with excellent (i.e. low) power consumption.

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