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Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Freecom Beatman Flash MP3 Recorder

1. Introduction

Freecom Beatman Flash Recorder 128 Review - Page 1


On January 2004, Freecom announced a new product in the digital media players line. One of these products, the Freecom Beatman Flash Recorder 128 arrived recently in our labs for review. We had already reviewed the Freecom BeatMan 8cm mp3 player in the past, and the results were quite good.

Sizing in at 52.6 x 56.7 x 17.5 mm and with a weight of 44 g, there is always room for the Beatman Flash. This super-compact, silver player provides more than 4 hours* of pure listening pleasure, is shock-resistant and can play either MP3 or WMA files. The in-ear headphones from Sennheiser also supplied with the player guarantee a rich sound quality.

The four-line multi-line graphic display with background lighting provides a complete ID3-tag display with information on the album, song and artist, and all information from the digital equalizer. New music files can easily be copied to the player with the included Digital Audio Manager software and the USB cable supplied. The Beatman Flash can also be used as a dictation device, allowing more than 30 hours of voice recording.

Let's start with a detailed features and specifications list:

- Features & Specifications

Storage capacity 128MB built-in flash memory (models with 256 & 512 MB also available)
Supported Bitrates MP3: 8 ~ 320Kbps & VBR (Variable Bit Rate)
WMA: 32Kbps ~ 192Kbps
MP3 Sampling Frequency 16/22.05/24/32/44.1/48KHz
Voice Recording Time Over 16 hours (Based on 128 MB memory and 16kbps encoding)
Line in recording time Over 2 hours (Based on 128 MB memory and 128kbps encoding)
Additional features Multi 4-Line Graphic Display with EL Backlight
ID3 tag support
FM radio with custom presets
Digital Sound Equalizer (normal/classic/pop/rock/live)
Function keys: Play/Pause/Power Off, Previous, Next,Volume Up/Down, Mode/Navigation, Rec
(voice)/A-B loop, Hold
Firmware upgradeable, Memory not expandeable
Silence Detection level (selects the silence levels between tracks to record)
Power requirements 1x AAA battery (1.5V).Freecom recommends Duracell batteries for optimal performance. Ni-MH rechargeable battery and charger are optionally available.
Operation Time MP3/WMA: over 7 hours / FM: over 16 hours
Line in Connection 3.5 mm Mini Jack connector
PC Connection USB (can also be connected to USB 2.0 port)
System Requirements PC, Intel Pentium 133MHz or higher, 32MB RAM, 40MB free hard drive space, CD-ROM drive,
Windows98SE / ME / 2000 / XP, available USB port
Physical Specifications Dimensions: 57 x 64.6 x 12.6 mm / 2.2 x 2.5 x 0.5 inch - Weight: 41 gr / 1.4 ounce (without battery)
Environmental specifications

Storage: temp. -20° C to 60° C / Hum. 10% to 90% RH non-condensing
Operating: temp. 0° C to 45° C / Hum. 10% to 80% RH non-condensing

Headphone Output 8mW, Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20KHz, Signal to Noise ratio: > 60 dB (without filter), Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.1%
Headphone Specification Type: Sennheiser MX 300
Frequency response: 18-20000Hz
Impedance: 32 Ω
Max. SPL: 116dB (at 1kHz, 0.5Vrms)
Cable length: approx. 1m.
Remote Specification Play/Pause/Next/Stop/Speed Control/Previous/Hold/Volume
Package Includes Freecom Beatman Flash Recorder (128 MB or 256 MB)
Wired clip-on remote control
Audio line-in record cable
Sennheiser in-ear headphones
Neckstrap, Carrying Pouch, Luxury cloth, Carrying case with belt clip
USB connection cable
CD with Digital Audio Manager software (English) and manual in 7 languages (GB/D/F/NL/E/I/TR)
1x Duracell AAA-size battery
Quick Install Guide,Warranty card
Service & Support 2 years limited warranty




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