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For long time i have been searching for an ideal mp3 player until i found iAudio G3
model but because i,m from Egypt , there is no distributer for iAudio mp3s
and so there is no warrenty and that is the only annoying thing
So, i think about two alternative Mp3 that sold in Egypt the 1st is Creative
(although the required zen nano plus model is not found) and the 2nd is mpio mp3
with its different models , i notice that mpio is not popular especially in U.S
although according to its specifications it,s appearantly to be high class model
it,s a Korean made as iAudio , with incorporated FM, voice ( Line-in recording
in some models )
So , can you advice me if you are in my place which i will select :
1- iAudio G3 (ideal for me but with no warrenty ) .
2- mpio (sold in Egypt but not popular to allow me knowing its prons and cons)
3- Creative zen nano plus (sold in Egypt but it,s appearntly cheaply made and
with multiple flaws as i hear )
Please give me detailed advice specially on the unpopular mpio mp3 .
I'm in the US, so I can only be of limited use to you (no information on where you can get a G3) but...
I previously owned an MPIO flash-based MP3 player. I liked it a lot! I think MPIO produces some good stuff, and like you said, it's Korean, just like iAudio. Now I have to admit that I like all of the iAudio players that I've tried more than the MPIO player I owned (which includes the U2, the X5L, and shortly, the i5.) However, I think MPIO is a fine company from which to purchase a DAP.
Back when I had an MPIO player, I owned the FL100 (it looks very similar to the iAudio 5.) What MPIO model were you looking at purchasing instead of the G3? MPIO has several models, some of which could be quite comparable to the G3, others which would be vastly different in functionality.
(Have you looked at http://www.zipzoomfly.com ? They have good prices and I think they might be able to ship to Egypt. It only says that they won't ship to Canada.)
I didn't give you many details on the MPIO player, so let me talk about the FL100 model I owned.
Battery life was around 7-8 hours on a single AAA. Sound quality was perfectly acceptable for my ears, but I wasn't as picky then as I am now. The biggest annoyance for me was having to use the included software to transfer files to the device. As far as build quality goes, I found the MPIO to be very nice. It had a body constructed of a mix of aluminum and plastic, was a nice size and shape, and felt very durable. I personally loved the jogwheel control method, which is why I traded my iAudio X5 for an iAudio 5. I dropped the MPIO several times and used it frequently for exercising. My MPIO served me well until the end with no technical problems, until I lost it two years ago.
I don't know much about the newer models, but the FL100 was great. After my experience with iAudio players, I can say that I like iAudio better, but MPIO is a respectable alternative if you can't get your hands on a G3.
Ultimately, I consider the iAudio G3 to be the best-designed personal audio device ever (other than its CPU which, like the ones present in all iAudio flash except the U3, has a 650-file/50-folder limit). However, I do respect Mpio a lot. If I couldn't buy a G3, my next choice would be the Mpio FG100 (english language page (http://www.mpio.com/product/productview_fg.html), better photos (http://www.mpio.co.kr/newboard/viewbody.php?code=review_1&page=2&number=8&keyfield=&key=)). I love the high-contrast OLED screen that it has. Many beneficial aspects of the G3 are also present on the FG100 (UMS-compliancy, AA battery, Korean quality, etc).
Also, buy yourself NiMH batteries and a charger for them. That's the best way to power these devices.
BTW, the reason why Mpio doesn't appear "popular" in the US is actually that there aren't many people importing them to the US. Mpio is much more popular with me than Creative products are. I don't respect Creative nearly as much as I do Mpio.
Thank you for your advice , i think mpio FG100 is the alternative for G3
because it use a AA battery with built in FM , Voice and Line-in recorder
thank you for your advice , but i want to know about voice recorder in both iAudio and mpio which is superior , which has more sensitive and louder
voice recorder and what is the maximum sample rate for voice recorder
in mpio is it as G3 128Kb max.
Those aspects of the FG100 are ones that I don't know about.
Maybe ask about the FG100 on the forums of DAPreview.net. I know there are at least 2 people there who own this device.
From the site of mpio i knew that the VOR (voice operated recording) and AGC
(Automatic Gain Control ) are present in the options of voice recorder in mpio
is this right ?
Post your questions about the Mpio FG100 here (http://www.dapreview.net/e107_plugins/forum/forum_viewforum.php?21) or here (http://www.dapreview.net/e107_plugins/forum/forum_viewforum.php?47). I think there are a couple people on that site who own the FG100.
Does the Mpio have a bookmark feature....this and the AA battery are pretty much the only features that I care about!
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