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-- RCA Lyra 40GB Audio Player
-- Category: Review
-- Posted by: GideonX
-- Posted on: 2004-09-11
-- Price: ~ $184.00 USD
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We love gadgets, so when CompGeeks sent us this portable audio player, we were psyched. The RCA Lyra portable audio player holds a whopping 40GB of data. It doubles as a portable hard drive AND a MP3/MP3pro/WMA player. Let's take a look...

Here are some specs and features:

  • Silver in color
  • 4.5 by 3.1 by 1 inches
  • 40 GB hard disc drive
  • Stores up to 1200 hours of mp3PRO music encoded @ 64kpbs
  • Can be used as a data storage device
  • Plays back mp3, mp3PRO & Windows Microsoft audio media files (WMA)
  • High speed USB 2.0 connection
  • LCD display lists name of artist, song, elapsed time, volume level & battery level
  • Backlit display enhances visibility in low lighting
  • Up to 10 hrs playback with internal rechargeable Li-Ion Polymer battery
  • Supports Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, XP & PC/Mac Drag & Drop (Mass Storage Support)
  • Includes CD-ROM music management software

    The control buttons for the player are very simple. One oddity about the setup is that the middle toggle switch labeled Select, doesn't actually do anything when pressed down. When you want to view menus and such on the screen, you have to press to the right to view it. A bit strange, but you get used to it.

    The toggle on the right functions as the play, pause, stop, forward, back buttons. It also acts as the Like and Dislike buttons, which lets you choose which songs you wish to add to your Like or Dislike list. On our model, these buttons didn't seem to really work like they should. During playback, it would only work sometimes, it felt like the buttons weren't registering our choices.

    The top of the player is where you connect your earphones, audio cables for stereo out, USB 2.0 connector and the DC power connector.

    The volume and power buttons are on the side. I wish these buttons were bigger as it was tough pressing them down due to their small size.

    The Lyra includes a small over the ear headphone. Compared to earbuds, I find these much more comfortable to wear. However, the sound seems a bit muffled at lower volumes. You may want to grab a better aftermarket set for yourself if you plan to use this heavily.

    A carry case is included also which has a belt clip. Useful to keep it in place while jogging or moving.

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