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Are HD players noisy at all?

post #1 of 17
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Hard drives are notorious for being noisy from time to time I was just wondering if these micro drives are noisy.
post #2 of 17
nope.. basically silent, you only hear it when u put it on your ear
post #3 of 17
If I turn the volume up quite loudly on my Karma, I can hear a faint hard drive spin-up from time to time.

Note though, I have fairly perceptive hearing in the higher frequencies.

Edit: Another thing that may be taken into consideration is the mx300's might have a noisy cable. I'm not really sure what to accredit this to, but I haven't heard any other complaints, so it may just be my hearing in conjunction with the volume being up high.
post #4 of 17
you can only hear the buffer on the iPod if you have your ear up to the stainless steel back. however, i found that if you have the iPod next to an electric guitar while its live on an amp, it projects the sound of the iPod's onto the amp. I dont know why, but the clicks from when you scroll through songs was so loud, and it scared the **** out of me. No music played, but the HD and the clicks were amplified...
post #5 of 17
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Originally posted by carlin
you can only hear the buffer on the iPod if you have your ear up to the stainless steel back. however, i found that if you have the iPod next to an electric guitar while its live on an amp, it projects the sound of the iPod's onto the amp. I dont know why, but the clicks from when you scroll through songs was so loud, and it scared the **** out of me. No music played, but the HD and the clicks were amplified...

That happens a lot with amps. My bass amp, more specifically my cabinet (RIP until I utilize my warrenty) Bag End S15X-D picks up a lot of noise when I have my cellphone resting on my head. Since discovering this, I leave my cellphone elsewhere while at band practice and omitt it from shows.

Edit: I just thought this through and I think I've concluded the culprit for this occurence. Instrument cables (not speaker cables) are not shielded. It's likely just interference between the device and cable. You must consider that it does go directly into an input, where all interference (and sound) will be amplified.
post #6 of 17
It's like that 'duk dukka duk dukka duk dukka duk' you get when you're on the train and someone gets a call... annoying stuff

But my iHP is only able to be heard when you put it right up to your ear (as i would assume all the others would be too)
post #7 of 17
Plus they only spin up to fill the internal buffer of the player anyway.

Scott
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by PooJou View Post
It's like that 'duk dukka duk dukka duk dukka duk' you get when you're on the train and someone gets a call... annoying stuff
I've never heard the sound described so well. 10 points to you, sir.

A word of advice: Don't leave a cell phone on the sliders of a soundboard. The slider is not well shielded even on high end(Allen & Heath) boards.

My LOD seems to be affected by the same thing if I keep my portable system in my pocket with my cell phone. Anyone have a simple fix?
post #9 of 17
Nice job. You bumped a 6 year old thread to answer a person 6 years ago
post #10 of 17
I really need to keep better track of where I found the threads I post in. I just assumed the thread was one I clicked on in the board's first couple pages. Tabbed browsing, you failed me
post #11 of 17
Fast forward 6 years...FLASH...NO NOISE!
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by wuwhere View Post
Fast forward 6 years...FLASH...NO NOISE!
I've never heard a peep out of my zune and I even upgraded the hard drive to 100GB.

Even if it did make noise I'd take a little noise compared to being restrained to 32GB max for current flash based players.
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by swanlee View Post
I've never heard a peep out of my zune and I even upgraded the hard drive to 100GB.

Even if it did make noise I'd take a little noise compared to being restrained to 32GB max for current flash based players.
I believe you are thinking of SDHC. Actually, you can put more than 32GB of FLASH memory inside a DAP. Besides the mechanical noise, HD consumes more power, is slower and can mechanically fail. However, HD still has a tremendous advantage in terms of cost/GB over FLASH. However, SDXC is just around the corner. Expensive it will be. I can wait for the price to drop. My transport is an iRiver iHP-120. I'm currently using a 32GB SDHC in it. There is a 100GB CF from Pretec but it is quite expensive. It will drop in price. Eventually somebody will make an SDXC adapter that will let me use it for my iHP-120.

Also, SSD is another option on iHP-120.
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by wuwhere View Post
I believe you are thinking of SDHC. Actually, you can put more than 32GB of FLASH memory inside a DAP. Besides the mechanical noise, HD consumes more power, is slower and can mechanically fail. However, HD still has a tremendous advantage in terms of cost/GB over FLASH. However, SDXC is just around the corner. Expensive it will be. I can wait for the price to drop. My transport is an iRiver iHP-120. I'm currently using a 32GB SDHC in it. There is a 100GB CF from Pretec but it is quite expensive. It will drop in price. Eventually somebody will make an SDXC adapter that will let me use it for my iHP-120.
I'm more talking about the fact there is NO flash based DAP's over 32GB in storage capacity yet on the street, but yes the 32GB sdhc limit is stupid especially when the spec can go much higher but no one has bothered making a larger card or device that could read it.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by swanlee View Post
I'm more talking about the fact there is NO flash based DAP's over 32GB in storage capacity yet on the street, but yes the 32GB sdhc limit is stupid especially when the spec can go much higher but no one has bothered making a larger card or device that could read it.
32GB is SDHC's spec limit. That is why the FLASH manufacturers came up with the SDXC standard which can reach up to 2TB. Toshiba has a 64GB SDXC which they plan to start selling in the summer of this year.
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