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post #91 of 102
Yep, there is an issue here. I have copied a variety of music to the N200 via different means, re-initialized it (formatted) with the Creative utility, Transferred stuff to it via the Creative interface (awful to work with) to the freshly initialized unit... and I still get basically nothing. It will play a song now and then but if I go back to the song I just played as often as not it won't play again. I am on the road and using a Laptop with Win 2K rather than my nice XP desktop so I will reserve judgment until I'm home tonight but this is really bumming me out.

I purchased the little bugger to use on the road and it's letting me down. I also hate the hassle of returning stuff, especially stuff where the packaging has to be damaged to open the item, like the bubble that the M200 came shipped it. I can't say that I'm happy with the player at this time although when it was working it sounded decent enough plugged into the E2's without the amp.
post #92 of 102
I hate to keep kicking it... I posted a detailed message to Creative's Forum. I'll call them if I don't get a reply shortly.
post #93 of 102
I opened another thread with my proof of the N200 click problem. Look there or go directly to my page

http://www-users.rwth-aachen.de/Niko.Wilbert/click/

Hopefully Creative will now take this more serious .
post #94 of 102
Thread Starter 
Could it be that the N200 Mp3 decoder has problems with certain encoders?

I guess the best way to find out is to experiment with WMA at various bitrates and also many different types of Mp3 encoders at various bitrates

It is just a guess on my part, though I didn't experience any such clicks on my N200, so I cannot do the above experiment.


Update: I upgraded the firmware to 1.10.02, previous firmware was 1.01.xx(can't remember).

Intial impression of the new firmware:

Faster Startup
More responsive menu and also faster mp3/folder switching
New Cue/Fastward setting

Very good indeed, I am impressed.
post #95 of 102
Quote:
Originally Posted by evillamer
Could it be that the N200 Mp3 decoder has problems with certain encoders?

I guess the best way to find out is to experiment with WMA at variosu bitrates and also many different types of Mp3 encoders at various bitrates

It is just a guess on my part, though I didn't experience any such clicks on my N200, so I cannot do the above experiment.


Update: I upgraded the firmware to 1.10.02, previous firmware was 1.01.xx(can't remember).

Intial impression of the new firmware:

Faster Startup
More responsive menu and also faster mp3/folder switching
New Cue/Fastward setting

Very good indeed, I am impressed.
What does the Cue/Fastward setting do?
post #96 of 102
Thread Starter 
Opps, let me clarify:

New menu option

Settings: Cue/Review : ON/OFF

ON: slower fastward/reverse with sound preview, default method with older firmware (Drains battery)

OFF: new high speed fastward/reverse without sound preview. (default setting on the new firmware)
post #97 of 102
Creative email me back on my lengthy MP3 issue and advised me to update the firmware and reformat the N200. I did so, though it was the same firmware I had installed, and all my problems went away. I was happy to receive a response from Tech support on a Sunday. I am now checking to see if anything changed in the pop/click issue but that is not a huge deal for me. Sorry to have wasted so much space on this but if someone down the way has the same problem it might save them time. Here is the link to the firmware if you are running XP:

http://us.creative.com/support/downl...ame=Windows+XP
post #98 of 102
I had already updated my player before the click-tests, so this does not solve that problem.
post #99 of 102
Can anybody tell me if the Muvo can do gapless mp3 playback or is there a short delay between tracks? The delay would only bother me if I was listening to a mix that had been split into a number of tracks.

Also when are creative going to match Apple's 1gb Shuffle price of £99?
post #100 of 102
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yug
Also when are creative going to match Apple's 1gb Shuffle price of £99?
When is Apple going to match Creative's feature set?
post #101 of 102
There is a gap between tracks though the latest firmwear seems to have corrected my blipping issue (pop whatever). I really like my N200 a lot... features, size, sound quality.
post #102 of 102
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rangers34
Well I've been playing with mine all day and thought I'd make some observations.

First thing I ran into, it plays folders alphabetically by file name, not track number. Fortunately the Media Explorer (a simpler Windows Explorer plugin) has a simple option to sort a folder in whatever way you choose, it auto renames the files to fit your sort of choice. I'm assuming this is the playlist feature they mean, you select custom sort, then order them, then hit save and the folder will play in that order. There doesn't appear to be any support for multi folder playlists.
What is "Media Explorer"?
Where I can download?

Thanks.
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