I would therefore give the Koolsteel full marks if it weren’t for the fact that the only way I’ve found so far to see how much space you have left is to connect it to a computer. The Koolsteel satisfies all four demands. It will discriminate automatically between stereo and mono transmissions and it can memorise 20 preset stations. The provided cable means maximum practicality. However, by using good headphones and a file you know to be encoded with good quality, you can get an idea of the quality of the device’s decoding algorithms and output amplifier. The Koolsteel is also capable of recording audio from the radio, from its built-in mono microphone or from its line input. Full marks for this.

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The MemUp Koolsteel is primarily a solid-state digital audio playback device with a few gimmicks. The audio quality of recordings from the line input is good provided you set the gain correctly there is no pesky automatic level control to memip the envelope beyond recognition. That is what Plug’n’Play is about, not installing proprietary drivers that sometimes don’t get along with undisclosed specifications of the operating system and that require you to reboot 6 times before plugging the device in and hoping all went well so-called “Plug’n’Pray”.

In short, the Koolsteel can be used as a dictaphone or something discreet even sneaky? Full marks for this.

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Here’s the page for the Koolsteel on the manufacturer’s website: OGG files of a reasonable quality run at a little under a megabyte per minute. The only format available for recording is MP3 OGG would have been nice and the bitrate can be set to one of 5 settings from 64Kbps pretty awful to Kbps memp bad at all. The line input cable is totally useless. Using the provided headset mejup is impossible to distinguish between a live radio broadcast and a recorded program as long as the encoding quality is set high enough Nemup or higher.

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The MB version that I purchased therefore has room for about 4. The Koolsteel is also capable of recording audio from the radio, from its built-in mono microphone or from its line input.

For one thing, it’s too short.

The manufacturer claims that this device will run for 30 hours on a full charge, which takes hours. The output is perfectly acceptable, except in some rare circumstances where you can hear some distortion very briefly distortion that is not heard when playing back the same file on the PC using ogg for example. The provided cable means maximum practicality.

It is compatible with both USB 1. This connection allows the exchange of data between the Koolsteel and the computer and it also provides the Koolsteel with power in order to recharge the built-in rechargeable battery which, according to the manufacturer’s claims, can power the device for up to 30 hours.

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If we now add up the points, the Koolsteel has earned 44 out of a potential The equalizer works reasonably well too, but the other post-processing algorithms such as the SRS Tru-Bass or the WOW really m3p worth bothering with. OGG is entirely Free for any software vendor to implement and for the end-user. As stated several times already, the Koolsteel connects to a USB port. Handy if you don’t have any pockets, but it’s the devil’s own job attaching the thing to the Koolsteel and removing it.

The FM receiver does work fairly well even though it lacks a little sensitivity. Microscopic Small Normal Large Giant. The headphones supplied with the Koolsteel are those annoying little things mmup you’re supposed to wedge in your ears and hope they don’t fall out when you start sweating. From the hardware point of view, the Koolsteel conforms to usb-storage standards and therefore behaves exactly like an external hard disk so-called “pen” drive once plugged into a computer’s USB port.

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The 2-color OLED display on the Koolsteel is sufficiently clear, albeit too small, but that’s something MemUp can’t do much about short of making the Koolsteel wider and flatter as I suggested earlier… It is also totally unreadable if there is too much ambient light simply being outdoors is enough for this. If you slide the back panel of meup Koolsteel laterally, it exposes a retractable USB plug, which latches into place when the panel is fully deployed.

The standard repeat and track shuffle functions are present but playlists are handled in a half-baked fashion. It is not intuitive by any stretch of the imagination. It will discriminate automatically between stereo and mono transmissions and it can memorise 20 preset stations.

The playback audio quality is something that depends on many factors, not least of which are the quality of the audio encoding and the headphones you’re using to listen to the music. The reason I bought this device was in order to accomodate a growing habit of mine to rip titles from my Audio CDs, encode them to OGG files, dump them onto various 64MB CompactFlash cards I have and switch cards to listen to different “compilations” according to taste and mood.

Other than that, the gold-plated contacts are a nice touch… The carrying strap is evidently designed for the user to wear around the neck.