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Refurbished - Archos AV 500 30 GB Hard Drive Portable Media Player - 500679

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It was a tough debate between getting (& keeping) an iPod Video 60gb or an Archos AV500. So, to effectively evaluate them, I bought both with the intention of returning the loser. Look & Feel - The Archos is built like a tank; no worries about easily scratched surfaces on this all- metal-sheathed beauty. Sure you need to treat it with respect, but you don't have to wrap it in a diaper like the iPod (actually if you decide to get an iPod, you need to go to to fully protect it). The buttons & menu are attractive, functional & intuitive. It is very easy to use & best of all if you pause a movie you can automatically resume it the next time you power up as well as set up to 8 bookmarks for movies or music. Performance - With a 60% larger screen (than the iPod) that easily equals (& in some ways surpasses) the screen on the PSP, movies on this thing are GORGEOUS. It can easily play DIVX & XVID movies. Download "Lathe" to easily convert your movies to play on the AV500, just be sure to encode them at a min. of 1200 kbps for the best picture. I had to squint to see the image on the iPod, but that is most definitely not the case for the AV500. Audio Quality - The iPod surprisingly had a continuous “hiss” in the background as soon as it was turned on. Also, sadly, Apple doesn't give you the ability to tweak the audio other than with presets like "rock", "pop", etc. This, depending on the track, can crack & distort the sound in playback. The AV500 sounds BEAUTIFUL & rich with NO background hiss & the ability to tweak the bass, treble & bass boost as you wish without distortion. I do recommend a good set of headphones, I use the Apple In-Ear headphones which block out the world & let me drift away in musical (or movie) bliss. Battery Life- In short, the iPod battery life for video SUCKS & wouldn’t make it through a feature length movie. So if you want to use one for a long flight, you better plan on buying an external battery pack. The battery on the Archos has given me a good solid 5 hours of video playback time & best of all it is removable, so you can easily carry more than 1 battery. Drag & Drop Convenience- This is a true drag & drop device. Just be sure to go into settings before you connect the USB 2.0 cable & set it to “hard drive” mode & you can easily & quickly transfer your movies & mp3s on to the unit without worrying about Windows Media trying to convert the file. Overall- The people at Archos have hit a home run with this little baby & it is a true joy to use & beautiful to watch. If you are a movie buff this is the device for you. Pick up a leather Targus Micro Camera Case (item # DLMC00) for a couple bucks to easily carry this little gem with you anywhere & I can guaranteed you will be beaming with an ear to ear smile. Needless to say… it was bye bye iPod.

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My only regret is that I didn't get the 100GB hard drive! I tried recording at both VGA and a lower resolution and quickly decided that VGA was the way to go. At 640 X 480 The picture does show some minor stairstepping on my 55 inch HDTV, but still a better picture than from a VHS tape. The sound comes through perfectly. I agree it would have been nice to allow music and pictures to play simultaneously, but if you really want music with your pictures just play music videos! I already have mine loaded with all my music from my mp3 player, all my still photos from my computer, and the first four of my favorite music videos. There is still over 20GB of space left - but that will fill up quickly! I love it!!!

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Great I love my archos

by on 1/28/2006

I had a photo ipod, ipod freeze too much, I have yet to have a problem with it. It has many more feat than video ipod. Video ipod can't record tv. Best of all is USB hosting transfer files, pics from a camera with no pc. I think this was my best choice I have made for a mp3 player. Can't wait for some firm upgrades for it, for little games and stuff.

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Excellent Product

by Sigmund on 6/5/2006

Pros: Beautiful lcd display, Terrific audio and video quality, Ability to copy from any source with AV out, Sturdy feel, replaceable battery. Cons: Cannot encode audio recordings to mp3, A/V recording requires TVpod and power adapter, Lousy case Truly an excellent gadget. Great for anyone who travels often and likes watching movies, home video recordings etc. Also excellent working tool for audio engineers, DJs, and other music related fields that like to record their work. I honestly would have liked to encode directly to mp3 but i can live with WAV recording. The case that comes with the package is not very practical as it cannot be closed properly when using the device for audio listening, recording of any kind, or when using usb.

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Product Overview

After installing the TV docking pod in a one-time set-up operation, record directly television programs, movies and home videos directly from your TV, VCR, DVD player2, cable box or satellite receiver (PAL & NTSC) ... and watch on the go! With the integrated scheduler you can program your recording. Schedule for a week or even a month.

Play back your favorite programs on the the 4" widescreen or on any external screen with a near DVD quality. Play Windows Media®, protected Windows Media®4 and MPEG-46 video files. The AV 500 offers many functionalities such as slow motion, adjustable screen size, video editing or even a video bookmarking function.

The AV 500 acts as a great digital photo companion accessory. Transfer up to one million photos1 directly from your digital camera or from another mass storage device using the built-in USB host connection. Thanks to the high speed USB 2.0 connector, download pictures from your computer. Organize photos and watch them in slideshows on the AV 500 screen or any external display.

The AV 500 has a USB Host Port enabling you to copy, share, connect and transfer files directly from other powered mass storage devices. Additionally, the AV 500 is recognized as a mass storage drive on your PC or Mac enabling you to store any computer files using the high-speed USB 2.0 interface (backward USB 1.1 compatible at a lower speed).

The AV 500 features a music player. Easily organize songs with the enhanced ARCLibrary and customize your view by artist, album, type of music, title, year, and play lists without having to use a computer. The AV 500 also offers an audio recording application to record (encoding in real time) in WAV (PCM or ADPCM), from almost all analog stereo sources. You can also use the stereo microphone if you want to record notes and consult them easily.


Manufacturer Archos Technology
Mfg Part# 500679
SKU 201959801
UPC 690590506794
UPC 14 00690590506794
Refurbished Yes
store up to 130 hours of video, 85 movies, 15 000 songs or 300,000 photos
4” LCD 480x272 pixels, 262 000 colours and TV output
Video recording
MPEG-46 SP and stereo sound, optimised resolution for TV up to 640x480 @ 30 f/s, in AVI format.
Video playback
MPEG-4 SP with B-Frames with stereo sound. Near DVD quality up to 720x480 @ 30 f/s (NTSC), 720x576 @ 25 f/s (PAL), AVI file format. WMV9 (including protected files) up to 352x288 @ 30 f/s, and 800 KBit/s.
Music recording
From an analog source in stereo sound for WAV (PCM & ADPCM) format.
Music playback
Stereo MP3 decoding @ 30-320 kb/s CBR & VBR, WMA (including protected WMA files), WAV (PCM & ADPCM)
Photo viewer
JPEG (except progressives) or BMP.
Download photos from computer through USB 2.0 port.
Transfer photos from digital camera through USB Host port.
AV connections
Earphones / Audio & Video line out.
TV pod with video pass through, AV in & out cables (SCART In & Out for European version) and IR emitter cable for tuner control of VCR, cable box or satellite receiver.
Speaker Interfaces
Yes - built-in
USB 2.0 high-speed device, compatible USB 1.1, PC & Mac.
USB Host port compatible Mass Storage Device.
Battery life
Up to 15 hours for music.
Up to 4.5 hours for video on built-in LCD.
Removable battery
Scalability - Download firmware updates from
Tech Specs
Audio Formats WAV / MP3 / WMA
Maximum Number of Songs 15000
Maximum Audio Battery Time 15 Hour
Interfaces/Ports 1 x Type B USB 2.0 mini-USB / 1 x Mini-phone Headphone
Display Screen Type Color LCD
Screen Size 4"
Display Resolution 130560 Pixel
Color Support 256K
Manufacturer Archos Technology
Manufacturer Website Address
Product Type Hard Drive Portable Media Player
Product Name AV 500 30GB Digital Multimedia Device
Brand Name Archos
Image Formats JPEG / BMP
Manufacturer Part Number 500679
System Requirements PC Windows Me, or 2000, and USB 2.0 port CD-ROM Mac: G3 with MAC OS v10.2.4 or higher and USB 2.0 port CD-ROM Minimum configuration for Playsforsure content: Windows XP SP1 or higher operating system Windows Media Player 10 or higher USB 2.0 port
Platform Support PC / Mac
Additional Information TV pod with video pass through Video Playback Resolution For MPEG-4: NTSC: Up to 720 x 480 @ 30 fps PAL: Up to 720 x 576 @ 25 fps Video Playback Resolution For WMV9: Up to 352 x 288 @ 30 fps, and 800 Kbps Video Capture: AVI: 640 x 480 @ 30fps Built-in Devices: Speaker Microphone
Package Contents AV 500 30GB Digital Multimedia Device USB 2.0 cable USB host adapter AC adapter & charger Stereo headphones Protective case User guide TV Cradle Remote control (with batteries) Audio/video cables
Compatibility Windows Media Player 10 PlaysForSure
Width 4.90"
Form Factor Portable
Depth 0.90"
Weight 9 oz
Height 3"
Power Source Internal Battery / External AC Adapter
Product Functions Audio Recorder / Video Recorder / Audio Player / Video Player / Photo Viewer
Video Formats MPEG-4 / AVI / WMV
Maximum Video Playback Duration 130 Hour
Hard Drive Capacity 30 GB
Standard Warranty 1 Year Limited
Focus Modes Not Applicable
Exposure Control Not Applicable
Exposure Compensation Not Applicable
Shutter Type Not Applicable
Lens Type Not Applicable
Image Sensor Not Applicable
Effective Resolution Not Applicable
Focus Distance Not Applicable
Aperture Range Not Applicable
Viewfinder Type Not Applicable
Camera Rotation Not Applicable
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