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iRiver SlimX IMP-350
6 Reviews
rating  4.83 of 5
MSRP  199.00
Description: IRiver IMP-350 SlimX MP3-CD Player


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:2
Submitted by lugnacy a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Last year I had been looking for an mp3/CD player to use in my car for long trips. Mp3 is perfect for car use unless you have a perfectly quiet car (I don't) and the playing time reduces the number of CD's you have to carry and reduces the added risk of damage to the origional CD's. I ended up buing a car stereo that plays mp3 disks.
A couple of months ago my stereo was stolen after I had left the faceplate on.
(In my buisness I use mp3 cd's for background music on a shelf unit) Anyway I ended up desiring a replacement but then decided on a portable instead of another car mp3/CD deck. It turns out that the iRiver was it and it has a line out.
I have not been too impressed with most portable CD players as over the years the sound quality has actually gone down a bit. As for mp3 I have only found their use for casual background listening as more direct scrutiny shows up the mp3's compression shortcommings. I ended up with the iRiver after much searching for critical reports on the sound of all portalables, unfortunately actually trying out these portables is not always possible. The clincher was from a headphone company I respect and does not sell other non headphone equipment, which seemed a very appropriate recomendation. Ok here it comes. I think this is the best portable I have ever come across. The sound on CD's does not grate and even the mp3 is passable. The earbuds are the only thing I can complain about as they are tinny and not worth the time to try or even get those difficult little cover socks on. What is nice is you don't have to buy a wall wart, it comes with rechargable batteries, it has an LCD remote and has an extra AA battery pack to extend playing time. The only things I would get exra would be a decent pair of headphones, a car adapter and a decent carrycase. What about the sound again??? It's not a home stereo but it is close if you use good headphones. The FM tuner is decent and the remote use has a learning curve to it and can be hard to read. Other than that I enjoy it. A big surprise to me. As for headphones my home set are Grado, but I have read that Koss and Sennheiser make good small portlables.
I am thinking of the Koss KSC-50's.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $82.00

Purchased At:   ebay



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by H4V0C a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 25, 2003

Bottom Line:   
This is the best cd player i've gotten after years and years of going from one player to another. These will bring you everything, almost. The weaknesses are that the bass is a little low, not a problem if your an enthusiast because the bass is still acceptable, clear, and good. The other weakness is that it doesnt go loud with most earphones. This is made up by Iriver's earbud earphones, the loudness is AWESOME. The earbuds, surprisingly, deliver such loudness i can barely turn it to max levels. I recommend this product to anyone who wants their money's worth and loves good quality things. Thumbs up.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $179.00

Purchased At:   BestBuy



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Nick R a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 17, 2003

Bottom Line:   
This is a great player. I think that iRiver has the top-of-the-line mp3/cd players available on the market. It has every feature you'd want and more. And it's so small. Contrary to popular belief, I actually thought the remote is very easy to use and get used to. I'm so glad I have this.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $129.00

Purchased At:   It was a gift



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by dgates a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2003

Bottom Line:   
My old Sony broke, and I had heard good things about the IMP/350 so I bought one. I have never used the earbud headphones that come with it. I have a pair of Bose Tri-Port headphones. They sound excellent with the cd player. I am impressed by the ability to tailor the player to your specific likes and dislikes. I would pay twice as much as I did in a second for this cd player.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   Best Buy w/ Employee



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by sieracki001 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Here is a MP3 player I have been wanting for a long time. Basically this slim disk goes everywhere with me in its black cloth bag. I really like the included rechargeable batteries and a nifty add on battery pack. This has never skipped on me yet. I'm a big modern music fan. Well this is intense music. The sound is great even from the earbuds. Of course the quality of your MP3 file will be a factor there too. One gripe: The controller has wires that are very strangely placed. I'm always getting caught in the tangle of wires. One leads from the player to the controller. You have to twist the wire to see the controller right side up. Then, from the controller comes the headphone wire. The headphones have a funny uneven wire set to the buds. The left one is so short that I pull the controller off the desk when I turn my head. New phones should cure that. A wireless controller sure would be nice!

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $189.00

Purchased At:   buy.com




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