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=== [http://www.fusioncaraudio.com Fusion] CA-CD500 ===
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:Can play Ogg Vorbis from a CD. Website and box say it can play ogg, but manual only mentions MP3/WMA/AAC - don't know why, may be because it (and it's sister unit, the CA-IP500) obviously can't play Ogg from a connected ipod.
:Can play Ogg Vorbis from a CD. Website and box say it can play ogg, but manual only mentions MP3/WMA/AAC - don't know why, may be because it (and it's sister unit, the CA-IP500) obviously can't play Ogg from a connected ipod. Ogg very well tested up to ). that it does not read metadata, so it will only display about each song.
=== [http://www.hb-direct.com/ H&B] CA-7475 / CA-7475BTi ===
=== [http://www.hb-direct.com/ H&B] CA-7475 / CA-7475BTi ===
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On this page you can find all static players that are known to support Vorbis. This includes Hi-Fi components such as CD/DVD players and car audio equipment. For hardware that is able to run third-party software (such as PDAs and video game consoles), please visit VorbisSoftwarePlayers.
- This player supports a lot of Audio and Video formats, and acts as a player and streamer, Network 10/100, Wifi 802.11b/g, NAS 3.5" SATA up to 1.5TB, 2x USB Host, Internet Radio, HDMI, UPnP client.
Actiontec Wireless Digital Media Player
Product doesn't exist anymore
- This player is a streaming client for video, audio and images. It supports MP3, AC3, AAC, WAV, WMA, Vorbis and internet radio. Supported picture formats are JPEG, GIF, TIF, BMP and PNG. It can play back MPEG-1/-2/-4, Xvid, RMP4. It has RCA connectors, a digital output, supports HDTV and can surf the internet.
ADS Tech's Media-Link
- This is a streaming client that uses ethernet and WLAN for connecting. It has a composite, component and s-video out and sterea and S/PDIF out. It supports MPEG-1/-2/-4, DivX, Xvid, MOV, MP3, Vorbis, AC3, WMA, JPG, BMP, GIF. The server software seems to support only windows.
ARCAM DV137, DV139, Solo Movie 5.1
- These high-end British home cinema products are primarily DVD-Video and DVD-Audio playback devices. All support playback of Vorbis, MP3 and WMA files from CD-R and DVD-R discs. Other media supported includes SACD. Audio performance competes with dedicated high-end CD/DVD-A/SACD players whilst video can be upscaled to HD resolutions over HDMI. The DV137 and DV139 are player components whilst the Solo Movie 5.1 is an all-in-one system that includes a DAB/AM/FM radio (territory dependant), various auxiliary inputs and five channels of amplification (5 x 50W RMS into 8 Ohms).
- This product is a DVD player and streaming client with HDTV support. It has wireless and wired networking and a USB port. The media server software only runs on Windows (UPnP AV). It supports many formats: video (SVCD/DVD/DivX HD/Xvid/RealMedia/WMV HD), audio (MP3, Vorbis, WAV, AAC, WMA, AC3) and picture (JPG, GIF, BMP, TIF, PNG). It can be integrated with the NAS solution LinkStation/TeraStation for media storage such that no PC is required.
Cyberhome's DVD 635s
- According to this review(german) on DV-REC, it plays Vorbis and has buggy Ogm Video-support. The sound quality appears to be very good(accordimg the review), but there is no special Vorbis point of view about sound quality in the review. Some users report troubling noises from the build in CD/DVD-device.
Digital Technique's 080S, 160A, 160S, 300A
- These are music servers based on PC technology with a capacity from 80 to 300 GB. They support MP3, Vorbis, FLAC and WAV.
DigitalRise' Xstream Player
- This item is part of the new generation of DVD players like the Kiss DP-600 and the models from I-O Data and Buffalo -- it can play DVDs, but also WMV-HD DVDs and supports all kinds of audio and video codecs: MPEG-1/-2/-4 (incl. DivX), WMV9, AAC, MP3, WMA and Vorbis.
- A wired and wireless UPnP streaming media player. Supports decoding Vorbis as of the 1.03 firmware.
EIR Project Elektor Internet Radio
- Open Source Hardware and Software Project featuring an ARM7 based Internet Radio, which uses VLSI's VS1053 decoder chip.
Hermstedt's Hifidelio, Hifidelio Pro
- The Hifidelio is a music server in hi-fi format and designed to produce high-quality sound. It uses a CD/DVD combo drive and can thus rip Audio-CDs and read from DVD-Rs, and is also able to burn CDs. It has an in-built 4-port ethernet switch, a WLAN interface, can connect to the iPod and other portable players through USB 2.0. It can connect to other Hifidelios through the UPnP/AV standard and to iTunes shares (iTunes shopping is a future feature). The songs are stored on the 80 GB harddisk. Supported formats for decoding are: MP3, Vorbis, AAC, WMA, FLAC, WAV. The Hifidelio Pro has a 160 GB hdd and some other advanced features.
I-O Data's AVeL LinkPlayer2
- This piece of hardware is a DVD player and a HDTV streaming client. It supports MPEG-2, DivX, XviD and WMV9 (WMV HD), as audio tracks PCM, AC3, MP3, AAC, WMA and Vorbis. It can use ethernet, WLAN and USB 2.0 to connect to media. It is available in Japan from September.
Kenwood's VRS-N8100, DVF-N7080
- The new line of networked hi-fi components are supposed to decode Vorbis over the Ethernet port: the A/V receiver VRS-N8100 and the DVD player DVF-N7080.
KISS Technology's DVD player models (basically all)
- Except for one older model (the DP-330) all DVD/DivX players from Kiss can play Vorbis files from CD-Rs and CD-RWs (but reportedly have trouble with UTF-8 comments that aren’t also ASCII), as well as DivX (but not DivX Vorbis).
- There are reportedly problems with some versions of the firmware (2.6.6 ≤ x < 2.7.1), where playback is awful for a bitrates greater than 128Kb/s.
Meda Systems' Bravo, Bravado
- These are media servers with up to 500 GB storage. They can be controlled via PDA and support MP3, WAV, WMA, Vorbis and FLAC. They can also connect to the local network via ethernet.
- The Xbox is a gaming console based on PC hardware, including a 733 MHz processor, 8 GB harddisk, a DVD drive and an Ethernet port. The console can be modded to allow the installation of third-party software, such as the Xbox Media Center project. Once installed the Xbox becomes a media center and streaming client. It supports vast amounts of audio, video and picture standards, including Vorbis and FLAC.
Mivx Wireless Media Player
- Does not include a hard drive - you have to supply your own IDE or SATA drive. Supports a wide variety of wireless and component connections and audio/video formats including OGG Vorbis.
- The V880N is a disc player and streaming client. It supports DVD, VCD/SVCD, Audio CD, Picture CD, MP3, JPEG, DivX, Xvid on discs and MOV, Vorbis, AAC, WMA, AC3 and internet radio over ethernet. In addition to the usual TV connection it supports digital video (DVI) and audio (coaxial/optical) output in HDTV. It has a LAN interface and a PC card slot for a WLAN card.
MP Sharp Technologies' Digital Jukebox
- The MPST Digital Jukebox is a Linux PC designed for audio playback and sold as a stereo component, which of course can play Vorbis.
- The iPlayer is primarily a DVB-T receiver, which includes an in-built modem and can also use a small range of USB ethernet adaptors to connect to a network. Supported media formats include MPEG and MPEG2, MP2 and MP3 and, in the latest release, Vorbis. Technical limitations in the USB controller limit the practical bandwidth of media to around 4 megabits/second. Perhaps the reason for the rather limited range of media formats supported is that the iPlayer is based on low-cost hardware - in the UK Netgem's own branded iPlayer usually retails for around £90. Netgem also host a forum. In addition to the Netgem branded iPlayer in the UK, branded devices are available from other manufacturers such as Teac (the ITV-D500, for the Australian market). With the imminent launch of DTT in France, Netgem is also expected to launch a model there.
- Hackable, nay, hack-encouraged, open-source streaming media client that plays many video and audio formats, including Vorbis and FLAC.
Neuston's Maestro DVX-1201
- This is a standalone DVD player that supports Vorbis.
- This device, manufactured by Nokia, Philips and Sagem until 2002 in huge numbers for the German Pay-TV provider Premiere, is a DVB-C or DVB-S receiver. It features a 10Mbit Ethernet interface and a nifty graphics display. The original software on this device was always a bit flakey. The alternate Linux-based Tuxbox project includes an audio player that perfectly plays Vorbis files from a NFS or CIFS share. Streaming is in beta state.
Olive Inc's Musica
- This is obviously a relabeled Hifidelio Pro for the US market. For details see the entry of Hermsted.
Packard Bell's DivX 350 DVD, DivX 450 Pro, DVX 460 USB
- According to Packard Bell's website these players should all be able to play Vorbis audio files. The 350 model needs to be firmware-upgraded to v2.19 to play Vorbis. The 450 Pro exists in three different hardware revisions all of which might not be vorbis enabled.
PhatNoise's Home Player
- The Home Digital Media Player uses the same cartridges as the PhatBox, and supports Vorbis out of the box.
Pinnacle Audio Athenaeum
- Pinnacle Audio Athenaeum is a high end music server it plays FLAC and Vorbis. It automatically rips CD's to FLAC, but can also encode to Vorbis. It also supports encoding and playing MP3 but does not support DRM.
Philips DVP-5500S/5505 DVD/DIVX/CD/SACD Player
- Although it's not written in the manual, this player indeed support Vorbis out of the box (as well as vorbis in an avi container, divx/xvid in an OGM container....) I don't know if there are limitations. I don't understand why it's not advertised.
Pinnacle's ShowCenter 200
- This is a streaming box for audio and video. It supports MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-2 VOB, MPEG-4 AVI, Xvid, WMV9 and even WMV-HD video. Picture formats are JPEG, BMP, PNG and GIF. The box has native support for MP3, WAV, WMA and Vorbis (the latter requires a software and firmware upgrade to version 2.5, freely available from Pinnacle).
Pontis' MediaServer MS300, MS330
- The website stupidly doesn't mention Vorbis support, but it is there, along with MP3. The MS300 is a music server that runs Linux and comes with 80 or whopping 300 GB of storage. It has an ethernet port that lets other desktops access the music via Samba, and supports hardware streaming clients that use the Slimserver protocol (Slimdevices, Roku). The USB port and the memory card slot can be used to read in music from portable players and photos from digital cameras. Pictures can be viewed via SCART on the TV. The MS330 is similar to the MS300, but can also burn CDs from the CD drive, has a 6-in-1 memory card slot and supports MP3, Vorbis and FLAC.
ReQuest Multimedia all products
- ReQuest home theatre music systems play FLAC and Vorbis songs, and can edit FLAC and Ogg comments. They can encode CDs to FLAC, and transcode WAV to FLAC, but currently cannot encode to Vorbis. FLAC support has been there for many years; they were one of the first hardware makers to support it. Vorbis support has been there since their 2.0 software release. (They also support MP3 and WAV. They do not support any DRM formats and do not enforce any DRM rules.)
- The rh1 is a Hifidelio which has been modified for audiophile requirements (new DA component etc).
Roku's HD1000, M1000, M2000
- Roku's streaming audio clients support the Slimserver from Slimdevice's products (for details see below).
SkipJam's iMedia Audio Player, iMedia Audio Player Pro
- The iMedia Audio Player is a streaming client with two Ethernet ports and supports MP3, WAV, PCM, WMA, AAC, AC3 FLAC, and Vorbis directly. Through PC-Server software it also plays M4A and M4P. It has two digital (optical/coaxial) and one analog output. The pro version can stream the same formats through ethernet or through built-in Homeplug power line networking, and has a built-in 30W/Chan digital amp. The pro unit is designed for installation in-wall in a 6-gang junction box.
Silvercrest's KH6510, KH6511, KH6515, KH6516 DVD players
- According to these (German) reviews, these players can play Vorbis stereo files, but not multichannel files. Silvercrest is a brand of the german discounter LIDL.
Slim Devices Squeezebox, Squeezebox2, Squeezebox3, Transporter
- The Squeezebox is a streaming receiver, that uses LAN or WLAN to stream audio. It supports decoding of MP3 and raw PCM. The server software is open source and available for a number of platforms (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, FreeBSD) and decodes other formats, like Vorbis and FLAC, on the fly to PCM before streaming. The Squeezebox2 uses the same server software, but can decode FLAC natively, which lowers network traffic for other formats than MP3 considerably. The Squeezebox3 has basically the same features as version 2, but the design has been revamped completely and is more luxurious.
- The Squeezebox3 is advertised with native FLAC and vorbis playback support. Unfortunetely, this is currently for vorbis playback only partially true. I.e. there is a bug that prevents the playback of ogg vorbis streams with track information (i.e. player hangs after a few minutes and has to be manually restarted). This bug is still unfixed for ~ 2 years in the bug tracker of Slimdevices (which is owned by Logitech now).
Sonos' Multi Zone Digital Music System
- Sonos is a complete music system for a house that consists of speakers that are connected wirelessly to a media server. The system also supports Vorbis and FLAC.
Sony's Playstation 2
- The Medio Digital Media Player transforms the Playstation2 into a streaming client, supporting various audio and video formats, including Vorbis.
Streamit's Lukas II, SIR120 and SIR120PRO
- The Lukas II is a streaming receiver with integrated loudspeaker, that uses LAN or dialup to stream audio. The SIR120 and SIR120PRO are 19" rack mountable streaming receivers with SD card which use LAN to stream audio. All these devices support MP3, WMA, AAC+ and Vorbis streaming.
Terratec's Noxon iRadio, Noxon2Radio for iPod, Noxon2Audio.
- A WiFi radio for streaming music from the computer and the Internet.
Transgear's DVX-500E, DVX-700 M20
- The DVX-500E is a DVD player and streaming client. It supports MPEG-1/-2/DivX/Xvid/VOB/DVB and WAV/MP3/WMA/AAC/Vorbis and JPG/BMP/GIF/TIF/PNG. The DVX-700 can do the same, plus has digital video plugs, supports HD video formats and has a change slot for 3,5" HDDs.
- A UPNP/AV compliant media server that uses the Vorbis libraries to transcode audio files to the Vorbis format.
- DVX-6600 For the DVD/DivX player DVX-6600 a future firmware is supposed to be able to decode Vorbis, but there is no release date yet.
- Open Source Streaming Client based on an ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller and VLSI's VS1053 audio codec.
- Also known as WDTV and WD TV. An inexpensive media player, with two USB 2.0 input ports and with HDMI and composite output ports. With the included remote control, device owners can browse the multimedia files contained on the USB devices, through the on-screen menu system. Supports both Ogg Vorbis (tremor-1.0-svn) and FLAC (flac-1.2.1) audio playback, based on WDTV firmware 1.01.01 version. Looks like it runs an embedded Linux operating system and a Motorola ColdFire (ARM) processor.
- The Yamakawa DVD-375 supports Vorbis.
- The Z500 is a networked multimedia player. It is almost unbelievable how many media types are supported. Video formats: HDTV, DVD, WMV9, DivX, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, HighMAT, Matroska. Audio formats: Audio CD, MP3, FLAC, Vorbis, AAC, WMA, DVD Audio, and internet radios. Pictures: JPEG, PNG, TIF etc. It supports USB mass storage devices and connects through Gigabit Ethernet or WLAN to the network. The server software runs on Windows, Mac and Linux (UPnP Streaming). Among other connectors it supports the new HDMI standard.
Acoustic Solutions ICS-160
- Plays Vorbis, MP3 and WMA from CD, USB and SD card. Can rip from CD/radio/aux to MP3 or WMA, but cannot rip to Vorbis. Displays metadata for MP3, but seems to ignore metadata for Vorbis. (Metadata display not tested for WMA.) Available in UK in Spring/Summer 2007 Argos catalogue. Appears to be based on the same architecture as the Yakumo Hypersound Car Eazy (see above), as the digital display and software appear to be identical, and the two models appear to have identical specifications. However, the design of the fascia is completely different.
Alpine CDE-9846R/RM and CDE-9848RB
- Cannot play Vorbis.
AudioVox VME 9112
- Plays Vorbis from CD, at least up to q6.
- Cannot play OGG Vorbis files. (In fact, support for Vorbis is almost present: it can be tricked to play an OGG Vorbis file by putting it into a subdirectory on the CD, but that's it.)
- Dension develops connected car infotainment systems: Either as a direct stand-alone equipment, or accessory, or complete systems. Either for fitting by the OEM or aftermarket, Dension offers three different (hardware-)gateways to connect either audio players 3.5mm jack), iPods (special connector) or mass storage devices (USB), with the latter having Vorbis files stored on amongst other popular formats. The products are called ice>Link Gateway 300, 400 and 500; and the support knowledge-base lists all supported formats. The gateways are compatible to various OEM systems and aftermarket head units, the system used by Volkswagen (see below) may well be supplied by Dension.
- Can play Ogg Vorbis from a CD. Website and box say it can play ogg, but manual only mentions MP3/WMA/AAC - don't know why, may be because it (and it's sister unit, the CA-IP500) obviously can't play Ogg from a connected ipod. Plays Ogg very well (tested up to Q8). Downsides are that it does not read metadata, so it will only display folder and file names about each song. Also Ogg playback is not seamless between songs and seems to cause high load, so the display hangs in regular intervals.
H&B CA-7475 / CA-7475BTi
- This device seems to be similar to the PLU2 P2-106USB, but also has Bluetooth support. It is mainly sold in France, but it is not on H&B's website, so it may be a phased-out model. (fr)
- CA-7575BTI on ldlc website (fr) this link says that this one is sold out at the moment (2009 05 25)
- CD/CR-R(W), WMA, AAAC, MP3, Ogg Vorbis - ID3 Tag - Bluetooth - USB (also hard disk drive) and SD - iPOD - iPhone - RCA aux
- The capability of playing Ogg Vorbis is documented on the web site of h&b
- CA-640BTi on rueducommerce website (fr) this one is still available at the moment (2009 05 25)
- Can play Vorbis from USB flash drive until Q7. Very similar if not identical to Silvercrest CRB-520.
Insignia's NS-C5111 CD Car deck
- It is being sold at Best Buy as of April 2006 and will play Vorbis off of a USB drive, SD Card or from Oggs encoded onto data CDs. The Vorbis ability is undocumented. There are similar (or same) complaints as noted about the Yakumo unit below. Long TOC reads and the Random button causes track-change. The system has frozen a couple of times requiring the use of a reset button (it has one). Also problems have been experienced with nested directories, it seems to only read filenames from .ogg files, displays no ID3 info, but it constantly displays stats about the currently-playing file.
JVC KD-G720 and KD-G820
- Both support Vorbis according to this post, however according to tommyj's review on this page Vorbis support is limited to the USB connector and is also quite flakey. Another source suggests that JVC KD-G720 and KD-G820 both have undocumented, partial Vorbis support. Vorbis files can be played from a USB device attached to the USB port, but not from a CD. They do not support tags. For the vast majority of songs, q6 seems to be the highest they can reliably play. These decks are a good option for anybody looking to play Vorbis in their car because they are available at major retailers (e.g. Best Buy) and are relatively inexpensive.
JVC KD-G722 and KD-G721, KD-G821, KD-SH1000
- The JVC 2005 generation of car audio can play Vorbis from USB devices. They do not recognize Vorbis tracks on other media (neither CD, nor SD-card on SH1000). Their USB slot is not powerful enough to power a real hard drive, but USB flash is no problem. The 721/722 can play Vorbis until q7 (721 and 722 only differ in color, grey or black). The 821 can play up to q5. The KD-SH1000 also plays Vorbis from USB (unknown which quality it supports).
- These do not play Vorbis. They are the successors to the 72x/82x series, but the (undocumented) Vorbis support was dropped here.
- Official reply from JVC regarding support : "The following models from 2006 are the only ones to support Ogg Vorbis, KD-SH1000, KD-G821, KD-G721/722. The 2007 and planned 2008 range will not be compatible with Ogg Vorbis."
Kenwood's Music Keg
- The Music Keg KHD-C710 uses the same system as the PhatBox below, which means Vorbis support is available. But it seems, that only the software can encode to the HD, but can't play from the Music Keg. 
Lynx CRM 2005
- Low-Cost Car Radio with support to read Vorbis from CD, USB 1.1, SD and MMC. In Germany it's labeled as "Tevion CRM-2005" and was sold by Aldi-Süd. Both are Yakumo Hypersound clones.
- It is likely that it uses Roadstar electronics as well, because both brands are owned by Alba Plc.
- Head unit with removable 512MB audio player. Supports Vorbis according to this review.
- The PhatBox is an audio entertainment system for the car. It uses a cartridge to store the music, and it can be filled with music through a docking station for the PC. As of version 3.1 of the desktop software (Phatnoise Music Manager), Vorbis is supported out of the box. However, production was discontinued in 2007.
- Plays Vorbis from CD, SD and USB. ebay link on discussion page.
The Rio Car (previously empeg) is a Linux based harddisk receiver, but was discontinued in 2005. The latest 3.0 alpha software (which was never finished) for this device does support FLAC and gapless Vorbis playback. It may still be the only in-dash device that can hold two 2.5" IDE hard disc drives internally.
SENCOR SCD 7405BMR
- Can play my ogg files. at least from the usb stick. Even supports tags. From CD, I did not try.
- Interestingly, this feature is not documented by the manufacturer / distributor. Strange ...
- It can play also mp3 and perhaps also wma. It can record also in mp3 format from the fm-radio or even cd.
- Car CD tuner with MP3 / WMA / Vorbis disc playback and a detachable front panel with internal Flash memory of 512 MB. Upload via USB from your PC your favourite songs to the internal memory inside the detachable panel (MP3, WMA or Vorbis file format). Encode your music in MP3 format from CD / Radio / Aux-In source to the Internal Flash Memory or USB / SD / MMC. Transfer your favourite MP3 / WMA / Vorbis files between CD disc / Internal Flash Memory / USB / SD / MMC.
- It displays no ID3 info on Ogg files, but it constantly displays stats and filename about the currently-playing file.
- Although neither the manual, nor the package or the inscriptions on the front panel mention Ogg Vorbis, it does play Ogg Vorbis files fine (the manual and the package only state that it can play MP3 and WMA files, but obviously this is not the whole truth).
- It plays Ogg Vorbis files both via CD/CD-R/CD-RW, via USB and via SD/MMC. It only displays the filename, the bitrate and the sampling rate during playback.
SEAT Ibiza (Model 6J)
- The new SEAT Ibiza model, current as of 2009, offers a car hifi system with USB port as an option. If present, the following file types can be played via USB: MP3, WMA, AAC (in MP4 container and bitstream-only, possible extensions are .MP4, .M4A and .AAC) and Ogg Vorbis, too. For all file types, metadata is displayed (Vorbis comments, ID3 tags, MP4 file info etc.). The manual for the built-in stereo only mentions "MP3, WMA and AAC"...
KH 2380 and CRB-530) : In-dash CD-MP3-Players. It is possible to plug in a USB stick and SD card into them. Vorbis works with the USB stick, SD card and CD. Silvercrest is a brand of the german discounter LIDL.
- Although LIDL's advertisement for the KH 2380 in December 2006 made a show of its Vorbis support, this is not mentioned in the manual, or any accompanying documentation. Initial impressions suggest that playback for q3 is good, and correctly plays the entire track, but is not gapless.
- CRB-530 has a documented compatibility with ogg. The ogg is fluid.
- CRB-531 is identical, but comes without the ISO adapter cable.
- CRE-520 is similar, but without the Bluetooth feature.
Russian manufacturer AAC makes an unconventional CD headunit that supports Vorbis and FLAC playback. It is being sold since end of 2005, but difficult to obtain outside Russia. An optional expansion unit provides 2.5" hard disk, USB port and AUX input.
VDO Dayton CD 2803, CD 2737 B
- Cannot play Vorbis.
- Manufacturer's site clearly states that these are able to play Ogg Vorbis from CD, SD/MMC and USB 1.1 devices. The 1737 manual states that it can play files between 8 and 192kb/s. Up to 99 files in 99 directories (assume that means 99 in each), with names of up to 32 characters. Favorable review on Cnet France (in French)
Update 4/2009: As of end of 2008 this brand has been discontinued; units are available mostly second hand. The 1537X works well with all sources and file types (tested with Audio CD, MP3/OGG from CD/SD/USB), except for the following drawbacks. It's a pity, with some improvements this could have been a decent player.
- The display (greyish white on light blue) can not be dimmed; may be hard to read in bright light, and too bright in the night.
- Audible background noise when playing files on low volume, but doesn't stick out anymore when driving or turning up the volume.
- Directory search diplays only DOS (8.3) directory names, while file names work fine. Recommended to stick to this legacy convention from the start when naming your dirs for use with this player, else you only get 6 obfuscated characters + "~1" on the display :-(
- Only ASCII characters are displayed and converted to uppercase, everything else is shown as "*".
- SD cards up to 2 GB only. (Large enough to get lost in your directory tree. USB devices may be larger, apparently no limits to the number of files. Tested with a 8 GB keychain.)
- Random playback works only for all files on the media, not per dir/album. Random state isn't remembered on next power on.
- Operation and text display could be better in places.
- Advertised to have Ogg Vorbis support with bitrates from 8 up to 192 kbit/s. Manual mentions Ogg Vorbis I information tags for Album / Artist / Track name and such. So far, playback is fine and seems solid. Tag information still needs to be investigated further. Unit plays from either SD/MMC card (not SDHC!), or USB stick with max. 2GB for each. No CD drive, but spurts Bluetooth out of the box at a reasonable price. User Manual and data sheet are available as PDF for download from the product page. Included (but not mentioned anywhere) was a cable for iPod to be connected to a rear AUX input, yet support said it is Audio only, i.e. no iPod operation driven by the head unit.
Volkswagen Golf, Touran and others
- From January 2006 onwards all Golf, Golf Plus and Touran models will offer an USB port (MDI), which support USB sticks with music. Today it is available for virtually all models. Supported formats include MP3, WAV, WMA and Vorbis. Note that Ogg Vorbis support is only mentioned on the German Web site. On a related note, the iPod is supported, too.
- The new VW Polo (tested in October 2009) plays MP3, WMA, AAC (in MP4 container and bitstream-only, possible extensions are .MP4, .M4A and .AAC) and Ogg Vorbis, too.
XcarLink or 'Audio Link" USB/Bluetooth/ipod adapter by Powermark
for car audio
- Cannot play Vorbis.
Yakumo's Hypersound Car
Company doesn't exist anymore
- This in-dash car CD player supports Vorbis, MP3, and WMA playback from CD, USB stick or MMC/SD card. Vorbis support is not obvious but are clearly specified in the Technical Specifications page of the user manual, but has been verified to work with both UK and German versions. Reservations have been made regarding the product's quality, in particular stability and performance. (There was also a Yakumo Support Forum Discussion, but Yakumo seem to have taken their forums offline as of March 2007. Partial archive here.)It supports Vorbis files on USB, MMC/SD and CD. However, as of early 2006 its firmware is notoriously flaky, no firmware update is available, and it also has poor tuner sensitivity. This is also supplied in unbranded form at various retailers, but it does have a distinctive look.
Yakumo Car Entertainment. Online manual. See also Acoustic Solutions ICS-160.
Note: Some of this information was moved from the Mobile Players page, so there may be some duplication.
GenNetwork's GenMedia DivXStorage
- This is an external harddrive as a video storage to connect to TV sets. It comes in various versions and storage sizes. It comes with USB 2.0 and a remote control. HDTV resolution, 5.1 sound and the following file formats are supported: MPEG-4/DVD/VCD/SVCD/AudioCD/JPEG/MP3. For the 3,5" and deck version Vorbis format is mentioned.
Numark's HDX, HDMix
- These are DJ media players with a 80GB HD on-board and a CD drive. They support Hard Drive Playback of MP3, WMA, WAV, Vorbis, and FLAC (lossless) formats. See homepage for more.
Cirago's CMC1000 and CMC500
- These are Wireless-capable DVR or maybe just DVP devices.