With about a month of use after Santa brought me an Archos 20 Jukebox, it’s time to share my experience, which has been…
A couple of salient points:
1)While this is nowhere to be found in the instructions or web site, the “on” button needs to be held on for 5 seconds to turn the unit on. Otherwise, it looks like the unit isn’t working, when in fact it is.
2)Very easy to file CD’s. While they make a 6GB “recordable” version for the same price, converting CD’s to MP3 format on a PC is easy and quick, rendering the recordable feature versus 14 extra gigs an easy decision.
3)Volume in my plane is okay, other than for head-banging. That said, I’d recommend Max&Mike’s device for times when loud music is warranted. (For example, Born to Be Wild after you nail the approach.)
4)Not withstanding the delay which is supposed to prevent skipping, it seems that the very minimal normal vibration in my SR20 sometimes brings about “disc error” message. Keeping it in its shock-absorbing case totally prevents this problem.
5)20GB, if anything, is too much capacity. The 6GB unit (on sale this week at Best Buy for $179) is probably more than sufficient. I also use the unit to back up my home computer files.
6)Cost of my unit was $349 regular price, less $50 sale price, less $50 rebate, for a net price of $249.
7)One surprise - I had planned to load the unit and keep it on the plane. I’ve found it to be so handy to have all the CD’s I own in one place, I use it in my office, car, home, etc.
As adult toys go (and my wife would give testimony that I’m a world-class expert on the subject) it just doesn’t get any better.
Back to Steppenwolf.