MobiBLU DAH-1500 Review

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Update: Please note that this review is for the DAH-1500. This is the Europe and Asia version of this player. If you are in the United States you should read the MobiBLU DAH-1500i review. There are quite a few upgrades on the US exclusive 1500i, such as DRM, faster USB 2.0 transfer, playlists, SRS WOW, and voice recording.

I was intrigued by the claim of the MobiBLU DAH-1500 of being the “smallest MP3 player”, so I picked one up just to see how small it was. Plus I needed something for the gym and I felt my Samsung YP-T6 wasn’t small enough.

The player comes in a tiny cubic package measuring 24 x 24 x 24 millimeters and weighs 18 grams or just under one square inch and about 0.64 ounces. (…or four sugar cubes and five eights, for the stoners) The player has an FM radio and supports MP3 and WMA files. The MobiBLU DAH-1500 comes with a USB connection cable, headphone necklace, program CD, user guide, and protective case. The storage sizes available for the device are 512MB and 1GB.


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Getting Music On and Off

Loading up the player was as easy as it gets. It shows up as a universal mass storage, no drivers needed. This player demonstrates how all players should handle music and file transfers. The player is exemplary when it comes to loading and unloading your music.File transferring, however, was slow. I benchmarked the USB 1.1 transfer to and from the player at around 750kbps. The files are transferred via a USB cable that plugs into the headphone jack which also charges the unit. Very smart.

Navigation

The navigation is handled by the directional and center button on the right side and a menu button on the left. The navigation is intuitive and simple; I took to it almost immediately. When you copy music onto the player, the folder structures stay intact. This makes it easy to navigate and find your music.

FM Radio

The radio works as expected. The reception is good thanks to the engineers who made any headphones you plug in an antenna.

Software

The software it comes with is nothing fancy. In fact, it is just Windows 98/ME drivers for universal mass storage with no ripping or burning software included. They were smart in leaving out the software to keep the cost down. Plus there is really no need for another media player, there are already many programs and utilities for free that will rip, burn, organize, and play your music.

Updating Firmware

One thing I had trouble with was finding out how to update the firmware on the player. I downloaded it from the MobiBLU website which was a zip file that contained unknown file types. The website or manual was no help, as it did not give instructions. So I dropped the two files on to the player. Nothing happened until I unplugged the player from the computer. The screen then said “updating firmware”. Cool. It couldn’t be any easier or simplistic.

Performance

The sound quality is good; it’s on par with most digital audio players or perhaps a notch above. One of the only problems I have with the DAH-1500 was the track transition. The gap between tracks is around 2-3 seconds and at times distorted while skipping or transitioning to the next track. The player also does a quick fade-in when it starts the next track, which I found no way to turn this “feature” off.

Headphones

The headphone necklace works very well with this player. The necklace has a loop that attaches to the top of the player then plugs into the headphone jack. The wires are incased in a fabric making them very durable and comfortable around your neck.

I tested the headphones against what I always use as a reference: the Sony MDR-V700DJ. The player would play clean with volume at full blast and equalizer maxed in the Sony headphones. However the supplied headphones would distort at extreme volumes with heavy bass, much like any average ear bud type headphones would.

One feature that I liked about the iPod was that when you disconnected the headphones the player stopped. The MobiBLU has this as well. This is an ability I wish all manufactures would incorporate into their players. It’s a nice feature that saves your battery when buttons get pressed when headphones are not plugged in.

Conclusion

If I had to change something about the MobiBLU DAH-1500 it would be the poor track transition and this may be fixable in the future by a firmware update. It is what I believe to be the player’s only major fault. Other than that, MobiBLU has created a very nice MP3 player in a miniature package without sacrificing usability. The DAH-1500 is a great on-the-go player for its tiny size and necklace headphones. The screen is bright and the navigation is well thought out. Transferring music on and off of the player is a snap by simply dragging and dropping without the need of additional software.

Purchasing

For those of you in Europe and the rest of the world you can purchase one from Amazon, the MobiBLU DAH-1500i. You can buy the 512MB and 1GB versions in six deferent colors for $100 and $130. The American version of this player adds DRM, faster USB 2.0 transfer, playlists, SRS WOW, and voice recording. We also did a review on this player as well, which you can find that DAH-1500i review here.

Pros

It’s Tiny
Bright OLED Display
Recognized as Universal Storage Device
Easy to use

Cons

It’s Tiny
Poor Track Transition
No DRM Support

196 Comments

colly on July 11, 2005 9:32 PM

how long does the battery last?

EnzoTen on July 12, 2005 10:36 AM

Real life battery time is closter to 10 hours.

AX on July 16, 2005 12:31 PM

How about plugging in an FM transmitter to use in the car? Also a car kit to make sure it stays charged. Can’t play with the power adapter in instead of the headphones? Woops…

EnzoTen on July 16, 2005 4:12 PM

I have tried many FM transmitters, none have worked. Has anyone found one that actually works?

AX on July 16, 2005 9:21 PM

I can use the iTrip just fine, but that is at close range. Thats my limited experience with Fm transmitters. There is a trick to get it going though. You hit play, then when the iTrip light flashes you hit play again. I can see how this would lead people to believe that it doesnt work. There is also some software you install for more frequencies that you have to install on the ipod/itunes.

AM on July 18, 2005 9:47 AM

Has anyone tried saying the name of this thing quickly over and over again – sounds like some Alien trying to throw-up or yell obscenities – a reason why the iPOD beats these fancy gadgets – atleast keep the name simple. ” Hey, can I borrow your mobibludah1500?”. “I’ll give you a mobilbludah1500 – if you dont shut up !!…”And in response to the question about a useable FM transmitter – after many tries, I have found that the MacAlly PODFM works great in my car(Truck):http://macally.com/spec/ipod/podfmtf.htmleven in Chicago.Byeand a mobibludah to you too!

Christine on July 18, 2005 3:20 PM

I read somewhere else that the battery drains very quickly when the player is not in use. Does anyone know if this is true?

EnzoTen on July 18, 2005 4:37 PM

I havent noticed any problems with the battery, but i use mine almost every day. I may have read that somewhere too, but i think that it was a simple firmware update that corrected the battery problem.

MK on July 21, 2005 6:31 PM

I was looking around, and found that there are a few different models of the DAH-1500. There is the “DAH-1500″, “DAH-1500i”, and the “DAH-1500s”The only differences I could find is that the 1500i has only 10hr battery life, and the 1500s doesn’t have an FM tuner. Apparently also the 1500i has DRM support, but with a really low quality FM tuner.The DAH-1500i is currently sold at walmart.com, and the 1500s is a Canada only product.If anyone would know if there are any other differences…. well yeah =DBy the way, my source of information is my friend who works for Hyun Won America (mobiBLU), but he is now overseas so I can’t ask him.

EnzoTen on July 22, 2005 8:09 AM

yes it supports VBR

MaddNess on July 22, 2005 4:57 PM

Anyone know how this compares to the BenQ Joybee 102?

Quaid on July 23, 2005 12:13 AM

sounds like this is a great little mp3 player. however, like so many other mp3 players out there, this thing has a proprietary battery. i guess there aren’t any normal rechargeable batteries that would fit it, but still… i can’t stand mp3 players made by companies that are so obsessed with their proprietary bs that it ruins an otherwise perfect mp3 player.that being said, anyone know if the battery for this thing can be replaced when it can no longer hold a charge? and what is the cost of replacement? thx, and sorry for the rant.

Ben on July 23, 2005 12:25 AM

This is a great player. Anybody know if it support ‘resume’ feature, i.e. play the song from the last time it is shut off?

EnzoTen on July 23, 2005 1:20 AM

I think the joybee is a bit smaller by volume but it doesnt have a screen.Even if the battery is not proprietary, it is not easy to take apart and get back together.Yes it has a resume feature, I think that is a must for all players

MythSpell on July 23, 2005 11:43 AM

Is it true resume – does its place in the middle of a song or does it start over at the beginning of that song? Also, if anyone has any experience using the FM radio while moving around a lot, does it maintain a solid lock on the station or do you constantly need to retune it? TIA

TechChick on July 23, 2005 4:02 PM

Folks, stumbled upon this article and did a search…the player is available in the U.S. now:http://www.walmart.com/catalog/search-ng.gsp?search_constraint=3944&search_query=mobiblu+cube&ics=20&ico=0

Shan on July 24, 2005 2:08 AM

I am planning to buy this and use it as well for voice recording in a classroom. Does any body know how this compares to the sound quality from mp3 players like iRiver?

wideasleep1 on July 24, 2005 2:39 AM

Didja happen to get the numbers off that battery when you took it apart? ;)

duh on July 25, 2005 5:25 AM

this is an excellent player for its size, and its rechargable!

wh on July 25, 2005 12:47 PM

why does the wallmart one says its connects using USB2 and the review I have seen so far state that file transfer sucks. Is that the diff between the1500i and the 1500

EnzoTen on July 25, 2005 4:19 PM

Shan: i will take it apart again and get the battery number for you when i get a chance.All the players are USB 1.1 no model supports USB 2.0.Also There is NO voice recording.

Theo on July 25, 2005 4:38 PM

Pros:No DRM supportSeriously, DRM is almost always bad for the consumer

Chris Beck on July 25, 2005 9:44 PM

Gotta agree with Theo on the DRM=Bad thing. Other than that, seems like a good review of a cool product.

EnzoTen on July 25, 2005 10:08 PM

DRM isnt always a bad thing. The DRM option would give you the ability to use services like Yahoo Music or Napster. If you didnt use any of those services you wouldnt know the difference.

alcoul on July 26, 2005 1:18 PM

is this player mac compatible? if not could someone please give me a list of iPod alternatives (i work at a place that services iPod’s and the number of people who bring theirs in on a daily basis has me steering clear of purchasing an iPod)much appreciated.

Alex Blanton on July 26, 2005 3:37 PM

It says on the walmart site that it is mac compatible. I would think it would be since it works as a universal mass storage device.

JetSun on July 26, 2005 4:19 PM

Is there .ogg vorbis file support?

Anon01 on July 26, 2005 5:18 PM

Anyone know where you can buy the “1500″. Dont want the “1500i” from walmart.

Skylar on July 27, 2005 2:24 PM

Does anyone think that it may be a tad dangerous, I mean what if you trip, and the thing goes flying into your mouth, and you choke to death on it? I mean seriously, people don’t think about these things enough.

Colin on July 27, 2005 5:17 PM

Well I just picked up the DAH-1500S (I’m in Canada) and so far I’m none too impressed. First off the “Play Mode” “All Random” does not work, the firmware upgrade on the homepage does not work (on the 1500S at least) AND the 1500S seems to not support DRMNOT Impressed

Anonymous on July 27, 2005 11:10 PM

Hello! I have some questions on this MobiBlu DAH-1500i from Wal-Mart.1. Where is this player make from?2. Is this player able to show traditional Chinese for the song’s names or artists?

olouie on July 28, 2005 1:05 AM

Anyone have the original firmware for the 1500? I upgraded mine to hte 1.56F and my battery completely discharges overnight.Wanted to see if going back then updating again might solve the problem

Boxy_Brown on July 28, 2005 1:26 AM

Check out this link. I suppose I’ll purchase one once I upgrade my Mac to OS9. That seems to be the earliest Mac OS it’s supported by.
http://www.i4u.com/article3909.html
I just installed PAC’s Toyota OEM aux input adapter in my ’98 Corolla (it has two female RCA ports). Can’t wait to hear how it sounds. Now, if Mobi-Blu only had a DC adapter / charger and a wireless IR remote…

struart on July 28, 2005 4:21 AM

does this player have a hold feature so buttons wont press in my pocket or isther little chance or this happening?

adi on July 28, 2005 4:37 AM

like i pod shuffle is a disposable player, that is once the battery is dead there is no way to replace the battery. and ipod hdd one has a very expensive battery change.so what does mobiblu offer ?? once the battery is dead !!normal process is about 12-18 months to make the battery dead after evryday use .can the display be shut down to save the battery ??

mobiBLU on July 30, 2005 12:38 AM

Hello – I am from mobiBLU and we would like everyone to know that we have recently launched the DAH-1500i in the US market through our launch partner, walmart.com. The 1500i ADDS WMA DRM (digital rights managment) and USB 2.0 to the Cube MP3 Player. The DAH-1500i is the only authorized product for the US market and the JNC product (the original DAH-1500 AKA JNC SFF-8100, SFF-8005 and SFF-8002) is being sold outside the US market. The JNC DOES NOT HAVE DRM AND USB 2.0!! If you are a customer in the US please visit http://www.walmart.com for purchasing the DAH-1500i with the advanced features and great price! They offer the player in six different colors and in both 512MB and 1GB capacities. THANK YOU!!

Trilitai on July 30, 2005 10:38 AM

Hello! I have some questions on this MobiBlu DAH-1500i from Wal-Mart.1. Where is this player make from?2. Is this player able to show traditional Chinese for the song’s names or artists?Thanks!!! =)

don on July 31, 2005 10:28 PM

About external power…I bought a cell phone charger a couple years ago that came with a USB power plug, a wall adapter, and a car adapter. The wall and car adapters provided 5vDC to a USB port and the power cord plugged into USB to provide power to the phone. A perfect solution for charging this device in your car.For those enterprising individuals, make one…5vDC to the power pins on a USB socket would do it.

Anonymous on August 1, 2005 12:18 PM

Is the DAH-1500i (walmart version) compatible with music subscription services (such as Yahoo unlimited, or Napster to Go)? In other words is it WMP 10 / Janus compatible ?

Lain on August 1, 2005 1:08 PM

Question:How does any pair of headphones act as the antenna for the radio?

EnzoTen on August 1, 2005 1:46 PM

Radio waves get picked up by the headphones and sent down to the player. Pretty much any whire stuck in the phono jack would create an antenna for the player.

Jackie on August 2, 2005 4:35 AM

How many songs does it hold?!?!?!?! I have no idea how big a 1 GB is so I have no clue…help!

uncajesse on August 2, 2005 9:50 AM

AX, newsflash… iPods suck compared to some other media players. iPods are a closed platform, most others are not. iPods’ sole purpose in life is to drive customers into the iTunes store. period.get an iRiver.

Anonymous on August 2, 2005 5:43 PM

iRiver’s rock! Although I am thinking about getting a mobiBLU. Does anyone know where I can get one in Canada?Thanks:)

EnzoTen on August 3, 2005 7:42 AM

In Candada you can get it at Radio Shack, i think, but its the 1500s. ( read the previous posts on MobiBLU )Im pretty sure that the DRM is Janu because thats what Wal-mart uses.1GB will hold about 240 songs.

Anonymous on August 3, 2005 8:08 AM

It is made in korea and it can show tranditional chinese for sure!!!

majormar on August 3, 2005 10:48 AM

What kind of random/shuffle features does it have?

One of the things I don’t like about other cheap players is the lack of a shuffle feature.

Tony on August 3, 2005 12:05 PM

i just got my 1500i yesterday, and it’s been fine except it crashed once (the how thing froze), but the bigger problem is that I had
200
songs on the player, but the player can only recognize
143
of them while recognizing the space it took. Hopefully this can be fixed w/ a firmwire upgrade.

Tony on August 3, 2005 12:06 PM

200 -> 143 is about a 25% loss.

H. Labornis on August 4, 2005 2:31 AM

the 1500i does not seem to recognize when there is no earphone jack plugged in. Apparently it can do that, from the review, but it keeps playing music when I unplug the earphones.

Mike on August 4, 2005 10:20 AM

Can an American version be used in Europe? (I would rather purchase the 1500i with the extra features)

EnzoTen on August 4, 2005 11:25 AM

Majormar: i have had problems like that with other players. Some players completely ignor certain tracks. It has to to with the way they were encoded.H. Labornis: yeah it will work just fine in Europe. Im not positive about the DRM version of it. Also, as far as the headphone jack disconnection, it will shup off after 60 seconds, not immediately

Marcus on August 4, 2005 5:43 PM

Will future firmware upgrades make it possible to play ogg files?

asnlc on August 4, 2005 5:52 PM

i just got the thing today, and am now in the process of charging it. is it supposed to say “ready” while it’s charging? also, my buttons don’t work, does nothing work on the playe while it’s being charged?

Mike on August 5, 2005 12:10 AM

So, has anyone determined whether or not it’s compatible with music subscription services (i.e. Yahoo unlimited, Napster-To-Go)?I’m not talking about plain DRM’d WMA’s, rather WMA’s from the subscription-based services.Anyone?

Jess on August 5, 2005 12:39 AM

asnlc,I just got mine today from Walmart. It doesn’t seem to work with subscription services. At least, it did not work with Yahoo Unlimited. :( *sigh* I REALLY hope they support this in the very near future!Jess

Trilitai on August 5, 2005 4:50 AM

Hello! Do you guys know where can i pick up the accessories for the Mobiblu 1500i? (ac charger, neckstrip …) Thanks!!! =)

Mike on August 5, 2005 4:14 PM

Jess,Thanks for the quick feedback regarding subscription service support. Quite a bummer, as that’s pretty much a requirement if I’m going to drop $129 on ANOTHER mp3 player. ;) I bought my 512mb Shuffle a few months back and really like it, but this cube with subscription service support would be enough to get me to make the switch.I DID, however, e-mail mobiBlu’s tech support asking if/when this support might be added. Somehow, I doubt we’ll see it since players need to have some sort of timer chip to support the subscription services. But who knows.. stranger things have been known to happen…

Teritus on August 6, 2005 8:14 PM

I just got mine. Can’t get it to work after I charge it. I press the power button but nothing happens. Any Pointers? All help appreciated.

Gary on August 7, 2005 6:35 AM

I’m thinking of buying one of this but want to know how you re-charge if you are away on vacation and wont have access to a pc.

Dogman X on August 8, 2005 11:14 PM

Look guys, I AM an MP3 player. I know this guy mobiBLU personally and I can tell you that he’s a great guy… he parties like no other!

iPod Shuffle on August 8, 2005 11:20 PM

Look, I don’t see what’s so great about this MP3 player. He’s reckless and dangerous. I mean, he crashed his car into my garage earlier this year and then played it off like he was a cell phone. Who the hell was he trying to fool? That’s like trying to convince me that Apple isn’t the greatest company in the world and the iPod isn’t just a trendy piece of crap.

Pharaoh13 on August 9, 2005 1:15 PM

I bought the 1GB version of the 1500i from Wal-Mart and received it about 5 days ago. I have had no issues with it at all and I’m wondering how some of you are. Maybe you received a faulty player and should exchange it. I love it and can’t imagine using anything else at this point. It gets so friggin’ loud that I use it while cutting the grass and have no issue hearing the music loud and clear when the volume is only at 20 (out of 30). Any accessories you need are at http://www.mobibluamerica.com/dah1500.html. Although they don’t have a car adaptor for charging it yet, they do have a regular outlet adaptor. I just love the fact that you can keep everything in folders and veiw them that way on the display of this thing.

jay Winston on August 10, 2005 9:53 PM

I got the 1 gig from Walmart. It never worked. I could see it when plugged into a usb port, but it would never charge or turn on. I tried it on 3 different computers and a stand alone usb charger. Shipped it back. It looked very cool, but I’ll buy something else. I don’t have the patientence to bother with defective products.

MEl on August 10, 2005 10:28 PM

Hold down the play button dumbass. I dont have the patience to bother with defective people.

jay winston on August 10, 2005 11:29 PM

Hey mel – bite me.I did hold down the button.

MP3Newbie on August 11, 2005 10:58 PM

Does anybody know if this player works with Napster-To-Go? I’m not talking about the one where you pay 99c per song (then download it to the player), but the $14.95 service with MP3 player synchronization/updates.

B0R3D on August 12, 2005 9:45 PM

I just received mine from walmart.com today. It sounds pretty good, it has a lot of options, the size and look of it is really nice, the ear buds suck like most do, but I expected that. What I didn’t expect was that the files wouldn’t play in alphabetical order according to file name. This really upsets me, almost to the point where I might return it. I tried reformatting the drive, installing the latest firmware, I even broke up each podcast into separate folders, but nothing worked. You would think with this device being so high-tech it would at the very least play the files in the right order.

MP3Newbie on August 12, 2005 11:00 PM

B0R3D – Have you tried any online music services with it? I’m hoping it would be compatible with Napster-To-Go. BTW, try out Sony’s MDR-EX51LP ear buds. They’ll make any device sound excellent.

B0R3D on August 13, 2005 12:04 AM

MP3Newbie – No I haven’t tried any DRM files, I think Napster would work if they are using WMA DRM files, I believe all you would need to do is import them with Windows Media Player. I’ll look into those MDR-EX51LP ear buds, I was planning on using it mostly for the car.I found a fix for my file order problem:If I number each file EX: 01 – filename.mp3, 02 – filename.mp3, 03 – filename.mp3, and so on for each file in what ever given folder it will keep them in the correct order, it’s a hassle but at least there is a way to fix this.Also I live about 30 miles from all my major radio stations, so the radio barely works, I get about 2 stations and they are really fuzzy, that’s just another draw back. I think if you are in a major city you would probably get far better reception. Next time I go to the city I will check it out.Oh, when you plug the mp3 player into the pc it resets the date and time.I decided to keep it because the sound quality is good, it holds a gig(992mb) which is more then enough for me. I don’t have to use any software to place the files on the drive, and it’s so tiny I can just throw it in my shirt pocket and I barely notice it when I jog. Hopefully some of these little issues will be fixed with firmware down the road.

EnzoTen on August 13, 2005 12:45 AM

That is odd about the file names. I didnt have that problem with the 1500 version (not the 1500i sold at wal-mart) I just got the 1500i and i will be doing a review on it and i will look into thease issues.Thank you all for the feed back on this player.Do any of you have sugguestions for the site itself or anything you would like to see reviewed?Please email me with sugguestions mail@anythingbutipod.comThank you all for reading =)

B0R3D on August 13, 2005 8:37 PM

I contacted Mobiblu support and I guess the file issue can be fixed with a firmware update:Hello,Thank you for contacting our Support Team.Please do a firmware update to 100.100.105.Go to: http://www.mobibluamerica.com/support.htmlQ. How to Firmware Update?Install the software CD provided with the DAH-1500i MP3 Player or Download at http://www.mobibluamerica.com/support.html -> Firmware.Go to START -> ALL PROGRAMS -> MP3 Update -> Update.Connect the DAH-1500i MP3 Player to the Computer.Click START to begin updating the firmware.

Trilitai on August 13, 2005 9:35 PM

I just did a firmware upgrade to 100.100.105 today. I still can’t put the music in the order I want. Somebody please confirm this firmware upgrade can fix the alphabetical problem or not. Thank you.

B0R3D on August 13, 2005 9:48 PM

So I am not the only one with this issue. I don’t like how when you install firmware it deletes the whole drive, and they give no details on what the firmware fixes.

brian on August 13, 2005 10:26 PM

using my dah-1500 with a mac, i tried dragging files/mp3s off of my mobiblu but only the names of the files are gone and space doesn’t become available. I tried “erasing” the disk and now I’m getting a “file system error message”. Anybody else have this problem?

EnzoTen on August 14, 2005 12:39 AM

The 1500 has no problems with the order of the tracks. It is the US version the 1500i that has problems with ordering the tracks.

B0R3D on August 14, 2005 1:46 AM

Yeah, that’s right the DAH-1500i from Wal-Mart has the problem with playing files in alphabetical order, apparently the firmware update(100.100.105) doesn’t solve the problem either.

James on August 14, 2005 4:00 AM

What is the onboard chip? I heard that it’s either telechips, if not sigmatel. Since you had disambled this device, would you mind posting the detail?

EnzoTen on August 14, 2005 11:03 AM

I just disassembled the DAH-1500. The audio processing chip is a ECT Skylark-II. I don’t know if it is the same as the 1500i model, I did not take that one apart. They are not exactly easy to get back together =)

B0R3D on August 14, 2005 7:57 PM

It looks like that firmware update fixed the clock from resetting everytime you connected it to your pc.

MP3Newbie on August 14, 2005 9:59 PM

EnzoTen – When you disassembled it, did you take a close look at the Li-polymer battery? What’s the serial# or brand name? I might need to get a spare one once the charging cycles go down. I did a search on Li-polymer button batteries and it appears they have a recharging cycle of 500 times: about 1 to 1 1/2 years

EnzoTen on August 15, 2005 11:48 PM

MP3Nuwbie: The manufacturer is “Korea Power Cell inc” and it is a 3.7v Li-ion. However, it looks like it is two batteries “shrink wrapped” together so I don’t think that it would be possible to replace. But by the time you have to replace it, it will be obsolete anyway. Also on a side note, the 1500 batter is different from the 1500i battery. The 1500i is rated at 180mA and the 1500 120mA. Differeneces here.Also I don’t suggest taking it apart. It is not easy to get back together. There are some ribbon connections that are a pain in the ass to connect in which you have to insert as you are putting the front on. Its not fun.

asish on August 16, 2005 11:25 AM

hi allI am planning to buy DAH 1500i (the one being sold in walmart).Can anybody clear the following queries:-1. Does this player have FM stations presets? if so, then how many?2. I live in india. Can this player be charged in India or Asia?Thank You

Anonymous on August 16, 2005 11:40 AM

asish:1. Yes you can store up to 20 stations.2. If you have a USB slot on your box it will charge the the DAH-1500i.I wonder if we can send this unit into MobiBLU and have them replace the battery. I can’t find this option on there site, or at the very least send it in and get a discount on the latest model.If worse comes to worse and it can no longer charge and I have no option to replace it, I might just open it up and connect a cigarette lighter plug into the dc terminals in the unit, and just use it in the car.

MP3Newbie on August 20, 2005 12:37 AM

(Comment also posted on the 1500i review)I just got mine last Tuesday and ran it through its paces. On its first day at work, it lasted a few minutes shy over 8 hrs. Next day with SRS-WOW enhancements on, it lasted a little over 7 hrs (great sound-quality/bass dynamics with Sony MDR-EX51LP ear buds). The interesting thing is that the volume level remained stable up to the last bar. It just gives a quick “low battery” message before turning off. For its size, it’s an excellent performer.

B0R3D on August 22, 2005 12:33 PM

I took mine back. I was getting about 5 hours on a full charge, no OLED on, the volume was always set 20 and below. It’s a great little device but something was wrong with my battery. First charge I got 8 hours, second charge I got about 6.5 hours, then the third charge I had 5 hours. I listen to mostly podcasts with just talk. So it can’t be that battery intensive. Oh well, time to look for another mp3 player.

zero on August 27, 2005 6:32 PM

from what I hear about this mobiblu cube it sounds like a great deal! I think I might get one.

zero on August 27, 2005 8:49 PM

the mobiblu cube is awesome!

Alex-Brazil on August 29, 2005 1:07 PM

Does anybody have problem with Mobiblu DAH-1500 ?I have one with 512Mb and another one with 1 GB. The player with 512Mb, sometimes, needs to be reset because it doesn´t work, doesn´t play and does not recongnized by computer. When I plug it at USB port Windows recongnized it like a SKYLARK-II and doesn´t work. The player with 1GB is worst than the 512Mb because even if I reset it, it doesn´t work. I tried to contact Mobiblu, but they don´t give a support or anything like this.Someone can help in this stuff ?

EnzoTen on August 29, 2005 1:24 PM

I have never had that problem, but it sounds like it may be Windows… have you tried it on another XP machine? if the same thing happens then it may be a defective unit. If not then somthing is currupt in your XP install.I had a similar problem with USB drivers and my RAZR phone.

Proboez on August 29, 2005 5:53 PM

DAH-1500i doesn’t work via any kind of USB hub (for example, ports on the front side of your case or in monitor stand). So if you experience any connection problems, just plug it directly into your root USB hub, i.e. USB port on the motherboard.I still wonder what the 100.100.105 firmware fixes. In any case it would be a great practice to place a list of new features near each new version of the firmware.As for the rest, the player is great. The sound is especially good with large headphones, like my Sennheiser HD-515 (although you wouldn’t get VERY LOUD music with that kind of headphones because of the greater resistance than the earphones have. But it’s worth the bass). As for me, all this SRS-stuff is crap. The best feature is the custom equalizer mode. (by the way, it is entitled “user1″. I wonder if there’s also “user2″ and so on?). The buttons work exactly as they should and do exactly what they should do. It is pleasant to have a very good user interface.If somebody from mobiBLU team will ever read this, I think it would be great to add a feature of switching between elapsing and remaining time. On PC I always play MP3s with time going backwards. This way I know how long a particular track is.10 volume steps more would be also great. Even at battery costs. (for people with headphones, like me ;-) ).

James on August 30, 2005 4:13 PM

>I’m thinking of buying one of this but want to know >how you re-charge if you are away on vacation and >wont have access to a pc.I bought a USB charger off ebay for .01 + $6.95 shipping. It is a small wall-wart with a USB plug on the top. Just plug it in and it charges. I use it for my iPod Shuffle also. Small and easy to take on trips.

EnzoTen on August 30, 2005 4:41 PM

James,That will work just fine

Alex-Brazil on August 30, 2005 5:39 PM

I tried in many PC´s with XP and 2k and in both cases it didn´t Work. Windows always recongnized it like a SKYLARK-II.Do you think that if I open the player and try to remove the batteries could work ?

Vlad on September 2, 2005 3:49 PM

SKYLARK problem resolved!I had exactly the same problem, the player worked fine and all of a sudden wouldn’t be recognised properly by the computer, came up with this Skylark business. I was ready to package it and return it, as even pressing the reset button did nothing, when I thought to try this: hold the play button, and whilst holding it, push the reset button. Voila! The player turned itself on, said wait… and it was fine after that. I do hope this was a one-off glitch! Hope this can help some people.

Venosteles on September 2, 2005 5:21 PM

I bought this marvel cube (1500i) from walmart.com, had it for a couple of days and it was awesome. I did notice that the FM radio drains the battery faster than the mp3/wma playback. Anyway, I’m wondering if anyone has had this issue. On the third day, it started to have a background noise that turned into a shrill whenever playing my wmas files. The noise is independent of headphones or volume of the music. Meaning, I plugged the cube into two headphones and one external speaker set, always the same noise. Also, I could boost up or lower the volume to 0, the noise is always there, always at the same volume level. I’m returning it to walmart and ordering a new one, but I wonder if anyone has had this problem. MobiBlu has not responded, and as far as I can tell from other people’s comments, the guy who does support must be dead now, or have a very inactive conscience because my pleads for help seem to have fallen on deaf ears.

Trilitai on September 4, 2005 2:41 AM

Hello guys! I bought 2 Mobiblu 1500i for almost a month now. I have a problem with the sound quality. Sometimes when playing mp3 song, there is a weird noise comes from the background (very notiable). I have 2 of this players and both have this problem. The guy from the previous post has this same problem, too. So I really want to know what’s up since I saw many people said the sound quality is excellent for this player. Thank you. =)

EnzoTen on September 4, 2005 10:05 AM

First off you will not get good sound from the supplied earphones, they really dont sound good.Second try turning off all of the sound enhancing features, such as SRS WOW, Bass boost, ect. Put the EQ on Normal and go from there…

proboez on September 5, 2005 5:12 AM

EnzoTen, you are right about the supplied earphones, but them producing noise is a little exaggeration :-) . They lack bass (a lot), that’s all.Don’t know what to tell ya, folks. My cube has a very good sound quality.P.S. Buy large headphones ;-)

Pru on September 7, 2005 7:39 AM

I´ve recently bought one of this (1500i) and everytime i turn it on, when i try to hear music or the radio, it displays this message : “Alert! Earphone jack unplugged! ” and it turns off, although the earphone jack is plugged and i´m hearing music. Has anyone had this issue? If so, does anyone have any idea on how to solve it? i´ve tried to use different earphones but it remains the same. Thanksss :)

Tai on September 9, 2005 5:04 AM

I’ve faced a promlem in turning on. Also, a computer is not recognized it. I’ve tried to press the play button to turn it on. But how it is going to work as when i tried to charged it for the firsr time. Nothing was appeared, generally, i think it should be sth like “low bat” appeared on the screen. It makes me so much headache and upset. Anyone has any other ideas to solve this problem. Otherwise, i’ll resell it and buy some other good brands.The company should have more details in solving all kinds of potential problems in the user’s manual. Even i vsited the website, not much information regarding the problems.As i’ve read all the comments above, many people have experinced the same problems like me.I think i should not buy at the first place…Not worth to buy…

Michael on September 9, 2005 6:39 AM

Hey Guys! First of all, My English is not the best. I imported the DAH1500 to Germany because the German version is not yet avalible. It is a great little box but I have the same problems like the guys up there. I cannot say anything about the battery, but I also have this annoying noise, especially when I push more buttons, like surfing through the files. This noise becomes greater and louder until the unit switches off… I already did the update and also had the “skylark” problem – fixed with the help of Alex-Brasil. I don’t want to send it back again, but it is making me crazy. Do you have any more ideas – or had anyone of you this switch-off-problem?Greets from Germany, Michael

Lancelot on September 12, 2005 10:01 AM

i have the problem where the cube (DAH-1500) does not turn on at all, no sound, no display. a couple times, i was able to reset it by pressing the play button and then the reset button together for a few seconds. but this time, it is not returning to life. anybody find any other way to resurrect it?

darock on September 19, 2005 11:33 AM

I have recently bought the cube but one of the main reasons I bought it was because I thought it would show otha languages (specifically Asian languages: Chinese) but to my surprise, it doesn’t display any chinese characters. I’ve upgraded the firmware and now they have a new function of choosing languages but still no Chinese. What is up with that? I thought this player was made in Korea, so shouldn’t it have at least some Asian language(s) on it? What do you guys think about this problem? Thanks

Trilitai on September 19, 2005 11:28 PM

Hey Darock: The Mobiblu 1500i will display Chinese characters. All my mp3 files has been renamed to Traditional Chinese. This player shows them all without any problem. =)

Chris on September 20, 2005 5:14 AM

@MichaelDen Player gibts in Deutschland! Aber nur in der 512 MB Version. Ich habe ihn bei Media Markt gesehn und er hat unglaublich teure 169€ gekostet. Zum Glück gibts Ebay! :o )Hast du denn 1500 den 1500S oder den 1500i?Neueste Frimware?MfG

darock on September 23, 2005 4:29 AM

Thanks Trilitai, so the only way for the player to read Chinese is if the file name is Chinese. How come it can’t read the ID3 Tag? All my files have the Song name and artist in the ID3 tag.

Michael on September 24, 2005 9:41 AM

Hi Chris!Ich hab ihn über einen Online-Versand erstanden für 118 Eur. den 1500. Neueste Firmware ist drauf, leider bringt das nichts. Mal läuft er 3 Stunden ohne Probleme, aber meist sobald man im Menü blättert schaltet er ab, brummt, lässt sich nicht mehr einschalten, spielt 80% des Tones auf dem linken Ohrhörer…. Schade. Ich hoffe der Versandshop ist so kulant und bietet mir entweder einen Tausch, oder ein alternativ-Gerät an. Wenn er funktionieren würde, wäre er perfekt…GrußMichael

Shin on September 28, 2005 5:16 AM

I got the same thing but from a company called SupportPlus. Had it for a day but I’m loving it. USB 1.1 is a shame but not as bad as it sounds. Sound is amazing, awesome menu and options!Man, this thing is small :D

confusedprson on October 4, 2005 11:26 PM

yeah, I just received my silver mobiblu in the mail today, finally, but to my disbelief, after charging it, it won’t even turn on. Yes I have been holding the play button for quite some time now, but still no response. I think i might have gotten a defective player and will be exchanging it for a different one at my local Walmart tomorrow. this is such a pain, but i want one that works please!

alex on October 12, 2005 6:45 AM

Hello folks, I like the website (why didn’t I check to see if that URL was available – Bah!) Anyway I’m from England and whilst on hols in Dubai I purchased a player which is to all intents and purposes the same as the one featured above, but re-branded.I have a JNC SSF8100 which is the 1 gig version. I found the player to be a bit limited at first because I couldn’t fast forward through tracks, only skip them. I found a firmware upgrade today from here: http://www.jnc-digital.com/ and now I can fast forward through tracks!However, I too have encountered tracks and albums not playing in their expected (filename) order since this update. It seems to me that my most recently modified folders display after the older ones regardless of filename.To sort this out I cut all of my folders and pasted them into Windows. I then Pasted them back onto the MP3 player in alphabetical order. This gave all of my folders the same ‘modified’ date so the player now displays all folders in their alphabetical order.Other than this gripe, it’s truly a great player. I was just wondering if you guys were aware of the rebranded player I have.

sam on October 19, 2005 12:33 PM

im planning to get a mp3/ipod for christmas.at the moment im stuck between the mobiblu cube and the ipod nano.any suggestions?

Alex-Brazil on October 30, 2005 9:14 PM

Hello Michael,I decided to post this menssage to help someone that wants to buy this player. In this site the guys apologize the DAH-1500, but when i tried to get help with Mobiblu support, they din’t help me. My player still have problems when I plug it to USB port and sometimes I just give up. I have no way to change it because a bought it outside my contry, but a i recomended that who wants to buy it, thought a litle moment about this stuff.Thanks,Alex

nancy on November 21, 2005 7:49 PM

hello,I am stuck between a i-pod nano and a dah-1500i which should i choose please help!.

zeroDAY on November 23, 2005 2:40 PM

hi!anyone ever found out which battery they use in the DAH-1500i ,and/if its available somewhere ?I googled,but I couldnt find anything on those tiny rechargable li-ion batteries,at least not where to get them :( if anyone has info about that,plz email me,or post a comment here,Im sure others are also interested !from the photos I guess it would be more than easy to change the battery myself.

Lindsay on November 27, 2005 6:42 PM

Does anyone know if it works well when working out? It seems to be very small and i am worried about it skipping. Could anyone tell me if it does? Also is there a voice or FM radio recorder on it? Thanks

FauCh on December 1, 2005 11:54 AM

YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMobiBLU DAH-1500i !I got one and i can’t stop listenn music !It’s so small and the Best Thx :)

FauCh on December 1, 2005 11:56 AM

Lindsay Its good if u work with it …u can run and do what u want because of the headphone necklace !

LIna on December 1, 2005 7:49 PM

im from canada and i have the DAH-1500S um i just got it today and everytime i try to install the program cd i cant find it on my computer i look where it installs to but then its not there.. can someone help me?

T.K. on December 1, 2005 10:43 PM

can you get songs from itunes on the mobiBLU Cube 1 GB MP3 Player?

Jexx on December 2, 2005 4:37 PM

How do you take this apart initially? Pry off the back white plastic part? Is it clipped in or what? Please let me know, anyone. I have successfully taken apart my iPod mini, but cannot figure out how this one works. Thanks

danyoson on December 3, 2005 2:51 AM

Hey guys i bought my my mobiblu cube 1500i about two months ago… it worked fine till about a month ago when i tried to put in mp3 in the cube it would just shut off… now i cant get it to turn on, my computer doesnt reconize it… need help ….

Roy on December 4, 2005 4:03 PM

Anyone who wants to find a mp3 player to get the mobiBLU cube is good. I got the one from Walmart and it is the becst mp3 player i have ever gotten.P.S. it looks very stylish with the necklace headphones if you are at the gym or something like that.

lala on December 6, 2005 1:49 AM

hi everyone, i’m deciding to buy 1500i for my boyfriend but I don’t know which color would be better. Can someone help…Please help… Thanks

Derbelos on December 6, 2005 9:15 AM

I live in Greece. Can anyone inform me of an online store located in Europe, which can ship this little beauty to Greece? I dont really want to pay 30% or more higher than its usual price, just for taxes, shipping, etc.Thanks in advance.

EnzoTen on December 6, 2005 11:27 AM

Derbelos: You can buy it from Advanced MP3 Players they will ship it anywhere in the world including Greece.Jexx: There is a screw underneath the serial numver sticker. Then Just pull it apart. I wouldnt recommend doing it though.

Derbelos on December 6, 2005 4:39 PM

Well, advanced mp3 can ship it to me, but i will have to pay an overall 134 GBP, which is… 233 USD, 100 more than you would pay in the US…Thats a bit too much, isnt it?

DUDE on December 13, 2005 11:43 PM

Does this thing organize the tracks or artists etc. ?

Michelli – Brazil on December 14, 2005 8:40 AM

Hello friends, I would like to report my problem. I bouth a mobiblu DAH-1500 1G one month ago and I had the same problem that Alex from Brazil. I wrote to Support and they said me to press the reset button and download de firmware from the site. I tried it but didn’t work. So, I found this site and I began read the comments and so I did what Michael said and it works. I’m very happy and I’m thanked for the help.PS.: Even so I wrote to Support to complain about this problem.Thank you very much again.

Michelli-Brazil on December 14, 2005 12:07 PM

Hi everyone, is me again (Michelli from Brazil). I wrote few hours ago. I did everything that Vlad said and it works but now I was plaing my mobiblu and it turned off again. I hold the play button, and whilst holding it, push the reset button again but now it isn’t work. Anyone have a new idea? I was so happy.Thank you.

Bojan Manev on December 14, 2005 12:43 PM

Hi guys! HELP ME!!! I got the MobiBLUE CUBE DAH-1500 a few months ago. Here`s the problem. The USB cable is not recognized by my PC, I can`t get the bloody thing turned ON, i tried reseting it a few times but nothing happened. I even tried the tricks someone here posted, still nothing. And last, but not the least, the last time ( a few days ago ) when UNPLUGGING the cube, i clicked on the DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER USB device instead of the MASS STORAGE DEVICE for disconnecting. ANy pointers on how to get my cube working again? I really need it, i travel every week to another country… PLEASE HELP!!!

you guys are so stuipd on December 23, 2005 11:44 PM

You guys are all gay and need mental help or somethin. Does it skip? what the hell do u think its a fuckin cd player? THIS IS NEW SHIT come on it uses like ram or somethin not cds it wont skip. anyways get a life ppl go to http://www.walmart.com to buy the thing its only like 130 bucks dah-1500i with a gig.

Lacy on December 25, 2005 6:12 PM

I hate mobiblu. I bought mine a couple weeks ago. I loved it up until today. I turned it on and it showed that it was on hold. The little hold button icon is showing and I never have put it on hold. I keep having to press the reset button to shut it off. Sometimes I turn it on and the first song will work, and if I go to do anything else, like switch a song, it will go to the song, but the hold button icon will show up and the song won’t play, and it’ll freeze. The song name also changes into some funky thing, like originally “track 11.mp3″ is now “O~TRACK_11~.MP3″ I have tried pressing the hold button for a few seconds and it doesn’t work. The Firmware update did absolutely nothing and I still haven’t heard back from Mobiblu.I am so NOT impressed. I’m going back to iPod.

Daniel on December 27, 2005 1:45 AM

I was wondering, if i download songs with limewire or ares will they work on here? Also what if I were to download and use napster to go? Thanks alot. depending on the answer to this question i will be buying one tomorrow.

noX on December 28, 2005 4:57 AM

I’ve the same problem as Pru (Sept. 7), but mine is a DAH-1500 (branded as Unimade i-cube here in Spain). Something annoying, I suppose it must be making-process related.

I’m going to replace it (but with the same, i love this cube), anyway I found that page and the same incident. Any new idea about our problem?Software or hardware related?

Thanks !

Tarra on December 31, 2005 3:14 PM

I love it!Got it for christmas and I’m loving every detail! The only thing that I would change are the earphones that com attached to the necklace, it’s so hard to get the bloody things to stay in your ears!Already have 136 songs and still going! The display screen is so wicked too! It displays EVERYTHING! You can even get the time!I’m completely satisfied with this product!

people on January 3, 2006 6:35 PM

hello,yes the songs you downloaded from arez or limewire will work i see no reason why they wouldnt.

Angie on January 10, 2006 1:19 AM

I was wondering if, over time, do the earphones get messed up because of the repeated unplugging to charge the player? I am thinking of purchasing one soon, is it a good buy overall? Thanks!

WesFX on January 10, 2006 10:47 PM

Angie, they shouldn’t get messed up; it would take years of constant (24/7) plugging and unplugging to mess it (or any properly constructed head phone jack) up.I had a similar problem with the first one I got, it was similar to these, where I probably could have fixed it by holding Play and pressing the Reset pin at the same time, but I’ve already returned it, and the one I have hasn’t had a single problem. I love this thing.Also, like someone mentioned earlier, some of the files aren’t picked up as playable (I had them in folders by their artist’s name), but once I put them all (the ones that didn’t show up) in a single folder, they show up. If anybody knows a way around this, I would greatly appreciate it.Sorry for the run-on post, but in the 3rd through 5th posts, you discuss FM transmitters. My brother has an iPod and an iTrip, and I was wonder if in the 5th post, AX was referring to using the iTrip on his iPod, or using it on his DAH 1500/i/s?

Lucas on January 11, 2006 8:16 AM

I bought the DAH-1500.The player are not turning on! I tried to plug it on my PC and the windows system did not recognize the player. What can i do?

Nickk on January 17, 2006 3:33 PM

i was wondering,what MP3 is better, the Mobiblu DAH-1500i, available only in the US, or the Mobiblu DAH-1500? The DAH-1500i can play DRM, has faster USB transfer, playlists, SRS WOW, and voice recording. The DAH-1500 is said to have less problems with folders, as the songs are in alphabetical order. I live in Canada, which means the only MP3 available is a DAH-1500, at The Source. So would it be worth it to order a DAH-1500i from the US, or just to go to my local store and buy the DAH-1500?

Tricia on January 18, 2006 6:41 AM

I am having problems getting my DAH-1500 to turn on. I charged it via the USB port, and the screen showed the battery as full, but once I disconnect it from the cable it turns off and will not do anything. I tried holding the play button down (for a good while) and still nothing. I bought it from the electronics market in Seoul, and don’t really want to make the trip back up there (not even sure they have a return policy). Any suggestions to get this sucker to turn on?

Crystal on January 18, 2006 12:20 PM

I love my MobiBlu, but like a few other comments I’ve read, my computer won’t recognize the device. My fiancee’s computer will, and I don’t know why. We both have Dell computers that are the same model. I don’t know how to make it work.

chris on January 18, 2006 2:16 PM

dont get mine does not work one little bit i got it yesterday and i charged it all night and still nothing happens

chris on January 18, 2006 2:18 PM

can some1 help me out plz????????peace out :-)

glor on January 24, 2006 3:22 PM

omgomgomg can someone help me please thank youim having problems with charging my mobicube. i still havent been able to play it yet and im getting extremely anxious and ticked off. when i charge the cube with the computer it goes to the “ready” image with one cuomputer and 3 other things. and i left iot there for 3 hrs and it didnt workand then i tried with my friends ipod plug charger thinger the lcd screen goes to the weird mobiblu music note thing and starts playing music. and obviously i downloaded music by accident when i charged it with my computer. and i would liek to know, is it reall y charging when the lcd screen is like that or am i just exploding my cubes battery ?eeh please help!

Tricia on January 29, 2006 8:41 PM

I posted on the 18th of Jan regarding my player not charging. I was finally able to charge it once I brought it in to my office and plugged it in while I was working. It works great now, and I love it. I think the problem was my computer was hibernating. Once I charged it on a computer that was in constant use, there were no problems. For those who are not able to charge, and sit at a computer all day, this might be a fix. Also, they do offer a wall plug converter you can buy if you would rather charge it that way. It is a fun little player, once it charges.

Joe on February 1, 2006 5:02 PM

K my computer used to recognize the cube, but then like a week ago it wasnt showing up.. i have no clue what i did and can someone answer this?

jill on February 1, 2006 8:28 PM

so i jsut bought this guarateed to work off of ebay. i am not sure if it is DOA or sometimes I can fix. I have plugged it into the back USB on two different computer, have all the software, I just cannot get this damn thing to work. The software seems to be installing properly. A question- when you go to start>programs>mp3 update it is not showinganythign other than the update. jsut kees running update over and over. god i hate this thing. it just won’t recognize a devise on my computer. ugh!!

alan hadley on February 5, 2006 1:36 AM

where do i get it in singapore any idea ?? i am sure it is in some shop!

cody on February 6, 2006 4:23 PM

this thing is a piece of crap it worked for me once and now all it does is say filke systme error, for anyone looking at these to decide weather or not to get one… go with i pod this ” madde in korea” shit isn’t worth the 300$ headache and i wish i ahd never got it. IPOD ALL THE WAY

you are a on February 20, 2006 7:43 PM

^ n00b ^

bulent on February 22, 2006 7:04 PM

my dah 1500 has some problem.file system error on screen how can I fix it?pls help

robert on February 24, 2006 7:01 AM

does any one kwow why my 1gb silver q-be doesnt have a radio or recorder. thx

jake on February 28, 2006 2:23 PM

ye i dont have i radio or recorder either? same as robert.can any1 tel me why?cheers jake.

Steven on March 1, 2006 4:37 AM

I just bought one of these in Scotland, but they are badged as Q-BE. I got the 512MB version for £25!! reduced from £75 – could have got the 1GB for £40 but no need for me.Charged it up last night, put 6 albums on it and I am currently listening away – so far so good.Only time will tell if I get any of the problems you guys with mobiblu are getting.

rie on March 7, 2006 5:54 PM

In response to Robert and Jake, the reason you dont have a recorder or radio is because you will have the DAH1500 European version. Only the US DAH1500i has the recorder and radion in addition in europe we only get 1.1 USB and the american version has USB 2.0 – go figure!!! Having said that we pay a hell of a lot less than them. The average in the UK is 40 gor a gig and about 200$ in the US – cant have everything i suppose.

Martin on March 9, 2006 11:27 AM

Can anyone help? I have a 1gb 1500i bought last Sept from USA (i live in UK). It worked fine until last week, after transfering some music I was unable to access it. I get a NO FILE message on the screen. The Radio and other functions are still working. I have tried resetting it and loading latest firmware but no luck so far.

Vitor on March 19, 2006 10:45 PM

I had the same problem, Martin. Can anyone help us?

Andy on March 20, 2006 11:48 PM

I bought the Mobilbu player 1500i in India and as per instructions in manual i connected it to laptop for 3 hours for charging. But i don’t know why the player is not turning on at all. There is no display at all. Does it require more charging time ? My computer also does not recognize it at all. please let me know how to solve the problem.

kurtasbestos on March 21, 2006 7:30 PM

I picked up a JNC SSF-8005 (the original Korean version of this thing) last year when I was in Hong Kong, and for at least a few months, it worked great and I loved it. But occasionally the screen would be covered with random garbage and messed-up text. The more I used it, the more this happened. Now it won’t turn on, won’t charge, I get the SKYLARK-II problem, and none of the solutions here have helped. I don’t really need an MP3 player since I’m stubborn and still use minidiscs, but it would be nice to have one for working out, and I absolutely refuse to buy an iPod. Has anyone had any luck with the MobiBLU DAH-1500i? Is it at least slightly more reliable than the 1500? Or should I just abandon all hope and stick with my minidiscs?

Colin on March 22, 2006 7:01 PM

Does anyone know if there is another means of charging the battery other than connecting it to my pc? i.e. a direct link to the mains?

kucho on March 23, 2006 1:16 AM

Same problem that Martin and Victor here with a q-be (european dha-1500i). I’m going to send it to repair as it looks like it has no solution. Now it is a very expensive usb keychain with fm…

captain d on March 31, 2006 9:56 AM

Hello, can anybody help me?I have just bought a q-be 1gb from supportplus and after trying to put some mp3s on it I have the message “file system error” and it will not play anything. I have tried the manual reset but this doesn’t seem to help.

Dannika on April 2, 2006 4:58 PM

♥Ok, I read all of the comments about resetting the cube, but they don’t seem to help. For some reason, my 512mg DAH-1500 cube won’t play mp3′s, only WMA’s. Whenever i try to play my precious mp3′s, it shows that wierd little note thing on the screen (the one it shows when it turns off or on), and then goes back to the song it was on when i turned it on. I have tried holding the play button and reset button, but it dosn’t do anything. I even tried taking everything off and putting it back on. I seem to have lost my manual as well. PLEASE help me!♥

Caio on April 3, 2006 7:37 AM

DO NOT BUY THIS PIECE OF CRAP.I bought two of them – the 1 gig version – one for me, one for my girlfriend. My girlfriend’s doesn’t even turn on anymore – it gives me that stupid SKYLARK-II message when I plug it on my computer. Mine keeps resetting itself, and the battery lasts for about 2 hours. And that’s after FOUR MONTHS OF USE! I tried getting some support from mobibluamerica.com, but they didn’t even answer my emails. I REPEAT, DO NOT BUY THIS.

Danny Corcoran on April 5, 2006 3:23 AM

Hey all you Dudes and Dudettes out there. Chill out! The Mobiblu is an excellent player! Due to the many, many features it has, one has to expect a sometimes steeper learning curve in operating a device such as this. Yep, the IPod Shuffle is easy to operate, but what does it do for other than play one song at a time and try to force you to buy Itunes.Here is a site that will explain many of the issues that have been listed on this site.http://ww.mobibluamerica.com/faq_dah1500i.htmlAs far as the hold button staying ON—–I betya you did not eliminate the copy protect check mark in the options menu on your media player. The songs seem to be transferred but in reality, only the titles are on the device, therefore it stays in pause mode.Anyway, I really think that the Mobiblu is a very good product. Read the book, look on the net, be a little patient (not in a hospital) and you will quickly understand the many, many functions on this amazing player. Nope, I do not work for Mobiblu but have been an Electrical/Electronics Engineer for nearly 35 years and can tell you this little baby packs a punch. Yea I know, anybody that got their degree that many years ago must be pretty old! I am, but count backwards and you will quickly see that my college days were in the late sixties and early seventies (You Know, the age of free love and plenty of smoke)Everybody Take Care “Crazy Cajun”

Dannika on April 7, 2006 12:01 AM

♥I would still like to know how to make my cube play, please help me!!!!!♥

Caio on April 7, 2006 10:44 PM

DO NOT BELIEVE DANNY CORCORAN’S LIES!My other DAH-1500 has just died. After FOUR MONTHS of about 7 hours/week of use. That’s 112 hours of use. Wow.I never abused it, I only recharged it when there was absolutely no power left on the battery and it died with me. Plus, the paint was starting to chip. Unbelievable!

spoon on April 9, 2006 8:24 PM

Just bought e 1500i mobiblu. I get the USB Device not Recognized error message like several people have. I really want to use this player, but it looks to be defective. I tried several different drivers for this, none work and it hasn’t even turned on yet, so I’m not hopeful… back to Walmart it goes. Just going to use my PSP for MP3s from now on.. despite it’s large size… oh well.Man, if MobiBlu had better support and less defectives they could really take on the competition with ease… TO MOBIBLU… SPEND YOUR MONEY ON QUALITY CONTROL AND TECH SUPPORT OR END UP LIKE THE CREATIVE RIO INSTEAD OF THE IPOD!

vanessa on April 16, 2006 11:14 AM

ok i have a mobiBLU DAH-1500i and i had to go back and get two others because the first one broke cuz it got to cold and on the second one i tryed turning on the radio the first time i turned it on it would restart it like a computer and the one i have now wont even turn on and im about to take it back and just ask for my money back cuz im starting to think this thing just isnt worth the money cuz the last too i have had didnt work on the second day, u have to charge them like a day first, ao yea im a lil ticked at the creaters of mobiBLU

asdf on April 18, 2006 10:21 AM

I’m trying to decide between this and the I-pod Nano, and I’m having trouble. This is mainly because because the MobiBlu cube seems to be a great piece of technology, but it seems incredibly unreliable. The Nano, on the other hand, is a little pricey and I’ve heard bad things about its longevity as well, what with screen breakage and whatnot… so I’d like to know if anybody can tell me whether this is an issue of a number of defective devices or something wrong with the product (the Cube) itself.

Nora on April 22, 2006 2:06 AM

I bought a mobi blu for my daughter, she’s had it for four months, no problems. The only thing we have not figured out is how to organize music–any tips?

euro _ sparky on April 22, 2006 12:25 PM

I bought my mobiblu 1500 in aug 05 from advancedmp3 it lasted 3 months ,it had all the same problems everyone else here has had so i sent it back and it was exchanged which was nice.and guess what the new one is doing the same , reset it it’s ok for a time .now i just use it as a dice ;-)

carlos on April 23, 2006 8:46 PM

I have a question, anyone please help, my cube just died, last time I updated my music, I added a few songs to it, and when I got to the gym, it said it didn`t have any files, so, when I got home I plugged it in and after that it didn`t come on anymore, now it would not come on at all, I tried to reset it and still nothing, someone please help!!!!

carlos on April 23, 2006 8:48 PM

someone please help, my cube is dead! I added a few songs to it first, when I got to the gym it said it didn`t have any songs, so I waited and when I got home I plugged it in to recharge it and then when I tried to make it come on it wouldn`t do it, I don`t know what to do anymore, it would not come on, I tried to reset it and still would not work, someone please help!!!

carlos on April 23, 2006 8:49 PM

someone please help, my cube is dead! I added a few songs to it first, when I got to the gym it said it didn`t have any songs, so I waited and when I got home I plugged it in to recharge it and then when I tried to make it come on it wouldn`t do it, I don`t know what to do anymore, it would not come on, I tried to reset it and still would not work, someone please help!!!

Cathy on April 27, 2006 7:23 PM

If you guys didn’t realize that the cube doesn’t support ID3. You have to rename the actual file name not the ID3 Tag thing. Then it will work in alphabetical order.

Cathy on April 27, 2006 7:23 PM

If you guys didn’t realize that the cube doesn’t support ID3. You have to rename the actual file name not the ID3 Tag thing. Then it will work in alphabetical order.

Cathy on April 27, 2006 7:54 PM

Whoops double post

ml on April 30, 2006 6:40 PM

If you are experiencing the problem where it starts and does nothing at all or just restarts over and over, there is a description of a fix you can try here:http://mork.ca/archives/64-Fixed-my-Mobiblu.html

none on May 1, 2006 4:30 PM

the problem with mine is that you cant here anything all that happens is that it turns on but no earphones work its not in hold that what i want to know whats the problem.

mman on May 10, 2006 9:06 PM

where can I change my battery??

Jeff on May 11, 2006 4:47 AM

opening the unit isnt terrible,make sure to keep the front shell separated from the screenand have the screen’s ribbon attatched before you re-instert the base piece.i havent replaced my battery as of yet, but as soon as it runs out you can bet ill test out replacing it (mine is pressed together within some sort of foilish looking casing, not shrinkwrapped plastic like the image)i wish we would have had a simple firmware upgrade, but i havent upgraded mine once as it came with 100.100.105 (.ogg would have been wonderful.. but hard to hope too much for..)all that said, i’m happy with it.. fairly inexpensive- fairly resilient, works fine.. my only real concern at this point is battery life…

Greg on May 14, 2006 6:51 PM

Just ordered the 1gb 1500, i hope it lives up to expectations….( im sure it will my needs include being small and mp3 playback :) )

jin on May 16, 2006 1:26 PM

i have lost the cable that lets me charge the cube and transfer songs to and from it!!(usb to 3.5 jack)im so stuck?!?does anybody know wher i can get a replacement cable from (uk)?somebody please help me!

EnzoTen on May 16, 2006 2:51 PM

Jin,Check out this thread in the MobiBLU Fourms.

jackadeee on May 20, 2006 5:56 PM

are these for sale in the u.k and if so wot shops??// please write bak n e one want one bad

Michael on May 21, 2006 6:19 PM

Hello,My device started delivering some troubles:Display disarranges, suddenly stops, sometimes the songs down pitch (slow) even when the battery charge is full.I don’t know what to do, I love the product but I’m concerned since is not reliable anymore.What should I do, please recommend me something.I’ve got it as a present from a friend who travelled to Korea time ago so I don’t know where to send it to be fixed in Germany, and if it’s going to be expensive.Kind regards,Michael

EnzoTen on June 20, 2006 11:26 PM

The comments are approaching several hundred in count and are becomming an unorganized mess of information.Please visit the our MobiBLU Cube Forum for lots of great organized information.Comments Closed…

Marie on October 7, 2007 4:07 PM

I got the mobiblu cube as a gift and I think it works wonderful for such a small device. Although my headphones stopped working in one ear. I have been using other headphones, but I like the convenience of the necklace. Does anyone know how I can get new headphones for it?The mobibluamerica site is not working any longer. Thanks.

Evan on October 9, 2007 9:31 PM

Hey marie do you still have your upgrade disk

jarts on October 19, 2007 2:42 AM

i have 1 gig of this cube . but i cant open it anymore . maybe the battery is damaged

e-okul on May 20, 2008 7:05 PM

Hey marie do you still have your upgrade disk

rick on August 10, 2008 5:04 AM

Mine doesnt seem to get conected to the computer. I cant figure out wats worng with my mobiblue i30.I mean i can charge it and everything but ya the file doesnt pop up and the computer starts freesing and shit….Can anyone help me???????????

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