MPIO FY700 Review

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The FY700 is a flash based mp3 player that is available in 512MB, 1GB, and 2GB sizes and supports MP3, WMA, WMA DRM, and ASF audio files. This UMS player also packs in FM, FM recording, voice recording, 5 band EQ, and adjustable playback speed, to name the majority.

The FY700 has the same feature set as MPIO’s family of MP3 players, but with the FY700 they really took a unique approach to this player, making the design a function of the player. This distinctive practical design won MPIO Innovations 2006 Design and Engineering Award of CES.


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Accessories

The FY700 includes: install CD (for older computers), manual, standard USB cable, earbuds, bottom cover, and a AAA battery. Optional attachments are also available, such as a carabineer clip, band strap, and lanyard.

Design

The player weighs in at 29.5g (without battery) and measures 32.5 x 84 x 13.2mm. The housing is constructed of a hard scratch resistant plastic. Despite the entire outside being made of plastic it feels very solid and well built.

The player includes a bottom cap which can be removed and replaced with three other attachments: a carabineer clip, band strap, or lanyard. These accessories create three other unique ways for you to interact with this player’s physical design. I commend MPIO for thinking differently and creating a unique design that is worthy of the CES Innovations 2006 Design and Engineering Award.

User Interface

MPIO made a slight sacrifice choosing design over function when it came to the buttons and controls. The controls take some time to get acclimated to since the user interface is based on a 4-way directional control, but it is not set up in the standard “up-down-left-right” pattern like their previous players.

Since the player’s menus are very simple to begin with, it is not a big deal. Changing these controls would change the esthetics of this player.

Features

Voice Recording

The voice recording offers MP3 recording at three different bitrates: 32, 48, and 64kbps. It also has VOR or Voice Operated Recording where as it will record only when noise is detected. Additionally, you are able to set the record gain depending on the environment you are in. For instance you could use this feature to tweak the gain to accommodate a classroom lecture.

FM/FM Recording

The FM radio offers features such as auto presets, country selection, seek step adjustments, and recording.

The MPIO FY700 uses the headphone input as an external antenna which does give it good reception, but what helps the good reception is the ability to tune the seek step to 50khz. This allows you to advance a half increment of typical FM tuning. For example, you can tune to 101.35 not just 101.3 to 101.4.

Like the voice recording you have the ability to select three different bitrates of 64, 96, and 128kbps to record radio stations. When recording at 128kbps the playback is indistinguishable from the original broadcast.

Other Features

Some of the other features worth a quick mention include, the ability to delete files, resume, and playback speed adjustment (50% to 200% in 25% increments).

Battery

The player runs on a single AAA battery. MPIO rates the battery at 20 hours. My tests indicated that it fell a bit short, but typical of rated verses real world tests. The FY700 played easily through two 8 hour work days, but didn’t go much further.

From past experience with AAA powered MP3 players, you could probably extend this player’s battery life beyond the rated 20 hours if you used a lithium AAA battery. Though expensive, they make a big difference.

Audio Playback

The sound quality of the FY700 is very good for a flash player. It sounds very similar to the MPIO ONE, which is one of the better sounding flash players on the
market. Most notably the FY700 produces a clean low end, producing bass very well.

However, the FY700 does not use the same Wolfson processor the ONE uses; it uses an audio chip manufactured by ALI who also makes audio chips for motherboards.

The EQ has eight different settings: normal, pop, rock, jazz, classical, vocal, bass boost and user defined. All settings are very responsive, including a 5 band user adjustable EQ.

Conclusion

In a market where one company tries to trump another company with features and capacity, MPIO took a side step and went a different direction to create a player with a solid electronic set as well as a unique physical set of features.

The only fault I would assign to the player is that the navigation controls are not so intuitive and take some time to get used to.

Does only having one major fault make it the best? It could be the best to someone and their life style but not to others. This is why ABi does not put numerical ratings on their reviews. We provide the strengths and weaknesses of each player to ultimately allow you to decide if it is the best player for you as an individual.

Purchase

The MPIO FY700 will be available soon in the US. Expected pricing will be $89.99 for the 512MB version and $119.99 for the 1GB version. Pricing is not yet available for the 2GB version. Stay tuned…

Pros

  • Solid Build
  • Good Sound
  • Solid Feature Set
  • UMS

Cons

  • Button Layout

25 Comments

Yeshai on April 10, 2006 10:30 PM

Thank you,I like this review. :) Yeshai

Mikael on April 10, 2006 11:00 PM

“My testes indicated that it fell a bit short….”Testes Ehh……Have you got something to tell us?

EnzoTen on April 10, 2006 11:28 PM

ha… what a wrong place to have a typo… thats pretty funny

Moe on April 11, 2006 8:02 AM

MPIO have another gem

Kelvin on April 11, 2006 1:35 PM

can you make your own playlists? better yet on the go playlists?

michikal on April 11, 2006 9:22 PM

On the last picture, it says “anythinbutipod.com”. That ain’t the URL.

ttx on April 12, 2006 9:27 PM

voice record quality? how much can it record continuously?

MusicOnly on May 7, 2006 9:48 PM

Does anyone know when the 2GB version is going to be available?

MusicOnly on May 10, 2006 3:20 AM

Never mind the 2GB version–when is ANY version going to be available in the US?

shuot on May 21, 2006 9:13 PM

How the FY700 compares to the FY500 and FY600 ?All these models have comparable prices and it’s quite hard to make a choice.Bye!

verus1 on June 7, 2006 5:53 PM

Sounds like an interesting feature set. I might be interested in picking one up as a backup/FM Recorder (my sansa e250 can only record 1.43hrs at a whack. sigh..) if it’s resonably priced. So, any Idea when they are coming out? I googled it, but no one is selling them quite yet.Thanks

Phoenix on June 29, 2006 12:23 PM

Bought this for my 12 year old son and he loves it. Great player, funky design. Available in Canada at this point. Bought it at Future Shop 512Mb for $89.99 Canadian.Worth it.

Gabor the Hun on July 8, 2006 12:33 AM

I absolutly need a 2GB version. Where can I get it?…why do I always need what is not available???Gabor the Hun

Eric on July 16, 2006 9:54 PM

I bought this player and I just love it. The sound quality is great and I absolutely adore the unique design. However, I am experiencing one problem, the player sorts the songs in the exact order you download it. New songs added would appear at the end of the list and not alphabetically.Help would be appreciated if there was a way to fix this problem.

deidra on August 11, 2006 9:48 AM

i think mp3 players are compplicated but u can go any where with them i also think they should make a mp3 player store just for them so u can go and see em all insteade of wandering and looking for them in tvs and other stuff i hope they do that! and i have a question how do u download songs on to the mp3 player i wish there was this one page with a couple tips on how to download some songs on ur mp3! and last thing the mpio mp3 players are awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Martian on August 15, 2006 12:37 AM

It’s made of SERIOUS scratch resistant plastic, i speak from experience. The navigation controls r pretty ez to use after u play around with it for a few minutes.

junp on August 26, 2006 7:01 AM

It would have been nice if it had ogg playback supportlike the fy600.

Diego on September 3, 2006 6:15 PM

Guys, where can I buy the necklace and all the accessories ? ?? IT’s impossible to find any of them.PLease if you know a website that sells them post it here

uj on October 11, 2006 3:38 PM

do you know where i can buy a fy700 2 gb in mexico city

JistheONE on November 14, 2006 6:05 PM

“However, the FY700 does not use the same Wolfson processor the ONE uses;”Correction, the Mpio ONE has no wolfson chip, it uses a philips chip. I’ve seen mine and can prove it. I bought it thinking it had wolfson, now I still have yet to hear a real woflson chip player.

George Shrinks on November 25, 2006 4:18 PM

Great review, I am convinced to get this one!

3deluxe on January 25, 2007 3:35 PM

Hi there@ anythingbutipod.com,My problem: regarding to the official mpio online-information(specs and downloadable user-manual):http://www.mpio.com/product/productview_fy700.html?view=sand your detailed review (firmware v1.07)the FY700 should be able to encode directly to *.mp3.The model i hold in my hands (firmware v2.02) only encodes to *.wav. (like the spec description on the european shipping-box)Could this be a firmware or a chipset-issue?If it is an firmware-issue, may i downgrade to v1.07?greetings 3deluxe

DaMan on March 31, 2007 5:28 PM

My brother has the 512mb black one. The sound is good and its compact, nice to carry around, looks cool and the earphones are okay. The buttons take a while to get used to.

zhukutis on April 1, 2007 12:35 PM

My FY700 eats batteries like hell. now way it’s 20 h. I’d say, 8 h at best. I’ve tried everything, even bought new rechargeable GP 950 , still… Has anyone encountered a similar problem?

fucked sleep on May 19, 2007 4:51 AM

I can’t be bothered with anything these days. I guess it doesn’t bother me. What can I say?

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