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Forum: Zen 12-06-2009, 03:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,430
Posted By mattcro
The Zen's earphone amp isn't particularly...

The Zen's earphone amp isn't particularly powerful anyway, so you may have to find some in-ear isolating phones to use when travelling. I have the same problem with the in-ear phones slipping out,...
Forum: Zen 10-31-2009, 10:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,242
Posted By mattcro
Are you having trouble with the Zen MX, or is it...

Are you having trouble with the Zen MX, or is it the standard Zen?

I updated the firmware on my European Zen to the US firmware, and got all of about 4dB volume increase. This is enough of a boost...
Forum: Zen 10-20-2009, 02:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,380
Posted By mattcro
As far as I know, the Zen can only sort tracks by...

As far as I know, the Zen can only sort tracks by Artist (ie Track Artist) or Album or Track Title. The only way I know to get around this is to (laboriously) re-tag your music so that the featured...
Forum: Zen 08-30-2009, 03:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,704
Posted By mattcro
Is the battery level low? It could be that the...

Is the battery level low? It could be that the Zen restricts the display brightness if it thinks the battery is low... haven't noticed this myself though.

If it's not that, it could be the...
Forum: Zen 08-30-2009, 09:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,039
Posted By mattcro
Well, IF the SD card content was fully...

Well, IF the SD card content was fully integrated, I'd expect to find all the music on the SD card alongside all the internally stored songs (ie in the same media library), with exactly the same...
Forum: Zen 08-29-2009, 04:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,039
Posted By mattcro
As far as I know from reviews etc, the MX's SD...

As far as I know from reviews etc, the MX's SD card content is not fully integrated into the main media library, but SD functionality seems to have been improved over the regular Zen. Exactly what...
Forum: Zen 08-21-2009, 07:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,681
Posted By mattcro
I generally drag-n-drop whole albums or folders...

I generally drag-n-drop whole albums or folders of related tracks to the Zen from Windows Explorer. I've never bothered with syncing in any media manager as my Zen contents are fairly static. I tend...
Forum: Zen 08-21-2009, 07:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,474
Posted By mattcro
I haven't checked it properly, but I seem to...

I haven't checked it properly, but I seem to remember getting something like 6-7 hours battery (see edit below) life with the screen on (player not locked) at the lowest brightness, continuous play...
Forum: Zen 08-19-2009, 03:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,591
Posted By mattcro
Are those longer tracks part of a continuous-mix...

Are those longer tracks part of a continuous-mix album, like remix/dj or live material? That's the sort of music with which you will notice a slight gap/glitch between tracks, and there's nothing you...
Forum: Zen 08-16-2009, 06:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,414
Posted By mattcro
Most of the info you need should be buried in the...

Most of the info you need should be buried in the FAQ thread somewhere... the following is for the regular Zen. I don't know about Zen MX or Zen X-Fi.
* Zen can play MP3 up to 320kbps and WMA up to...
Forum: Zen 08-05-2009, 02:53 PM
Replies: 56
Sticky: Zen FAQ
Views: 109,993
Posted By mattcro
Because I am an omniscient Zen Master, that's...

Because I am an omniscient Zen Master, that's how. :rolleyes:

How do I know what? I let the Zen fully charge, then I measured the current into the USB connector with a multimeter. Then I wrote a...
Forum: Zen 08-04-2009, 02:36 PM
Replies: 56
Sticky: Zen FAQ
Views: 109,993
Posted By mattcro
Only took about 15mins, unless you include a full...

Only took about 15mins, unless you include a full charge cycle with the occasional glance at the ammeter.
Forum: Zen 07-27-2009, 12:53 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 725
Posted By mattcro
The backlight does not turn off unless you lock...

The backlight does not turn off unless you lock the player (slide the power switch towards the headphones socket). It's a strange design choice to have the screen stay lit, because almost every other...
Forum: Zen 07-08-2009, 05:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 24,930
Posted By mattcro
There are instructions for updating the firmware...

There are instructions for updating the firmware on the webpage linked to in the first post of this thread. You have to download the firmware installer from Creative and run it after connecting your...
Forum: Zen 07-03-2009, 03:01 PM
Replies: 56
Sticky: Zen FAQ
Views: 109,993
Posted By mattcro
I was curious about the Zen's power consumption...

I was curious about the Zen's power consumption in various modes/states, so I've done a bit more experimenting...

Max current draw from USB charger approx 350mA during battery charge.
This tapers...
Forum: Zen 06-22-2009, 05:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,411
Posted By mattcro
To rate a song that is playing on the Zen, just...

To rate a song that is playing on the Zen, just press the centre/select button of the navigation pad and you will see a row of stars below the track info. Press the up/down buttons to change the...
Forum: Zen 06-22-2009, 04:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,070
Posted By mattcro
My Zen 16GB (firmware 1.21.03) stays in the...

My Zen 16GB (firmware 1.21.03) stays in the sleep/standby mode for approx 2 hours, then switches off completely (that 's the brief flash of light from the screen that some people have reported). It...
Forum: Zen 06-18-2009, 04:50 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 923
Posted By mattcro
There is no dock as such for the Zen, as it does...

There is no dock as such for the Zen, as it does not have a dock connector nor a line out. I think someone makes a cradle that has a mini-USB and 3.5mm plug so you can connect the Zen to a...
Forum: Zen 06-18-2009, 04:39 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,386
Posted By mattcro
The actual volume you will get from the Zen...

The actual volume you will get from the Zen depends more on the sensitivity of the phones. For the same sensitivity (measured in dB at 1mW, decibels at 1 milliwatt) 64ohm phone will be a bit quieter...
Forum: Zen 06-04-2009, 02:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,306
Posted By mattcro
I've always noticed a slight truncation of videos...

I've always noticed a slight truncation of videos so I did some experiments with frame/sync numbers video clips of up to 15 secs generated in Sony Vegas, rendered to WMV9 and MPEG4 AVI (ffdshow) and...
Forum: Zen 05-27-2009, 04:48 AM
Replies: 56
Sticky: Zen FAQ
Views: 109,993
Posted By mattcro
On top of that, the Zen's internal charging...

On top of that, the Zen's internal charging circuitry will regulate the charge current to exactly what's required by the battery, and cut off the charge current when the battery is full, regardless...
Forum: Zen 05-25-2009, 03:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,171
Posted By mattcro
You might be able to polish the screen to remove...

You might be able to polish the screen to remove the scratches. Look for applesauce (iPod polish) and similar screen restorer products.
Forum: Zen 05-25-2009, 03:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,075
Posted By mattcro
One problem with a single huge file containing...

One problem with a single huge file containing the entire book is that it's difficult to jump into the book at a particular point (chapter). At least with a playlist of separate files you can easily...
Forum: Zen 05-22-2009, 04:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,149
Posted By mattcro
It's a combination of voltage and current - for a...

It's a combination of voltage and current - for a given set of phones, increasing the signal voltage will increase the current proportionally, and therefore the power too (power = voltage x current,...
Forum: Zen 05-08-2009, 02:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,296
Posted By mattcro
You can get the Zen 16GB new from Argos for 98...

You can get the Zen 16GB new from Argos for 98 and Amazon UK is similar, so it's hardly worth going for a refurb from Creative UK (90 for 16GB refurb). I got my 16GB Zen from Argos about 9 months...
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