Frontier Labs – nexblack



I know it’s not an ipod… but I’m looking forward to hearing some word when Fronteir Labs releases their “Nexblack”. For background…. the nexblack is priced at around $89 (at the frontier labs store), but I’ve found $69 here. It’s a portable mp3/wma/wma with drm/ogg player (according to the spec sheet.) It uses AA batteries (2), has built-in recording, uses compactflash cards and according to the spec sheet will have a line-in (line-in recording as well). It also will have fm radio functions.


A year – or two ago, I was looking for a relatively low priced mp3 player that would use compactflash, standard off the shelf batteries and play ogg files (recording too was a looked for feature.) I bought the Nexia player from frontier labs. It was ~50-65 dollars or so at the time, it didn’t play ogg, but they thought future firmware would make that possible, and it used AA batteries, compactflash, had good battery life (14-20 hours?) It also has a little microphone for recording (recording clips of my 4 year old was one of the goals..)

Anyway, unfortunately OGG support has never materialized (processor too slow or too little internal memory (I can’t recall which)), Frontier labs support has been excellent though. I had problems transfering directly under Linux (which is something I anticipated – that’s one reason why I looked for a compactflash player). I was sent firmware to try for that and a problem with the fm tuning (non-existent). Several firmware updates and the player was very stable, linux could see it and read/write fairly well, but still no radio. They offered to have me ship for repair, but I declined because fm tuning wasn’t a big priority for me and I didn’t like the thought of giving it up for that long.

Since then I’ve collected a few more compactflash cards (had about 4 then, probably 8 or so now), some have spanish news shows downloaded from shortwave broadcasters for me to work on my spanish listening skills, others are filled with music (one genre or another). Again, it’s no ipod with many GB of space (unless you have a compactflash or microdrive with many GB of space to plug in…) But it’s modular, less than $100, runs on standard batteries and is good at what it does.

I’m curious to hear how the nexblack goes when it comes out. The line-in recording would be a nice improvement over the current nexia I’ve got and IF OGG really is supported too, that might tip me towards upgrading to the new one. It also looks like there may be support for larger compactflash devices (nexia I think has problems above 2GB if I recall correctly.) Anyway, it should be released sometime this month from what I see.

Related Posts

Blog Traffic Exchange Related Posts
  • Sansa Clip Plus 8GB | Sansa Clip+ Back in the day I had got a Frontier Labs Audio player... it was the Nexia predecessor to the nexblack. It really was a pretty good music player. It supported compactflash for storage (no interntal storage.) It used double A batteries and had real buttons. MP3 was the primary audio......
  • Mustek ScanExpress A3 USB 1200 Pro Scanners... I had a nice microtek scanner that for the last year has refused to work and I decided to replace it. I have a project coming up that would require scanning some larger format pages so I was really pleased to find a $165 A3 scanner (usually the larger......
  • Is it a Hardware Problem or a Software Problem? Last night I was working with an older HP laptop and things hit the fan very quickly. I discovered I couldn't write a file to disk and before I knew it the system had thrown up to a black screen and needed the power cut to reboot. I immediately realized......
Blog Traffic Exchange Related Websites
  • 45 Records Collectables -> Radio, Phonograph, TV, Phone -> Phonographs, Accessories Many of us remember, and many of us still own, 45 records. While all vinyl records went out of vogue in the 1980s thanks to the popularity of digital media sources, vinyl records are still manufactured and sold though mostly for......
  • 2009 Offense Preview What To Know: With Harvin and Murphy gone, the offense is going to be missing their sure thing stars for receiving, but there is plenty of speed to be burned at running back and so the line should be able to grow into something that is terrific. The quarterback situation......
  • How Acoustic Bass Guitars Work The acoustic bass guitar can be viewed as a deeper brother of the standard western style guitar. The acoustic bass guitar is definitely related to the guitarrons that Mexican mariachi bands use, but they are also different in their own right. They are different in a number of ways that......
www.pdf24.org    Send article as PDF   

Similar Posts


See what happened this day in history from either BBC Wikipedia
Search:
Keywords:
Amazon Logo

One Response to “Frontier Labs – nexblack”

  1. Boas Nielsen Says:


    I’ve contacted Frontier Labs, and they informed me that the NexBlack-player should be released in Europe end of february 2006.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.


Switch to our mobile site