iRiver T30

The T30 is a basic player by iRiver standards.


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Although they're often considered well designed and comprehensive, iRiver's digital music players can also be somewhat complicated. By the company's standards, the 512MB T30 is rather straightforward both in appearance and operation. The big attraction for this streamlined version of the iRiver T10 is its price. The 256MB version retails for AU$169, the 512MB version for AU$199, and the 1GB version is available for AU$269.

Design
At 63.5mm by 33mm by 23mm and weighing 28 grams, the iRiver T30 is ideal for using while working out. Slip it into a shirt pocket, and you'll hardly notice it's there. The dull black and silver plastic case of our 512MB test model isn't particularly striking -- the 1GB version is a little more stunning in red -- and the player lacks the joystick controls found on other flash-based iRiver devices. But the T30's simplicity will appeal to MP3 novices.

The most common compliant regarding iRiver's players has been the abstruse, techie user interface. Operating the T30, however, is fairly straightforward: Press and hold the Menu button to access the Browser (the music directory), the recording settings, and the system settings. Some users, though, will still balk at having to decode the process of setting up shuffle/repeat modes.

Features
The iRiver T30 plays MP3, OGG and DRM-protected WMA files and is otherwise a pretty basic player. You get voice and line-in recording, though unlike the more advanced T10, it has no FM tuner. This is a little strange to us, as an FM tuner seems like the more basic feature to have. The T30 also offers SRS effects, a five-band user-defined EQ and the ability to control playback speed.

Performance
Although the 90dB signal-to-noise ratio is the norm for this type of device, music sounds very good with a set of decent headphones. The included earbuds are above average, offering better-than-expected bass response, but they're a bit uncomfortable. At 18mW per channel, playback is plenty loud with a pair of full-size Koss UR-40 headphones.

In CNET Labs' tests, the iRiver T30 reached 21.67 hours of continuous playback on an AAA battery -- not bad but short of iRiver's claims of 24 hours. The player scored an average transfer speed of 1.67MB per second over a USB 2.0 connection.

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Marlene from Mullaloo
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Marlene from Mullaloo posted a review   

I got mine for xmas a few years ago used it for a while and put it in a drawer and forgot about it. I recently rediscovered it and am very pleased with the sound quality it is even better than dare I say, the over priced fruit product. it weighs nothing and is easy to port in yer bag or in your pocket. I just need to replace the usb cable, mine went walkies. I can get one from honkers for $1.25 and $4.99 postage..lol..i just listened to Tubular Bells on it...must have loaded that up when I first got it..lol. sounds crisp and clear. a Good rediscovery.

Andrew B
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Andrew B posted a review   
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The Good:Extremely Light, Quick, Great Sound Quality, It may last a long time!!!

The Bad:Battery Life (Lasts for 2 hours for me!), No Fm Radio

Till this day, my iRiver T30 stills works!! But I don't think you can buy them anymore! :(

Wayne King
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Wayne King posted a review   

The Good:>The buttons were on the side so ther was no real need for the 'Hold' switch (even in your pocket) but it was still there!

>It *comes* with a neck strap that u can adjust to become a wrist strap!

> The Hilarious "do not" pictures that came in the manual!

>Uses and came with a standard Mini-USB cable that my phone uses but didint come with!!!

>Sub-Folder

>Drag-and Drop!

The Bad:>No Video Doesnt count because its an *MP3* player!!

>No Radio (i didnt mind though because i *download* music like a normal person!

WOW OMG!!! The Berst Player Ever!!! Until I lost It!!! :(

mrv
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mrv posted a review   

the best player ever

weng
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weng posted a review   

The Good:awesome sound quality even better when paired with hi quality headphones. easy to use inside your pocket man. scratch resistance screen. battery life was amazing. the line in and recording was unbealieveable can get songs w/out a pc. cool man!! Tons of good things to say about this little gadget.

The Bad:the plastic cover of the usb. that all

i lost my t30 and i miss it very much, I've used other mp3s and i have to say that t30 has the best sound quality of them all. 3a batt. pop a new batt. no need to wait for charging time by the way i use rechargeable batt. pop a new one and recharge the other one. Man thats nonestop!!!!

weng
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weng posted a review   

The Good:awesome sound quality even better when paired with hi quality headphones. easy to use inside your pocket man. scratch resistance screen. battery life was amazing. the line in and recording was unbealieveable can get songs w/out a pc. cool man!! Tons of good things to say about this little gadget.

The Bad:the plastic cover of the usb. that all

i lost my t30 and i miss it very much, I've used other mp3s and i have to say that t30 has the best sound quality of them all. 3a batt. pop a new batt. no need to wait for charging time by the way i use rechargeable batt. pop a new one and recharge the other one. Man thats nonestop!!!!

Vacz
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Vacz posted a review   

The Good:Great sound-quality, line-in works with non-electret mic, very fast transfer rate (3,6Mb/s write, 4,2 Mb/s read)

The Bad:no FM here in Europe, must powered on, while USB connect

Great DAP with excellent recording features! The 320kbps line-in quality is still good enough to record a gig from the master-out, including guitars, keyboard, drums, etc. It can also be used with a non-electret microphone, however the signal needs to be normalized.

jeunber
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jeunber posted a review   

The Good:» sound is amazing
» feature is full pack
» great battery life
» upgradable firmware
» price is affordabe and a truly value for your money
... so what more could you ask for ...

The Bad:» buttons and interface at face seems annoying and confusing but it's just a matter of practice, you'll get used to it...

Simply superb !!!

drongo
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drongo posted a review   

Sounds great,small does every thing I want and cheap!

jeff-n-jenny
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jeff-n-jenny posted a review   

The Good:Size, battery, mine was $5 with $16 shipping off EBay

The Bad:Navigation issues- lots of them, stock headphones, USB port cover won't last long, Appears pretty disposable, I don't think this will function well as a jump drive- unit needs to be powered 'on' in order to run the USB connection.

This is for the T30 512mb Model. I bought off ebay as refurbished with factory warranty for $20 from IRiver. Unit is very small and light, head phones are throw away, back light is good though small. AAA batteries are a good deal to not have to deal with memory issues on charging an internal battery source. Navigation is a little tricky- it will not always go to normal play mode after disconnecting the USB connection. I need to remove the battery and restart the unit 50% of the time. Hard to navigate from recording mode to music play mode. Has a lock-out mode to prevent accidental button pushing. The USB rubber cover will not last very long- pretty thin piece of rubber, which could expose USB connection and then damage the plug-in port. Over all- I wouldn't pay more than I did for this. I used to have a Creative Nomad with no screen, which is helpful, but that things navigation and predictibility was much much better than this. I got that one free from Comcast when I signed up with them for cable.
But hey- I paid $21, what can you expect?


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User Reviews / Comments  iRiver T30

  • Marlene from Mullaloo

    Marlene from Mullaloo

    Rating10

    "I got mine for xmas a few years ago used it for a while and put it in a drawer and forgot about it. I recently rediscovered it and am very pleased with the sound quality it is even better than dare..."

  • Andrew B

    Andrew B

    Rating7

    "Till this day, my iRiver T30 stills works!! But I don't think you can buy them anymore! :("

  • Wayne King

    Wayne King

    Rating10

    "WOW OMG!!! The Berst Player Ever!!! Until I lost It!!! :("

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