09-15-2011 12:03 PM
At around $200 the Yamaha C24 is too expensive. I was looking at the Olympus ws700m which is only around $75. It has no tag browsing though. The ws710m has FM radio and more built in memory(8GB vs 4GB) but is around $110. These also sort files by date, rather than by title name or track number.
09-22-2011 08:04 PM
The Sony recorders ICD-PX312, ICD-AX412 and ICD-UX512 use AAA batteries and have a microSDHC card slot. These only support files up to 192kbps, but do support variable bitrate files. The PX312 has a mono mic, while the others have a stereo mic. I don't know how well these recorders work as players. I assume there is no tag browsing, only browsing by folders.
08-02-2012 08:53 AM
Try an Olympus digital voice recorder such as the Olympus WS-803 Voice Recorder. It (and the similar models) has a built in music player. The Olympus web site actually has a list of their voice recorder with built-in music players. It has a built-in FM radio. It runs 27 hours [claimed] on 1 AAA battery, it has a lcd screen, it uses a micro-sd card up to 32gb, it has a pop-out USB connection, and if you install a nickel-metal-hydride battery it will recharge the battery through the USB port. It's not too bulky either, only 1.6" x 3.9" x .6". One big advantage for me is the large controls. I often have a hard time with the tiny controls on many MP3 players. Does not remember bookmarks though. :-(
I hope this is helpful.
08-02-2012 10:26 AM
The WS-803 and WS-802 seem to have the same issues as older WS-700. There is no tag browsing, and getting the files to play in the order you want(ie. playing an album of songs in the correct order) may be an issue.
I use my Sandisk Clip+ with a Tekkeon mp1550(the newer model is mp1580) which lets me charge the player several times from 4AA nimh batteries. If the WS-802 had tag browsing I probably would have bought it already. You can download the manual for it on the Olympus website.
06-18-2013 07:57 AM
Not for everyone on this... Absolutely a player that would run on AAA batteries is much much better. Why dont they do this? Simple. Because they wouldn't be selling as many! It's like power drills. They used to sell coorded ones with a built in clutch (you know the 1-20 settings), but they stopped and only offer them in the coordless version. Why? Because they wont sell the cordless ones as often if the clutch was on the reliable coorded one. It's the same thing here; you no AAA's because people would use the same player for 10 years. Cant do that with the lithium, polymer, whatever batteries... Plus there are lots of issues with charging these things.. How much do you drain the battery first?, do you do incorrectly? if so, your battery goes bad a lot faster... That's what happens with players. if you need a player that runs on batteries (AAA) and uses a SD card, I heard you should get a portable voice recorder with a play function!
07-02-2015 09:41 AM
AA batteries aren't so bulky, especially when used one at a time. For a larger player, an easily swappable 18650 lithium ion battery would be good. It is less than twice the volume of a AA battery, but has over triple the power of a AA nimh rechargeable battery.