M-Bird XY-22 player review

A neat medium-sized white box with gray stripes turned out to be stuffed to the very edges. And not some kind of filler, but the most real components. So far, no player on the market has such a complete set! In the box were:

  • Player
  • Cresyn AX 599BL Headphones
  • Line wire
  • A lanyard to wear around the neck
  • USB to miniUSB cable
  • User's Guide
  • Software CD
  • USB to miniUSB adapter
  • Player case
  • External microphone
  • Arm brace
  • Adapter for recording telephone conversations (may be missing)

The appearance of the player most of all resembles a mixture of an old TV with a toy radio. To call the design strict is simply not the language. Original - yes, but certainly not strict. It is difficult to imagine a well-dressed person with XY22, but young people obviously do not hesitate to appear with this in public. Although, after the New Year, a black version of the color should appear, it will probably look more solid.

Small dimensions, average weight. The corners are rounded, but not too much. All design details are well emphasized. So the external speakers are one of the first to catch the eye, and the mirror edging of the display highlights it on the front side of the player. On the upper end of the case flaunts, like a crown, a chrome-plated ribbed volume control wheel.

The main body material is aluminum, from which the front and back sides are made. The end part is made of glossy plastic, and the controls are made in chrome, but the material is also made of plastic.

In terms of the number of buttons and joysticks, the XY22 is not much different from its classmates, but it has its own zest. And it in this case is a non-discrete volume wheel. When the volume wheel is rotated, no clicks are felt, and the sound level changes smoothly. To the left and right of the volume control, on the top of the case are the headphone and line-in jacks, respectively.

A four-way push joystick is located on the right side of the front panel, the on/off/play/pause button, record button and lock switch are on the bottom side of the case. Two protrusions are also made there, acting as legs, so that the player can be placed, for example, on a table. On the left side are a steel lanyard attachment and a microphone hole. On the opposite side, there is a hinged rubber plug covering the miniUSB connector and the reset button hole.

There are no complaints about the quality of the materials themselves or the build quality. Well, perhaps, just a little: the rubber flap, well, did not want to close completely after a short communication with the player. So she remained bulging with a small "hematoma" at the end.

The 1" six-line LCD color display is a little different from most other similar players. Not the most outstanding brightness (can be adjusted) and contrast. In the bright sun to see the display is not very good. Color reproduction is above average, color transitions look very smooth. The speed of the matrix used is low, although this is hardly noticeable and not always. You shouldn't expect more from CSTN. The uneven backlighting is not pleasant, which is almost immediately evident here if dark colors prevail on the screen. But you can turn on the low brightness mode, which not only almost completely removes backlight, but also significantly saves battery power, while the visibility of the image remains practically unchanged.

The interface looks nice and informative. The density of information per unit area is very high, while the characters have quite readable sizes. The clock is always displayed in the upper left corner, for some reason in the 12-hour time format, although it is set in 24-hour time. To the right are the alarm status indicator and the battery charge indicator.

The menu is designed in the same style. Each main menu item has its own background color. The menu language can be selected from several possible ones, Russian is among them. The quality of localization can be assessed as good, there are no "strange" points. The menu hierarchy is simple, you can quickly get used to it, although the total number of items is quite decent. For each of the player modes, the menu consists of its own set of items, although this can already be attributed to just one of the features.

The sound quality of the built-in speakers can only be considered in comparison with those of competitors. And here XY-22, on the one hand, looks more advantageous, on the other, not so much. There was no wheezing from the speakers even at maximum volume, and just the few majority of such players suffer from this ailment. But it’s definitely not possible to call the volume a record one - in a noisy office it will be almost inaudible.

Complete headphones - already well-known Сresyn AX 599BL. The quality of their sound quite allows them to live for some time with the owner of the player, and maybe even stay on the "permanent residence". In terms of frequencies, everything is almost even, the sound of music does not start to cut the ear from the first chords, as, indeed, after a long time. Sound isolation is mediocre, which is primarily due to the type of headphones, but there is a margin for volume. About the sound of the player itself, you can respond positively. There are no wheezing, no wheezing, no other extraneous sounds. The volume, even in the subway, is enough for the eyes (of course! - 25mW per channel!). Music, even at maximum volume, does not turn into a crazy work of an unknown author. The equalizer and surround sound effects will also not be easy to ruin the sound. It is unlikely that the sound will be called particularly outstanding, but it is definitely possible to call it good.

You can listen to the radio quite well. Sometimes it even works out well. 20 presets for storing radio station frequencies with the possibility of fully automatic scanning. Only here there is some drawback - it is impossible to stop scanning in some simple ways (restarting and disconnecting the battery does not count). To do this, you need to hold the play button, but before that you still need to guess, since the instructions forgot about it. The XY22 has a good and practical radio-related feature that is practically not found in similar players. You can listen to the radio not only through headphones, but also through the built-in speakers by selecting them in the menu and plugging something (most often it will be headphones) into the audio output connector as an antenna. And the radio broadcast will spread throughout the surrounding space.

The player can record from the built-in microphone, line-in or radio. In addition, you can use the included external microphone, and sometimes an adapter for recording telephone conversations. You can turn on automatic detection of the presence of an input signal, for splitting into tracks, when recording from a line input, or to reduce pauses if the source is a microphone. Also, the level of ambient noise and sensitivity can be adjusted. Automatic recording activation and automatic signal amplification work, and they perform their functions quite well. While recording from a microphone, you can manually change the volume level. Audio encoding takes place either in MP3 or TVF (format optimized for voice recording). In the latter case, the recording goes with a bitrate of 6kbps, so you can find out by simple mathematical calculations that you can record about four hundred hours per gigabyte. An external microphone does not differ in quality from the built-in one, but its main advantage is the freedom of spatial arrangement (for example, to fix it on clothes), and accidental pressing of the player's buttons or even its fall will not let you miss important words. The very same quality of recording from the recorder is quite good. Although there is always a slight background noise, but it is almost imperceptible. Recording from any of the sources can be scheduled, which can be very helpful in some situations.

That's really something, and the additional functions of the XY22 are just a sea. Stopwatch, reading text files, karaoke and lingaphone function, viewing photos and videos, alarm clock, alarm signal (almost the same), calendar, creating an unlimited number of playlists and changing the playback speed (50-200% of the original). To this "vinaigrette" one could add, perhaps, toys. Reading text in txt format on a display of this size is not a very exciting experience - your eyes get tired quickly, and you get tired of often pressing the joystick. So, it will do for anecdotes and small notes. When viewing images in JPEG format, it is possible to zoom in, each time you press the joystick, as well as change the brightness. The download speed of photos begins to be missed only when viewing images with a higher resolution (over 6MPx). To compress the video, the MPEG4 codec from Pixtree is used, and to encode such files, the program from the bundled disk, Transcoder, is used. The procedure for obtaining the “correct” one is not complicated by some kind of shamanism with the settings, but it only takes time for the encoding procedure itself - select the desired video, press the start button and wait. When viewing the result on the player, you can use rewind in both directions, pause and change the brightness. By the way, thanks to the presence of built-in speakers, the alarm clock function no longer seems superfluous. Now at least every morning you can wake yourself, your loved one, with no less favorite music. And one more of the additional features is the ability to rotate the image on the display by 90 ° - sometimes it is very convenient.

Connecting a PC player is going through quite calmly. Quietly, a removable USB drive appears in the system, and a new logical drive appears in "my computer". Music and other files can be simply copied to any location on the player - no special software is required. The speed of the interface, for testing, turned out to be one of the best in the class of flash players (10439/7454 Kb / s - read / write). Not every “USB keychain” will pull out that much. The built-in Li-Pol battery is charged either via USB or via a line input (a special adapter is needed, not supplied at the moment) and takes about 3 hours with a completely discharged player. One charging procedure is enough for 16 hours of continuous playback at a reduced display brightness and 13 hours with a normal one.

The product turned out to be very interesting, this XY22, although not ideal. Here, first of all, someone may find fault with the design, someone may not like the problematic closing of the miniUSB port, while others will find some other critical flaw. But in all other respects, the player holds a fairly high bar in almost all possible parameters. Excellent equipment, durable case, a huge number of additional functions and an extensive set of settings, full implementation of the built-in speakers (they can replace headphones in any operating mode) and fast USB interface. In general, there is something to look at.

Thanks to Graphitech for providing the player for testing.

M-Bird XY-22 player review

A neat medium-sized white box with gray stripes turned out to be stuffed to the very edges. And not some kind of filler, but the most real components. So far, no player on the market has such a complete set! In the box were:

  • Player
  • Cresyn AX 599BL Headphones
  • Line wire
  • A lanyard to wear around the neck
  • USB to miniUSB cable
  • User's Guide
  • Software CD
  • USB to miniUSB adapter
  • Player case
  • External microphone
  • Arm brace
  • Adapter for recording telephone conversations (may be missing)

The appearance of the player most of all resembles a mixture of an old TV with a toy radio. To call the design strict is simply not the language. Original - yes, but certainly not strict. It is difficult to imagine a well-dressed person with XY22, but young people obviously do not hesitate to appear with this in public. Although, after the New Year, a black version of the color should appear, it will probably look more solid.

Small dimensions, average weight. The corners are rounded, but not too much. All design details are well emphasized. So the external speakers are one of the first to catch the eye, and the mirror edging of the display highlights it on the front side of the player. On the upper end of the case flaunts, like a crown, a chrome-plated ribbed volume control wheel.

The main body material is aluminum, from which the front and back sides are made. The end part is made of glossy plastic, and the controls are made in chrome, but the material is also made of plastic.

In terms of the number of buttons and joysticks, the XY22 is not much different from its classmates, but it has its own zest. And it in this case is a non-discrete volume wheel. When the volume wheel is rotated, no clicks are felt, and the sound level changes smoothly. To the left and right of the volume control, on the top of the case are the headphone and line-in jacks, respectively.

A four-way push joystick is located on the right side of the front panel, the on/off/play/pause button, record button and lock switch are on the bottom side of the case. Two protrusions are also made there, acting as legs, so that the player can be placed, for example, on a table. On the left side are a steel lanyard attachment and a microphone hole. On the opposite side, there is a hinged rubber plug covering the miniUSB connector and the reset button hole.

There are no complaints about the quality of the materials themselves or the build quality. Well, perhaps, just a little: the rubber flap, well, did not want to close completely after a short communication with the player. So she remained bulging with a small "hematoma" at the end.

The 1" six-line LCD color display is a little different from most other similar players. Not the most outstanding brightness (can be adjusted) and contrast. In the bright sun to see the display is not very good. Color reproduction is above average, color transitions look very smooth. The speed of the matrix used is low, although this is hardly noticeable and not always. You shouldn't expect more from CSTN. The uneven backlighting is not pleasant, which is almost immediately evident here if dark colors prevail on the screen. But you can turn on the low brightness mode, which not only almost completely removes backlight, but also significantly saves battery power, while the visibility of the image remains practically unchanged.

The interface looks nice and informative. The density of information per unit area is very high, while the characters have quite readable sizes. The clock is always displayed in the upper left corner, for some reason in the 12-hour time format, although it is set in 24-hour time. To the right are the alarm status indicator and the battery charge indicator.

The menu is designed in the same style. Each main menu item has its own background color. The menu language can be selected from several possible ones, Russian is among them. The quality of localization can be assessed as good, there are no "strange" points. The menu hierarchy is simple, you can quickly get used to it, although the total number of items is quite decent. For each of the player modes, the menu consists of its own set of items, although this can already be attributed to just one of the features.

The sound quality of the built-in speakers can only be considered in comparison with those of competitors. And here XY-22, on the one hand, looks more advantageous, on the other, not so much. There was no wheezing from the speakers even at maximum volume, and just the few majority of such players suffer from this ailment. But it’s definitely not possible to call the volume a record one - in a noisy office it will be almost inaudible.

The player can record from the built-in microphone, line-in or radio. In addition, you can use the included external microphone, and sometimes an adapter for recording telephone conversations. You can turn on automatic detection of the presence of an input signal, for splitting into tracks, when recording from a line input, or to reduce pauses if the source is a microphone. Also, the level of ambient noise and sensitivity can be adjusted. Automatic recording activation and automatic signal amplification work, and they perform their functions quite well. While recording from a microphone, you can manually change the volume level. Audio encoding takes place either in MP3 or TVF (format optimized for voice recording). In the latter case, the recording goes with a bitrate of 6kbps, so you can find out by simple mathematical calculations that you can record about four hundred hours per gigabyte. An external microphone does not differ in quality from the built-in one, but its main advantage is the freedom of spatial arrangement (for example, to fix it on clothes), and accidental pressing of the player's buttons or even its fall will not let you miss important words. The very same quality of recording from the recorder is quite good. Although there is always a slight background noise, but it is almost imperceptible. Recording from any of the sources can be scheduled, which can be very helpful in some situations.

Connecting a PC player is going through quite calmly. Quietly, a removable USB drive appears in the system, and a new logical drive appears in "my computer". Music and other files can be simply copied to any location on the player - no special software is required. The speed of the interface, for testing, turned out to be one of the best in the class of flash players (10439/7454 Kb / s - read / write). Not every “USB keychain” will pull out that much. The built-in Li-Pol battery is charged either via USB or via a line input (a special adapter is needed, not supplied at the moment) and takes about 3 hours with a completely discharged player. One charging procedure is enough for 16 hours of continuous playback at a reduced display brightness and 13 hours with a normal one.

The product turned out to be very interesting, this XY22, although not ideal. Here, first of all, someone may find fault with the design, someone may not like the problematic closing of the miniUSB port, while others will find some other critical flaw. But in all other respects, the player holds a fairly high bar in almost all possible parameters. Excellent equipment, durable case, a huge number of additional functions and an extensive set of settings, full implementation of the built-in speakers (they can replace headphones in any operating mode) and fast USB interface. In general, there is something to look at.

Thanks to Graphitech for providing the player for testing.

M-Bird XY-22 player review

A neat medium-sized white box with gray stripes was stuffed to the very edges. And not some kind of filler, but the most real components. So far, no player on the market has such a complete set! In the box were:

  • Player
  • Cresyn AX 599BL Headphones
  • Line wire
  • A lanyard to wear around the neck
  • USB to miniUSB cable
  • User's Guide
  • Software CD
  • USB to miniUSB adapter
  • Player case
  • External microphone
  • Arm brace
  • Adapter for recording telephone conversations (may be missing)

The appearance of the player most of all resembles a mixture of an old TV with a toy radio. To call the design strict is simply not the language. Original - yes, but certainly not strict. It is difficult to imagine a well-dressed person with XY22, but young people obviously do not hesitate to appear with this in public. Although, after the New Year, a black version of the color should appear, it will probably look more solid.

Small dimensions, average weight. The corners are rounded, but not too much. All design details are well emphasized. So the external speakers are one of the first to catch the eye, and the mirror edging of the display highlights it on the front side of the player. On the upper end of the case flaunts, like a crown, a chrome-plated ribbed volume control wheel.

The main body material is aluminum, from which the front and back sides are made. The end part is made of glossy plastic, and the controls are made in chrome, but the material is also made of plastic.

In terms of the number of buttons and joysticks, the XY22 is not much different from its classmates, but it has its own zest. And it in this case is a non-discrete volume wheel. When the volume wheel is rotated, no clicks are felt, and the sound level changes smoothly. To the left and right of the volume control, on the top of the case are the headphone and line-in jacks, respectively.

A four-way push joystick is located on the right side of the front panel, the on/off/play/pause button, record button and lock switch are on the bottom side of the case. Two protrusions are also made there, acting as legs, so that the player can be placed, for example, on a table. On the left side are a steel lanyard attachment and a microphone hole. On the opposite side, there is a hinged rubber plug covering the miniUSB connector and the reset button hole.

There are no complaints about the quality of the materials themselves or the build quality. Well, perhaps, just a little: the rubber flap, well, did not want to close completely after a short communication with the player. So she remained bulging with a small "hematoma" at the end.

The 1" six-line LCD color display is a little different from most other similar players. Not the most outstanding brightness (can be adjusted) and contrast. In the bright sun to see the display is not very good. Color reproduction is above average, color transitions look very smooth. The speed of the matrix used is low, although this is hardly noticeable and not always. You shouldn't expect more from CSTN. The uneven backlighting is not pleasant, which is almost immediately evident here if dark colors prevail on the screen. But you can turn on the low brightness mode, which not only almost completely removes backlight, but also significantly saves battery power, while the visibility of the image remains practically unchanged.

The interface looks nice and informative. The density of information per unit area is very high, while the characters have quite readable sizes. The clock is always displayed in the upper left corner, for some reason in the 12-hour time format, although it is set in 24-hour time. To the right are the alarm status indicator and the battery charge indicator.

The menu is designed in the same style. Each main menu item has its own background color. The menu language can be selected from several possible ones, Russian is among them. The quality of localization can be assessed as good, there are no "strange" points. The menu hierarchy is simple, you can quickly get used to it, although the total number of items is quite decent. For each of the player modes, the menu consists of its own set of items, although this can already be attributed to just one of the features.

The sound quality of the built-in speakers can only be considered in comparison with those of competitors. And here XY-22, on the one hand, looks more advantageous, on the other, not so much. There was no wheezing from the speakers even at maximum volume, and just the few majority of such players suffer from this ailment. But it’s definitely not possible to call the volume a record one - in a noisy office it will be almost inaudible.

Complete headphones - already well-known Cresyn AX 599BL. The quality of their sound quite allows them to live for some time with the owner of the player, and maybe even stay on the "permanent residence". In terms of frequencies, everything is almost even, the sound of music does not start to cut the ear from the first chords, as, indeed, after a long time. Sound isolation is mediocre, which is primarily due to the type of headphones, but there is a margin for volume. About the sound of the player itself, you can respond positively. There are no wheezing, no wheezing, no other extraneous sounds. The volume, even in the metro, is enough for the eyes (of course! - 25mW per channel!). Music, even at maximum volume, does not turn into a crazy work of an unknown author. The equalizer and surround sound effects will also not be easy to ruin the sound. It is unlikely that the sound will be called particularly outstanding, but it is definitely possible to call it good.

You can listen to the radio quite well. Sometimes it even works out well. 20 presets for storing radio station frequencies with the possibility of fully automatic scanning. Only here there is some drawback - it is impossible to stop scanning in some simple ways (restarting and disconnecting the battery does not count). To do this, you need to hold the play button, but before that you still need to guess, since the instructions forgot about it. The XY22 has a good and practical radio-related feature that is practically not found in similar players. You can listen to the radio not only through headphones, but also through the built-in speakers by selecting them in the menu and plugging something (most often it will be headphones) into the audio output connector as an antenna. And the radio broadcast will spread throughout the surrounding space.

The player can record from the built-in microphone, line-in or radio. In addition, you can use the included external microphone, and sometimes an adapter for recording telephone conversations. You can turn on automatic detection of the presence of an input signal, for splitting into tracks, when recording from a line input, or to reduce pauses if the source is a microphone. Also, the level of ambient noise and sensitivity can be adjusted. Automatic recording activation and automatic signal amplification work, and they perform their functions quite well. While recording from a microphone, you can manually change the volume level. Audio encoding takes place either in MP3 or TVF (format optimized for voice recording). In the latter case, the recording goes with a bitrate of 6kbps, so you can find out by simple mathematical calculations that you can record about four hundred hours per gigabyte. An external microphone does not differ in quality from the built-in one, but its main advantage is the freedom of spatial arrangement (for example, to fix it on clothes), and accidental pressing of the player's buttons or even its fall will not let you miss important words. The very same quality of recording from the recorder is quite good. Although there is always a slight background noise, but it is almost imperceptible. Recording from any of the sources can be scheduled, which can be very helpful in some situations.

Connecting a PC player is going through quite calmly. Quietly, a removable USB drive appears in the system, and a new logical drive appears in "my computer". Music and other files can be simply copied to any location on the player - no special software is required. The speed of the interface, for testing, turned out to be one of the best in the class of flash players (10439/7454 Kb / s - read / write). Not every “USB keychain” will pull out that much. The built-in Li-Pol battery is charged either via USB or via a line input (a special adapter is needed, not supplied at the moment) and takes about 3 hours with a completely discharged player. One charging procedure is enough for 16 hours of continuous playback at a reduced display brightness and 13 hours with a normal one.

The product turned out to be very interesting, this XY22, although not ideal. Here, first of all, someone may find fault with the design, someone may not like the problematic closing of the miniUSB port, while others will find some other critical flaw. But in all other respects, the player holds a fairly high bar in almost all possible parameters. Excellent equipment, durable case, a huge number of additional functions and an extensive set of settings, full implementation of the built-in speakers (they can replace headphones in any operating mode) and fast USB interface. In general, there is something to look at.

Thanks to Graphitech for providing the player for testing.

M-Bird XY-22 player review

A neat medium-sized white box with gray stripes turned out to be stuffed to the very edges. And not some kind of filler, but the most real components. So far, no player on the market has such a complete set! In the box were:

  • Player
  • Cresyn AX 599BL Headphones
  • Line wire
  • A lanyard to wear around the neck
  • USB to miniUSB cable
  • User's Guide
  • Software CD
  • USB to miniUSB adapter
  • Player case
  • External microphone
  • Arm brace
  • Adapter for recording telephone conversations (may be missing)

The appearance of the player most of all resembles a mixture of an old TV with a toy radio. To call the design strict is simply not the language. Original - yes, but certainly not strict. It is difficult to imagine a well-dressed person with XY22, but young people obviously do not hesitate to appear with this in public. Although, after the New Year, a black version of the color should appear, it will probably look more solid.

Small dimensions, average weight. The corners are rounded, but not too much. All design details are well emphasized. So the external speakers are one of the first to catch the eye, and the mirror edging of the display highlights it on the front side of the player. On the upper end of the case flaunts, like a crown, a chrome-plated ribbed volume control wheel.

The main body material is aluminum, from which the front and back sides are made. The end part is made of glossy plastic, and the controls are made in chrome, but the material is also made of plastic.

In terms of the number of buttons and joysticks, the XY22 is not much different from its classmates, but it has its own zest. And it in this case is a non-discrete volume wheel. When the volume wheel is rotated, no clicks are felt, and the sound level changes smoothly. To the left and right of the volume control, on the top of the case are the headphone and line-in jacks, respectively.

A four-way push joystick is located on the right side of the front panel, the on/off/play/pause button, record button and lock switch are on the bottom side of the case. Two protrusions are also made there, acting as legs, so that the player can be placed, for example, on a table. On the left side are a steel lanyard attachment and a microphone hole. On the opposite side, there is a hinged rubber plug covering the miniUSB connector and the reset button hole.

There are no complaints about the quality of the materials themselves or the build quality. Well, perhaps, just a little: the rubber flap, well, did not want to close completely after a short communication with the player. So she remained bulging with a small "hematoma" at the end.

The 1" six-line LCD color display is a little different from most other similar players. Not the most outstanding brightness (can be adjusted) and contrast. In the bright sun to see the display is not very good. Color reproduction is above average, color transitions look very smooth. The speed of the matrix used is low, although this is hardly noticeable and not always. You shouldn't expect more from CSTN. The uneven backlighting is not pleasant, which is almost immediately evident here if dark colors prevail on the screen. But you can turn on the low brightness mode, which not only almost completely removes backlight, but also significantly saves battery power, while the visibility of the image remains practically unchanged.

The color six-line LCD display, with a diagonal of 1”, differs little from the majority of similar other players. Not the most outstanding brightness (can be adjusted) and contrast. In the bright sun to see the display is not very good. Color reproduction is above average, color transitions look very smooth. The speed of the matrix used is low, although this is hardly noticeable and far from always. You shouldn't expect more from CSTN. The uneven backlighting is not pleasant, which is almost immediately evident here if dark colors prevail on the screen. But you can turn on the low brightness mode, which not only almost completely removes backlight, but also significantly saves battery power, while the visibility of the image practically does not change.

The interface looks nice and informative. The density of information per unit area is very high, while the characters have quite readable sizes. The clock is always displayed in the upper left corner, for some reason in the 12-hour time format, although it is set in 24-hour time. To the right are the alarm status indicator and the battery charge indicator.

The menu is designed in the same style. Each main menu item has its own background color. The menu language can be selected from several possible ones, Russian is among them. The quality of localization can be assessed as good, there are no "strange" points. The menu hierarchy is simple, you can quickly get used to it, although the total number of items is quite decent. For each of the player modes, the menu consists of its own set of items, although this can already be attributed to just one of the features.

The sound quality of the built-in speakers can only be considered in comparison with those of competitors. And here XY-22, on the one hand, looks more advantageous, on the other, not so much. There was no wheezing from the speakers even at maximum volume, and just the few majority of such players suffer from this ailment. But it’s definitely not possible to call the volume a record one - in a noisy office it will be almost inaudible.

Complete headphones - already well-known Cresyn AX 599BL. The quality of their sound quite allows them to live for some time with the owner of the player, and maybe even stay on the "permanent residence". In terms of frequencies, everything is almost even, the sound of music does not start to cut the ear from the first chords, as, indeed, after a long time. Sound isolation is mediocre, which is primarily due to the type of headphones, but there is a margin for volume. About the sound of the player itself, you can respond positively. There are no wheezing, no wheezing, no other extraneous sounds. The volume, even in the metro, is enough for the eyes (of course! - 25mW per channel!). Music, even at maximum volume, does not turn into a crazy work of an unknown author. The equalizer and surround sound effects will also not be easy to ruin the sound. It is unlikely that the sound will be called particularly outstanding, but it is definitely possible to call it good.

You can listen to the radio quite well. Sometimes it even works out well. 20 presets for storing radio station frequencies with the possibility of fully automatic scanning. Only here there is some drawback - it is impossible to stop scanning in some simple ways (restarting and disconnecting the battery does not count). To do this, you need to hold the play button, but before that you still need to guess, since the instructions forgot about it. The XY22 has a good and practical radio-related feature that is practically not found in similar players. You can listen to the radio not only through headphones, but also through the built-in speakers by selecting them in the menu and plugging something (most often it will be headphones) into the audio output connector as an antenna. And the radio broadcast will spread throughout the surrounding space.

The player can record from the built-in microphone, line-in or radio. In addition, you can use the included external microphone, and sometimes an adapter for recording telephone conversations. You can turn on automatic detection of the presence of an input signal, for splitting into tracks, when recording from a line input, or to reduce pauses if the source is a microphone. Also, the level of ambient noise and sensitivity can be adjusted. Automatic recording activation and automatic signal amplification work, and they perform their functions quite well. While recording from a microphone, you can manually change the volume level. Audio encoding takes place either in MP3 or TVF (format optimized for voice recording).In the latter case, the recording goes with a bitrate of 6kbps, so you can find out by simple mathematical calculations that you can record about four hundred hours per gigabyte. An external microphone does not differ in quality from the built-in one, but its main advantage is the freedom of spatial arrangement (for example, to fix it on clothes), and accidental pressing of the player's buttons or even its fall will not let you miss important words. The very same quality of recording from the recorder is quite good. Although there is always a slight background noise, but it is almost imperceptible. Recording from any of the sources can be scheduled, which can be very helpful in some situations.

Connecting a PC player is going through quite calmly. Quietly, a removable USB drive appears in the system, and a new logical drive appears in "my computer". Music and other files can be simply copied to any location on the player - no special software is required. The speed of the interface, for testing, turned out to be one of the best in the class of flash players (10439/7454 Kb / s - read / write). Not every “USB keychain” will pull out that much. The built-in Li-Pol battery is charged either via USB or via a line input (a special adapter is needed, not supplied at the moment) and takes about 3 hours with a completely discharged player. One charging procedure is enough for 16 hours of continuous playback at a reduced display brightness and 13 hours with a normal one.

The product turned out to be very interesting, this XY22, although not ideal. Here, first of all, someone may find fault with the design, someone may not like the problematic closing of the miniUSB port, while others will find some other critical flaw. But in all other respects, the player holds a fairly high bar in almost all possible parameters. Excellent equipment, durable case, a huge number of additional functions and an extensive set of settings, full implementation of the built-in speakers (they can replace headphones in any operating mode) and fast USB interface. In general, there is something to look at.

Thanks to Graphitech for providing the player for testing.