NEXX NF-710 MP3 player review

The NEXX brand continues to develop a line of MP3 players with flash memory under the NF-*10 index. Having just appeared, the 410 and 510 models quickly gained popularity and “cleared space” for new devices. Outwardly, they did not differ much from each other, but when creating the next NF-610 player, the designers decided to move away from the rectangular shape, making the silhouette of the player rounded at the bottom. Apparently, this decision did not live up to expectations, since the latest model of the series, which has just appeared on the shelves, embodies proven elements of the "old" design.

The NF-710 comes with 256MB, 512MB, or 1024MB of flash memory, plus all the standard features of today's flash players and more. The player is equipped with a small color display, provides recording from the built-in microphone and line input, is equipped with an FM tuner with the ability to record by timer. There is now a fashionable opportunity to watch videos, although for a player with a similar display it can be safely attributed to marketing tricks.

The list of supported files includes MP3, WMA, ASF and Ogg Vorbis, the video format is proprietary, the conversion is done using the supplied software.

Body and design

The body materials of the player are smooth black plastic and no less smooth metal alloy. As in the prototype (NF-410), the entire rear and both side panels of the player are one metal plate, "hugging" the case. This solution looks good and at the same time increases the resistance of the player to all kinds of damage. In addition, the metal or partially metal case of any electronic device is an additional attractive factor in the eyes of buyers. No wonder NEXX decided to return to this design.

The front panel contains a square display framed by a silver insert, a joystick and function keys made of silver plastic. The back and left side panels are left blank, the first only has the manufacturer's logo. On the right side panel there was a place for a sliding lock switch, which has an unusual round shape. All connectors of the player are placed on the upper and lower ends, on the lower end there is a USB connector and a forced reset button of the player, covered with a special snap-on cover, on the upper end there are headphone and line-in connectors.

The quality of the case is at a high level and does not cause any complaints: plastic and metal panels are tightly fitted to each other, the width of the gaps tends to zero. Due to the fact that the back and side panels are a single part, there is no backlash in the case as a class; with a minimum of parts, it simply has nowhere to come from.

Management

All player controls are located on the front panel of the case. The only exception is the control lock switch located on the right side panel. It has an unusual rounded shape and a rather short stroke, so it is sometimes difficult to tell by touch whether it has switched or not.

On the front panel, just below the display, there are four function keys arranged in a single block in the form of a circle, in the center of which a five-way joystick is inscribed. Using the buttons, you can switch the player's operating modes, navigate through the contents of the memory, call up the menu and other actions. The joystick is used to start and stop playback, switch between songs, adjust the volume and navigate through the menu.

The scheme of the player control organization is standard, similar solutions have been tested on a variety of devices, from mobile phones to game consoles. Time to master the control is practically not required, it is intuitive. The buttons and joystick have a fairly long stroke and a noticeable impact, tactile sensations from working with them are pleasant. Clicks are fixed accurately, the percentage of false positives is minimal.

Display and Menu

The player is equipped with a small square display built on an FSTN matrix. Such displays, following the fashion set by marketers, are now being massively introduced into inexpensive compact players, although the clarity and readability of information from high-quality monochrome displays in many respects exceed those of today's average color displays. According to the manufacturer, the NF-710 display displays 65,000 colors, but the relatively low technical characteristics of the matrix do not allow us to confirm the numbers. The image quality on the display is average, the colors are somewhat whitish, the contrast and brightness are average. Supports manual adjustment of the contrast level. In general, the display of the player deserves a satisfactory rating, its overall level can be described as average.

The main menu of the NF-710 has a through horizontal organization. Items and sections of the menu are represented by small graphical icons drawn rather schematically. The menu includes sections Play Mode, Display, Record, Set, Format, Stop Watch, Information.

Play Mode. Contains items for selecting the repeat mode, enabling resume playback from the stop point, setting the rewind step (2 sec. - 20 min.), playback speed (5-200%) and equalizer.

Display. Contains display settings: contrast, scroll speed, auto-off time, and menu language. Also from here you can activate the display of the "spectrum analyzer" of two columns and enable the Media Sync mode.

Record. Here are the recording settings for each of the sources, microphone, line-in and FM tuner. For a microphone, this is the bitrate and activation of VOR / AGC systems, for the line input - the bitrate, synchronization from the CD and the length of the pause in the recording (1-8 seconds), for the FM tuner - only the bitrate.

Set. Here you can select the automatic shutdown time in various operating modes, set the system time and date. The section also includes items for setting bookmarks, activating a smooth increase / decrease in volume, resetting all settings to factory values, and setting up timer recording from FM radio.

Format. Format internal memory.

Stop Watch. Stopwatch.

Information. View player information: software version, memory size, system time and date.

The organization of the player's menu is generally standard, navigation does not take time to get used to.

Power and PC connection

The player is powered by a built-in lithium-polymer battery, the manufacturer does not provide information about its exact capacity. With all their advantages, lithium-polymer batteries are sensitive to negative temperatures, which is especially important in Russian conditions. The declared battery life from a single charge is 15 hours, during testing the player worked for more than 10 hours with repeated on-off and active use of all functions.

The NF-710 is connected to a PC via USB. The supplied USB cable (like the player) has a smaller connector, which is much rarer than the standard one. The operating system defines the player as a removable media, installation of additional software is not required: all manipulations with files are carried out by standard means. The data transfer speed is at a good level and is 3-4 MB per second.

FM radio, recording, photo, video

The player's FM radio reception capabilities are generally standard for this type of device, with the exception of the rare ability to record radio programs on a timer. The NF-710 allows you to set the date, time and duration of the recording. The player will perform all necessary actions automatically and turn off when the recording is completed. The sensitivity of the tuner is at an average level, when automatically searching for stations, some of them are skipped, however, with manual tuning and a good position of the headphone wire, comfortable listening is possible in most cases.

The NF-710 provides line-in, built-in microphone and FM radio recording. It is worth noting the relatively high maximum bitrate for recording from all sources - 192 Kbps. The sensitivity of the player's microphone is average, it is quite enough to record speech at a distance of up to 10 meters, but in the presence of sufficiently strong extraneous noise, the intelligibility of the recorded speech drops. It is worth noting the presence and effective operation of Voice Operated Recording (VOR) systems, only Toyota RAV4 2015 LE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Blue when there is a signal) and Automatic Gain Control (AGC). The first helps to save some amount of available memory, the second improves the quality of the recording. In the presence of extraneous noise, it is recommended to turn off the VOR. When recording from the line input, the situation is completely standard and depends mainly on the quality of the recording source signal. We can only note a “disease” common to portable devices - the upper frequencies are somewhat affected and “smeared” from double recoding.

The possibilities for viewing graphic files and videos implemented in the NF-710 can be safely attributed to the tricks of marketers - more or less comfortable viewing is hampered by the small diagonal and display resolution. The player processes high-resolution JPEG files quite quickly, within a couple of seconds, which indicates a good scaling algorithm. To view videos on the player, you need to convert them using the supplied converter to a proprietary format. In this case, the resolution of the video is adjusted to that of the display and most of the details are hidden.

NEXX players traditionally sound good, as, indeed, the vast majority of models from well-known manufacturers. The NF-710 has a claimed signal-to-noise ratio of 90 dB, which, although not the highest, ensures that there are no extraneous noises and overtones at maximum volume. Separately, it is worth noting the high output power of 20 mW per channel - this is an undoubted advantage of the player over its competitors. Sound customization features include a five-band manual equalizer, customizable surround sound system, bass boost system, and five genre presets. The standard headphones of the player are made of silvery plastic and have a metal mesh speaker. Their sound quality can be called average, the headphones will suit unpretentious users - when listening to music, there is a lack of low frequencies, high frequencies are “digitally” hard.

Impressions and conclusions

The player is a logical continuation, development of the line, it generally corresponds to very good previous models from NEXX.

The strengths of the NF-710 are a well-balanced design, metal body elements, high-quality sound and relatively high “endurance”. Some drawback is the rather low quality of the Russification of the interface. In Moscow retail, a 512-MB version of the player is sold for about $165.

Specifications:

Capacity: 256, 512 MB, 1 GB
File formats: MP3, WMA, ASF, OGG
Display:< /strong> FSTN, 65000 colors
Frequency range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Signal-to-noise ratio: 90 dB
Dimensions: 68x35x16 mm
Weight: 42.5 g without battery

Thanks to Alion for providing the sample for testing.

NEXX NF-710 MP3 player review

The NEXX brand continues to develop a line of MP3 players with flash memory under the NF-*10 index. Having just appeared, the 410 and 510 models quickly gained popularity and “cleared space” for new devices. Outwardly, they did not differ much from each other, but when creating the next NF-610 player, the designers decided to move away from the rectangular shape, making the silhouette of the player rounded at the bottom. Apparently, this decision did not live up to expectations, since the latest model of the series, which has just appeared on the shelves, embodies proven elements of the "old" design.

The NF-710 comes with 256MB, 512MB, or 1024MB of flash memory, plus all the standard features of today's flash players and more. The player is equipped with a small color display, provides recording from the built-in microphone and line input, is equipped with an FM tuner with the ability to record by timer. There is now a fashionable opportunity to watch videos, although for a player with a similar display it can be safely attributed to marketing tricks.

The list of supported files includes MP3, WMA, ASF and Ogg Vorbis, the video format is proprietary, the conversion is done using the supplied software.

Body and design

The body materials of the player are smooth black plastic and no less smooth metal alloy. As in the prototype (NF-410), the entire rear and both side panels of the player are one metal plate, "hugging" the case. This solution looks good and at the same time increases the resistance of the player to all kinds of damage. In addition, the metal or partially metal case of any electronic device is an additional attractive factor in the eyes of buyers. No wonder NEXX decided to return to this design.

The front panel contains a square display framed by a silver insert, a joystick and function keys made of silver plastic. The back and left side panels are left blank, with the manufacturer's logo on the first. On the right side panel there was a place for a sliding lock switch, which has an unusual round shape. All connectors of the player are placed on the upper and lower ends, on the lower end there is a USB connector and a forced reset button of the player, covered with a special snap-on cover, on the upper end there are headphone and line-in connectors.

The quality of the case is at a high level and does not cause complaints: plastic and metal panels are tightly fitted to each other, the width of the gaps tends to zero. Due to the fact that the back and side panels are a single part, there is no backlash in the case as a class; with a minimum of parts, it simply has nowhere to come from.

Management

All player controls are located on the front panel of the case. The only exception is the control lock switch located on the right side panel. It has an unusual rounded shape and a rather short stroke, so it is sometimes difficult to tell by touch whether it has switched or not.

On the front panel, just below the display, there are four function keys arranged in a single block in the form of a circle, in the center of which a five-way joystick is inscribed. Using the buttons, you can switch the player's operating modes, navigate through the contents of the memory, call up the menu and other actions. The joystick is used to start and stop playback, switch between songs, adjust the volume and navigate through the menu.

The scheme of the player control organization is standard, similar solutions have been tested on a variety of devices, from mobile phones to game consoles. Time to master the control is practically not required, it is intuitive. The buttons and joystick have a fairly long stroke and a noticeable impact, tactile sensations from working with them are pleasant. Clicks are fixed accurately, the percentage of false positives is minimal.

Display and Menu

The player is equipped with a small square display built on an FSTN matrix. Such displays, following the fashion set by marketers, are now being massively introduced into inexpensive compact players, although the clarity and readability of information from high-quality monochrome displays in many respects exceed those of today's average color displays. According to the manufacturer, the NF-710 display displays 65,000 colors, but the relatively low technical characteristics of the matrix do not allow us to confirm the numbers. The image quality on the display is average, the colors are somewhat whitish, the contrast and brightness are average. Supports manual adjustment of the contrast level. In general, the display of the player deserves a satisfactory rating, its overall level can be described as average.

The main menu of the NF-710 has a through horizontal organization. Items and sections of the menu are represented by small graphical icons drawn rather schematically. The menu includes sections Play Mode, Display, Record, Set, Format, Stop Watch, Information.

Play Mode. Contains items for selecting the repeat mode, enabling resume playback from the stop point, setting the rewind step (2 sec. - 20 min.), playback speed (5-200%) and equalizer.

Display. Contains display settings: contrast, scroll speed, auto-off time, and menu language. Also from here you can activate the display of the "spectrum analyzer" of two columns and enable the Media Sync mode.

Record. Here are the recording settings for each of the sources, microphone, line-in and FM tuner. For a microphone, this is the bitrate and activation of VOR / AGC systems, for the line input - the bitrate, synchronization from the CD and the length of the pause in the recording (1-8 seconds), for the FM tuner - only the bitrate.

Set. Here you can select the automatic shutdown time in various operating modes, set the system time and date. The section also includes items for setting bookmarks, activating a smooth increase / decrease in volume, resetting all settings to factory values, and setting up timer recording from FM radio.

Format. Format internal memory.

Stop Watch. Stopwatch.

Information. View player information: software version, memory size, system time and date.

The organization of the player's menu is generally standard, navigation does not take time to get used to.

Power and PC connection

The player is powered by a built-in lithium-polymer battery, the manufacturer does not provide information about its exact capacity. With all their advantages, lithium-polymer batteries are sensitive to negative temperatures, which is especially important in Russian conditions. The declared battery life from a single charge is 15 hours, during testing the player worked for more than 10 hours with repeated on-off and active use of all functions.

The NF-710 is connected to a PC via USB. The supplied USB cable (like the player) has a smaller connector, which is much rarer than the standard one. The operating system defines the player as a removable media, installation of additional software is not required: all manipulations with files are carried out by standard means. The data transfer speed is at a good level and is 3-4 MB per second.

FM radio, recording, photo, video

The player's FM radio reception capabilities are generally standard for this type of device, with the exception of the rare ability to record radio programs on a timer. The NF-710 allows you to set the date, time and duration of the recording. The player will perform all the necessary actions automatically and turn off when the recording is completed. The sensitivity of the tuner is at an average level, when automatically searching for stations, some of them are skipped, however, with manual tuning and a good position of the headphone wire, comfortable listening is possible in most cases.

The NF-710 provides line-in, built-in microphone and FM radio recording. It is worth noting the relatively high maximum bitrate for recording from all sources - 192 Kbps. The sensitivity of the player's microphone is average, it is quite enough to record speech at a distance of up to 10 meters, but in the presence of sufficiently strong extraneous noise, the intelligibility of the recorded speech drops. It is worth noting the presence and effective operation of Voice Operated Recording (VOR) systems, only Toyota RAV4 2015 LE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Blue when there is a signal) and Automatic Gain Control (AGC). The first helps to save some amount of available memory, the second improves the quality of the recording. In the presence of extraneous noise, it is recommended to turn off the VOR. When recording from the line input, the situation is completely standard and depends mainly on the quality of the recording source signal. We can only note a “disease” common to portable devices - the upper frequencies are somewhat affected and “smeared” from double recoding.

The possibilities for viewing graphic files and videos implemented in the NF-710 can be safely attributed to the tricks of marketers - more or less comfortable viewing is hampered by the small diagonal and display resolution. The player processes high-resolution JPEG files quite quickly, within a couple of seconds, which indicates a good scaling algorithm. To view videos on the player, you need to convert them using the supplied converter to a proprietary format. In this case, the resolution of the video is adjusted to that of the display and most of the details are hidden.

NEXX players traditionally sound good, as, indeed, the vast majority of models from well-known manufacturers. The NF-710 has a claimed signal-to-noise ratio of 90 dB, which, although not the highest, ensures that there are no extraneous noises and overtones at maximum volume. Separately, it is worth noting the high output power of 20 mW per channel - this is an undoubted advantage of the player over its competitors. Sound customization features include a five-band manual equalizer, customizable surround sound system, bass boost system, and five genre presets. The standard headphones of the player are made of silvery plastic and have a metal mesh speaker. Their sound quality can be called average, the headphones will suit unpretentious users - when listening to music, there is a lack of low frequencies, high frequencies are “digitally” hard.

Impressions and conclusions

The player is a logical continuation, development of the line, it generally corresponds to very good previous models from NEXX.

The strengths of the NF-710 are a well-balanced design, metal body elements, high-quality sound and relatively high “endurance”. Some drawback is the rather low quality of the Russification of the interface. In Moscow retail, a 512-MB version of the player is sold for about $165.

Specifications:

Capacity: 256, 512 MB, 1 GB
File formats: MP3, WMA, ASF, OGG
Display:< /strong> FSTN, 65000 colors
Frequency range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Signal-to-noise ratio: 90 dB
Dimensions: 68x35x16 mm
Weight: 42.5 g without battery

Thanks to Alion for providing the sample for testing.

NEXX NF-710 MP3 player review

The NEXX brand continues to develop a line of MP3 players with flash memory under the NF-*10 index. Having just appeared, the 410 and 510 models quickly gained popularity and “cleared space” for new devices. Outwardly, they did not differ much from each other, but when creating the next NF-610 player, the designers decided to move away from the rectangular shape, making the silhouette of the player rounded at the bottom. Apparently, this decision did not live up to expectations, since the latest model of the series, which has just appeared on the shelves, embodies proven elements of the "old" design.

The NF-710 comes with 256MB, 512MB, or 1024MB of flash memory, plus all the standard features of today's flash players and more. The player is equipped with a small color display, provides recording from the built-in microphone and line input, is equipped with an FM tuner with the ability to record by timer. There is now a fashionable opportunity to watch videos, although for a player with a similar display it can be safely attributed to marketing tricks.

The list of supported files includes MP3, WMA, ASF and Ogg Vorbis, the video format is proprietary, the conversion is done using the supplied software.

Body and design

The body materials of the player are smooth black plastic and no less smooth metal alloy. As in the prototype (NF-410), the entire rear and both side panels of the player are one metal plate, "hugging" the case. This solution looks good and at the same time increases the resistance of the player to all kinds of damage. In addition, the metal or partially metal case of any electronic device is an additional attractive factor in the eyes of buyers. No wonder NEXX decided to return to this design.

The front panel contains a square display framed by a silver insert, a joystick and function keys made of silver plastic. The back and left side panels are left blank, the first only has the manufacturer's logo. On the right side panel there was a place for a sliding lock switch, which has an unusual round shape. All connectors of the player are placed on the upper and lower ends, on the lower end there is a USB connector and a forced reset button of the player, covered with a special snap-on cover, on the upper end there are headphone and line-in connectors.

The quality of the case is at a high level and does not cause any complaints: plastic and metal panels are tightly fitted to each other, the width of the gaps tends to zero. Due to the fact that the back and side panels are a single part, there is no backlash in the case as a class; with a minimum of parts, it simply has nowhere to come from.

Management

All player controls are located on the front panel of the case. The only exception is the control lock switch located on the right side panel. It has an unusual rounded shape and a rather short stroke, so it is sometimes difficult to tell by touch whether it has switched or not.

On the front panel, just below the display, there are four function keys arranged in a single block in the form of a circle, in the center of which a five-way joystick is inscribed. Using the buttons, you can switch the player's operating modes, navigate through the contents of the memory, call up the menu and other actions. The joystick is used to start and stop playback, switch between songs, adjust the volume and navigate through the menu.

The scheme of the player control organization is standard, similar solutions have been tested on a variety of devices, from mobile phones to game consoles. Time to master the control is practically not required, it is intuitive. The buttons and joystick have a fairly long stroke and a noticeable impact, tactile sensations from working with them are pleasant. Clicks are fixed accurately, the percentage of false positives is minimal.

Display and Menu

The player is equipped with a small square display built on an FSTN matrix. Such displays, following the fashion set by marketers, are now being massively introduced into inexpensive compact players, although the clarity and readability of information from high-quality monochrome displays in many respects exceed those of today's average color displays. According to the manufacturer, the NF-710 display displays 65,000 colors, but the relatively low technical characteristics of the matrix do not allow us to confirm the numbers. The image quality on the display is average, the colors are somewhat whitish, the contrast and brightness are average. Supports manual adjustment of the contrast level. In general, the display of the player deserves a satisfactory rating, its overall level can be described as average.

The main menu of the NF-710 has a through horizontal organization. Items and sections of the menu are represented by small graphical icons drawn rather schematically. The menu includes sections Play Mode, Display, Record, Set, Format, Stop Watch, Information.

Play Mode. Contains items for selecting the repeat mode, enabling resume playback from the stop point, setting the rewind step (2 sec. - 20 min.), playback speed (5-200%) and equalizer.

Display. Contains display settings: contrast, scroll speed, auto-off time, and menu language. Also from here you can activate the display of the "spectrum analyzer" of two columns and enable the Media Sync mode.

Record. Here are the recording settings for each of the sources, microphone, line-in and FM tuner. For a microphone, this is the bitrate and activation of VOR / AGC systems, for the line input - the bitrate, synchronization from the CD and the length of the pause in the recording (1-8 seconds), for the FM tuner - only the bitrate.

Set. Here you can select the automatic shutdown time in various operating modes, set the system time and date. The section also includes items for setting bookmarks, activating a smooth increase / decrease in volume, resetting all settings to factory values, and setting up timer recording from FM radio.

Format. Format internal memory.

Stop Watch. Stopwatch.

Information. View player information: software version, memory size, system time and date.

The organization of the player's menu is generally standard, navigation does not take time to get used to.

Power and PC connection

The player is powered by a built-in lithium-polymer battery, the manufacturer does not provide information about its exact capacity. With all their advantages, lithium-polymer batteries are sensitive to negative temperatures, which is especially important in Russian conditions. The declared battery life from a single charge is 15 hours, during testing the player worked for more than 10 hours with repeated on-off and active use of all functions.

The NF-710 is connected to a PC via USB. The supplied USB cable (like the player) has a smaller connector, which is much rarer than the standard one. The operating system defines the player as a removable media, installation of additional software is not required: all manipulations with files are carried out by standard means. The data transfer speed is at a good level and is 3-4 MB per second.

FM radio, recording, photo, video

The player's FM radio reception capabilities are generally standard for this type of device, with the exception of the rare ability to record radio programs on a timer. The NF-710 allows you to set the date, time and duration of the recording. The player will perform all necessary actions automatically and turn off when the recording is completed. The sensitivity of the tuner is at an average level, when automatically searching for stations, some of them are skipped, however, with manual tuning and a good position of the headphone wire, comfortable listening is possible in most cases.

The NF-710 provides line-in, built-in microphone and FM radio recording. It is worth noting the relatively high maximum bitrate for recording from all sources - 192 Kbps. The sensitivity of the player's microphone is average, it is quite enough to record speech at a distance of up to 10 meters, but in the presence of sufficiently strong extraneous noise, the intelligibility of the recorded speech drops. It is worth noting the presence and effective operation of Voice Operated Recording (VOR) systems, only Toyota RAV4 2015 LE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Blue when there is a signal) and Automatic Gain Control (AGC). The first helps to save some amount of available memory, the second improves the quality of the recording. In the presence of extraneous noise, it is recommended to turn off the VOR. When recording from the line input, the situation is completely standard and depends mainly on the quality of the recording source signal. We can only note a “disease” common to portable devices - the upper frequencies are somewhat affected and “smeared” from double recoding.

The possibilities for viewing graphic files and videos implemented in the NF-710 can be safely attributed to the tricks of marketers - more or less comfortable viewing is hampered by the small diagonal and display resolution. The player processes high-resolution JPEG files quite quickly, within a couple of seconds, which indicates a good scaling algorithm. To view videos on the player, you need to convert them using the supplied converter to a proprietary format. In this case, the resolution of the video is adjusted to that of the display and most of the details are hidden.

NEXX players traditionally sound good, as, indeed, the vast majority of models from well-known manufacturers. The NF-710 has a claimed signal-to-noise ratio of 90 dB, which, although not the highest, ensures that there are no extraneous noises and overtones at maximum volume. Separately, it is worth noting the high output power of 20 mW per channel - this is an undoubted advantage of the player over its competitors. Sound customization features include a five-band manual equalizer, customizable surround sound system, bass boost system, and five genre presets. The standard headphones of the player are made of silvery plastic and have a metal mesh speaker. Their sound quality can be called average, the headphones will suit unpretentious users - when listening to music, there is a lack of low frequencies, high frequencies are “digitally” hard.

Impressions and conclusions

The player is a logical continuation, development of the line, it generally corresponds to very good previous models from NEXX.

The strengths of the NF-710 are a well-balanced design, metal body elements, high-quality sound and relatively high “endurance”. Some drawback is the rather low quality of the Russification of the interface. In Moscow retail, a 512-MB version of the player is sold for about $165.

Specifications:

Capacity: 256, 512 MB, 1 GB
File formats: MP3, WMA, ASF, OGG
Display:< /strong> FSTN, 65000 colors
Frequency range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Signal-to-noise ratio: 90 dB
Dimensions: 68x35x16 mm
Weight: 42.5 g without battery

Thanks to Alion for providing the sample for testing.

NEXX NF-710 MP3 player review

The NEXX brand continues to develop a line of MP3 players with flash memory under the NF-*10 index. Having just appeared, the 410 and 510 models quickly gained popularity and “cleared space” for new devices. Outwardly, they did not differ much from each other, but when creating the next NF-610 player, the designers decided to move away from the rectangular shape, making the silhouette of the player rounded at the bottom. Apparently, this decision did not live up to expectations, since the latest model of the series, which has just appeared on the shelves, embodies proven elements of the "old" design.

The NF-710 comes with 256MB, 512MB, or 1024MB of flash memory, plus all the standard features of today's flash players and more. The player is equipped with a small color display, provides recording from the built-in microphone and line input, is equipped with an FM tuner with the ability to record by timer. There is now a fashionable opportunity to watch videos, although for a player with a similar display it can be safely attributed to marketing tricks.

The list of supported files includes MP3, WMA, ASF and Ogg Vorbis, the video format is proprietary, the conversion is done using the supplied software.

Body and design

The body materials of the player are smooth black plastic and no less smooth metal alloy. As in the prototype (NF-410), the entire rear and both side panels of the player are one metal plate, "hugging" the case. This solution looks good and at the same time increases the resistance of the player to all kinds of damage. In addition, the metal or partially metal case of any electronic device is an additional attractive factor in the eyes of buyers. No wonder NEXX decided to return to this design.

The front panel contains a square display framed by a silver insert, a joystick and function keys made of silver plastic. The back and left side panels are left blank, the first only has the manufacturer's logo. On the right side panel there was a place for a sliding lock switch, which has an unusual round shape. All connectors of the player are placed on the upper and lower ends, on the lower end there is a USB connector and a forced reset button of the player, covered with a special snap-on cover, on the upper end there are headphone and line-in connectors.

The quality of the case is at a high level and does not cause any complaints: plastic and metal panels are tightly fitted to each other, the width of the gaps tends to zero. Due to the fact that the back and side panels are a single part, there is no backlash in the case as a class; with a minimum of parts, it simply has nowhere to come from.

Management

All player controls are located on the front panel of the case. The only exception is the control lock switch located on the right side panel. It has an unusual rounded shape and a rather short stroke, so it is sometimes difficult to tell by touch whether it has switched or not.

On the front panel, just below the display, there are four function keys arranged in a single block in the form of a circle, in the center of which a five-way joystick is inscribed. Using the buttons, you can switch the player's operating modes, navigate through the contents of the memory, call up the menu and other actions. The joystick is used to start and stop playback, switch between songs, adjust the volume and navigate through the menu.

The scheme of the player control organization is standard, similar solutions have been tested on a variety of devices, from mobile phones to game consoles. Time to master the control is practically not required, it is intuitive. The buttons and joystick have a fairly long stroke and a noticeable impact, tactile sensations from working with them are pleasant. Clicks are fixed accurately, the percentage of false positives is minimal.

Display and Menu

The player is equipped with a small square display built on an FSTN matrix. Such displays, following the fashion set by marketers, are now being massively introduced into inexpensive compact players, although the clarity and readability of information from high-quality monochrome displays in many respects exceed those of today's average color displays. According to the manufacturer, the NF-710 display displays 65,000 colors, but the relatively low technical characteristics of the matrix do not allow us to confirm the numbers. The image quality on the display is average, the colors are somewhat whitish, the contrast and brightness are average. Supports manual adjustment of the contrast level. In general, the display of the player deserves a satisfactory rating, its overall level can be described as average.

The main menu of the NF-710 has a through horizontal organization. Items and sections of the menu are represented by small graphical icons drawn rather schematically. The menu includes sections Play Mode, Display, Record, Set, Format, Stop Watch, Information.

Play Mode. Contains items for selecting the repeat mode, activating the resumption of playback from the stop point, setting the rewind step (2 sec. - 20 min.), playback speed (5-200%) and equalizer.

Display. Contains display settings: contrast, scroll speed, auto-off time, and menu language. Also from here you can activate the display of the "spectrum analyzer" of two columns and enable the Media Sync mode.

Record. Here are the recording settings for each of the sources, microphone, line-in and FM tuner. For a microphone, this is the bitrate and activation of VOR / AGC systems, for the line input - the bitrate, synchronization from the CD and the length of the pause in the recording (1-8 seconds), for the FM tuner - only the bitrate.

Set. Here you can select the time of automatic shutdown in various operating modes, set the system time and date. The section also includes items for setting bookmarks, activating a smooth increase / decrease in volume, resetting all settings to factory values, and setting up timer recording from FM radio.

Format. Formatting built-in memory.

Stop Watch. Stopwatch.

Information. View player information: software version, memory size, system time and date.

The organization of the player's menu is generally standard, navigation does not take time to get used to.

Power and PC connection

The player is powered by a built-in lithium-polymer battery, the manufacturer does not provide information about its exact capacity. With all their advantages, lithium-polymer batteries are sensitive to negative temperatures, which is especially important in Russian conditions. The declared battery life from a single charge is 15 hours, during testing the player worked for more than 10 hours with repeated on-off and active use of all functions.

The NF-710 is connected to a PC via USB. The supplied USB cable (like the player) has a smaller connector, which is much rarer than the standard one. The operating system defines the player as a removable media, installation of additional software is not required: all manipulations with files are carried out by standard means. The data transfer speed is at a good level and is 3-4 MB per second.

FM radio, recording, photo, video

The player's FM radio reception capabilities are generally standard for this type of device, with the exception of the rare ability to record radio programs on a timer. The NF-710 allows you to set the date, time and duration of the recording. The player will perform all the necessary actions automatically and turn off when the recording is completed. The sensitivity of the tuner is at an average level, when automatically searching for stations, some of them are skipped, however, with manual tuning and a good position of the headphone wire, comfortable listening is possible in most cases.

The NF-710 provides line-in, built-in microphone and FM radio recording. It is worth noting the relatively high maximum bitrate for recording from all sources - 192 Kbps. The sensitivity of the player's microphone is average, it is quite enough to record speech at a distance of up to 10 meters, but in the presence of sufficiently strong extraneous noise, the intelligibility of the recorded speech drops. It is worth noting the presence and effective operation of Voice Operated Recording (VOR, only Toyota RAV4 2015 LE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Blue with a signal) and Automatic Gain Control (AGC, automatic microphone sensitivity adjustment) are recorded. The first helps to save some amount of available memory, the second improves the quality of the recording. In the presence of extraneous noise, it is recommended to turn off the VOR. When recording from the line input, the situation is completely standard and depends mainly on the quality of the recording source signal. We can only note a “disease” common to portable devices - the upper frequencies are somewhat affected and “smeared” from double recoding.

The NF-710 provides line-in, built-in microphone and FM radio recording. It is worth noting the relatively high maximum bitrate for recording from all sources - 192 Kbps. The sensitivity of the player's microphone is average, it is quite enough to record speech at a distance of up to 10 meters, but in the presence of sufficiently strong extraneous noise, the intelligibility of the recorded speech drops. It is worth noting the presence and effective operation of Voice Operated Recording (VOR) systems, recording is only Toyota RAV4 2015 LE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Blue Toyota RAV4 2015 LE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Blue signal present) and Automatic Gain Control (AGC). The first helps to save some amount of available memory, the second improves the quality of the recording. In the presence of extraneous noise, it is recommended to turn off the VOR. When recording from the line input, the situation is completely standard and depends mainly on the quality of the recording source signal. We can only note a “disease” common to portable devices - the upper frequencies suffer somewhat and are “smeared” from double recoding.

The possibilities for viewing graphic files and videos implemented in the NF-710 can be safely attributed to the tricks of marketers - more or less comfortable viewing is hampered by the small diagonal and display resolution. The player processes high-resolution JPEG files quite quickly, within a couple of seconds, which indicates a good scaling algorithm. To view videos on the player, you need to convert them using the supplied converter to a proprietary format. In this case, the resolution of the video is adjusted to that of the display and most of the details are hidden.

NEXX players traditionally sound good, as, indeed, the vast majority of models from well-known manufacturers. The NF-710 has a claimed signal-to-noise ratio of 90 dB, which, although not the highest, ensures that there are no extraneous noises and overtones at maximum volume. Separately, it is worth noting the high output power of 20 mW per channel - this is an undoubted advantage of the player over its competitors. Sound customization features include a five-band manual equalizer, customizable surround sound system, bass boost system, and five genre presets. The standard headphones of the player are made of silvery plastic and have a metal mesh speaker. Their sound quality can be called average, the headphones will suit unpretentious users - when listening to music, there is a lack of low frequencies, high frequencies are “digitally” hard.

Impressions and conclusions

The player is a logical continuation, development of the line, it generally corresponds to very good previous models from NEXX.

The strengths of the NF-710 are a well-balanced design, metal body elements, high-quality sound and relatively high “endurance”. Some drawback is the rather low quality of the Russification of the interface. In Moscow retail, a 512-MB version of the player is sold for about $165.

Specifications:

Capacity: 256, 512 MB, 1 GB File formats: MP3, WMA, ASF, OGG Display: FSTN, 65000 colors Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz Signal-to-noise ratio: 90 dB Dimensions: 68x35x16 mm Weight: 42 .5 g without battery

Thanks to Alion for providing the sample for testing.