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Cool, sweet and sexy are just some of the words used to describe the Slim-X2 by the Firebox.com team..... The RIO SP250 really has met it's match and got thrashed in the process.
The remote control with its backlit graphical display (cool blue), three multifunction jog dials, and sturdy clip complete a very impressive remote. The small screen has all of the necessary information, helping you navigate through folders on your MP3 CDs and displaying a moving graphics display that dances in time with the music (you can change this to waveform). One jog dial controls volume, EQ, and programming FM presets; the second handles menu navigation, fast forward/rewind, and toggling between FM presets; a third switches between CD and radio and navigates +10 or -10 songs, a great option for dealing with 150-song MP3 CDs.. The main part of the player is small (not much bigger than a CD), light and very slim. It makes the SP250 look like an over weight doughnut :-)
As with some other portable audio devices, the SlimX2 sports an in-line remote, meaning that it's built into the headphone wire. But since the headphones plug into the remote, you can swap in a high-end pair if the unimpressive included ear buds don't do it for you.
Of course, if the SlimX2 didn't sound good, none of this would matter. Luckily, the audio is clear as a bell and cranks loud enough to rock even the hardiest ears, with punchy bass and crisp-as-MP3-gets highs. And an automatic Resume feature defaults to fading in the music right where you left off. We wish all CD-player manufacturers would include such a perk; after all, why wouldn't you want to start listening right where you left off?
We think you would be mad to part with your hard earned money on the SP250 when this model clearly has it whipped in almost all areas.... If this is the future of MP3 CD players then we are going to be very happy.
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