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The features don’t stop here as MPeye has added an FM radio as well as line in recording. Personally I couldn’t care less about the line in functionality, but the built in microphone could come in handy when you need a voice recorder. It’s not the most sensitive microphone in the world, but it does the job.
The main control of the HTS-200 is based on a four way joystick that’s pressed inwards to make selections. Moving it up and down in play mode adjusts the volume while moving it to either side skips to the next or previous track – this will also fast forward or rewind the music playing if held to either side for any length of time. Press and hold the joystick down quickly to access the file and picture browser, or hold it down for two seconds to access the menu system.
There are a further three buttons that are used to control the HTS-200 and these can be found on the bottom of the player. The play/pause button which also doubles up and the on/off switch, then there is the repeat/hold button and finally an A-B button which is also used for switching to the voice recorder mode. The 2.5mm line in jack can also be found on this side of the player.
On the right hand side is a mini USB 2.0 connector as well as a reset switch, both hidden underneath a rubber flap. The left hand side is home to the headphone socket as well as a loop to which the supplied neck strap can be attached. Apart from the neck strap you also get a USB to mini USB 2.0 cable, a 2.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable, a see-through plastic protective pouch with a belt hoop, a charger and a set of pretty average white headphones. A CD with Windows 98 drivers and a play list creation application is also bundled, along with a paper manual.