Samsung YP-Q1 Diamond - Samsung YP-Q1 Diamond

By Stuart Andrews



Our Score:


The Q1's sound has other things going for it as well. I usually shy away from audio enhancements, but the dynamic upscaler genuinely seems to breathe a little extra life into any more obviously compressed tracks, while the DNSe enhancement mode offers - for once - some listenable EQ and reverb presets and an automatic function that does a decent job of picking the right one for the current track.

Best of all is format support. The Q1 supports MP3 and WMA as you might expect, but also OGG Vorbis and everyone's favourite lossless format, FLAC. At first I wasn't sure that the player did play FLAC. Samsung's literature is slightly unclear on whether all Q1s sold in all territories support the format, and when copying some FLAC files over, Windows threw up a shirty message stating that the files would not play back on my device. Luckily, the Q1 knew better, and my FLAC rips of Doves' Lost Souls and Outkast's The Love Below played back without a hitch.

Can you tell the difference between a FLAC file and the 320K MP3 equivalent on the Q1? Well, with the Denon 'phones you can - just about. It's easier to pick out the emerging layers of orchestration in Doves' Firebird Suite, while there's a presence to the chiming guitar in The Man Who Told Everything that the MP3 version can't quite match. The question is, would you notice this difference enough to rip all your files to FLAC for the daily commute. Unless you want half the songs or less on your PMP, probably not.

This is a tough call. The YP-Q1 is a strong player - arguably Samsung's strongest yet - and at £100 for the 16GB version it offers excellent value for money. As a video player or a vehicle for watching downloaded iPlayer material, it's a stronger contender than either the Sony NWZ-639F or the iPod Nano (though the lack of built-in format support might change your mind).

However, if music was my main priority I'd still opt to pay £15 more, do without FLAC support and get the much better bundled headphones from the Sony, particularly given its smaller form factor and more usable controls. For that reason we're holding back on a recommendation this time around, but if your priorities are different, then give the Samsung an audition a.s.a.p.


With excellent audio quality and a fine set of features this is Samsung's finest player yet. However, while the larger screen means the Samsung is a better PMP for video, the Sony NWZ-639F has a slight edge when it comes to audio.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Value 9
  • Sound Quality 8
  • Features 8
  • Design 8


November 16, 2008, 6:00 am

Thanks for a good review Stuart.

Another decent player from Samsung, but the Sony NWZ-S539F has it clearly beat.

On Build Quality, Sound, Earphones.

Okay i dont care about the video. I barely watch a music video or two on the go.

I'll stick with the Sony. ;)


November 16, 2008, 11:33 pm

Do Sony do a 32GB version of this player? I couldn't turn anything up on Google.


November 17, 2008, 1:19 am

How come there is no sound quality category? Kind of important for a Mp3 player review...


November 17, 2008, 4:17 am

If I were to guess it's because sound quality is very subjective. Sound quality is never the same for two people due to a variety of factors, ear size, foam size etc. all make a big difference. And if you get that sorted, some people think a sound is good from a pair of ipod earphones. Plus sound quality is a combination of player and earphone. Put good earphones into a bad source and you have a different sound to a bad player with


November 17, 2008, 4:43 am

darkspark88, not to be rude, but what the heck are you talking about?

The Sony player this is being compared to has a sound quality category. So do the latest Apple Mp3 players. So does the Archos 5 that was just reviewed. So does the latest iRiver player (Spinn).

Take a look, click on Mp3 and try to find one that doesn't have a sound category!


November 17, 2008, 4:58 am

@GherkinG - nope

@Ohmz - it's a layout error, should say 'Sound Quality', darkspark88 was talking in the broader sense if you somehow didn't spot that - which made perfect sense.

Will fix now.


November 19, 2008, 1:31 am

Well I took the plunge and bought my first mp3 player and it was the Samsung and I am very pleased with it. To be honest I didnt buy the Sony as my daughter has a Sony and I didnt want to devalue hers by buying a newer model. We all have our reasons! I am no expert and read reviews and have used my daughters.I admit at first the controls are a bit sensitive but like all things when you get the hang they work well. Sometimes I think reviewers come with their own preferences. You just have to read the instructions and tap them and not try to brush them or hold them on. The sound quality is excellent and

the interface also. Another review said the suppplied earphones were good. Its all a matter of preference. It always makes me laugh when these reviews talk about it being 5mm

longer and 2mm thicker. Who cares! As long as it fits my pocket thats all that matters.Its not a size competition. I have seen video reviews on here where they spend half the review lining up different mp3 players and comparing the mm. How sad is that!They can be too small. The Nano is too small for me.

For 䀏 its great buy at 16GB, as is the Sony and the Creative XFi 8GB whch is the other I looked at but the looks were cool and its a really nice bit of kit.

I am not saying its better than the Sony but I think it is as good. You pays your money as they say.


November 27, 2008, 10:32 pm

Slightly off topic but do you guys at TR have any word on the Cowon S9? Because I've been lusting after any info since they announced it, after trying the iPod Touch and finding the sound quality a bit mediocre (and that was in the Apple store on Bose earphones - funny they don't have standard iPod earbuds on their demo models!)....


November 28, 2008, 3:11 pm

Thanks for the review, Q1 look good for me, just 2 questions:

- any customs EQ ?

- Battery removable by the user?

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