Samsung YP-Q2 Media Player 8GB - Samsung YP-Q2

By Stuart Andrews

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Summary

Our Score:

8

One of the Q1's biggest assets was its bright 2.4in 320 x 240 screen - one of the largest displays of any PMP in this class. The same holds true of the YP-Q2, and whether you're watching TV, movie or photo content, you'll get a clear, vibrant image with plenty of punch that's visible in most lighting conditions. This should, theoretically, make the Q2 a great player for video content, but unfortunately not all is quite as it should be. For one thing, file format support is now a bit behind the curve, with only WMA and Samsung's own SVI format handled. Interestingly, the specs claim MPEG-4 support, but it turns out that this only works if you convert the file using Samsung's Emodio media management software first, and even then I saw some nasty, choppy frame rates when attempting to play converted movie files back.

More seriously, while the Q2 claims to have full iPlayer support, I've had poor results so far. Freshly downloaded files which will play happily on my Q1 refuse to play on its successor, coming back with a File Not Supported error message. I've tried copying using straight folder to folder drag and drop and syncing using both Windows Media Player and Emodio, and nothing seems to work. As Samsung is sticking 'Works with BBC iPlayer' stickers on the packaging and all sites selling the Q2 are making the same claims, I'm going to charitably assume that either a) there's a problem with my particular Q2 or b) this is a known issue that's being ironed out as we speak. I'd be lying if I said that this didn't concern me, though.

Otherwise, the Q2 matches its predecessor feature for feature. The FM radio is one of the more sensible efforts on a PMP, offering decent reception, good audio quality and the ability to automatically set preset channels from within the radio mode itself. The voice recorder is perfectly adequate for most needs, we get decent text and photo viewers, complete with slideshow, and the Q2 even fits in a trio of mildly entertaining puzzle games.

Still, above all else the Q2 is an excellent audio player, and easily the best I've listened to since Sony's awesome sounding NWZ-X1060 X-Series Walkman. Like the YP-Q1 before it, the Q2 features Samsung's DSNe 3.0 audio enhancement technology, combining a range of EQ settings with some understated 3D audio effects and an ‘Audio Upscaler' feature designed to compensate for the effects of MP3 compression. It seems to work as I'd say that the new player sounds slightly better than the old one. Bass is deep and rich but also articulate, the mid-range is punchy and at the top end there's no shortage of detail or 'sparkle.'

Mik

August 16, 2009, 5:54 pm

Nice review - play have the 16gb version for £80 - but as you said, the 16gb sony S639 is only £90 on amazon, and includes better headphones. Also, did you get 50 hours battery life from it or is that Samsung's figure? Lastly, is there an upcoming review of the new Sony E series players in the pipeline??

StuAndrews

August 17, 2009, 7:04 pm

Thanks Mik. The battery life quoted is Samsung's figure - I didn't have time to do what I'd call a proper test - but my experience seems to bear this out, give or take an hour or two. I really like the Q2, but given the prices the Sony is currently going for, I'd spend my own money that way if I were buying a new player.





I'll find out if there are any plans to review the E series. I'd be surprised if there weren't.





Stu.

Missy

August 27, 2009, 5:04 pm

I recently purchased the 16GB YP-Q2 and I'm having trouble with BBC iPlayer too; there doesn't seem to be any concise help out there to sort that out. I love the sound quality of the player, and its touch control is an interesting feature but sometimes I inadvertently touch the wrong one!). Just a shame that I can't drag and drop mp4 or wmv videos and have to convert them to .svi via EmoDio.

klishwagen

October 24, 2009, 9:35 pm

Page 3 paragraph 2: Did you mean "discreet"? I'm not sure from the context, but I think it's a typo.


Also, Ogg isn't the audio format, it's the container, Ogg Vorbis is the audio codec. I'm guessing it doesn't support Ogg Theora, the video format/codec?





There's been references in the news section to the Sansa Clip+, saying it is probably the best budget choice, are we going to get a full review? The last Clip review was the 1Gb back in 2007. Or are you waiting until it is available on these shores?





Cheers.

Iksnathum

June 3, 2013, 3:20 pm

I got a question:

I have purchased Samsung YP-Q2 4 Gb.
I was wondering if I can create more playlist.

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