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By Jonathan Bray


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iRiver Lplayer


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The Lplayer's 320 x 240 pixel screen looks good, too, and videos play back at up to a smooth 30fps. Indeed, it looks as crisp and colourful as anything the nano or Zen can produce. Despite the small size, as with the Clix 2, videos are actually very watchable. You could quite easily watch an episode of Heroes or Lost on this device without going too cross-eyed. And format support is also good: you can play back WMV 9, MPEG4 and XVID files on the Lplayer, though it's worth bearing in mind that you'll still probably need to transcode most of your video first using the supplied iRiver Plus 3 software. The Lplayer only supports SP profiles of the above file formats and, unlike the Sansa View, for example, won't play video at higher resolutions than the native resolution (320 x 240) of its screen.

However, at this sort of size you're not going to be using the Lplayer as a video player too often - it's principally intended for use as a music playback device. And it does that job admirably well. The first thing to point out is that it's extremely flexible in its music format playback. Not only can it act as a simply drag-and-drop device, for the playback of standard ripped files, but also in MTP mode for synchronisation with Windows Media Player and the playback of protected WMA files. File format support elsewhere is also commendable, with support for ASF, OGG and the lossless FLAC format as well as the usual suspects of MP3 and WMA. And to top the features list off, the Lplayer has a decent FM radio built in, plus an integrated microphone so you can use it as an impromptu dictaphone.

I was keen to see if the Lplayer could match the Clix 2 for sound quality so I loaded its capacious 8GB with a phalanx of FLAC files and set about carrying out some serious listening tests. I was instantly impressed. The iRiver's sound is loud, clear and punchy without sounding strained or harsh in the way that the Sansa Fuze does. I kicked off with Mozart's Requiem and was impressed to find that the Lplayer was able to drive not only a pair of ear canal headphones without breaking sweat but also my reference headphones - a pair of Grado SR325s. The music was presented in just the kind of unfussy way I like: balanced but with perfect control.

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August 7, 2008, 12:55 pm

8Gb??...Hardly capacious, considering most manufacturers are now standardizing the 16GB capacity, and some are even talking of coming out with 32Gb versions, i'm kind of dissapointed with iRiver.

I could have actually considered buying this one alongside the brilliant Sony NWZ-A829, since you say both offer comparable audio quality, but the low 8Gb capacity kills the deal for me.

And no memory expansion options either, like the Cowon D2, not cool.

I'll just have to wait for the Sony NWZ-A829 then.


August 7, 2008, 1:13 pm

How I wish Iriver would do, not a scaled down version of the Clix2 but, a larger version of this player. Give it a 3.5inch screen and 32GB capacity (or 16GB with an expansion slot), and you've got yourself a winner.


August 7, 2008, 3:52 pm

Is this a relaunch of the S60? With more memory, obviously.


August 7, 2008, 6:06 pm

Why don't more manufacturers include card slots on media players? It might add a few quid to the price, but that's more than balanced by the flexibility it affords.


August 7, 2008, 7:29 pm


1. The L-Player was never intended to serve as a direct replacement for the Clix2, the iRiver Spin does.

2. The Clix2 was not the 1st iRiver player to utilize D-Click navigation, the Clix (Duh!) was, and...

3. Even before the the L-Player, the iRiver S10 featured D-Click in a much smaller package, so your claims are somewhat off here.


August 7, 2008, 8:21 pm

I meant S10.


August 8, 2008, 5:59 am

Thanks for the review Johnathan.

I have a couple of Questions:

*Were the batteries tested on the Lplayer? if so, how many hours did it last from a full charge?

*Can you make multiple playlists on the Lplayer (Unlike the Clix2)


August 8, 2008, 4:01 pm


I really dont care if either the Lplayer or the Spinn is the replacement for clix2. They both max out at 8 gb and that's just not good enough in mid 2008

don't get me wrong, i love my clix 2 but 8 gb is not enough capacity for me, and i would love another iRiver, but i guess i'll have to wait or buy a sony player..


August 8, 2008, 7:12 pm

You forgot to mention that it supports flash games (and comes with some), has a photo viewer and a text file reader, and that it can record from FM. My original Clix has these features so I'm sure this does as well. It's an extremely feature rich player.

Jim 4

November 15, 2008, 3:53 pm

Just brought this player today after alot of research.Very disapointed. It is hard to navigate, constantly freezing.I am sendimg it back for a sony s639.


January 25, 2009, 4:54 pm

Which player would you say is better (especially the sound quality with the pair of earbuds in the box, because i actually dont want to spend another some of money on buying earbuds)

this one, or the Sony Walkman NWZ-E436F?


March 14, 2009, 3:33 pm

What's the battery life on these?

Currently undecided on which PMP to get. Either this, or a NWZ-S639F.


March 15, 2009, 5:37 pm

Urg, I just found out the battery life on these average around ~12 hours.

That's just plain bad, so gonna get a Sony.

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