iRiver Lplayer - iRiver Lplayer

By Jonathan Bray



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iRiver Lplayer


Our Score:


Moving onto something a little more mainstream, I fired up some Muse in the shape of the ludicrously silly track, Knights of Cydonia and was yet again impressed. The Lplayer pulls off the complex, multilayered guitars, synths and vocals with aplomb. There's plenty of bass without it being overbearing, plenty of clarity without things getting grating and the mid range is clear as a bell.

Time to chill out with a bit of jazz next, and Pat Metheney's atmospheric Map of the World was rendered just as well. Compared to the nano (playing the same track in Apple lossless format), which sounds pretty good in its own right, the Lplayer has more spark, more zing - the music just sounds more three dimensional and solid. I'd go so far as to say that this is among the best compact MP3 player I've yet laid ears upon - it's far better sounding than the Fuze and the nano and the Creative Zen also. In fact, it's as good as Sony's excellent NWZ-A829.

It does come with a pair of earbuds in the box, of course, which are okay - there's no buzz or distortion at loud volumes - but to listen to this player with a pair of bundled phones would be a waste - as with most other compact MP3 players at this price.


All this adds up to an impressive package that makes the Lplayer one of the best compact players around at the moment. It's very pocketable, beautifully made, has an excellent control system and screen, and a very good range of features.

It's also pretty competitive, value-wise, at £99 for the 8GB and £69 for the 4GB version - about the same price as an iPod nano. Most important of all, is that sound quality - a traditional strong point of iRiver players - is fantastic.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Value 8
  • Sound Quality 9


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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