Samsung YP-U5 (2GB) - Samsung YP-U5

By Stuart Andrews



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The old U4 was a bit of a disappointment when it came to audio quality. The U5 is an improvement, but - despite Samsung's trumpeting of its DNSe 3.0 enhancement technology - not a vast one. The variant of DNSe used here is labelled ‘core', hinting that it doesn't offer the full power of the version used in the excellent YP-P3 player, and while it still features a processing enhancement designed to restore audio data lost through compression, along with a range of EQ settings, a bass boost function and a 3D effect, the overall result isn't nearly so impressive.

Bass response is very good, with the U5 dishing out a warm, well defined range of low-end tones and enough power that - with a half-decent pair of headphones - you won't want to use the bass enhancement function in anger, or you'll just get a nasty, booming mess.

The U5 is also a fine performer at the other end of the audio spectrum; you might find the highs slightly too bright for comfort, but there's plenty of detail. What's more, with the 3D effect kept low or switched off, there's a nice sense of space, with individual instruments clearly positioned across the stereo range.

The problems come with the mid-range. That all-important mid sounds slightly weak, thin and muffled, and that's enough to put the U5 behind the Sandisk Sansa Clip and even the iPod shuffle in the sound quality stakes. How serious this is will depend on the headphones you're using and the music you're listening to. The output actually seems quite well suited to the cheap and cheerful buds thrown in the box, though needless to say these won't satisfy anyone who is particular about audio quality.

I tried the U5 with a range of other ‘phones, including the Grado SR60s and iGrados, the Denon AHC551s and a set of Klipsch Custom 2s, and the weak mid-range was apparent across all of them.


July 5, 2009, 3:27 pm

OGG and FLAC support is why I like samsung :)


February 25, 2010, 4:02 am

One thing that was surprising, perhaps I shouldn't really mention in this review as 1. nobody probably read this anymore 2. it's not really about this player, is that the earbuds I got from my YP-U3 is surprisingly good, sure, it has little to no bass, but compared to my Phonak PFE's, they're only a minor fraction behind in terms of clarity and punch. At first, when I got my Phonaks, I thought I was going crazy 'cos I couldn't tell major differences between the two even though the Phonak's are one of the clearest earphones out there.


April 3, 2010, 3:57 pm

Hello, does anybody know how different is this thing from Samsung YP-U3? The thing is that U5's price is lower than U3's, which confuses me a lot. I listen to rock and metal, so I'm afraid about buying U5, according to what they say in this review...

Keith Distin

September 23, 2010, 11:59 pm

The review says you can enable gapless playback. How do you do that?

I have one and can't find it anywhere in the settings.


December 26, 2010, 4:42 pm

i bought a 2nd hand of yp u5, it's still in good shape and works perfectly fine. there are so many differences of u3 from u5, if you say that u3 is much costly than u5 it is because of the touch screen system and the technology that was based from. i had u3 before and loved it so much i just misplaced it unfortunately. if you own a u3 and want to upgrade to u5 it would be much better if you use your u3 till it wreck out, because it's like touch screen technology makes it pretty than u5, u5 don't have clip on the package that's the only thing i really hate. yet u3 is almost good for plain mp3 player.

i recommend it for it's design ang flexibility.

for those who are first timers and wants a cheap mp3 player i really recommend u5, though no touch screen technology it's all worth it and much techy than u3. and all the downside of u3 and u4 where improved by the u5. that's it!!


November 3, 2013, 12:07 pm

how do u fix it if the light does not work

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