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

By Stuart Andrews

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

User Score:

Some genres of music aren't too badly affected. Levees, from Terence Blanchards orchestrated Jazz album, A Tale of God's Will, sounded fine, the subdued acoustic bass and melancholy, muted trumpet tones having no problems cutting through the funereal strings running through the early and latter sections of the piece. There was also some nice detailing in the piano, percussion and brass that come in midway through.

While the vocals in tracks from Ray LaMontagne's Gossip in the Grain suffered from the lack of mid-range clarity, the Samsung still delivered a warm, intimate, no-fuss sound. Bass heavy dance tracks like Justice's Genesis also work well, playing to the YP-U5's strengths, and I didn't get bad results from more poppy material from Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5 or Take That.

Rock tracks, however, particularly those with layered heavy guitars and busy drums, have a tendency to sound messy. It's hard to make out what's going on for large sections of Mastodon's Oblivion, and the thick guitar sounds of The Hold Steady's Sequestered in Memphis have definitely sounded more punchy and urgent. And forget about switching from the Norm or Auto EQ settings to the Rock preset (or, God forbid, Concert Hall) - you'll only make things worse.

It's a shame, because in all other respects the U5 is a very nice player, and a worthy rival to the Sansa Clip (still the thinking man's small format MP3 player of choice). Battery life, at around 20 hours, is very good, and File Format support, with OGG and FLAC now provided, is certainly above average.

Even the pricing is competitive; I can't imagine anyone paying £30 for the 2GB version when the 4GB version is only £8 more, but you're still getting a lot of player for that kind of money. If your tastes run more to pop and dance than rock, then the YP-U5 well worth a look. If, however, you want a great all-rounder that can handle any type of music, then Samsung's latest little wonder falls slightly - just slightly - short of the mark.

Verdict

A thoughtfully designed micro MP3 player with a lot more bells and whistles than you might expect at the price point. Sound quality isn't exceptional, but if you can live with the weak mid-range then the YP-U5 offers solid value for money.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Value 8
  • Usability 8
  • Sound Quality 7

padrikas

July 5, 2009, 3:27 pm

OGG and FLAC support is why I like samsung :)

Jiamenguk

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.

Anna

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.

wiithermoore

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!!

MusicLuver

November 3, 2013, 12:07 pm

how do u fix it if the light does not work

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