Written on: 24/11/2010 by shannonh (1 review written)
YP-Q3, recently launched by Samsung, is an MP3 player that promises much more than the previously well-received Q1 and Q2.
Q3 is very strong in music play, the most basic function of MP3 player. At the IFA 2010, where the new product was showcased, Samsung introduced an upgraded version of DNSe called Sound Alive. And Q3 also comes with Sound Alive function. While the former DNSe used genre for categorization, Sound Alive has Auto, Normal, Vocal, Music Instrument, Tweeter, Big Bass, Cafe, Concert Hall, User 1, 2 to enable the users to listen to the sound of their choice such as vocal, bass and musical instruments. The device plays the sound closest to what the user is looking for.
Q3 promises noise-free and clear sound even at maximum volume and the ear phone that comes with Q3 reproduces top-notch beat, presence and resonance. Also, its sound has depth and is not shallow. It's totally a personal choice, but for those like me who like sound with depth, you will love the sound of Q3.
Another strength of YP-Q3 is the EarCare function - which optimizes the volume to protect the user's ears. When listening to music or watching video for a long time using the ear phone, the device automatically controls the music in 3 levels based on the noise level allowed per day, minimizing ear fatigue. Ever had hurting ears because the next song plays in much higher volume? This is because media files can come in different volumes. For me, Q3 not only protects my ears, but my heart as well! : )
YP-Q3 supports various audio codec such as Xvid, MPEG4, WMV and H.264, enabling the user to watch videos without separate encoding process. It also offers basic functions to watch videos such as screen size control, skip and bookmark. However, you cannot control the subtitle sync and screen size control is not applicable to all videos. And 2.2 inch LCD isn't the perfect size to watch videos.
Other functions include photos, text, voice recording and FM radio.
Q3 is a real 'return to the basics' product fulfilling its role as a 'sound player'. I would say this is the biggest strength of Q3. In fact, what could be better for a MP3 player?