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Toshiba gigabeat® S30 Portable Media Center

30GB MP3/WMA player with video and photo playback

Item # 052MES30VW

The Toshiba gigabeat Portable Media Center offers lots of on-the-go entertainment options.

The Toshiba gigabeat Portable Media Center offers lots of on-the-go entertainment options.

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About the Toshiba gigabeat® S30 Portable Media Center

The Toshiba gigabeat Portable Media Center offers lots of on-the-go entertainment options. Its 30GB hard drive stores up to five days of video, over 20 days of near-CD-quality music, or tens of thousands of photos. A bright 2-3/8" color screen gives you a clear view of your pictures and videos. And the player comes preloaded with Microsoft's Windows® Mobile® software and uses the same intuitive interface found on the Media Center edition of Windows XP.

The Toshiba gigabeat Portable Media Center offers lots of on-the-go entertainment options. Its 30GB hard drive stores up to five days of video, over 20 days of near-CD-quality music, or tens of thousands of photos. A bright 2-3/8" color screen gives you a clear view of your pictures and videos. And the player comes preloaded with Microsoft's Windows® Mobile® software and uses the same intuitive interface found on the Media Center edition of Windows XP.

TV and movies to go
Using your home computer network, you can transfer recorded TV shows from a Media Center PC or TiVo Series 2™ DVR to the gigabeat. Or load it up with movies from a compatible online subscription service, like Starz Vongo.

Plenty of music choices
The gigabeat works with audio download and subscription services such as Napster and URGE, so you easily can augment your collections of MP3s and WMAs with fresh tunes. You can also send music from your player through a PC to your Xbox360™ console and use your own tunes for video game soundtracks.

Use the built-in tuner to listen to live radio programs. The gigabeat's rechargeable battery that gives you up to 12 hours of playback on a full charge, so you can watch videos and listen to music for hours on end.

Shipping Note: Sorry, we can only ship Toshiba products to the 49 continental United States and Washington D.C.; we can't ship them to Hawaii or U.S. Territories. (Solamente es posible enviar productos de la Toshiba dentro los 49 estados unidos continentales y Washington D.C.)

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Product highlights:

  • plays WMV 7, WMV 8, and WMV 9 video files
  • displays JPEG images
  • plays MP3, WMA, protected WMA and WAV audio files
  • 30GB hard drive holds:
    • up to 996 hours of music at 64 Kbps (or 498 hours at 128 Kbps)
    • up to 127 hours of movies at 500 Kbps
    • tens of thousands of digital photos
  • PlaysForSure™ compatibility — plays downloaded music and video files from compatible sources and subscription services, like Napster, Yahoo! Music, and URGE
  • built-in FM tuner with 30 station presets
  • 2-7/16" backlit polysilicone TFT screen (65,536 colors)
  • earbud headphones
  • AC adapter
  • high-speed USB interface (cable included)
  • up to 12 hours audio (or 2.5 hours video) playback with built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • 2-3/8"W x 4"H x 1/2"D
  • weight: 4.45 oz. with battery
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
PC Requirements:
  • Windows® XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, XP Media Center Edition (Service Pack 2 is recommended)
  • USB port (high-speed USB recommended)
  • MFR # MES30VW

What's in the box:

  • White/silver 30GB portable media center
  • Earbud headphones with an attached 38" cord (right earbud cord is 49") with a 3.5mm miniplug on the end
  • 5' A/V cable (with 3.5mm miniplug on one end and stereo RCA audio and composite video plugs on the other end)
  • AC adapter with an attached 59" DC output cord (DC output: 5V/3A)
  • 6.5' AC cord
  • 3.5' USB cable (with male Type A USB plug on one end and a male Mini-USB 2.0 plug on the other end)
  • 5.5" USB adapter cable (has female Type A USB jack on one end and a male Mini-USB 2.0 plug on the other end)
  • Gigabeat S-series Software CD (Ver.1.0 NA)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety Precautions
  • "Stop--Need Help?" sheet
  • Warranty sheet

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Features
Supplied Software

Features

Storage Device: The Toshiba gigabeat S30V includes a built-in 30GB HDD (hard disk drive), capable of storing approximately 498 hours of music (at 128 kbps), or about 7,500 four-minute songs. Up to approximately 127 hours of video data can be stored (at 500 kbps). The unit can also be used to store JPEG digital photos for viewing on the full color LCD screen.

Display: The gigabeat features a 2.4" QVGA low temperature polysilicon TFT color display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. The display's backlight can be set to different durations: 1 second, 5 seconds, 15 seconds, 1 minute, or always on. The brightness of the display can be set between 1 (dim) and 5 (bright).

Compatible Formats: This unit can store and playback MP3, WMA, and WAV music files. It can also store and display JPEG digital image files. The specifications for the formats are as follows:

  • MP3:
    • Sampling Frequency:
      • Stereo: 8, 16, 22.05, 44.1, 48 kHz
      • Mono: 8, 11, 16, 22.05, 32, 44.1 kHz
    • Bit Rate:
      • Stereo: 32 to 320 kbps
      • Mono: 16 to 64 kbps
  • WMA:
    • Sampling Frequency:
      • Stereo: 8, 16, 22.05, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
      • Mono: 8, 11, 16, 22.05, 32, 44.1 kHz
      • Voice: 8, 11, 16, 22.05, 32, 44.1 kHz
    • Bit Rate:
      • Stereo: CBR 32 to 320 kbps, VBR 32 to 355 kbps
      • Mono: CBR 5 to 48 kbps
      • Voice: 4 to 20 kbps
  • WMA 9 Lossless: Sampling Frequency: 8, 16, 22.05, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
  • WAV:
    • Sampling Frequency: 8, 16, 22.05, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    • Bit Rate: Uncompressed
  • JPEG: Maximum Resolution: 9000 x 6000

PlaysForSure: This unit is compatible with PlaysForSure, which ensures the unit will work with WMA music subscription services such as Napster, Rhapsody, Yahoo Music, and AOL MusicNow.

Operating System: The gigabeat S30V is equipped with built-in Windows Mobile Software for Portable Media Centers, which allows you to download music, video, or pictures to enjoy on the portable media player or a TV.

Plus Touch Control: The Plus Touch control on the front panel lets you scroll through your music or photo collections quickly and easily, raise and lower the volume, and navigate through the menu options. It has a 5-way control: up, down, left, right, and the center "OK" button performs the highlighted function.

Side Mounted Controls: Power and playback controls are located on the right side of the unit. The controls include: Power, Menu, Volume +/-, Skip Up/Dn, and Play/Pause.

USB Transfer Rates: The player's Mini USB 2.0 port (on the bottom of the unit) is used for data downloading directly from a digital camera or PC. It is USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible. Note: Your PC or digital camera must be equipped with a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed port in order to transfer tracks at the higher rate.

Rechargeable Battery: The unit contains a built-in Lithium Ion rechargeable battery with the capacity for approximately 12 hours of continuous audio playback or up to 2.5 hours of video playback. The battery can be charged by plugging the AC adapter directly into the unit (power jack on the right side panel), or while the unit is connected to a PC via the USB cable, if the PC's USB connection supports charging. The unit recharges in approximately 3 hours, and can be recharged approximately 500 times.

Earbud Headphones: The gigabeat S30V comes with a pair of in-the-ear, earbud-style headphones. The headphones include a 38" cord extending from the plug to the left earbud. The cord to the right earbud is 49" long. This design allows the cord to hang from the user's left side instead of the center.

Music File Organization: Music files are organized by songs, albums, genres, or artists. You can select a desired track, album, genre, or artist to be added to a "quick list." Tracks can be rated during playback with one through five stars. During playback, you can display elapsed or remaining track time.

Equalizer Mode: You can choose from several equalizer presets to make the music sound the way you want. You can select from the following EQ modes: acoustic, classical, electronic, hip hop, jazz, pop, and rock.

Harmonics: You can compensate the high-frequency sound data of 16kHz or more that has been cut due to the compression from a music CD to a WMA or MP3 file. This technology is co-developed by Toshiba and the Kyushu Institute of Technology Center for Human Quality of Life Through IT.

Reserving Space: You can reserve a free portion of the hard drive for downloading pictures directly from a digital camera. You can select 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, or 2GB.

Viewing Image Files: Digital image files can be organized by date or folder. You can select a single image to view from a page of up to 35 thumbnail views. Images can be viewed in a slide show fashion with a selectable interval of 3, 5, 7, 10, 15, or 30 seconds. If desired, the images can be viewed in order, or shuffled, and can be enlarged with the zoom function. Images can be viewed in a portrait or landscape configuration.

Downloading Video Files: Videos can be downloaded into the media player via USB. If you have a Windows Media Edition PC, you can transfer TV shows that were recorded onto your PC. You can also download programs recorded onto a TiVo Series2 DVR when it is connected into your home network.

Viewing Video Files: Stored videos are sorted by date, source, or name. If you stop watching a video in the middle, you can either resume watching later where you left off, or restart from the beginning. Videos can be viewed in a portrait or landscape configuration.

Viewing On A TV: The headphone output on the top of the unit doubles as an A/V output, allowing you to connect it to a TV with the supplied A/V cable. The video output can be set to the NTSC or PAL system.

FM Radio: The gigabeat S30V has a built-in FM tuner so you can listen to your favorite stations. You can manually or automatically store up to 60 stations (2 groups/30 stations per group) into preset memory for quick tuning. You can set the tuner to the area you're in, including North America, Latin America, Australia, Europe, Japan, or "other countries." The FM sensitivity can be set to low, medium, or high.

Supplied Software

Windows Media Player 10: The supplied S-Series gigabeat CD-ROM contains Windows Media Player 10 to allow you to rip CDs and create MP3 or WMA files. These files can then be transferred to your digital media player. Album art can also be imported to your PC and then transferred into the gigabeat S30V.

System Requirements: The minimum system requirements for Windows Media Player 10 are as follows:

  • OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Professional Edition, or Media Center Edition (Windows XP Service Pack 2 recommended)
  • CPU: 300MHz or faster (1.5 GHz or faster recommended)
  • Memory: 128MB or more (512 MB is recommended)
  • Available Hard Disk Space: 100 MB
  • USB Port: USB 2.0 Full Speed (1.1)/USB 2.0 Hi Speed recommended
  • CD-ROM Drive
  • Windows Media Player 10: If not installed on the PC, it can be downloaded from the supplied CD-ROM.

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