Product Overview: The Creative ZenV Plus
4GB is a portable music, video and photo player with a 4GB built-in hard drive.
Compatible music formats include MP3, WMA, and WAV. It will display still
pictures in the JPEG (JPG) format and also supports transcoded video format. The player is small enough to fit in your
shirt pocket yet can store up to 2,000 songs (based on 4 minutes, 64 kbps WMA). It has a 1/8" (3.5mm)
stereo mini-jack on the top of the player for use with stereo headphones.
LCD Screen: The ZenV Plus 4GB features a 1.5" OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode)
display with adjustable size and brightness settings.
Transferring Content: You can acquire
content for your player from several sources.
- Audio Tracks: Audio tracks can be
ripped from personal audio CDs and home studio recordings, or purchased from
online music stores off your computer.
- Pictures: Photos encoded from digital
cameras, webcams or scanned from printed photos can be used.
- ZENcast Content: ZENcast content can
be downloaded from the Internet using ZENcast Organizer (software supplied
with Installation CD).
- Video: Download video-clips from the
Internet or captured from your digital camera.
Supplied Accessories: Your ZenV Plus 4GB comes
with the following accessories.
- Earphones: ear-buds feature dynamic
bass response and enhanced audio clarity
- Pouch: provides protection for your
ZenV Plus 4GB
- Neckstrap: convenient neck strap lets
you easily carry your ZenV Plus 4GB anywhere
- Line-in Cable: with your player's
Line-in cable, you can directly encode or "rip" music to your player,
instead of ripping music onto your computer first and then transferring into
- USB Cable: allows transfer from your
computer and charging for the built-in battery
- Installation CD: contains software to
help transfer and organize your music and photos
Connections: The ZenV Plus 4GB features the
- Built-in Microphone: make instant recordings
with this built-in microphone
- Line In Jack: uses a female 2.5mm mini-jack
input to connect external audio sources
- Headphone Jack: uses a female 3.5mm
mini-jack output to connect your earphones
- USB 2.0 Port: To charge your player's
battery or transfer music, pictures and data files, connect one end of the
supplied USB cable to this port, and the other end of the USB cable to your
computer's USB port.
Controls: Your ZenV Plus 4GB offers the
following control functions.
- Power Switch: slider switch to turn
power "On" and "Off".
- Lock: slide the power switch to the
Lock position to disable the player's controls
- Volume +/- Buttons: press to increase
or decrease the volume
- Record Button: starts or stops
- Play/Pause Button: starts, pauses and
- Back/Options Button: press and hold
button to display the Options menu, press button to return to previous menu
- 5-Way Navigation Joystick: use this
button for playing music or menu functions
- Music Functions: use to move to
previous or next track or to move forward or backward within a track
- Menu Functions: use to scroll
through and select items in the menu
- Reset Button: use a pin to press this
button if the player does not respond
Power Requirements: The ZenV Plus 4GB uses a
built-in, rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery that gives you up to 15 hours of
continuous playtime. The battery is charged by the USB connection when connected
to your computer or when connected to an optional AC adapter/charger (part
number # 053ZENAD2, sold
Main Menu: The ZenV Plus 4GB's menu offers the
- Music Library: Play music from
created Playlists, Albums, Artists, Genres, All Tracks, Recordings,
Bookmarks or DJ feature.
- Now Playing: The now Playing screen
appears when you turn on your ZenV Plus 4GB or when you select the feature from
the main menu. The Now Playing features allows you to do the following.
- You can view you player's settings and
battery status icons.
- You can access the Selected Music screen of
your list of music tracks pre-selected for playback.
- Photos: This option allows you to select and view your still photos.
- Video: This option allows you to
select and view you downloaded videos.
- FM Radio: This option allows you to
access the built-in FM radio and select up to 32 FM presets.
- Extras: This option includes settings
for the Microphone and Line-in connections as well as the time and date
setting. This feature also allows you to
sync with and view Microsoft Outlook Contacts, Calendar and Tasks as well a
access the Removable Disk function.
- System: Customize your player's
settings such as the audio and photo settings with the System option.
Sync Manager: You can use the Sync Manager
to update and synchronize music, pictures, contacts, calendar and tasks between
the ZenV Plus 4GB and your computer.
Information Screen: You can view the
player's information such as disk space and the total number of tracks recorded
in the Information screen.
Removable Disk Mode: You can use the
player to store music, pictures and data files, or to transfer files from one
computer to another. Use your player's Removable Disk mode if you need to
transfer and manage data between the player and computers that do not have
Creative Media Explorer
Built-In Microphone: You can capture
memos, thoughts and lectures in mono-sound with the unit's built-in microphone.
Line-In Recording: You can directly encode
or rip music to this player from your external audio source via the unit's 2.5mm
Line-input connection using the supplied mini-jack cable, instead of ripping
music on your computer first and then transferring it to your player.
Display Contrast: You can adjust the
display brightness from 10 to 100% in increments of 10.
Display Timer: You can select between 5, 10, 15, or 30
seconds for the screen to turn off after you have made your selection. When the
screen turns off, you can press any button on your player to reactivate the
Idle Sleep Timer: This feature allow you
to specify how long your ZenV Plus 4GB remains inactive before it automatically shuts
down. You can choose between Off, 5, 15, or 30 minutes.
Snooze Timer: This function allows you to
specify a period of time before the ZenV Plus 4GB automatically turns off. You can
choose between Off, 15, 30, 45, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.
Alarm: You can set a one time or daily
alarm time for the unit to play any song or the radio.
Theme: You can select between the
following display screen designs - Fire, Jungle, Dawn, Romantic, Peace, Cool,
Earth or Vibrant.
Configure Menu: This feature allows you to
add or remove functions that can be viewed from the main menu.
Transferring Music Files: Several
audio selections have been preloaded to the player's memory to allow you to
listen to music immediately. You can download additional music tracks from
Internet music sites or "rip" them from audio CDs. Music files must be
encoded to MP3, WMA, WAV, or ZENcast file formats, then transferred to the player with the
supplied software. Audio tracks can be organized by Playlists, Albums, Artists
AudibleReady: The player is also
AudibleReady. To manage Audible files, you need to install AudibleManager. After
downloading Audible files to the unit you can search Audible content by album,
artist, genre or title. Audible files are currently available to selected
PlaysForSure: This unit is compatible with
PlayForSure devices and music services.
Y Music Unlimited To Go: This player is
also compatible with Yahoo Music Unlimited To Go music service. For a few extra
bucks you can use this service to fill your player with music from a selection
of over 2 million songs. You have access to all the new releases and can
transfer songs, albums and playlists.
Any combination of songs on the player can be organized into a playlist. Once
created, a playlist is named for easy recall.
DJ: The ZenV Plus 4GB offers the following
playback options through the DJ function.
- Album of the day: Plays a
randomly selected album
- Random Play All: Randomly
chooses from all songs
- Most Popular: Plays the
most played songs
- Rarely Heard: Plays the
least played songs
Lookup Artist: If you like the artist of
the song you are currently playing, you can do a quick search for other titles
by that same artist.
Play Mode: This feature allows you to
shuffle or repeat your list of selected tracks by selecting the following Play
- Normal: plays your selected tracks in
- Repeat Track: repeats the current
- Repeat All: repeats all selected
- Shuffle: plays all selected tracks in
random order, once only.
- Shuffle Repeat: plays and repeats all
selected tracks in random order
- Track Once: stops playing after the
current track ends
Bookmarks: You can insert bookmarks during
playback. A bookmark helps you mark a point within a track, so you return to it
a later time.
Search Within A Track: You can search for
a particular point within a track and start playing from that point. For
example, if you want to start playback one minute into a music track, you can
pinpoint or "seek" to the one minute position and then play from there.
Audio Settings: The ZenV Plus 4GB offers the
following audio adjustments.
- EQ: EQ is the player's collection of
equalizer settings, which you can use to enhance your music. You can select
preset equalizer or customized settings to suit the genre or style of your
music, or customize your own setting.
- Preset EQ Settings: include Acoustic,
Classical, Disco, Jazz, New Age, Pop, Rock, and Vocal.
- Custom 5-band EQ:
allows you to adjust +/-12dB at 80 Hz, 250 Hz, 1 kHz, 4 kHz, and 13 kHz
- Bass Boost: enhances bass output
- Smart Volume: keeps volume constant,
regardless of recording level
- Restrict Volume: restricts the
maximum volume of the player
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
- Signal to Noise Ratio: Up to 92 DB
- Channel Separation: Up to 65 dB
- THD: <0.05%
- Weight: 1.55 oz
Transferring Still Images: Several still
images have been preloaded onto the unit for your added convenience. You can
download additional digital still images in a JPEG format onto the ZenV Plus 4GB
via the supplied USB cable from your PC.
Capacity: Thousands of still photos can be stored on the
ZenV Plus 4GB.
Viewing Pictures: You can use your computer to sort pictures by
date or alphabetically for quicker searches. You can also view album art seen in
Windows Media Player. You can set up a slideshow so you can share memories with
friends and family. This player only displays pictures that are in the JPEG
Viewing Options: You can select from the
following viewing options to playback your still images.
- Screen Size: You can select from two
- Fit Screen: Resizes your picture
to best fit the player's screen.
- Full Screen: Resizes your picture
to fill the player's screen. This is the default setting.
- Slide Timer: You can adjust the
Slideshow timer from 3, 5, 10 or 15 seconds between picture changes.
Wallpaper: You can use one of the
preloaded photos or one of your
favorite stored photos as wallpaper for your ZenV Plus 4GB.
Transferring Video: In order to convert
your video-clips to a format supported by the ZenV Plus 4GB you must launch the
supplied software, Creative Media Explorer, and click either "Convert Video" or
use the drag-and-drop method in the Creative Media Explorer software to transfer
and convert the video automatically. The unit only supports transcoded video
Forward and Reverse: Move the 5-way
Navigation Joystick right or left to go forward or backward in a video.
Recently Browsed: This feature plays back
the last video that was previously viewed.
Built-In FM Tuner: The ZenV Plus 4GB
features a built-in FM tuner. You can store up to 32 of your favorite FM radio
stations in its presets. The FM tuner is capable of mono and stereo output.
Autoscan: The Autoscan feature scans
through available FM channels and automatically saves them as your presets.
Manual Scan: You can also fine tune or
manually scan for a desired radio station.
Included Software: The supplied
Installation CD contains the following applications:
- Creative ZENcast Organizer: With Creative ZENcast Organizer, you can
subscribe to your favorite ZENcast channels, and download and transfer
ZENcast media files to your player. Creative ZENcast Organizer is your
center for playing, managing, and subscribing to your favorite ZENcast
channels. With ZENcast Organizer, you can:
- quickly access ZENcast channels of your
favorite topics from ZENcast Directory and ZENcast.com
- subscribe to your favorite ZENcast
- schedule regular updates of your ZENcast
- transfer downloaded ZENcast media files
to your player
- synchronize ZENcast content with your
- Creative Media Explorer: Use Creative Media Explorer if:
- you are new to digital music and videos,
and want to transfer them from your CDs or computer to your
- you want to convert, synchronize, and
organize audio and video files
- you prefer to manage your player in the
familiar "Windows Explorer" environment.
- Creative MediaSource Player/Organizer:
Use the full-featured Creative MediaSource Player/Organizer if:
- you require additional features such as
recording, automatic playlist generation, and audio format
- you want to manage a music library on
- Adobe Acrobat Reader: For reading
- Instruction Manual: Detailed
instructions for the ZenV Plus player
- Warranty information: Warranty
details for the ZenV Plus player
Minimum System Requirements:
- OS: Microsoft
Windows XP (service pack 1 or higher) / XP 64-bit
- CPU: Intel Pentium III 1GHz or AMD
- RAM: 256 MB
- Free Hard Disk Space: 170 MB
- Interface: USB 1.1 (2.0
recommended for high speed transfer)
Firmware Upgrades: Occasionally,
firmware upgrades for the ZenV 4GB are available from the Creative Labs
website and can be downloaded to your player via the USB port.