Teclast TL-T51 PMP
T51

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Review

Teclast have picked Rockchip's RK2806 chipset as the core of the T51 model, which is capable of HD-quality 1,280 x 720 video and playback of 720p AVI, H.264 (MKV) and RMVB footage. That's paired with not one but two Wolfson WM8740 audio chips, each serving one of the stereo channels, for a maximum of 120dB per channel and increased audio isolation.

Quick Look

In the box

The player comes with original R8 earphones, min USB cable, wall charger (USB out) and various papers. The earbuds are actually quite interesting. It often happens that you immediately want to replace the headphones that are included in a standard package. But not so with these headphones. They are demonstrating admirably balanced sound, not overly bulging bass, which tend to models from other manufacturers. Low frequency is powerful and deep, but it is not overshadow the middle range - surprisingly clean, with expressive focused vocals - and excellent heights without rigidity. They are much better than basic earphones shipped with other pmp/mp3 players. But note, the R8s are not good enough for evaluation of the T51 potentiality. If you really want to "HEAR IT" just buy or borrow a Hi-End (~$70 and up) earphones and see the difference.

Box

Design

The T51 is a rather middle size player and doesn't weight a lot. That is due to it being aluminum alloy back cover, with the effect of it feeling like it's very solid and well built. Volume-wise it's bigger that its predecessor T50 due to the bigger screen. I think this is a better design for distributing that volume to minimize the thickness, but that's a subjective matter. The front of the player is made of glass with the back being of matte, rubber-textured aluminum alloy cover that has a nice feel to it. The front holds the 3.5", 320x480 color LCD capacitive touch screen with surprisingly good viewing angels and vibrant colors. There is a button on the front, as you can find it on iPhone/iPod devices, acts as on/off button and quick back-to-main-menu option. Aside from a very small reset hole on the left side of the player you will find a TF (microSD) slot that supports up to 32Gb SDHC memory card. On the bottom side, from left to right are 3.5mm headphone port, Line-Out, back-to-factory settings reset hole, volume control wheel and mini USB port.

SideBack

Menus and interface

The main menu consists of icons where all seven icons are visible at a time. You have Music, Movie, Photo, Settings, Program, Dictionary and Ebook icons. In the music section you have the option to browse by All files, Artist, Title, Album, My favorite and Directory as well as Update media file shortcut. No genre, year or any other more advanced tags to browse by in other words, and also no playlists. You can only add songs to "My favorite" from the music browser and not from the music playback screen itself, probably due to the lack of an options button. You also have the option to browse by files in the music browser, which applies a music only filter to the main menu file browser. In other words, you browse music by filename not title. Scrolling to lists is decently fast although certainly could be faster.

During the music playback it shows you a progress bar with current position, file number and total duration on the bottom. File name, album name, FB/FF, equalizer setting, A-B portion of the song play, repeat and random play mode indicators. Also you can choose one of the four view modes i.e. Lyric, Frequency, Special info and Animation. In the settings there is a sleep timer that lets you automatically shut off the screen after an interval between 6-10-20 seconds. As for browsing videos it will simply list all files available with the file name extension. As for photos, you can list them by filenames or as thumbnails.

Features

Video
Viewing videos on 3.5", 320x480 pixels is not the option for everyday use. I would recommend to look at pmps with a bigger screen. This player will serve you the best as a music player. But if you travel you will have the option to watch movies on it too.

Photos
The player comes with a simple image viewer application. It can be accessed from the main menu. Selecting the photo icon will, open the image viewer on the last photo you were viewing. The file manager will always open at the root of the player's memory where you can select either to navigate to the player's internal memory or (if installed) select the T-flash (SDHC) card contents.

The player can use the following files types, BMP, JPEG(JPG), GIF (animated also) and PNG, it has a basic slide show function where you can set a time between transitions from a pre-set list, there are no image transition effects, you can rotate images left and right as well as zoom in on images. When viewing an image the screen presents just the image and no buttons or controls until screen is tapped, this reveals a simple control panel with four icons, ZOOM, ROTATE LEFT, ROTATE RIGHT and RETURN TO FILE MANAGER

EBook Reader
The player comes with a simple eBook reader application. It supports .txt files only, no PDF reading. The reader allows you to set font size and choose from a preset selection of background images, no font colors to choose though, it also give bookmarking options, auto-page scrolling at timed intervals, page jump and a few other little bits to help you along.

Sound quality

The sound quality can be described as vivid and bright. You could easily hear all audio frequencies. Moreover, in some compositions, I was struck by the details that had previously never heard before - this is the creaking of the strings, and the quiet sounds of electronic music, but particularly outstanding quality was on the instrumental compositions - really liked the sound of acoustic guitar and keyboards. Electronic composition, with rich bass did not lose in performance of the T51, and perhaps even gain: groovy rhythm and unbridled drive. Bass is great - it is clean, soft and no buzz.

There would be very few people to say that the Teclast T51 did not have fantastic audio quality, which is entirely due to the two Wolfson WM8740 independent audio chips. The WM8740 audio quality is widely accepted to outperform many major brand name players which cost two or three times more than the T51. The T51 also supports Microsoft PlayFX equalizer, a specially designed EQ that helps to enhance the quality of your music. The player also has preset EQs and the ability for a custom user EQ. The T51 also has the ability to resume from start-up the last point you were at in an audio file, great for those that like to listen to audio books.

Do not forget that the sound quality also depends on the quality of your headphones.

Inside
T51
Source: digital8.org By nmark


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