iRiver iHP-120 is one of digital jukeboxes you can store your music on. The device supports MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WMA, ASF and plain WAV file formats. The battery lasts for 16 hours so for me it makes a perfect choice for long trips in a car. Jukebox can also act as a recorder: you can use internal/external microphone or analog/optical input. For file transfers USB 2.0 is used. If you are bored with 20 Gigs of your music, you can always switch internal AM/FM tuner.

It is useless the claim here that this is the "best" jukebox available (Apple's iPod devotees would probably start another flame war), so instead of this here's what I like the best: it's small, light, comes with nice remote display/control unit; it firmware-upgradable and (lat but not least): the sound quality is great.

Technical specs:

  • General:
    • Dimensions: Approx. 60(W) X 19(D) X 105(H)mm
    • Weight: Approx. 160g (battery included)
    • Operational: Temperature 0°C ~ 40°C
  • Audio:
    • No. of Channels: Stereo (L + R)
    • Frequency Range: 20Hz ~ 20KHz
    • Headphone output: 20mW(L) + 20mW(R) : 16 ohm at Max. Volume
    • Frequency Characteristics: +/- 2dB (Lineout)
    • S/N Ratio: 90dB(L), 90dB(R) - MP3
  • FM Tuner:
    • Frequency Range: 87.5MHz ~ 108MHz
    • S/N Ratio: 50dB
    • Receiver Type: Headphone/Earphone Cord Antenna
  • File Support:
    • File type: MPEG 1/2/2.5 Layer 3, WMA, ASF, WAV, OGG: 32kbps – 500kbps, 44.1KHz
    • Bit Rate: Supports 32Kbps ~ 320Kbps
    • Tag: ID3 V1 Tag, ID3 V2 2.0, ID3 V2 3.0
  • Power Supply:
    • AC Adaptor: DC 5.0V, 2A
    • Battery: Built-in rechargeable lithium polymer(1300mAh)
  • Playback hours:
    • MP3/WMA/ASF/OGG: Approx. 16 hours

When it comes to design, I'm not an expert, but the case is made of magnesium (so not one of those el-cheapo plastic cases that break when you drop it on the table). For navigation across the menus/songs little joystick is provided (for the main unit); user can also make use of remote control that comes with the jukebox; this is very handy when main unit is strapped to the belt (little leather carrying case is included).

The device is firmware upgradable and iRiver offers upgrades for free. Recent changes include among others displaying lyrics of played song and new "Study Mode" (handy when you e.g. transferred all your foreign languages courses onto your iHP-120).

For more info go to

(this is not the newest model from iRiver anymore. It has been superseded by iHP-140, a 40-Gig version of iHP-120. The new model is 5 mm thicker and 25 grams heavier, mainly because of bigger harddrive used).

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