Monday, July 9, 2007

Archos 504 40GB Portable Media Player with Travel Adaptor
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  • New $199.99 + $5 shipping
  • Product(s):
  • (1) Archos 504 40GB Portable Media Player - 500869
  • (1) Archos DVR Travel Adaptor - 500875


As much as we love this Archos 504 40GB Portable Media Player, we

have to level with you: it's not quite perfect. Sure, it gets great reviews at places like Cnet, just like most Archos players do. On its face, it looks like the very model of a modern media player. But peek

behind the Archos curtain, and you'll find...

  • 40GB hard drive holds so many songs, mentally unstable users may become frustrated and bellicose when trying to decide what to listen to.
  • Users

    may find themselves drawn into the shadowy demimonde of pirated video and music downloading, where they may be vulnerable to white slavers,

    dope pushers, and Scientology recruiters.
  • Bright 4.3" widescreen TFT display may keep your fellow airline passengers awake, resulting in fisticuffs.
  • After

    you get used to watching movies wherever you want on your own personal screen, watching them at the theater becomes a terrifying, disorienting

  • Portable access to thousands of songs or dozens of

    movies will intensify your mental enslavement to the corporate

    Hollywood mind control machine. But not necessarily in a bad way.
  • Included

    travel dock allows direct recording from video sources like a digital camera, giving you one more piece of equipment to fiddle around with

    during important family moments.
  • Archos 504s are highly

    coveted by thieves, who may also extract and sell your internal organs

    while they're at it. You never know. It happens.
  • You'll never be sure if your friends like you for you or for your Archos 504.
  • TV-out

    capability may result in greater time spent in front of your TV, which may result in obesity, which may result in cardiac or respiratory problems, which may result in death. It's a longshot, but we're just

    trying to be thorough here.
  • The presence of both a USB port and a USB host port may produce feelings of sexual ambiguity.
  • Steve Jobs might see you with this and still try to convince you how wonderful the iPhone is with an hour-long personal keynote.
  • No AC adaptor included.
Warranty: One year


  • Reads all standard video formats in full DVD resolution
  • DVD-quality video playback on TV with optional DVR Station
  • Records directly from TV in high-quality MPEG-4 with optional DVR station
  • Bright, 4.3" TFT screen with 16 million colors - ideal for watching videos and viewing photos
  • Extremely fast photo viewer with zoom, music and transition effects
  • Advanced Music player able to display track, artist, album, and album cover
  • Compatible with most DVD quality video and music online stores
  • Removable battery for extended viewing possibilities

Archos 504 specs:

  • Capacity: 40GB Hard Drive
  • Display: 4.3 TFT (480X272 pixels) 16/9, over 16 million colors
  • Video playback: MPEG-42 (ASP@L5 AVI, up to DVD resolution)
  • With optional software plug-ins: H.264 up to DVD resolution and AAC sound, MPEG-2 MP@ML up to 10 Mbps (up to DVD resolution) and AC3 stereo sound.
  • Audio playback: Stereo MP3 decoding @ 30-320 Kbits/s CBR & VBR, WMA, Protected WMA, WAV (PCM/ADPCM).
  • With optional software plug-ins: AAC3 music files, AC3 stereo sound files
  • Photo viewer: JPEG, BMP, PNG
  • Transfer directly your photos from a digital camera with the optional Docking adapter
  • PDF viewer: Reads PDF documents. May not implement all PDF features;
  • Video recording: Via the optional DVR Station: record in MPEG-4 SP with ADPCM stereo sound, resolution VGA (640×480) @ 30 or 25 f/s, in AVI format.
  • Audio recording: Voice recording through the built-in Microphone
  • Via the optional DVR travel adapter: stereo line-in, WAV (IMA ADPCM or PCM) format.
  • Interfaces: USB 2.0 High-Speed Device (compatible USB 1.1): Mass Storage class (MSC) and Media Transport Protocol (MTP).
  • USB 2.0 Host: Mass Storage class (MSC) and Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) (with optional docking adapter).
  • Connections: 3.5 mm stereo headphone mini-jack and TV output (AV cable sold separately).
  • Dedicated connectors to connect optional adapters and DVR station.
  • Battery life ARCHOS 504: Music playback time: up to 17 hours5.
  • Video playback time: up to 5,5 hours5 on built-in LCD
  • Power source: Internal: removable Lithium-Ion Polymer battery .
  • External: charges via computer USB port. Optional Power charger/adapter available.
  • Scalability: Download firmware updates from <a href=""></a>
  • Dimensions & weight: 5.1" x 3" x 0.9", 11.15 oz
  • Package includes: ARCHOS 504, headphones, dedicated USB 2.0 cable, DVR station adapter, protective case, QSG, legal and safety notice
  • Minimum system requirements: Windows® ME, 2000, XP or higher - Mac OS v.10.3.9 and Linux (with mass storage device support).
  • For PlaysForSure: PC with windows® XP SP2 or higher and Windows Media® Player 10 or higher - USB 2.0 interface (compatible USB 1.1).

Archos DVR Travel Adapter features:

  • Record directly on your Archos from most external video sources such as DVD player, VCR, camcorder, TV, etc. with the included video cable
  • Connect most digital cameras to the included video cable and record video directly on your Archos hard disk
  • Quickly charge your product with the optional AC/DC adapter
  • Video Recording on Archos Generation 4 series, record in MPEG-4 SP with ADPCM stereo sound, resolution VGA (640×480) at 30 and 25 frames per second in AVI format

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