"What's not in a name..."4.5 starson by urr_quasdim
Pros: expansive user control, superb rotary control, folder/file system, MSC capable, great sound, well built, replaceable battery
Cons: Software didn't install
Summary: When I first heard about the Vibez, the name conjured a picture of a hype device, short on serious features but long on glitz - something the young generation would go for. Boy, was I wrong! This is a no-nonsense device, featuring the most in-depth user control I have ever encountered in an MP3 player. Where else will you find an equalizer who's frequencies the user can change? And, except for Cowon, this is the only other device featuring file/folder navigation and drag-&-drop capability (MSC compatibility). This may surprise many people, but ID3 tagging is a total disaster when it comes to classical music; it actually DISorganizes the music. File/folder lets you arrange your music any way YOU want, and MSC lets you drag your PC music library (or portions thereof) directly into the Vibez - no software necessary. This, BTW, is a good thing: I was unable to install the included Magix MP3 Maker SE software. As for navigation, another pleasant surprise was awaiting me: until using the Vibez I was convinced that no scrolling method can come anywhere near the iPod click-wheel; no longer: the large, magnetic/mechanical click-wheel on the Vibez is every bit as efficient as the iPod variety and (dare I say?) provides an even smoother control. It's a joy to use! The level of control over the various settings is amazing; it gives the feeling of a semi-professional device - which it probably is. The sound quality is superb, and one can still control volume even if the click-wheel is on hold - just one of the many selectable settings. Assigning quick functions to two "soft" keys is another nice feature. Rounding up this gem of a player are excellent build quality and replaceable battery. I recommend this device to every serious music lover.Updated
It turns out that the software DOES install, it just takes much longer than anything I installed thus far. But once done, I find it quite useful (although not strictly necessary: the Vibez is an MSC device and supports drag&drop).Updated
I was very enthusiastic about the folder/file/MSC features of the Vibez but was disappointed to find out that the play-back is done alphabetically. That defies the whole purpose of using the folder system. Even if the play order is set by the user through increasing numbers or letters (a-z) the player ignores all that and plays alphabetically by the 1st letter of the title. What a mess! I couldn't find a way to disable this. Writing to Trekstor didn't help (thus far) and I can only hope for a firmware update.