NiZhi TT-6 MP3 Player Speaker Review
As promised on the previous mp3 player review page, I said I would review more of these little units. It wasn't a long wait. The boat from New Jersey wasn't as slow as the one from China. This NiZhi TT-6 MP3 player speaker was made in China and already had been imported to the USA.
It only took 3 or 4 days to reach me and in very good condition. I purchased it from a seller on eBay. I would recommend you search for NiZhi TT-6 to find this model. They start at about $16 at the time I purchased mine. Many are offered at auction. My tip is to bid on one at a time, and at the minimum price until you get one. It shouldn't take very long as the starting bid is about a buck lower than the bid price. Or if you aren't as cheap as yours truly, just pay the extra buck and buy it now. These are available in 6 bright Chinese colors. The paint job entices me to buy one of each color.
You can also visit the official website of the NiZhi company. As shown on their website, they make a lot of neat stuff. The specs for this device are shown there too, but I'll go over a few of them too.
First you will notice the size. Just 3-½ x 2 x 2 inches! The package it comes in includes a USB charger cable, 3.5mm audio patch cable, instruction pamphlet and a couple of small fabric hook & loop bands. These are for attaching to a bicycle or a small diameter arm.
There is an internal rechargeable battery (hence the usb charger cable). To insure fast battery charging it is recommended you use a 1 Amp charger module. Plugging it in to a powered USB connection on your computer will work, but not in to an non-powered USB hub.
Getting It Started
The USB player has a small LCD screen to indicate function settings as well as song information. If you don't see so well, you may need a magnifier to read the screen. Most people won't have trouble.
There are 5 buttons on top. Pressing and holding the center button turns the MP3 player on and off. A quick press pauses the song. The button towards the front instructs the left and right button to decrease and increase the volume. Otherwise the left and right buttons select to the previous and next file.
The rear most button places you in one of several modes, including calendar, music, FM radio and setup. Once you are in the mode you want, there are more menus to drill down on to set up the operation of the radio. There is a guide map in the instructions.
My radio came in defaulted to Chinese! And Chinese is all Greek to me. I began to have second thoughts about having purchased this little beauty. But I've run in to this before.
I looked at the function button map and decided I would see if I could navigate to English. Several tries later, I was able to get to Italian, or was it Spanish? Anyway it had real letters and numbers! Still unaccustomed to the navigation, I was able to finally get it to display in German. Wunderbar!
I was where I could understand the functions, finally. I started setting up the calendar an the contrast and backlight just to get the feeling. By the way, it would play music the moment I placed a USB thumb drive in the back of the TT-6.
After a little while, I got around to setting the language to English. After all, I wanted to show this off to my friends and neighbors. There are many more functions and features to the NiZhi MP3 player. Just wander through the functions.
Having already had one of these little players, I knew more or less what to expect. The audio is clear and can be turned up a lot louder than I would want. I live in a quiet neighborhood and of course want to keep it like that.
The operation is good but I have noticed when I've touched the connections in the back the music has been interrupted. It might be because of that bare metal usb adaptor I'm using.
There is a master power switch on the back. I think that should be switched off if the unit is to be stored or otherwise not operated. The jack for the usb mini male connector is on the back and allows for charging the player.
There are two types of memory you can use, a USB thumb drive and a SD Micro (TF) memory card. Since the memory cards are so small, I bought some cheap USB to SD Micro adaptors so I could handle the memory easier. Once again, I used 2GB memory cards so as to limit the number of tunes on each card.
There are two small speakers in this box, so it is true stereo driven by a couple class D digital amplifiers. They are highly efficient, as are the speakers.
I highly recommend this little MP3 player for young and old alike. They are cheap enough for all the kids to own one too. They will have to rip their cd collection to a computer and then copy their songs to the memory cards. Or if you have been buying songs that are DRM-Free from Amazon or iTunes, they can be played on your USB player too.>
My Black NiZhi
I ordered another one of these, this time a black one. My neighbor wanted the one above, and I liked it so much that I bought another. It was also about 2 dollars less than the first one and that was the final enticement. The seller in New Jersey is known on eBay as "emilyandlily".
As before, the player was defaulted to Chinese. But this time I knew how these worked. Here is how you can go about getting it to show English: Press the center button to turn on your player. Make sure there are no memory cards or sticks installed.
You will see the choice of 4 boxes, each with Chinese text showing. Press the right side button to move the highlight to the right hand side box. Press the back (enter) button.
The next menu is For the system time, backlight and then language as the first three choices as you press the right hand button. Press the right hand side button once and that should get you to English. Pressing the back enter button should change the language. If you don't get English, try another selection.
I also forgot that all these mp3 players have an FM band radio too. When you unplug the memory and tap the back enter key, you can move to the FM radio and it's corresponding settings. Plugging in the audio cable in to the line input gives you a small antenna. Not very wonderful really, but I bought this for the mp3 player section.