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Is there an MP3 player with cycling mode?

Old 08-07-08, 09:56 AM
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Is there an MP3 player with cycling mode?

Is there an MP3 player that has a function where it will turn off the stereo function and only send a signal to either the left or right ear bud? This would allow for cyclists to only use one ear bud, and probably increase the battery life by a significant amount if not double.

Anyone know of one that can do this?

On a related note, does anyone produce a set of ear buds with only one ear bud?
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Grab a stereo to mono adapter and cut an earbud off.
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When you are writing your MP3s to your player, store them at a lower bitrate (e.g., 56 kbps instead of 128, so you can store more in the same space) and do it in mono, then just use one ear bud. Gives you more options while you're on the road because of all the extra music.
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I posted the question more to the effect of increasing the battery life of an mp3 player since it would only have to send signal to one ear bud. Thank you for the recommendations, but the mp3 player would still be sending a wasted signal output to one of the stereo signals.
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If you cut off one bud it should increase battery life. To an amplifier, a speaker is a resistance load. If you cut one off and just have an open circuit on that side, the amplifier no longer has to drive that speaker, and hence longer battery life.

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Run your MP3 player from fully charged to dead, with and without the headphones plugged in. The player takes way more battery than the headphones. Especially if you have a hard drive based unit.
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Originally Posted by sac02 View Post
If you cut off one bud it should increase battery life. To an amplifier, a speaker is a resistance load. If you cut one off and just have an open circuit on that side, the amplifier no longer has to drive that speaker, and hence longer battery life.

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Good point.
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Originally Posted by robvas View Post
Run your MP3 player from fully charged to dead, with and without the headphones plugged in. The player takes way more battery than the headphones. Especially if you have a hard drive based unit.
Yea I was wondering about this. Mine is a flash solid state drive though.
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Solid states still take quite a bit of power, especially if it's a larger one.

Also, I copied your signature, but with my model of bike:



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Originally Posted by sac02 View Post
If you cut off one bud it should increase battery life. To an amplifier, a speaker is a resistance load. If you cut one off and just have an open circuit on that side, the amplifier no longer has to drive that speaker, and hence longer battery life.

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Correct
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Originally Posted by robvas View Post
Solid states still take quite a bit of power, especially if it's a larger one.

Also, I copied your signature, but with my model of bike:



Ha! Yea it did make me do a double take. My initial reaction was, "I don't remember saying, 'Solid states still take..."" I use my signature as an easy way to find my last post. Thanks for making things more difficult for me.
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