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Archos AV4100 100 GB Pocket Video Recorder

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  • Record up to 400 hours of TV programs and video content from a TV, VCR, cable, or satellite receiver using the TV cradle
  • Program recordings using the Recording Scheduler, which directly controls the VCR or set-top box tuner
  • Store and watch between up to 200 full-length movies
  • Enjoy up to 4.5 hours of video playback on the color LCD while on the go
  • Play MP3, WMA (including protected files) and WAV music files
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Archos
  • Model Number: 500698

Product Description

Product Description

You've heard the saying, "The world is your oyster". With Archos AV4100, the world is your very own living room. With the AV4100, you can record and watch videos on the large color LCD screen, listen to your favorite music, and view your entire digital photo album all on one device. The AV4100 experience starts in the living room where you can record television shows and movies directly from a TV, VCR, cable set-top box or satellite receiver with a convenient TV Cradle. At the same time, the AV4100 takes personal entertainment enjoyment far beyond the living room, where consumers can watch videos and view photos on a large color LCD screen, listen to and record music, and transfer photos from a digital camera and data files from a PC or Macintosh. Its huge 100GB capacity makes this portable handheld jukebox, an amazing and powerful digital-media-device for all seasons - Music - Video - Photos. It's a pearl. Store and view up to one million JPEG photos Play MP3 - WMA (including protected files) and WAV music files Listen to and record off the radio (with optional FM Radio & Remote Control) Download and store files from a PC Display - 3.8' TFT LCD depending on model and availability, (QVGA) 320x240 pixels, 262 000 colors and TV output Interfaces - USB 2.0 high-speed, compatible USB 1.1, PC & Macintosh / Built-in CompactFlash Type I slot to accept CompactFlash memory cards (optional 4 in 1 CF adapter for SD, SM, MMC, MS and MS Pro - not included) Video playback - MPEG-4 SP with MP3 or ADPCM stereo sound, near DVD quality up to 704x480 @ 30 f/s, AVI file format Video recording - MPEG-4 SP with ADPCM stereo sound Unit Dimensions - 4.9 x 3.1 x 1 / Weight 11.29 oz Includes Rechargeable Battery, Remote Control with 2 AA batteries, Protective case, USB 2.0 cable, Stereo headphone, Manual, AC adapter and charger

From the Manufacturer

The ARCHOS Pocket Video Recorder AV4100 is the ultimate handheld digital video recorder that offers TV recording and a portable home entertainment center in one pocket-sized device.

The AV4100 experience starts in the living room where you can record TV shows and movies directly from a TV, VCR, or cable / satellite receiver with a convenient one-time set-up TV Cradle.

But entertainment enjoyment goes far beyond the living room. When on the go, you can watch videos and view photos on the large color LCD screen, listen to and record music, transfer photos from your digital camera and data files from your PC.

The Recording Scheduler automatically finds and digitally records the programs and movies that interest you.

Pocket DVR with convenient, one-time set-up TV Cradle

Dock the AV4100 in the TV Cradle and let it record up to 400 hours of TV programs and movies directly from a TV, VCR, cable box, or satellite tuner. Once you have connected the cradle for the first time, you will not have to reconnect the cables each time you get home. Just dock the AV4100 and you are ready to record or view files on the TV.

Recording Scheduler - relax while it does the work for you!


While you are busy doing other things, the Recording Scheduler automatically finds and digitally records the programs and movies that interest you. The AV4100 starts recording based on the time and duration of the recording schedule you have established. More details

Program Recordings in advance with Yahoo! Calendar

For those who have a My Yahoo! account and use the calendar feature, the AV4100 can read the TV programs scheduled into your personal calendar and thus make scheduled recordings. You can sign up for an account and learn how to use the My Yahoo! TV and calendar functions at the Yahoo! Website.

Beyond the Living Room... My Life in My pocket

Entertainment enjoyment goes far beyond the living room. When on the go, you can watch videos and view photos on the large color LCD screen, listen to and record music, transfer photos from memory cards, and transfer data files all with one pocket-sized device. The result is that all your personal media and data content are always in your pocket.

Store & View photos


Store and view thousands of JPEG photos and make a slide show for family and friends - in two clicks with no computer needed! You can download photos directly from a PC or Macintosh computer through the USB 2.0 interface.

Transfer photos from digital camera

You can also, instantly, transfer photos from memory cards from any digital camera to the AV4100 using the built-in CompactFlash reader. If you have an SD, MMC, SmartMedia, Memory Stick or Memory Stick Pro, just add the AV4100's 4-in-1 optional adapter to transfer images.

Store and view thousands of JPEG photos and make a slide show for family and friends.

Friendly Interface

ARCHOS launched the first portable video player in 2002, the Jukebox Multimedia. Since then, the company has gained an in-depth experience that has enabled us to develop the industry's most advanced operating system for portable video devices. It has never been easier to quickly access the function you want by clicking on the specific icon. Enjoy thumbnail views for photos and videos.

Pocket Video

Playback recorded TV shows or movies on the go on the built-in color LCD. You can also display video content on a TV or video projector for at-home viewing with family and friends. The AV4100 plays MPEG-4 video in DVD quality (704x480 @ 30 f/s) with CD quality stereo sound. All your videos with you anywhere, anytime.

Music Player

Listen to and record 300 to 1500 hours of music - big enough to hold 25,000 songs! The AV4100 plays MP3, WMA (including protected files, with Microsoft's Windows Media Digital Rights Management), and WAV music files and is compatible with major on-line music stores. Easily organize songs with the ARCHOS ARClibrary and view by artist, genre, title and year (ID3 compatible). The AV4100 can record from any standard audio source with high-quality stereo sound. All your music with you anywhere, anytime.

The AV4100 offers playback for your favorite music and video files.

Voice Recorder

Use the internal Microphone for making voice recordings on the go or add an optional external Stereo Microphone (available for sale in our accessories catalog).

Additional Drive

The Pocket Video Recorder AV4100 is seen as an additional drive on your computer (PC or Macintosh). Store any computer file using the USB 2.0 interface, which is also USB 1.1 compatible. Once your data is stored in the AV4100, you can easily organize files while on the go thanks to the Double Browser.

Organize files while on the go - no computer needed

The Double Browser is an easy-to-use music file management system for organizing your files will on the go. This unique file management functionality allows you to delete, rename, copy, move files and even create folders directly on the AV4100 without using a computer - ideal for photographers who want to organize photo files when on a shoot.


Product Information

Product Dimensions 9.1 x 6.5 x 4.2 inches
Item Weight 3.5 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.4 pounds
Manufacturer Archos
ASIN B0007U9KFE
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Item model number 500698
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3.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #8,748 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Players & Accessories > MP3 & MP4 Players
Date first available at Amazon.com February 17, 2005

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I have had my Archos AV4100 (100 GB version) for about a week now, and I must say, it is wonderful! Before purchasing it, I read many many reviews both on Amazon and on the [...] Some of the reviews were really good and others reported problems such as frequent freezing, bad sound quality, etc, etc. However, I must say, I am very pleased with my purchase; and believe me, I put a lot of thought into it (5 monthes of thinking to be exact). It is a rather large investment, but I must say, it is worth it. And here is why:

- The setup was a no brainer. You plug it into your computer with the USB and the computer will automatically detect your new hardware and install all the needed software and drivers (since they're all in the ARCHOS device).

- The TV/VCR/DVD recording setup and usage is really simple. However, if your DVD is copyright protected, you'll only be able to play it back on the LCD (it won't play on your TV or on your computer).

- The sound quality is fine. The speaker can become really squeaky and coarse if you put it up really loud, but in general, the sound is not bad at all.

- I haven't really used the photo-viewing ability, but so far, with the sample pictures that comes with the device, the photoviewer works fine.

- The music player is really cool. The interface is exceptional and if you play on shuffle, it'll display what the next song in queue is. The only disappointment that I have with the music player is the playlist. It was a little confusing at first to set up a playlist and even after I made one, it didn't show up when I wanted it to. But after a little playing around, I figured everything out.
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I agree! Fast USB, video support for AVI's (I've already ripped several of my as yet unwatched DVDs to it for watching on the subway), records my favorite shows (Medium, American Idol, Stargate SG-1/Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica) directly to hard drive for later viewing, great video quality, great picture support (jpg, gif, etc.), wonderful full sound for movies and MP3s (not tinny or tiny like my other MP3 player), 100G allows to be used as a portable hard drive for my work files. Screen brightness is great. Was also worried about the quality probs I read about earlier but no such problem now it appears. I've ordered an additional power supply for the office, special standup carrying case, and remote/FM recorder. Definitely highly recommended -- it's my new travelling companion! (BTW, just picked up sony noise cancelling headphones for that theater feel on the noisy trains.) Terence
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For many years I've been oogling at various different mp3 players but I never had the nerve to buy one, until I found the Archos AV4100... I had been dealing with CD's for all of high school and I finally gave up and asked for this for my graduation. The Archos is everything I wanted in an mp3 player and more.

I'm a big anime fan and I wanted to have something that could play my anime fansubs anywhere...in addition to my entire music collection. And the archos has the biggest harddrive of any player out there so I knew i didn't have to worry about filling up the hard drive and having to erase stuff from it all the time.

Also, I like to beable to watch my anime on TV but a lot of the shows I watch do not come on american television.. The ARCHOS has a nice feature that allows you to play the video on the archos, on the television screen. most of my anime files are around 100 to 200 mb... not DVD quality by a long shot but when my dad walked into the room and saw my anime playing on the TV, he was very very very surprised to see that it was in fact, coming from the archos...The quality was amazing, and looked even better than when I played it on my computer. No quality whatsoever was lost by expanding the picture to a 36 inch television.

I was worried, before it came, that the screen would be too small to read the subtitles or that the resolution wouldn't be good enough, but neither of those turned out to be a problem. Not only are the subtitles just the perfect size to read, but the resolution is AMAZING for such a small device.

I was also worried, that it would be pretty big and klunky, for having a 100 gig drive and a 3 and a half inch screen and whatnot but the size and weight don't bother me at all.
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Wow is what I say! I got my unit about a week ago, and have been having a blast with it! It beats the socks off my Creative 60G MP3 player in many ways:

- It plays video!

- It's 100G instead of 60G

- Its USB 2.0 connection is MUCH faster than the Creative (I can send over a whole album in a few seconds)

- The unit's interface is easy to use and navigate

- It plays video!

- The audio and video sound is much better, richer (there's a bass boost that's really good)

- Its video is GREAT (I've ripped and loaded several of my DVDs to it and they play really well with good color and sound)

- The screen is bright (even in the middle setting it's bright enough for everyday use)

- It records my fave TV shows to take with me on my subway ride

- Did I mention that it plays video!

- The resume function works great (I can stop a video or song in mid-stream when, say, lunch is over, and then pick back up on my way home; I can even set up bookmarks in different files to jump to that part of the file)

- It acts like a hard drive so I can use SecondCopy to autosync my music and videos without having to launch WMP, MMJB, etc. (except for a few DRM files I have, then I have to use WMP)

- All the previous quality issues I've read about with the Archos products seem to have been fixed

Highly, HIGHLY recommended!
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