The first RCA LYRA portable to incorporate video playback, the palm-sized 20GB RD2780 RCA LYRA Audio/Video Jukebox delivers a complete digital entertainment experience in the palm of the hand. About the size of a small picture frame with a 3.5-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD screen, the RCA LYRA Audio Video Jukebox also acts as a computer storage device, compatible with multiple audio and video codecs, and can be easily connected to most standard television sets. Measuring a compact 5.2 x 3.14 x 0.98 inches, the versatile RD2780 can play mp3, mp3PRO and Windows Media Audio files.
“Adding video functionality to the digital audio product line is a natural progression for us as we continually seek ways to expand our consumer base and add value,” said Redmond. “The RCA LYRA Audio/Video Jukebox is designed to go beyond the digital enthusiast audience and attract both young consumers and frequent travelers looking for an easily portable entertainment source that will deliver hours of entertainment.”
Consumers can watch up to 80 hours of pre-recorded television shows, feature films, or home videos directly on the RD2780. It easily connects to a television set via its composite video output and includes both audio and video recording mode. Since the device is essentially a computer peripheral with a hard drive, the display screen can also be used to organize digital audio song files or other types of stored data, including computer files such as word processing documents and presentations. The RCA LYRA Audio/Video Jukebox is also a portable photo album, since JPEG images can be viewed on the RD2780, by either transferring them directly from the PC using a USB 2.0 high-speed connection or by inserting a Compact Flash memory card. The vast hard drive in the RCA LYRA Audio/Video Jukebox can accommodate up to 100,000 JPEG images.
Using the enclosed MusicMatch management software, users can also organize hundreds of hours of mp3 audio files using ID3 tag song data to display artist, album, song title and genre. Music fans can listen to their collection of mp3 files using one of nine playback modes, including normal play, shuffle and repeat, or by programming their own playlists. While listening to music files, the user can also navigate through the library and “tag” songs he or she would like to hear later, or delete from the device.
Other convenience features include auto resume, which “remembers” the track location and volume setting when the power was shut off, and returns to that same spot when the power is returned. Adding to the overall value of the RD2780 are the included AC/DC adapter, e.clipzä clip-style stereo headphones, an audio/video patch cable, carrying pouch and recharge cradle. The RD2780′s car kit provides hours of audio entertainment through a cassette adapter. The RD2760 can play for up to 15 hours with its Lithium Ion rechargeable battery. Available in summer 2003, suggested retail price of the RD2780 is $399.
Product type Hard Drive player
Digital audio standards supported MP3, WMA, MP3Pro
Digital storage Hard Disk Drive – built-in – 20 GB
Software included MusicMatch
Depth 1 in
Height 5.2 in
Width 3.14 in
Headphone type Included
Carrying case Pouch
Package contents RD2780 player, power adapter, headphones, 1 x A/V cable, carrying pouch, docking cradle
Cable(s) included 1 x A/V cable
Slot(s) provided 1 x CompactFlash Card
Supported interface(s) USB 2.0
ID3 tag support Yes
Video Playback Features
Display size 3.5 in TFT active matrix
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