mobiBLU DHH-100-5 Digital Audio Player Review

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Product Requirements:
Microsoft Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, or XP
/ MAC OS 9.x ~ 10.x

You would think that after reviewing almost 20 different digital audio
players in the past 5 years, that I’d be totally sick of them. Well guess what,
I’m not! Why? Because I’m always looking for a player with some cool new feature
that makes it stand out from the rest of the players on the market. Trust me, that’s hard to do these
days. Having said that, I think I’ve found one though… The DHH-100-5 from

Hardware Specs

Storage Capacity: 5GB hard drive which can hold up to 2000 songs
Audio Formats: MP3 (MPEG 1/2-Layer, 16-320Kbps), WMA (Microsoft Windows Audio,
32-192Kbps), WMA DRM, and new formats by Firmware upgrade
Audio Output Frequency: 20Hz-20KHz
Audio Signal To Noise Ratio: 90dB
Headphone Output Power: 16Ω/15mW
Speaker Output Power: 8Ω/300mW
PC Interface: USB 2.0 (download speed 480Mbps max)
Power Supply: 4.2V Li-Polymer (Approximately 10 hours continuous playback)
Size: 3.1 x 2.2 x 0.88in (80.00 x 56.00 x 22.4mm)
Weight: 3.52oz (100g)

Package Contents

DHH-100-5 Player
User Manual
Driver CD
Carrying Case (vinyl with belt loop)
Stereo Earphones
USB Cable
Direct Encoding Cable
A/C Charger

The DHH is a compact little player that has a lot going for it. To start with, it has
what appears to be a partially metal body. The back and top frame seem to be
aluminum. This gives the player a very rugged feel. It has a funky chunky shape
that appeals to me.

In hand, this player is comfortable to hold as there are no sharp edges to
dig into the palm of your hand. The DHH passes the Gadgeteer creak/squeeze test
with stellar marks. This baby doesn’t flex anywhere. It’s as solid as stone.

The front of the player has the mono back lit LCD display, navigation button,
microphone and speaker grill. The LCD displays normal song info and player

Also on the front is a microphone for making voice and other recordings. On
either side of the microphone are the built-in speakers. Yes, you read that
right, this little player has speakers! Ok, they aren’t like blow your mind
speakers, but they are cool none the less. I didn’t even realize the speakers
were there till I was messing around with the player without plugging in the
included earphones. I was just trying to see the menu structure and about
dropped the player when I pressed play on a song and it started playing out
loud! :o) Some of you might not think this feature is all that exciting, but
consider this… Have you ever been listen to music with earbuds and a friend
will walk up and ask you what you’re listening too, you’ll tell them and then
they ask that question I dread to hear… "Can I listen to it?" At that point
they hold out their hand for the earbuds and I’m like eeeeeeew! I don’t wanna
get their nasty ear grease on my buds! Now I can just pull out the earphone jack
and boom, they can hear what’s playing! Yay! Yes, its the little things that
make me happy ;o)

In the middle of face of the DHH is the navigation button. It’s a little spring
loaded joystick thingy that can be pressed up, down, left or right.  In
play mode, pressing the stick up and down will adjust the volume level, while
pressing it left or right will cycle forwards or backwards through tracks.

The top of the player has the USB port, input jack and headphone/remote jack.
With the input jack, you can record music from another source such as a CD
player. Although a remote is not included with the DHH, there is one available
for purchase through the mobiBLU site.

The Hold switch, AC adapter jack and EQ/Song Navigation button is on the left
side of the unit. Pressing the EQ button will allow you to switch between 5
basic equalizer modes ( Normal, Rock, Jazz, Classic, and POP) and 10 user
defined equalizer settings where the individual settings can be adjusted per the
user’s preference.

Pressing and holding the EQ button will cause the player to go into song
navigation mode. This is where you will see the folders and song titles. Using
the front navigation joystick, you can travel directly to the song you are
interested in playing. The only thing I don’t like about this system is that you
can’t just press Play on the folder name to play all the songs in that folder.
You have to actually navigate down into the folder to the song level. Once you
start playing music in a folder, it will continue playing all those songs in
that folder.

The right side of the player has a reset switch, Record button and
Play/Pause/Power button. Pressing and holding the Play/Pause button toggles

Another interesting feature that this digital audio player has over other
players is the fact that it has an SD card slot built into the bottom of the
device. A small door opens to allow access to the slot.

Now you might think that this is an expansion feature… That you can play
songs from the card. Well, no. They really should have allowed for that feature,
but what it is really for is to enable the DHH to be a flash card copier. What
good is a feature like this? Well, if you happen to have a digital camera that
uses SD cards, you could use this player as an image tank when you’re away from
a computer. This would allow you to continue taking new pictures after filling
the card.

As you can see, the card doesn’t slide completely into the body of the player.
Once you plug it in, you can use the onscreen menu options to copy all the
contents from the SD card into a folder on the DHH called CARD. This operation
does not erase the contents of the card, it just copies them. So, you’ll need an
alternate method of deleting the files on the card if you want to fill it with
new information.

You’re probably wondering at this point, how you get your music into the player.
Like the XClef players, this player is drag
and drop. Just plug it into your PC using the supplied USB cable, and it
automatically shows up as a hard drive. There isn’t any special software that
converts your standard .MP3 or .WMA files for use on this player. Just drag and
drop individual songs or entire folders of music onto the drive. The player
utilizes USB 2.0, so copying files is pretty snappy. You are not limited to just
copying music. You are free to use the DHH as a mass storage device. Of course
you won’t be able to play files other than .MP3 and .WMAs. That said, since the
DHH’s firmware has the ability to be upgraded, it is possible that new formats
(Ogg Vorbis, etc.) may be supported in the future.

Bottom line is that I like this little player quite a bit. It’s not like it
is head and shoulders above other players in its category, it’s just that I like
built-in speaker and the SD card copy feature. Of course, the main feature is
the ability to play music. The DHH does just fine here. Sound quality through
earbuds is very good. The only things missing from this digital audio player 
that I should mention are the absence of playlist features, and the ability to
narrow a song search. As is, you’ll have to manually drill down into a folder to
play a specific song. There’s no way to just scroll through your entire library
of songs unless you copy them all into one big folder (eck!) If you can look
past these weaknesses and can fit all your music into 5gb, then this might be
the player for you.


Price: $229.99

Built in speaker
SD card copy feature
Drag and drop files

No playlist features
No searching features


Product Information

  • Built in speaker
  • SD card copy feature
  • Drag and drop files
  • No playlist features
  • No searching features

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11 thoughts on “mobiBLU DHH-100-5 Digital Audio Player Review”

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  2. I am really liking the idea of those built in speakers. I think they would fall into the category of “seemingly dumb, but incredibly useful” features. Why is it that every portable game system on the face of the earth has built in speakers, even though you could play the games without sound, but (until now) not a single mp3 player has them even though sound is the entire point of the product?

  3. themog:

    Exactly! Although it would be rare that I would listen to music (for any length of time) on this player through the built-in speakers, it’s nice that they are there for those few times that I might.

  4. Mmm. interesting i recorn it’s a bit too chunky and sounds a bit homebrand.. but yeah. i like the idea of the built-in speaker. Sorry if you did but duing reading the review i didn’t see you mention about the battery life. Would using the speakers drain the player faster?

  5. I didn’t go into any details about the battery life other than the fact that it’s listed in the specs as 10hrs per charge. I would guess that driving the built in speakers would have a significant effect on battery life.

  6. Julie wrote:

    I didn’t go into any details about the battery life other than the fact that it’s listed in the specs as 10hrs per charge. I would guess that driving the built in speakers would have a significant effect on battery life.

    If the speakers are passive then they wouldn’t consume any power. However, I have a feeling that these are not passive speakers.

  7. Aequitas wrote:

    If the speakers are passive then they wouldn’t consume any power. However, I have a feeling that these are not passive speakers.

    Passive speakers consume some power (nothing is free!) but not as much as amplified ones. And you can’t crank them up, but that is a nice trade off for something like this.

  8. Julie,
    About 2/3 of the way down the review, you have a phrase: “… it has an SC card slot …” Do you mean SD card slot?

    Nice review. I have been more interested in MP3 players lately – there has been a lot of jackhammer activity across the street from my office the past 2 weeks. I would have gone nuts if not for MP3s on my Zodiac2.


  9. Hmmm, built in speakers….too bad I’m kind of hooked on my iPod….so I’m thinking PodWave….to address the shortcoming.

    OTOH, the SD card slot sounds useful. I’m thinking I might want some way to offload pictures when on vacation….without resorting to dragging my laptop with me (even though it is a Toshiba Satellite, which has a builtin SD card slot).

    Though I haven’t decided which camera(s) I’m going to bring on my vacation….so I might also need CF support…

    The Dreamer.

  10. The more I think of it the more I tend to like the Archos Gmini 400 more.

    I dunno what’s its price over there (US) but I think that it’s not bigger (probably even thinner; that Gmini really is mini), has 4 times the hdd capacity, in fact it has 15 more GB, that’s a lot of space for music and still much left for downloding pics. More over it has a color screen that’s larger and you get to verify if the transfer is fine (I heard on the mobiblu the only feedback is of the like “transfer successfull” message), plus you can view the pics as well.

    So to summarize the Gmini 400: 1) has 4 times the capacity, 2) seemingly has the approximate same size, 3) has a larger screen 4) has a color screen 5) enables you to view pics, 6) it certainly costs much less than 4 times the price, probably even less than twice and 7) you can read virtually every type of memory cards, directly or with a small adapter (don’t get the huge multi-in-one if you just have one type besides CF: there are CF sized adapters for most formats like SD or xD, etc.). Only negative you loose the speakers.

    1 vs 7 it’s an excellent trade off 😎

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