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OK... So in addition to all the other ammo I've given my wife to call me a big fat geek... we're watching Las Vegas last night when James Caan walks the floor of the casino while monitoring security cameras from a tiny hand-held vid screen (with a fictional wireless card attached).

I just about jump up and down, "IT'S AN ARCHOS 320! HE'S GOT AN ARCHOS 320!"

I really, really want one of these so I can listen to music or watch my replay shows from the train on my terribly long commute.

Check it out here

Please, if you have one of these, don't tell me about it here, just write a short note on the back of your Archos 320 and mail it to me!

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Guess they didn't use something more real, like:

ICOM IC-R3

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Man.. that looks like a freakin' walkie-talkie on steroids.

No style.

The Archos is Coooooool!

Please send me one.

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ya i like the archos too.

heard of glasses with little monitor projections too. would look geeky but it would be a blast walking around stores watching shows and store isles through semi transparent glasses. Ya could laugh at all the funny parts and ignore the people around you when they look just like when cell phones came out and noone was used to them.

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Guess they didn't use something more real, like:

ICOM IC-R3

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Well the Icom is a scanner with a TV and ability to scann the 2.4ghz wireless cameras. Unless you are a scanner enthusiest its kinda pricy for what you get. no HD, crappy interface, cant record....

I looked at the Archos av340 it is a nice machine using a non propriatary operating system .... just think if you could add a wireless card and stream your replay shows anywhere in the house or another TV. I would love to own one but i cant justify the $500+ price tag.

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Just ask, Boris... maybe someone will send you one too!

(PS: I still haven't received mine just in case somone did order one for me)

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Well the Icom is a scanner with a TV and ability to scann the 2.4ghz wireless cameras. Unless you are a scanner enthusiest its kinda pricy for what you get. no HD, crappy interface, cant record....

I looked at the Archos av340 it is a nice machine using a non propriatary operating system .... just think if you could add a wireless card and stream your replay shows anywhere in the house or another TV. I would love to own one but i cant justify the $500+ price tag.

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But the Archos can't really tap into wireless camera feeds....

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That's the first I've seen of the Archos, and it looks mighty impressive.
The big question for those of you out there who grab stuff off the Replay 4000/5000 machines is what will it take to convert the Replay files to something that can be used on the Archos device? I've been doing lots of traveling lately, and the thought of tossing a bunch of my shows onto a device like that for the plane, rather than using a laptop, is pretty interesting. With a device like that, my Palm phone and a Hiptop for email, I can almost do a 2 day trip without a computer.

Any more info on these devices would be appreciated (I've already seen that it is easy to upgrade the 320 to an 80 gig hard drive).

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From readings i ahve found you should be able to take your replay mpegs and convert them into mpeg4/divx/xvid format. Using something like Dr. Divx, vidomi can do a easy conversion of your video.

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I have a 320 and love it. I

t is great if you travel a lot. I tape stuff to and from my replay with no problems then watch my fav TV shows on the plane. I usually download to my computer then use drDivx but those steps but could do it right from the replay system.
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ejuly.. Can you give me some details about the conversion process? I don't use drDivx. Does it convert it to avi or something? Can the 320 play native replay mpegs? Are they alot bigger than the avi files? Would you please send me your 320 so I could see for myself?

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The one pointed out by Dreamer would arguably look better in the film because it has that security look and the walkie talky security people also need. It would be well suited in real life too and probably the best choice.

The downsides of it are:
>can't talk on the walkie talkie and look at the monitor at the same time
>small screen obscures detailed vision (watching shoplifters, etc)
Upsides:
>less acward then holding a walkie talkie AND a archos making it useable on an ongoing everyday routine.


Upsides of the archos:
>can talk and watch at the same time
>bigger screen for sensitive monitoring

downsides:
>big bulky/walkie talkie would leave no hands left. would have to drop one to reach for gun
>can store movies: security guards might start watching movies and shows on shift
>not as 'wearable'

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I have a 320 and love it. I

t is great if you travel a lot. I tape stuff to and from my replay with no problems then watch my fav TV shows on the plane. I usually download to my computer then use drDivx but those steps but could do it right from the replay system.
I dont understand, is converting required before you can watch replay shows on the 320? or can you just use DVArchive to send them straight from the replay to the 320 and do nothing more?

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I had some hopes for Las Vegas when I read about the show, but after watching the first two episodes, I just can not get interested in it. I can usually tell if a show is going to be "my cup of tea" after two or three episodes. On the brigher side of things, I did enjoy Cold Case and even Joan of Arcadia (though I feel this is one show that could go either way).

I would really not be surprised if Las Vegas made it, though I would not have thought West Wing would be a success so what do I know ;)
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ejuly.. Can you give me some details about the conversion process? I don't use drDivx. Does it convert it to avi or something? Can the 320 play native replay mpegs? Are they alot bigger than the avi files? Would you please send me your 320 so I could see for myself?
You actually can just hook up the cables to the replaytv line out and tuen on the AV320 record and it will record whatever you broadcast.

If you have DVarchive. Import to your computer the use drDivx to capture and convert it to a Divx avi file. Then use the usb 2 to import it to the AV320. On my last flight I watched Windtalker and Enterprise - plus listened to some nice jazz. My airplane seat neighbor kept looking over my shoulder so I showed her. I also showed her my jpg travel pictures which I uploaded from my laptop.

You will need to get cover the ear headphones for plane/bus trips but it is worth it for the better sound quality.
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Think there's some programs that will take an file in a folder, batch convert it and move it to another folder. Would be nice to have this program monitor the DVArchive import folder so all you would have to do is use DVArchive to pull it off the replay on a schedule and the second program automatically convert it and move it to the 320. so the 320 is ready in the morning.

Not sure which converting programs can be used, probably a command line-only converter.

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On my last flight I watched Windtalker and Enterprise - plus listened to some nice jazz. My airplane seat neighbor kept looking over my shoulder so I showed her. I also showed her my jpg travel pictures which I uploaded from my laptop.

You will need to get cover the ear headphones for plane/bus trips but it is worth it for the better sound quality.
What sort of battery life do you get when you watch videos? This looks like a great little device for long trips.
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snagged an archos 320 this week and it is better than i imagined.
video battery life approx 3.5 hrs. depending on how much you FF and if you change videos often etc. audio approx 10 hrs. backlight goes off. full recharge 4 hrs
i can display pics to a large tv screen or any videos or mp3's also
pulls up id-3 v1 & 2 tags 2 being used if both are present. also you can use it as a voice recorder with built in mike. pricey but well worth it,wow factor alone. archos drive shows up via usb port and drop and drag from pc
is swift, a portable replay plus with the added features, but sans dbs/cable guide style recording. santa was very good to me!
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They should take the next step and have an NTSC TV tuner module. These days news-type things happen when you least expect them and it would be nice to have a TV handy to view them while on the road.

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rxman... how are you doing the conversion process??

I may take the plunge this xmas season and grab myself one of these bad boys.

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