Archos Jukebox FM Recorder 20


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Archos Jukebox FM Recorder 20Portable Hard Disk MP3 Player/Recorder w/built-in FM tuner
Intro: 12/2002
MSRP: US$290
In: LINE. Out: headphones/LINE. Data: USB. DC IN: 9V(?)113 x 79 x 30mm, 290g


  • Unit plays and records MP3 audio files
  • MP3 playback from 30-320kbps VBR
  • MP3 recording selectable from 30-160Kbps.
  • Records from LINE, built-in microphone, or FM tuner.
  • Recorder has "retro" (time-machine) function that starts recording 30 seconds before button is pushed).
  • Recordings can be edited (cut-in and cut-out points set).
  • Internal 20GB hard drive (over 300 hours of 128kbps audio).
  • USB 2.0 interface, audio can be transferred at up to 12MB/sec.
  • 112 x 64 pixel backlit LCD panel (up to 8 lines of characters).
  • FM tuner (88-108MHz, scan function, 30 preset stations).
  • Unit functions as a mountable hard-disk drive -- MP3 files can be freely dragged and dropped between the desktop and the device.
  • Firmware updates downloadable from manufacturer's site.
  • Manual recording level control (LINE/MIC inputs).
  • Play modes: Normal, single, repeat all, shuffle, queue and scan.
  • Sound controls: Volume, bass, treble, loudness, balance and bass boost.

User Comments:

Second generation of original Archos Jukebox 20 with several improvments:

  • Recording mode now appends a part number (pt) to the audio file name, allowing you to start a new recording in a new file with the press of a button. First file will be "mysong", second file will be "mysongpt01". (Archos could still do with a course in UI design, but this is much better than the interface on the Jukebox Recorder 20).
  • LiIon battery.

Included Accessories:

  • USB 2.0 (A-A) cable
  • AC-DC adapter
  • Factory installed LiIon battery
  • Stereo headphones
  • Carrying pouch
  • MusicMatchTM Jukebox software
  • Manual in 5 languages


Optional Accessories: Archos sells a US$50 external microphone and preamp designed to connect to the unit's LINE input.

Specs: SNR: > 90dB, headphone amp: 100mW.


User Manual: Jukebox FM Recorder 20

Battery LifePlay
LiIon12 hr

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