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larkshall
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:32 pm    Post subject: c510 v c550 Reply with quote

Question?

At circuit board level what are the differences between c510,530 and 550

I'm guessing not many, and functionality maybe switched off rather than actual components missing on the board
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 3:33 pm    Post subject: Re: c510 v c550 Reply with quote

larkshall wrote:
Question?

At circuit board level what are the differences between c510,530 and 550

I'm guessing not many, and functionality maybe switched off rather than actual components missing on the board


Same firmware.

However, there's some physical differences at least in the shell - as an example, the C510 doesn't have the jack plug or mic on the unit that the C550 will have.

My understanding is that there is a difference in them physically - ie additional hardware / sockets / chips that are used on the higher end models - but I haven't seen pictures of them exploded ;-) / taken apart that has physically proven it to my eyes.

I suppose it's possible that the hardware is virtually identical (with some wiring differences for the external inputs / outputs), and some model identity that the software / firmware uses to decide on options.

Personally, though, I suspect the higher end have additional hardware / circuitry (ie bluetooth, and mp3 decoding and the like) that say the C510 simply doesn't have.

And yes, I realise in saying all of that, that the C510 can be modded to do TTS.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 5:45 pm    Post subject: tts and the c510 Reply with quote

I've heard you can do this, but doesn't it mean 'downgrading' one or more elements of the firmware?

If so might be a mixed blessing
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 6:34 pm    Post subject: Re: c510 v c550 Reply with quote

larkshall wrote:
Question?

At circuit board level what are the differences between c510,530 and 550

I think the only difference between the C510 and C530 is the amount of memory. The Bluetooth chipset appears to be missing from the C510 ... at least, I can't spot anything that fits the bill - and I can see quite a few empty spaces on the board. (I assume the C530 is identical in that respect)

Some of the functionality is just turned on and off by firmware - though I don't know what it uses to make its decisions. Text-To-Speech works well on the C510, so long as you don't go beyond V5.4 firmware (and I see no compelling reason to do so!).

PS - Australian C510's do TTS out of the box!
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