Ultra Products Ultra Hydra 2GB MP3 Player(Black) Review

February 8, 2007 at 7:48 pm 13 comments


Ultra Hydra 2 GB MP3 Player – Black
Reviewed by K.C. Kim

Sporty Hydra MP3 Player
This ultra sporty “Hydra” MP3 player looks great and is splash resistant. Play MP3 and WMA audio files, listen to FM radio or record with the voice recorder while at work or working out! The digital EQ features five preprogrammed settings. The USB 2.0 interface allows the Hydra to plug and play as a flash drive so files can easily be dragged and dropped to and from the player. Sporty and durable, the Ultra Hydra is your next portable music device.


* Memory Size: 2 GB
* Color: Black
* Interface: USB 2.0
* AAA Battery Included
* Up to 8 hours continuous playback

USB 2.0
Use your computer’s USB 2.0 port to transfer data faster than ever. Transfer data at speeds up to 480Mbits/second.

MP3 Player
This superb Ultra device can capture hours upon hours of your favorite music. Everywhere you go, you’ll have your customized music collection at your fingertips.

ID3 Tags Support
ID3 tags are additional information that is stored within the audio files. Such as Song title, Artist name, Album name, Year and Genre.

Supports for WMA
WMA (Windows Media Audio) File Format. Listen to all your WMA files direct from Windows Media Player. No need to convert your existing WMA files to MP3.

FM Radio
Listen to FM radio on the go. This device has a built in FM tuner with great reception, perfect for an evening jog or the walk to work.

Splash Resistant
Rubberized trim allows it to stand up to everyday wear-and-tear. It’s also protected against accidental splashes, though this device is not designed to be fully immersed or held under running water.

USB Flash Drive
This phenomenal Ultra MP3 player also serves the function of a power-packed USB Flash Drive. You will be able to store more files on your Ultra MP3 player as well as create new files.

Voice Recording
This wonderful player doubles as an incredibly compact memo recorder. Record your important meetings. Create a voice recorded to-do list. Record your important thoughts as they come to you.

7 Different Language Display
Easily change the display language to any of the 7 preset languages.

Official Website


Intro: Ultra Products Hydra Mp3 player is geared toward the active person who wants to take their music everywhere and anywhere. This is possible with the Ultra Hydra’s quality build quality, water resistant, and solid flash memory.


Black Earphones with earbud pads
Neck strap
AAA Battery
USB Cable
User Manual
3-Year Limited Warranty Registration Card




Design and Features: The Ultra Hydra player comes in your choice of four colors (Black, Orange, Yellow, and Pink with compacities of 1GB and 2GB. The design is quite nice and can be worn around your neck with included neck strap.

The Ultra Hydra player can be detected by most versions of Windows automatically. If need be there is a drive CD as well. Plug the USB cable into your computer, install the battery, and drag and drop your music. Can’t get easier than that. LCD display with backlight is easily viewable. Playback music in MP3, WMA, or Wav formats, or listen to the FM radio (which has excellent reception), or use the handy voice recorder. The main selling point is Splash Resistant. Outside of having the player completely submerged in water the player is very effective in withstanding rain, or a splash of water.


Ipod Shuffle (2) 1GB vs. Ultra Hydra 2GB
The most obvious comparison would be the Ipod Shuffle (2) which rules the DAP world. The Shuffle is small, sleek, and easy to use. While the Ultra Hydra is no slouch in the looks department. The Hydra is a tad larger than other DAPS in its same category. But features wise the Hydra rules. The Hydra has a long list of features such as easy replaceable battery (AAA Battery opposed to built in proprietary battery that cannot be replaced by the user), LCD display with backlight, WMA playback, USB 2.0 file transfer, built in fm tuner, and half the price of the Shuffle with double the capacity of memory.

If you want function over style then the Hydra wins by a mile.

Sound: Here is where the Ultra Hydra player shines! The Ultra Hydra player turns out clear sounds with good bass and high volume settings are more than attequate.

Battery: The battery lasts around 10 hours of playback. The nice thing is you can carry a couple of AAA batteries and swap them out. Or better yet get a rechargeable AAA battery.


Conclusion: This I would call an everyday use digital audio player. Keep your fragile Ipod’s and Zune’s at home. When you’re out and about you need a player that can withstand the conditions. And backed with a 3 year limited warranty. You can throw it in a gym bag or pocket without worries. The Ultra Hydra Mp3 Player is big on features but won’t make a dent in your wallet and offers up great sound quality. You can’t go wrong with the Ultra Hydra Mp3 Player.

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Rating 8.5 out of 10


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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Bruce  |  February 19, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    I have the orange model 1 g and I cannot get the music from the subfolders?!

  • 2. g  |  March 6, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    i can get music from some sub folders and not others ….. there seems to be no rhyme or reason?! anyone with suggestions for us?

  • 3. Kaibab  |  March 7, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    YEAH. I bought an orange 2GB Hydra and it has lots of issues… I was careful to follow the directions, too!
    But like others have said, problems with getting music; also the music would simply skip rather than play… and though the record function initially worked, it too stopped working after a few days.
    Bother! I wish this player worked.

  • 4. Paul Carragozela  |  October 1, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    Ever tried to get a replacement usb cable for this unit? I did and was told I was now the proud owner of a door stop.
    not only is this cable proprietary but they don’t sell it…..

    • 5. Rob  |  May 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      That is not true. The connection cable is just a typical mini USB connection.

      • 6. Chuck  |  July 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm

        For the newer models, sure. For the older it uses some kind of proprietary micro connector.

        Lost mine and now cannot find a replacement!

  • 7. Andrea Moulton  |  April 22, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    I have the Pink, 2gb. Today is the second time in the four months I’ve had it that it simply stops working. Fresh battery, no matter. It simply will not power on. The backlight comes on then off, no display. Last time I went round for round, tried to reset it, reinstalled the software, searched for any firmware update, anything…. but after about a week sitting on a shelf it suddenly started working again. I don’t know if it do the same this time, but it’s very irritating.

    Regarding subfolders tho, I’ve never had any issues getting music from them.

  • 8. Omi Azad  |  April 29, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    This is very bad thing to have. My device is off and I cannot turn it on. I’m using it as a USB drive now. Once I put that connected with my computer for a while then it starts else it’s dead.

    Very sad.


  • 9. natasha schmidt  |  June 14, 2008 at 3:47 am

    I have a ULTRA HYDRA MP3 player and the backlight will come on but it will not loade all the was so i cant listen to music.

  • 10. Steven Drake  |  August 25, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    I have one of these players and we have had this problem occasionally when the battery gets low… the system goes into a state of “powering up”, but not working. Generally if the backlight comes on and you plug it into the USB port of your computer the drive will come up on the computer. From there you REFORMAT the drive. Just like it was a new disk. I can’t remember the exact sequence… but once the reformat is complete you should be able to disconnect from the computer and power it up as a player again. It won’t have any music, because you reformatted. Connect it back to the USB and reload your music.

  • 11. Crablegs  |  September 17, 2008 at 8:15 am

    More Cons than Pros. First, navigation is bad. No folder, genre, artist, album navigation. All repeat or One repeat, that’s it. Second, Equalizer is bogus. All settings sound the same. Music quality lacks bass. Also, internal circuit board is “planned obsolescence”. The switch modules are designed to break after extensive use. My volume switch broke. I opened to look and discovered this fact. So if you buy this regardless, then I suggest you opened it first and drop some hot-glue or epoxy on the switch modules to secure them to the circuit board. Otherwise, they will break off after a few weeks. Better buy would be Trekstor Mood players.

  • 12. meebzorp  |  November 23, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    If anyone has given up on this unit and would like to sell the cable, please contact me.



    meebzorp-alien “at” usa.net
    (replace “at” with @)

  • 13. Anon  |  October 30, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    after having this a while, i guess it started to hate me
    it “decided” that it wouldn’t let me add music, then it decided to delete all but 4 of my songs.
    but it gets worse
    now it’s decided that it wont be found by my computer when i plug in the usb connection!!!

    at least, that’s the only “logical” explanation available


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