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The "Saber" hand wind MP3 player

The Saber is a solid-state digital player with hand wind power for use in areas where electricity and batteries are expensive or difficult to obtain.

It has an amplifier, speaker and sound box, so it can play at significant volume with good quality. This makes it ideal for use in groups. It handles speech and music equally well.

The Saber is powered from internal rechargeable batteries. A built in generator allows the machine to be recharged by turning the handle. External power sources, such as AC/DC power packs, solar panels, or batteries, can also be used to recharge the machine.

Operation of the device is simple, and can be easily mastered by people who are not literate and not technical.

The Saber plays recordings in MP3 and WMA format, stored on it's internal memory or an optional SD memory card. Sound files can be loaded onto the machine via a USB port. Optionally, GRN can load the machine with the desired recordings prior to shipping.

The Saber player builds on the extensive experience GRN has in hand wind playback devices. It has greater reliability and better sound reproduction than cassette players.

The Saber has been designed particularly to enable the gospel to be presented in audio form to remote people all over the world. It is also ideally suited for other humanitarian purposes.

Support Information


Latest documents and software


Options for external power, additional memory, and security and maintanance


An independent comparison of the Saber, Ambassador and Proclaimer digital players


How to manage the internal rechargeable batteries


How to know where you are when listening on the Saber


How to purchase the Saber players and accessories

A Comparison - Digital Audio Players

Access the in-depth review of digital audio players undertaken by Scripture Engagement


Saber in Service - What the field testing revealed

As the Saber will be used to deliver the gospel in many areas of the world, it's of the utmost importance that it is reliable, easy to use, hard wearing, and practical.


Where Am I on the Saber player?

With such a vast amount of audio at your fingertips, how do you find what you want?


Accessories for your Saber

The Saber has a range of optional extras for recharging the machine and loading content.


Understanding the batteries in the Saber

Information about the batteries in the Saber, and options for recharging them.


Support for your Saber

Support information, and latest documents and software for the Saber hand wind MP3 player.


The Heart of GRN: Telling the story of Jesus

From humble beginnings in the 1930s to the cutting edge technology of the 21st Century, GRN has continued to move forward in its quest to go into the whole world and preach the gospel to every creature.


How to use the Saber audio player

The Saber player has many uses but is particularly useful for those who can't or don't read and those in remote locations where electricity is not reliably available.


Saber player Fact Sheet

GRN's new Saber is a "solid-state" digital audio player. The playback system is entirely electronic, with no moving parts. It uses the commonly available MP3 or WMA formats to enable large amounts of audio to be stored and played back at high quality.


Related information

The Saber in Use: A collection of testimonials to the Saber player.

Electronic prophets speak in remote Australia: When the late Rev Mawunyndjil Garrawirrtja first saw the Saber audio device, it was the day he'd been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

PNG: Using the Saber: Feedback from Papua New Guinea on the Saber player

Thailand: That Little Box Speaks My Language: Feedback from Thailand on the Saber player

Vanuatu: Thrilled at the Response: Feedback from Vanuatu on the Saber player

Sabers in Kenya: Stephen reports on the use of some GRN Saber players in Kenya

Share The Noise: Share the Noise is a partnership that uses Saber players to make "mobile schools" to teach the people about health and faith in their own language.

Electronic Prophets: Read about how the SABER is impacting on Australia's most remote communities for the gospel.

Memorable Milestones: How Shall they Hear?: The Apostle Paul asks: "How shall they hear (the gospel) without a preacher?" As the ministry of Gospel Recordings grew, that question could be paraphrased: "How shall they hear (the recordings) without a player?"

Memorable Milestones: Keeping Up With Technology: Joy Ridderhof's simple but brilliant idea of using phonograph records took her and her young Gospel Recordings ministry down a path that relied on increasingly sophisticated high-tech equipment to reach low-tech people.

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