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Notel PMP is must-have device in North Korea

March 30, 2015 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

The must-have gadget in North Korea, the Chinese-made Notel PMP, is a nostalgic look back at the tech development. The portable media player was once a black market device but has now been legalized and can be bought in state-run shops. It's reported that they are used for watching banned overseas content shared via physical storage such as USBs and SD cards, both of which work in the media player. North Korea's electricity supply is notoriously awful so it's handy that the Notel can be charged from a car battery. Via engadget (image Reuters: Kim Hong-ji)

Designer Astell&Kern AK240 portable music player, just $2,499

March 25, 2015 by Tom in Audio, MP3, PMP with 2 Comments.

It comes with a designer Tanniere Remy Carriat leather case. No? Well how about these stats. The Astell&Kern AK240 high resolution portable audio player is a stainless steel device with a carbon fiber back. It has a 3.31-inch AMOLED touchscreen and supports a huge range of audio files but the best sound'll come from lossless audio thanks to its dual 24-bit/192kHz digital audio converters and native DSD playback. The AK240 has Bluetooth support for wireless headphones and comes with 256GB storage, expandable via microSD up to a further 128GB. According to Astell&Kern, the stainless steel body eliminates electrical noise and delivers purer audio, which is just what you'd tell yourself after spending that amount of money. Mmm, yeah, that sounds really pure. This was a go

Colorfly teases new Pocket HIFI media player

March 5, 2015 by Tom in Audio, MP3, MP4, PMP with No Comments.

Colorfly has released some specs info and a blurry teaser image for its new Pocket HIFI media player. So far it's let on that it'll have a 32GB memory capacity and it'll push music through its onboard Cirrus Logic CS4398 digital-to-analogue converter (DAC). It will also feature a 2.4-inch, 400 x 360-pixel display and will weigh 160g. The unblurred image will be revealed soon, along with price and availability details. Via imp3

Sony unveils the least obvious audiophile product ever

February 21, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, MP3, Sony with No Comments.

When we try to work out what we'll need for top quality sound, the player is important, the headphones are vital, the cable technology could be considered...a headphone amp too maybe? But wait, we forgot the memory card! Sony Japan will release the SR-64HXA memory card, a class 10 microSD unit that fits 64GB of data and costs in yen the equivalent of $155. The Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 is the player they're pushing to use with this card and as that costs more than $1,000, what's an extra $150 on top for some smooth, quiet data playback? Via geekypinas

Pow! Scribd book streaming app adds comics from the likes of Marvel

February 12, 2015 by Tom in App News, PMP with No Comments.

Scribd, the streaming subscription service that acts as the Spotify of ebooks and audiobooks, has added thousands of comics to its instant access library. Titles from the likes of Marvel, Archie, Valiant and Dynamite are now available, furthering opening up the world of comics. For crammers, Scribd currently offers a month's free subscription and costs $9/month when the trial runs out. Via engadget

Neil Young Pono music player out on Monday – web store (high) prices announced

January 8, 2015 by Tom in Audio, PMP with No Comments.

The much-discussed Neil Young Pono music player will finally make it to general release on Monday. It'll launch in 80 locations at $399. Pono's well known for being a conduit for high fidelity digital music, but high fidelity comes at a high price. The Pono music store has launched and while the music is offered at 24-bit, 192kHz, albums sell for around $25, compared to the regular fidelity $11 on iTunes. The Pono has 128GB storage, which'll fit 100-500 hi-res albums, and is expandable via a memory card. Via gizmodo

Cowon Plenue 1 silver and gold audio players out before Christmas

December 14, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Cowon, MP3, PMP with No Comments.

Cowon will release the Plenue 1 portable media player in silver and gold editions on December 19 in Japan. The audio player supports playback of hi-res audio and has an impressive 128GB storage, expandable by up to another 128GB via microSD. It runs on a Burr-Brown DAD chip (PCM1792A DAC) and has a 3.7-inch AMOLED touch-screen display. Compatible data formats include PCM (24bit/192kHz), DXD (352.8/384kHz) and DSD128 (5.64MHz). It weighs 173g, offers eight hours playback and costs the hefty sum of 128,000 yen (US $1,075). Via akihabaranews

Cowon M2 MP3 player offers a marathon 90 hours of playback

November 28, 2014 by Tom in Audio, Cowon, MP3, MP4, PMP with No Comments.

Cowon's still fighting the good fight for portable media players and its latest device offers a huge 90 hours playback on a single charge. The Cowon M2 is out on December 12 and is available in 16GB and 32GB options. It has a Samsung 2.8-inch 320x240 pixel touchscreen, backed up by buttons on the side for playback control. The M2 supports MP3/WMA/OGG/FLAC/APE and WAV formats and has 48 JetEffect 5 Equalizer presets. It also plays AVI/WMV/ASF video formats and supports XviD SP/ASP/WMV codecs. It weighs 75g and costs ¥14,800/US $124 (16GB) and ¥17800/US $150 (32GB). Via akihabaranews

AMD A10 Mullins processor appears in BungBungame Photon2 tablet

October 28, 2014 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

The AMD A10 Micro-6700T Mullins processor has popped up in a tablet from BungBungame. The BungBungame Photon2 tablet is a 10.1-inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display model that comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. There's also an accompanying Bluetooth keyboard cover and stylus. The AMD processor is a 4.5 watt, quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz. Performance should match that of the Intel Atom Bay Trail chips, with the added bonus of the Radeon R6 GPU. Elsewhere on the Photon2 you get a microHDMI port, a microSDXC card slot, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 support and NFC. It's expected to debut around $550. Via liliputing  

Shure steps into lower end market with $40 SRH range

October 4, 2014 by Tom in PMP with No Comments.

Shure's latest SRH on-ear headphones range comprises the SRH144 model, which offers a balanced sound with improved high-frequency response, and the SRH145 model, which are for bass hunters. There is also an iOS-specific model, the SRH145m+. They both sport a lightweight, foldable design and are an attempt to offer to a larger market the expected quality associated with the brand. The 144s have a semi-open design and the 145s are all about closed-back for bass. Via gizmodo  

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