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

March 25, 2015 by Tom in Audio, MP3, PMP with No 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

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

ByePod! Apple has killed the iPod Classic

September 10, 2014 by Tom in Apple, Audio, MP3, PMP with No Comments.

The iPod Classic MP3 player is no more. Following Apple's iPhone 6 and iWatch announcements, one of its most successful products has been quietly removed from the store: the click-wheel controlled iPod Classic. Launched in 2001, the iPod has had 13 years good service and became the generic term for MP3 players among the general public and media. 13 years on, the iPod is now officially just a thing of memories and second-hand stores. Things sure moved on with it over the years: the first iPod cost $399 and came with 5GB storage. The most recent model, launched five years ago in 2009, had 160GB of storage. Share your tributes, memories or good riddance messages on the mp4nation forum  

Sony Walkman NWZ-A17 due in November

September 4, 2014 by Tom in Audio, MP3, MP4, PMP, Sony with No Comments.

The Sony Walkman lives on, and its latest incarnation will be the WiFi Walkman NWZ-A17, coming in November. The forthcoming music player will have 64GB storage and microSD expansion up to 128GB. Supported audio formats include FLAC, WAV, ALAC, AIFF, MP3, AAC and MWA. The 2.24-inch, 320 x 240 display isn't touchscreen so selections are made with the wheel beneath the screen. If low-res playback floats your boat, it also supports MP4, WMV9 and AVCHD video support. The new Walkman will be released at $299. [gallery link="file"] Via liliputing

Evagelion edition Hi-Res Sony Walkman is surprisingly understated

April 18, 2014 by Tom in MP3, MP4, Sony with No Comments.

Sony Japan usually goes all out with illustrations, graphics and colours when they release special licensed editions of their products. The forthcoming Evangelion Walkmans, however, are discreet in their high-profile affiliation. Two hi-res audio, 64GB models are on the way, which come loaded with movies, albums and, with one, special earphones. There are two back designs to choose from: the SDAT audio player that main character Shinji Ikari uses or the NERV logo. The models are: NW-F887/EVA1, NW-F887/EVA3 and NWF887/EVA3 with special earphones. Via akihabaranews

3.9mm Cowon iAudio E3 MP3 Player for sound and health

April 12, 2014 by Tom in Cowon, MP3 with No Comments.

Released on April 18, the slim Cowon iAudio E3 portable music player has two focuses: sound and exercise. The back-to-basics player is 3.9mm thick at the slim end and weighs 20g. It supports playback of MP3, WMA, FLAC, OGG and WAV files, and also has a recording function. The sound is boosted by JetEffect BBE+. Alongside the music is the G sensor accelerometer that takes in your vital stats and calculates how many calories you're burning. It's available in two colours and two sizes: 8GB (¥8900/US$87) and 16GB (¥10900/US$107). Via akihabaranews

Watch out! Portable wristband MP3 speaker bucks wearable tech trends

March 27, 2014 by Tom in Audio, MP3, Thanko with No Comments.

2014's been all about the jostle for wearable tech breakthroughs, previews and purchases, but coming quaintly out of Japan is the Thanko compact portable wristband music player that plays MP3s on your wrist, straight from a microSD card. The refreshingly low-tech device even looks the clunky part and could be the most reliable piece of wearable tech in a while. The wristband speaker costs ¥3,480 (US$35) and weighs a wrist-happy 75g. Via akihabaranews

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