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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

Evangelion Sony Walkman for anime fans

March 26, 2014 by Tom in MP3, Sony with No Comments.

Sony Japan is keen on its special edition licensed models. After the recent Disney and Snoopy editions, next up will be a series based on the popular Neon Genesis Evangelion series. The high-resolution audio Walkman F may be the model adapted for Evangelion fans and pre-orders will be available from late-April. What series, franchise or tie-in would entice you to buy a special edition Walkman? Let us know on the MP4Nation forum. Via akihabaranews

Neil Young makes 128GB hi-res PonoPlayer for audiophiles

March 10, 2014 by Tom in MP3, PMP with 1 Comment.

Folk rocker Neil Young has had a gripe with the quality of digital music for a while. Now he's taken to Kickstarter to launch the $399 Pono player. Revealed at SXSW in Austin, TX, the PonoPlayer promises, "Master-quality digital music at the highest audio fidelity possible," to bring out the, "True emotion and detail of the music". The plan is to avoid audio compression by supporting large files that offer more detail and clarity. Onboard storage is a huge 128GB, which will story 1000-2000 high-resolution digital albums. The PonoPlayer is backed by its own store, which offers highest-resolution digital files from major labels and indies. This will work in conjunction with a desktop app. The player was developed in conjunction with Ayre Acoustics and will be available from March 15.

Chuwi Comes Out With Their T-Series PMPs Made For Entertainment

July 20, 2011 by Alex in Chuwi, MP3, MP4, PMP with No Comments.

The T-series are Chuwi's new line of portable media players, each with their own size - 4.3-, 5- and 7-inches - with their names pertaining to their sizes - T4, T5 and T7 respectively. Chuwi is no novice when it comes to making PMPs, but what sets the T-series players apart from their other players is their design for being an absolute entertainment device. Find out more after the break. They all come with what Chuwi calls 'built-in Flash apps' (not sure if this has any connection with Adobe's) that includes an array of basic game apps. The players are also able to do 720p HD video playback and supports most of your common video and audio file formats. We don't know yet what processor they use, and there's not much more on its other specs, but you can check out more pictures of th

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