MP3 players have gotten lighter, their sound-quality is better and they have capacities of 20 GB and more. We look at five high-end players from Apple, Archos, Creative, Philips, Samsung and Sony in the $250 and $400 price range to see which ones come out on top.
Archos' latest AV 500 Mobile PVR allows you to record video from your TV, display images and listen to music - which certainly doesn't represent anything new compared to its predecessors. Instead, Archos attempts to bear down on the device's technical specs for improved video play and display capabilities.
Archos wowed many with the launch of its AV400 portable video player (PVP), but its AV700 is even better. With a top-rate seven-inch color display, very long battery life so you don't have to recharge the device after each film and ease of use, Archos' latest is sure to please... that is, if you can afford it.
Archos' AV 400 already did it all: digital recording, TV capabilities, MP3 play and more. Now, for $300 more, you also get wireless, game console and PDA capabilities - which don't necessarily add up to justify the PMA 400's $799.95 price tag.
iRiver included an image-browing system in its new H10 jukebox to set it apart from other 5 GB music players. While various limitations make this feature less than ideal, the H10 has some other things going for it: good sound quality, Sennheiser earphones and simple operation.
Chic, small and light with gigs and gigs of space for music files: that's how consumers want their hard-drive based audio players. Archos Gmini XS 200 packs 20 GB of capacity into a featherweight and tiny form factor.
The Zen Micro represents Creative's second attempt to take on the iPod, and this time the company is out for blood. With an extra gig of storage, an FM radio and a thin-and-sleek design, does Creative's Zen Micro land any punches?
Creative, Rio Forge, Samsung, BenQ and others have one thing in common: they hope their latest flash-memory audio players will add some Christmas cheer to their bottom line. But do these devices offer new features that technology lovers should care about?
With the Widio, Albatron has taken a vacation from graphics cards to reinvent wireless earphones. The result is a practical and convenient to use product, but its sound quality is insufficient for true music buffs. And given that, is it worth a price of around $150?