Bij Yahoo! is een press release te vinden waarin Philips vijf nieuwe Expanium MP3-spelers aankondigd. Het topmodel, de EXP503 van $179, zal een dubbel zo groot LCD-scherm bevatten, ID3-tags weergeven en geleverd worden met een carkit. Net als de andere nieuwelingen zal hij helaas pas in september leverbaar zijn:
EXP503: An Advanced Option
The Philips EXP503's LCD display has been enlarged by 200 percent, offering a clear readout of album, artist, and track information. In addition, the high-end playlist support feature allows users to display and use playlists that are ordered according to their preference rather than just in the order of the recording. This player is capable of playing CDs with more than 10 hours of music in the MP3-CD format as well as AAC and UDF files. In addition, the EXP503 will play CDs, CD-Rs and CD-RWs. The EXP503 includes a car radio kit, headphones, AC/DC adapter and a belt-clip for carrying music on the go. For skip protection, both players use Magic ESP(TM) technology for smooth playback. Available in September, the Philips EXP503 will have an MSRP of $179.
EXP301 and EXP303:
The Philips eXpanium EXP301 and 303 play digital audio from MP3 and AAC files, as well as prerecorded CDs, CD-Rs and CD-RWs. The eXpanium supports digital audio files ranging from 32 to 320 Kbps, providing enthusiasts and audiophiles with a wide range of sound quality levels. While the EXP303 includes a car radio kit for music on the road, both players come with headphones, AC/DC adapter and a belt-clip for carrying music on the go. The EXP301 and EXP303 will be available in September, with MSRPs of $129 and $139, respectively.
EXP201 and EXP203:
Rounding out the eXpanium line-up are the Philips EXP201 and EXP203 personal MP3-CD players. With an increased battery playing time, these players will play up to 15 hours. The EXP201 will be available in July with an MSRP of $99, and the EXP203, which comes with a car-kit and AC/DC adapter, will be available in July with an MSRP of $119.
Eerder deze maand kondigde het bedrijf al een Expanium aan die alleen 8cm cd's leest, maar dus wel heel wat compacter is dan de standaard MP3-discman. Je moet het dan wel doen met slechts 200MB opslagcapaciteit. Ook deze player veschijnt pas in de herfst overigens:
A blank 8cm (3-inch) disc - costing less than US $2.00 - can store up to 200Mb of music, making the 8cm eXpanium an unbeatably cost effective method of enjoying music on the move. It is also highly convenient, since the disc's size allows the CD player to be much smaller than `conventional' portable CD players. Furthermore, creating discs for playing back on the 8cm eXpanium is also quick and easy, and no different from creating a 12cm CD-R or CD-RW disc.