Philips is extending the popularity of MP3-CD playback by shrinking the CD player itself – with a CD portable specifically designed to play 8cm (3-inch) CDs which can contain over three hours of compressed digital audio in formats like MP3, UDF or AAC.
The 8cm eXpanium™, EXP 401, to be launched this Autumn, is even smaller than a standard 12cm CD and weighs just 220g – small and light enough to fit comfortably in a pocket.
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.
Powered by a single AA battery, the 8cm eXpanium offers maximum enjoyment of music on the move. Continuous CD playback is ensured by Philips’ leading-edge Magic™ ESP (Electronic Skip Protection) technology, which provides a 100-second music buffer for MP3-CD files compressed at 128 kbps. Dynamic Bass Boost provides two levels of bass enhancement at every volume level while ensuring music remains distortion-free.