JVC has brought us a new MP3 player called the “XA-HD500”. The player will feature a 6GB hard drive (probably the Seagate 6GB 1-inch micro drive) and really long 30 hour battery life.
The HD500 also features JVC’s ‘K2 Technology” this helps restore data that was cut out during MP3/WMA encoding. In addition, JVC takes stuff one step in the right direction by including a docking station that can plug into your home stereo. The station also comes with a infrared remote! As seen in the pictures, the player will house a monochrome LCD screen, USB 2.0 and two-way charging (via USB or wall power). It measures 51.5mm x height, 91.6mm x depth, 16.9mm thick and weighs 90g.
As for supported audio formats, count on MP3/WMA/WMA-DRM10 (MP3: 8kbps – 320kbps WMA: 8kbps – 320kbps).
Although the press release says “For Japanese Market Only”, the 27 language support gives us some hope. JVC is really racking up the incentives, and a smart move to. The price will be about US $350, no release dates are known.