MP3 goes metal

MP3 players

Getting sick of cheapo MP3 players that looks like they have just dropped out of a cereal packet. At least the EZAV Xen EMP-200, which goes on sale this week via MP3 Plus, looks a little more swish.

The £139 256MB player is finished in a solid metallic case that makes it feel a tad heavier than rival players, but much more solid.

Compatible with MP3 and WMA files, it features direct encoding from audio sources such as CDs and can be programmed to create a new track when silence is detected at the end of a piece. This makes it a good bet for those archiving vinyl records.

The player, which works with PCs and Macs, features an LCD screen, a joystick-controlled menu system and USB 1.1 connector.

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