Kenwood HD20GA7 - it's the Gigabeat gone weird comment: 3
| Monday, June 06 (2005) 03:15AM | Posted by Robert Sinke
By the looks of it, Kenwood seems to have been inspired by Toshiba's Gigabeat F-series
quite a bit. There's your top-of-the-bill 2.2-inch, 320 x 240 pixel color screen and a touch-based interface. However, the company broke things up into two parts - a dedicated volume slider and the main controller (next to a seperate power button).
|I'm not sure if I've interpreted this right, but the 20GB heavy HD20GA7's main feature seems to be a built-in digital amplifier... uuuh, cool! Kenwood also claims something like "best sound quality in this quadrant of the universe", which sounds okay to me (we're *that* demanding).|
The source behind all this information also mentions Windows Media Player being able to take care of media transfers (through USB2.0). You could choose to use the bundled "Kenwood Media Application" instead - the drive does pop up as a mass storage device, but you can't go about and drag & drop songs in your explorer and expect it to work. Hm.
There are 10 equalizer presets + 1 user-defineable position. MP3/WMA/WAV as well as WMA DRM are said to be supported. This 20GB weirdo measures 104×61×17mm while weighing 140 grams - most of this is probably being caused by an non-magnetic stainless steel alloy-based casing. The built-in li-ion battery is said to last for 24 hours.
All in all, it seems like the HD20GA7 (arrghr, what's in this name? nothing, that's what) will be avilable for purchase around July, with a MSRP of 45.000 Yen (340 Euro, 415 USD... you know the drill here). One can pick a black or white design.