By Richard Menta 5/1/07
The summer PMP/DAP market is heating up with quite a few new models for summer appearing in the last couple of weeks. The latest comes from a well known make for audiophiles Harmon Kardon, whose new personal media player aims for the higher end of the market with the addition of GPS capabilities in a 2.9" x 4.6" x 0.78" body.
Dubbed the Harmon Kardon Guide + Play, the player sports a modest 2GB of flash memory with an SD slot for expansion (with a 4GB top end). The 4" screen sports touchscreen control and 480 x 272 resolution. The player handles the MP3 and WMA codecs as well as the AAC format, which means it will be able to play those DRM-free EMI tracks that iTunes will soon offer. The Guide + Play also handles both MPEG-4 and WMV9 video files.
On the GPS side the Harmon Kardon Guide + Play sports both 2D and 3D high res maps with the complete Western and Northern and Southern European maps pre-installed. The unit weighs in at a healthy 7.1 ounces and ships now for $399.
Harmon Kardon Guide + Play is available on Amazon
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