updated 10:15 am EDT, Fri October 27, 2006
Kenwood Music Keg Players
Kenwood today updated its Music Keg line for Japanese listeners. The new M1G and M2G players emphasize sound quality over the number of features. An updated digital amplifier dramatically improves the signal-to-noise ratio, Kenwood claims, ensuring cleaner sound without the need for better earphones. The company also notes that, as is increasingly common in Japan, the new Music Keg models can use an adapter to import music directly from a CD, MiniDisc, or other audio source, removing the necessity of a PC for loading songs. Both player versions can play back MP3, WAV, and WMA songs, tune into and record FM radio, and are primarily separated only by capacity: the M1G holds 1GB of flash memory, while the M2G doubles that figure. Both should be available in a suite of metallic colors beginning in early November for the equivalent of $168 US for the M1G. A North American launch hasn't been planned, though Kenwood notes that the player supports English menus.