updated 10:40 am EST, Fri February 9, 2007
Stereo with built-in store
The upcoming BR-NX10 by Onkyo is meant to solve a continuing problem of digital music: the need for a computer. Once the NX10 has an Ethernet Internet connection, users can simply hit the AnyMusic button to be taken to Sony's digital music store of the same name, which is browsed on a large LCD display. Tracks bought at the store are downloaded to the NX10's 80GB hard drive. Should already have other music to listen to, CDs can be ripped directly, and a USB port allows the transfer of MP3 and WMA files. Onkyo expects the product to go on sale in Japan in mid-March, for a cost of 94,500 yen ($780).