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Audiophile-friendly Nationite S:Flo2 gets reviewed

Audiophile-friendly Nationite S:Flo2 gets reviewed

Audiophile-PMPs are a pretty rare breed, especially if you don't want to empty your entire bank account to acquire one, and so the Nationite S:Flo2 has plenty riding on it.  Priced from $119.50 (albeit only netting you a mere 2GB of storage), the S:Flo2's selling point isn't its touchscreen, video capabilities or games, but its excellent audio quality.  Joker of the MP4Nation forums has reviewed the S:Flo2, and it turns out you really don't need to spend crazy money to get crazy-good sound.

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Seagate GoFlex adds swappable USB 3.0/eSATA/FireWire cables, media docks to HDDs

Seagate GoFlex adds swappable USB 3.0/eSATA/FireWire cables, media docks to HDDs

Seagate have announced their third-generation of portable hard-drives, the Seagate GoFlex Storage System, which debuts a system of interchangeable connection adapters that can be used to turn a regular USB 2.0 HDD into a USB 3.0, eSATA or FireWire 800 drive.  Meanwhile there are a selection of special cables and docks, which can add automatic backup functionality (using Memeo technology), network connectivity, HD media playback or desktop dock convenience.

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Ainol V8000HDW PMP gets reviewed: slick 1080p from HDMI output

Ainol V8000HDW PMP gets reviewed: slick 1080p from HDMI output

PMPs should have HDMI ports.  It's a pretty straightforward - and common-sense - idea, but most big-name portable media player manufacturers would far prefer to fit a proprietary socket and then sell you a pricey adapter cable afterwards.  Ainol may not be a brand name you're familiar with, but judging by MP4nation's review their new V8000HDW certainly should be on your shortlist if you're keen on HD playback.

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Denon DBP-2011UDCI and 166UD universal Blu-ray players debut

Denon DBP-2011UDCI and 166UD universal Blu-ray players debut

Denon have outed their latest range of Blu-ray players, complete with 3D "readiness", which slot into the company's "universal" range.  That means the DBP-2011UDCI and DBP-1611UD won't just play Blu-ray and DVD discs, but CD, DVD-Audio and SACD as well.  In fact, Denon reckon the pair can handle "virtually all 5-inch silver discs", which seems like an invitation to a lawsuit to us.

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iPad + Kleer = best party music system yet

iPad + Kleer = best party music system yet

The iPad accessory market is on course to mimic the wildly successful iPhone ecosystem, but what are the must-haves?  If you're anything like us you're a music fan and you want to use your iPad with an existing iPod speaker dock; we've just tried out the D&A RX1 iPod speaker dock receiver dongle we reviewed back in February, paired with a Kleer S5T transmitter, and - despite the iPad initially saying the accessory wasn't compatible - we're now enjoying our iTunes music (not to mention Spotify and other streaming services) in high quality and with no cords.

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Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ update adds Netflix, YouTube & more

Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ update adds Netflix, YouTube & more

Seagate have already dabbled their feet into the media distribution business recently, what with the FreeAgent Go HDD preloaded with Paramount content, but their streaming content ambitions continue with an incoming update to the FreeAgent Theater+ HD Media Player.  Taking advantage of the set-top box's ethernet port, the new firmware will allow for Netflix streaming and YouTube access, along with vTune and Mediafly support.

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Sony B150 Series & W250 Series Walkman MP3 players launch

Sony B150 Series & W250 Series Walkman MP3 players launch

Sony has announced two new ranges of MP3 players, targeted at the budget market.  The Sony B150 Series Walkman has the familiar memory-stick form-factor, with a 3-line LCD display and basic controls, while the Sony W250 Series Walkman squeezes everything into a set of earphones.  2GB and 4GB versions will be available of each, though only MP3 and WMA (non-DRM) files types are supported on the B150; the W250 can also play AAC and Linear PCM files.

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Creative ZEN X-Fi Style, ZEN Style 100 & 300 PMPs launch

Creative ZEN X-Fi Style, ZEN Style 100 & 300 PMPs launch

Creative have announced their latest range of PMPs, the ZEN X-Fi Style and ZEN Style, kicking off a new "Pure Audio" campaign in which the company look to be pushing their sound quality in an attempt to stave off the iPod.  The ZEN X-Fi Style packs a 2.4-inch TFT LCD display, TV-output and X-Fi DSP, while the smaller ZEN Style gets a 1.8-inch TFT LCD, longer battery life (up to 32hrs audio) and smaller capacities.

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