Kenwood Corporation introduces the world's first portable CD player compatible with Microsoft's audio format, WMA. Compatible with WMA and MP3 formats in addition to audio CDs!
Kenwood Corporation (President: Kaku Sakaida; Head Office: Shibuya, Tokyo) has developed the DPC-MP727, the world's first portable CD player compatible with Microsoft Corporation's WMA (Windows Media Audio) format. The DPC-MP727 is scheduled for release in the spring of 2001.
The electronic distribution of music is a reality. In addition to existing audio formats, there are now several PC-oriented data formats, but so far there has been little compatibility with existing audio equipment. Playback thus tends to depend on dedicated PC software.
Kenwood's epoch-making DPC-MP727 portable CD player not only plays audio CDs, but also allows playback of MP3 and WMA data recorded on CD-R/RW discs. Using either the MP3 or WMA audio format, over 100 tracks can be recorded on a single disc, thus eliminating the need to change CDs and allowing hours of continuous listening enjoyment. With a 160-second D.A.S.C. plus wide capture capability, the DPC-MP727 offers superb anti-vibration performance, in addition to features such as BASS Boost for enhancement of sound quality. Kenwood is dedicated to advancing the development of both functionality and sound quality, aiming for total customer satisfaction.
WMA is a new audio codec developed by Microsoft Corporation. Compared with traditional CD data, this new format offers a maximum compression ratio of 1:20. Data encoding is performed by the Windows Media Player 7 software bundled with Windows Millennium Edition (released in 2000). Windows Media Player 7 is also offered as a free download from Microsoft's servers, and may be installed on computers with Windows 98 and Windows 2000 operating systems.
Updated 00/12/22 (C) 2001 Kenwood Corporation