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Phillips MP3 Expanium portable players are in a class of their own, offering the ability to play classic CDs, as well as up to 10 hours of MP3 formatted music to be burned on a single disc.
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1. Philips EXP503
With a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $229.00, the Expanium 503 by Philips is not simply an MP3 player. This model of the Phillips MP3 Expanium portable players reads CD, CD-R and CD-RW discs. Each disc can hold up to 10 hours of music that has been formatted as MP3 and burned to a CD. The unit operates up to 15 hours on 4-AA batteries (regular or rechargeable). The unit comes supplied with headphones and a belt clip. Buy the model on Amazon.
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2. Phillips EXP203
At just under 9 ounces (250 grams), the EXP203’s exterior dimensions are 5-inches long by 5.4-inches wide by 1-inch deep. Each CD can hold up to 10 hours (150 tracks) of MP3 formatted music. Operated with 2 AA batteries, the device maintains about 10 hours of playback time. To conserve battery life, the EXP203 automatically turns off at the end of a CD. With the ability to also play uncompressed CD music, the sound quality is superb. This model of the Phillips MP3 Expanium portable players can store up to 32 of your favorite tracks for playback in any order. Find the player on Amazon.
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3. Phillips EXP411
Available on Amazon for about $200, the Phillips MP3 Expanium portable players model EXP411 is ‘pocket sized.’ With exterior dimensions of 3.6-inches by 4.7-inches by 1.1-inches wide, the EXP411 uses only miniature, 8-centimeter discs. By burning MP3 formatted music onto the mini disc, you can save over 3 hours of songs per disc. It provides up to 6 hours of playtime from 1 AA alkaline battery and has Digital Dynamic Bass Boost. With optional AC/DC adaptor, the EXP411 has a 4-key remote control incorporated into the headphone cord.
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4. Phillips EXP521
Of all the Phillips MP3 Expanium portable players, the EXP521 is likely the most versatile. With 5 games included on the device, the EXP521 offers up to 30 hours of playback time using 2 AA batteries. Considered the best portable MP3 players too many, there is also an AC/DC adaptor available with the unit. The EXP521 has multiple playback modes including: programming for up to 50 tracks; fast forward/fast rewind; hold; next song/previous song; next album/previous album; repeat one song; repeat one album; repeat entire disc; resume playback from pause; shuffle album; shuffle entire CD. The device measures around 5.4-inches wide by 5.4-inches high by 1-inch thick and weighs about 9 ounces. Available for about $45.00, the unit was first introduced in 2001. The player is available on Amazon.
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5. Phillips EXP2561
At just under $70.00 on Amazon, the EXP2561 is among the best cheap touchscreen MP3 players available. Weighing in at just over 7 ounces, the EXP2561 is about 5 1/2 inches in diameter by 1.1-inches thick. Listen to 50 hours of music on 2 AA batteries. With programmability for up to 50 tracks, you can shuffle the music on any CD in a number of ways. With classic Philips MP3 speakers the sound quality is excellent.
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