In the past MP3 players were often little USB sticks. Tracks were loaded
using a PC and then played back using an ear phone.
By now, MP3 players the size of a cigarette packet have caught on and show
an outstanding performance.
These players include a hard drive of anything between 20 and 60 GByte, enabling
the storage of 300 to 900 CD's in MPEG 3 format. Access to tracks using several
search criteria is simple and quick. Operation is simple and straight forward.
The sound quality of the top models in the medium price segment is more than
adequate when using a conventional hi-fi stereo set-up for playback.
We are comparing three models that caught our eye: