Kenwood making MP3 players? What's next, Halliburton making babygrows? The world's gone mad, and not the good mad where you invent a time machine, but the nasty mad where you sandpaper the face off a Care Bear.
Perhaps you young cognoscenti will know that Kenwood has actually made several MP3 players, as well as a range of car audio systems. The market is not as alien to the mockney kettle-makers as you might assume. (We jest, of course -- it's a completely different company. Ahem.)
The Kenwood HD30 Supreme EX(pictured) is a re-release of the original HD30, but with several welcome tweaks including the eponymous "Supreme EX" feature. This enhances sound quality at the cost of a slightly lower battery life (this can be turned on or off at will).
The player includes support for MP3, 32-320Kbps lossless WMA and WAV. It's early days for the player -- as you can see the interface uses odd hieroglyphs in place of human language -- but, as with other Kenwood players, expect a limited UK release through specialist importers. -CS