ReQuest Inc. has announced a stereo component system that stores, organizes, and plays up to 150 hours of CD-quality MP3 digital music – without a PC.
The AudioReQuest player combines MPEG I Layer 3 compression (MP3) and other popular Internet music formats with high-capacity storage to make a small, convenient modern home jukebox.
Designed specifically to connect with home entertainment systems, AudioReQuest is the first consumer product that encodes audio compact disks directly into CD-quality digitally compressed music.
The AudioReQuest unit includes a CD player that allows users to store up to 150 hours of MP3 music, eliminating both the bulk of CD collections and the need to manually change CDs while listening to different artists.
Music enthusiasts with collections of older analog formats such as audio cassettes or LP records can digitally encode their favorites through AudioReQuest’s line-in input. Through a parallel connection, users can also download digital music directly from a PC or the Internet.
When connected to a television, AudioReQuest provides an interface that allows users to play CD-quality digital music while creating playlists, organizing music or watching animation that ranges from fireworks to psychedelic shows that move in time with the music. Users can also import pictures from a digital camera to create slide shows that play along with music selections.
Users operate AudioReQuest with a simple remote control or an optional wireless keyboard.
The AudioReQuest stereo music player provides connectivity to Minidisc, DAT, and high-end amplifiers through digital input/output and will ship with a remote control and all the audio, video, and PC connections needed to link it with a home entertainment system.
AudioReQuest will be available in the fall of 1999 at an estimated retail price of $599.95. Interested parties can visit ReQuest’s home page at http://www.audiorequest.com.