Philips has launched the latest in its line of portable music players and has included a feature to let you know if the music you are listening to is likely to damage your hearing.
The Philips GoGear Muse 3 features the SafeSound function which analyses the sound level you are listening at, and will alert you if the volume and exposure could have a possible impact on your long-term hearing. You can either adjust the volume to a lower level yourself or allow SafeSound to automatically regulate the volume. In addition, SafeSound provides daily and weekly overviews of your sound exposure so they can easily monitor usage and so take better charge of protecting their hearing – so that in 20 years times you will be purchasing the Muse 23.
Also included with this PMP is an alternative to the traditional graphic equalizer, called SoundPersonalisation (see below). It allows listeners to adjust the sound by simply running their fingers around the screen between the four corners marked: powerful, warm, sparkling and vocal - and sound is automatically adjusted towards that style.
The Muse 3 features a 3.2in touchscreen and comes bundled with noise isolation in-ear headphones and there is an in-built speaker to allow you to share music with others. Philips Full Sound uses the Muse 3’s processor and a specially developed algorithm to enhance the quality of compressed MP3 files to make them sound more like the original recording.
The player supports all the main audio formats with FLAC and APE lossless as well as MP3, WMA, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, Real Audio and WAV, it also supports multiple video formats such as MPEG4, WMV9 and RMVB.
The bundled Philips Songbird software locates and collates all of the music, wherever it’s stored, into one application on a PC, with transfer to the Muse via a "user-friendly interface."
Available in 8GB and 16GB memory sizes, the Philips GoGear Muse 3 is available now with estimated selling costs of £109.99 and £139.99 respectively.