Archos video jukebox hits 160GB

We’re not ones to blow our own trumpets, you understand, but you might remember we actually told you about this in July. However, officially, th

We’re not ones to blow our own trumpets, you understand, but you might remember we actually told you about this in July. However, officially, the 160GB 504 has only just launched – so true to form, we were well ahead of the curve. So far ahead, in fact, we were already traversing the rope bridge and were just about to scale the climbing wall in tech’s news-riddled assault course.The 160GB 504 is the latest in a trio of 504 Archos models, the others being available in 40 and 80GB trim. It packs in a 16- million colour, 4.3in screen and is compatible with all standard video file formats – MPEG-4 ASP, WMV (also protected WMV) and, with extra plug-ins, it can decode H.264, MPEG-2 and VOB files. An optional DVR Station accessory lets you record directly from TV, DVD or PVR.MassiveSo the biggest jukebox we’ve ever seen, then, but what does that size actually mean to you, the dutiful consumer? Well, it means you can store up to 80,000 songs at 64Kbps encoding (we’ll call that 40,000 at decent-ish quality, then), up to 450 movies, or 1.6m photos.The three 504 models will set you back £250 (40GB), £330 (80GB) and a handsome £480 for the 160GB model. Our advice? Raid the holiday fund and go for the 160. Disclaimer: we cannot be held responsible for domestic issues arising from our ‘advice’.

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