My Philips Expanium plays --alt-preset standard files flawlessly; no problems after over 50 hours of playtime. The model number I think is EXP-401, but probably all new Expaniums perform the same. Also, perhaps because the CD's are so tiny (8cm mini-CD's), it practically never skips while it's in my pocket and I'm walking. It skips sometimes if I'm running, unless I hold it in my hand to keep it from banging around in my pocket. It shows the right "time elapsed" and fast forwards and rewinds properly, but it doesn't have an option to show time remaining.As a plus, it starts playing 6 seconds after you press the play button... the RioVolts and Sonys I've seen take much longer to load. But the headphone output is a bit weak with my Koss PortaPro's, and very weak with my Sony MDR-V6's. It plays loud enough, but the sound isn't stellar; it's kind of mushy, and with the MDR-V6's the bass is weak. The Sony D-CJ01 (does NOT fully support MP3, needs --nores switch with aps VBR) and the SlimX both sound better to me.
An mp3 won't go down to 16kbps...
My son-in-law has an XMS 750 and it seems to play all MP3s flawlessly, including VBR.
How about creative labs' players, do they work well with --alt-preset standard mp3s? i'm especially interested with their M-100.
Sorry Drover I have an XMS750 DVD player, and just (5 mins ago) tried to play "--alt-preset standard" files and 320 kbps CBR files and they both did not play - only skips, high pitched squeaks and ear pain were produced.
Ah, yes - my son-in-law had the same problem initially, but the problem was in the disc format. If you burn the disc as an MP3 music disc in either Easy CD Creator or Nero, it should play fine. If, however, you create a data disk containing the MP3 files, it won't play.