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Today's DAP Headlines:

One of the first reviews is out for Archos' Gmini 402cc (402 + built-in camcorder). One of our members takes a look at Logitech's Bluetooth Headphones made for Mp3 players. Another batch of iAudio U3 pics, and a review of LuxPro's EZ Tangent to close things out.

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Some of our French colleagues have tested out the latest from Archos, the Gmini 402cc. Like the Gmini 402 before it, the 402cc plays music and movies, and now adds a digital still camera and camcorder to the mix. So how does the new camera feature stack up? Well, we won't attempt to mangle the translation, but suffice to say, it could be much improved.

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Wireless 'phones have been available for a while, but are still probably too expensive to hit mainstream just yet. Logitech did get a few things right though with their Bluetooth Headphones for Mp3. One of our resident audiophile members took 'em for a spin (err, listen), and while the sound doesn't stack up with headphones of comparable costs, the Bluetooth tech works and works well. His thoughts:

Would you pay an effective 200% premium on top of a 30 headphone to get rid of the cable? If I was given a choice once again, probably not. But the wireless technology does work pretty well, and for some I would imagine the curiously satisfying sense of freedom is worth it.

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We reported on iAudio's brand spanking new U3 in the past, and here are some more images should you be interested. The great thing about the U3 is its features; it's more-or-less an iAudio X5 in a smaller casing, with color screen, video playback, and insane codec support (FLAC even, the first flash player to do so).

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Rounding off news for today is a quickie-review from CNet of LuxPro's EZ Tangent. Okay, so it's mostly just an iPod shuffle...with an FM tuner...and Equalizer...and screen...and it's red, but some folks might want one of these things. CNet scores it a 6.9/10, with the following conclusion:

The good: FM radio tweaks; good mix of preset equalizers.

The bad: No FM auto-scan; no user-defined equalizer; poor battery life.

The bottom line: The EZ Tangent may be an improvement over the shuffle, but it will have to work hard to prove its mettle against other new entrants that have adopted the shuffle form factor.


That's all for today, catch ya next time!