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Today's DAP headlines:

We take a look at the MobiBlu DAH-1600, check out a weird metal box - once code-named "Rio Audio Vixen" - and peek at Archos' Gmini-500... among other things.

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Yesterday, we brought you the low-down on the agonizing death of Rio Audio (a former key player in the DAP industry). Today, we're adding some additional information on the "Vixen" projects and an early prototype of the Chroma. Next to that, we've combined all of our knowledge concerning this item and put it into this nice summary.

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MobiBlu seems to be on fire these days. Shortly after the successes of their DAH-1500 ("the cube-shaped player"), they came up with the DAH-1800. Now they've upgraded their existing DAH-1400 player and renamed it "DAH-1600". Very inspiring, no? Well, at least battery life has gone up to 20 hours per charge. The biggest improvement would have to be the addition of USB-Host 2.0 functionality.

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The Archos Gmini-500 struck us as "a bit odd." Unlike its compact brother-in-arms, the Gmini-402, the G500 is quite a bulky machine. It does come with a nice 4-inch screen and reasonable specifications... but the G500 seems to be nothing more than a stripped AV500 (there's no video recording functionality). It better be cheap or really, really cool.

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Every now and then, one comes across peculiar objects while shopping at even more peculiar stores. The Dutch retailer "Blokker"—not exactly known as a certified seller of DAP technology—decided to take the plunge. They're offering something called the "Xiron portable media player", which basically does anything you want at a mere 199 Euro. We suppose there's got to be some catch somewhere, and we've spotted one disadvantage already: it comes with only 128MB of basic storage capacity (expandable to 1GB, though).

That's all for today, see you tomorrow!