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Today's DAP Headlines:

Sony comes up with a weird-looking sound recorder, the PCM-D1. If you're into spiritual mysteriousness, EmoSystech's ML-0401 might be just the DAP for you. If you'd rather stick to good old Bluetooth, take a look at the StormBlue A9 or FunTwist's D-Chord800.

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... and they called it "PCM-D1". This high-end sound recorder apparatus might look like it crashed down to earth at the speed of light; it does, however, offer a bucket full of useful recording functions. Adjustable stereo microphones, recording qualities up to 24-bit, 96KHz, analog line-in & out (as well as optical-out), 4GB worth of built-in flash memory, MemStick Pro expandability and all kinds of noise-reducing technologies - the list goes on and on. Too bad the price tag doesn't stop at two digits either - the Japanese are expected to cough up some 200k Yen (almost 1700 bucks) for the PCM-D1 at its official launch (November 21). Oh, and it's also pretty huge in size and weight (193 x 72 x 32.7mm, 525 gram).

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No lack of alien-resembling weirdness in DAP land today, no sirs (and madams). EmoSystech designed a dully-named yet interestingly-designed device, the ML-0401. Some useful features, you ask? Sure: "Healing Sound & Music, Anti-stress, Sound sleep, Relaxation, Meditation, Natural sound" and "Healing Light - 7 natural colors". One can also use it as an alarm clock or something. Too bad it has only 64MB worth of flash memory built-inside, that it weighs 200 grams and that we haven't got a clue where to pick one up.

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Less disturbing when it comes down to sheer looks, yet quite powerful when taking its feature list into consideration would have to be StormBlue's A9 We've mentioned in our DAP Delights before, but this thing just breathes "next-gen" so we couldn't resist releasing another tidbit. The Bluetooth-enabled A9 is able to display various video formats, comes with 2GB flash memory and an expansion slot (a 4GB version is "underway", supposedly) as well as rather impressive battery specs: a 24 hour playback time per charge for audio files ain't half bad. Some shot some new pictures on this weird little Korean gadget again, and one of our users found the English A9 product page as well - it might actually make it across the big puddles.

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Also Bluetooth-enabled is FunTwist's D-Chord800. We're not sure what kind of name that's supposed to be, but who cares anyway. This little flash-based bugger (capacities: 256MB up to 1GB) comes with a nice-looking OLED screen, FM tuner and a 15-hour battery life when using regular headphones. When switching to a set of Bluetooth cups, the overall battery efficiency rate drops dramatically to a mere 6 hours per charge, but that's still doable in one way or another.

Well, we've run out of stories for today - see you again tomorrow!