Today's DAP Headlines:
Our Korean colleagues came up with some video footage of the Viliv P1 and StormBlue A9, while we ourselves took some time to review the iPod v5. Speaking of iPods, there's this new set of headphones by Macally, specially-designed for the iPod nano. Our usual weird-DAP-of-the day is Luckystar's A228.
Viliv's P1 and StormBlue's A9 are both fine examples of Korea's slumbering PMP revolution. Whereas the hard drive-based P1 looks like a combination of Sony's PSP and Apple's iPod, the A9 seems to be taking things to a cellphone-like level. The A9 is a flash-based (up to 2GB) PMP that allows memory upgrading through its built-in SD slot. More importantly, this weird little gadget supports Bluetooth headphones so one can wirelessly enjoy one's music (up to 30 feet, apparently). Our buddies over at Minivian took the liberty of shooting some videos on both units.
Sure, it has been done by dozens of other websites before, but what would DAPreview be without our own iPod v5 review?
Overall, I like the new iPod for what it is: a simple audio player and part-time video player, wrapped up in a super-slim design. There's certainly room for improvement but the same can be said for any player. Verdict: 90/100
The world is probably be coming to an end soon enough, as these new ipods just keep getting slimmer and slimmer - this might eventually result in problems like "the headphone-out port adding an additional millimeter of thickness to the latest generation of iPods". Macally's mTune-n might prevent such situations altogether: one can basically "slide" the iPod nano right into this nice-looking set of headphones, thus solving the problem of dangling wires and whatnot. While wearing these cups, it'll probably look a bit suspicious when one's adjusting the volume for a long period of time - people might think you're calling them a loony.
No day (well, virtually) goes by without some weird-looking Chinese DAP making it to our frontpage. Today's 15-seconds-of-fame are for Luckystar's M228. An uninspiring product name, true - but apparently this DAP *tastes* like heaven. We can't think of many other reasons for taking two bites out of it.
That's it for today, see you again tomorrow!