JVC Victor will introduce two new Alneo DAPs to Japan in October. Many conventional features provided by flash players in its class are also present in the XA-S108 and XA-S208. There’s nothing exceptional about the 1GB and 2GB capacities, 4-line monochrome OLED, option of 5 colors, support for MP3, WMA (DRM), and 20 hour battery life.
To break the mould of the competition JVC is relying on its extended recording functions which have been implemented in previous Alneo devices. As well as line-in recording, the sound recording level of the mic is monitored and an indicator is displayed, while periods in which distortion is too high or sound level is too low are excluded from the recording. The alneo S series might offer an ideal balance between basic recorder and basic MP3 player.
[Press Release via Impress]
In February JVC Victor will release some new flash players, the Alneo XA-HD500 with a capacity of up to 6GB and the Alneo XA-C109 with only up to 1GB. Not great but both will feature seemingly semiprofessional recording capabilities via line-in and microphone. Otherwise the specs are nothing unusual: MP3, WMA (DRM), WAV playback, FM radio. The HD500 will be available in silver and black, the C109 in silver, black, red and blue.
You can check out some images on the JVC Victor site: Alneo XA-HD500 and Alneo XA-C109 (in Japanese).
I wonder if the “Left/Right/Stereo” indicators on the XA-C109 mean you can record from line-in in a more professional manner, for example with manual gain control. Or maybe it just means the player is equipped with a stereo microphone. We will know for sure when the specs are available in English.
[Via Akihabara News]