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.