To fully realize Sony's little audio creature, I screwed it onto my camera tripod and created what is easily the weirdest thing ever to grace my desk (no offense,).
On a serious note, I get asked about high-end portable audio recorders a lot. Consumer MP3 players/voice recorders just can't hack it when it comes to recording podcasts, bootlegging concerts, or capturing the wonder of nature's symphony (i.e. field recording). So far, the Sony PCM-D50 is looking like the best designed, best constructed portable audio recorder I've laid hands on--better than the M-Audio Microtrack, Edirol R-9, Zoom H2, or
Off the bat, however, I can tell I'm not going to like the measly 4GB of internal memory and proprietary Sony Memory Stick expansion. Who knows? Maybe now that Sony haswith their MP3 players, they'll get on-board with SDHC flash memory cards too. Yeah...I won't hold my breath.