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"Matchbook" MP3 players from JVC

"Matchbook" MP3 players from JVC

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OK, so that's not the name of JVC's new flash players, but that's how the company is describing them. The 512MB XA-MP51, available in dark blue or silver/white, and the 1GB XA-MP101 (black) are roughly the size of a book of matches, measuring 2 inches square. At 1.5 ounces, they certainly weigh more than said fire starters, but not so much that you'll notice the player in a pants or shirt pocket. Features include a four-line LCD, a voice recorder, and an FM tuner, from which you can also record your favorite broadcast radio shows. Five preset EQs, a playlist editing function, and bass boost are also on board. MSRPs for the players are $149.95 for the 512MB version and $199.95 for the 1GB version--arguably lofty in the current flash-MP3 marketplace.

Note: The picture above is not to scale. All players are the same size in reality.

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