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I have owned both - currently still own the PCM-D50. I had the D1 for a brief time but couldn't justify the nearly $2k it was for infrequent recording - it's not my day job. The PCM-D50 is pretty darn close. The major difference IMO was the mic situation. The D50 is built like a tank and records really well. It will long outlive me I'm sure - it's that solid. Before the D50, I briefly had the Edirol R-09 (meh) and used DAT for the better part of 10 - 15 years. Sony's recorders sound great, are intuitive to use, and just work. I usually use my external Audio Technica AT825 mic with the D50. I'll sometimes use the built-ins, but rarely.
I'm looking forward to the PCM-D100 which supports DSD (thread here already) http://www.head-fi.org/t/679589/leak-sonys-new-portable-linear-pcm-recorder-pcm-d100-upgrade-of-the-famous-d50s.
I know this post is old, but I am selling a PCM-D1 if you're interested. http://www.head-fi.org/t/777593/sony-pcm-d1-professional-portable-24-bit-linear-audio-recorder