Well, I bought the new A845 and already have the A828, both Japanese versions. That means they record! But, the A845 only records in ATRAC which is a bugger because it means I have to bloody use Windows to tear those files in and out of the player, so forget about it, I'd rather use PCM recording on the A828.
Full ALO Sony LOD Thread with pics
That out of the way, I am NOT happy with the A845. Flimsy, hissy (slightly more than the X) with a constantly ticking background sound which I have confirmed on 3 other A84x players.
That out of the way, a LOD is probably a good investment. There are a number of them on the market, mostly from Japan, but ALO have one as well. It is pricey, but is made well. It is slim and bends really well, staying small and compact.
It works just as well with the A828 and the A845, but while the former I feel fine using just a 3,5mm stereo cable for connecting to an amp, the 'ticking' sound of the A845 annoys me so that the LOD is important. Somehow, I don't hear it when using the LOD.
As you can see, I am using the T3D which I picked up too long ago, but not too long. The two are meant for eachother: both small, both elegant, and both keep the word 'portable' from esoteric boundaries.
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