Any doubt that product development in modern consumer electronics has gone completely barmy, will be removed when you take a look at this useless thing. http://musicthing.blogspot.com/2005/10/there-is-god-and-his-name-is-sony-pcm.html I guess everyone is trying desperately to develop another killer device like the iPod. Its made of titanium (why?) and costs $2000 USD (bargain!) and uses crossed cardioids, except they are not coincident but spaced incorrectly, left audio will arrive at the right hand mike first (ugh!). Classic design errors. I had a good laugh, what do others think.