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I'm looking for something where the placement and stage / imaging is such that I can close my eyes and it sounds like the person is singing in front of me in the room, rather than inside my head.   My experience is limited to the Denon D5000 and "lesser" headphones, so I haven't heard HD800s, planar magnetics, etc. Do you have to go up to that level to get that 3D quality, or would something like the upcoming EL-8 fit the bill?
Just wanted to contribute that I have the 450 and it sounds amazing with my Denon D5000s. This is my first "sorta" high-end DAC, and there is a legitimate difference between my previous DACs and this one. I'm comparing it to the Audioengine D1, Audioengine D3, Dragonfly 1.2, Cowon X9, etc.   It feels like my headphones are plugged into an actual "big" piece of hardware with a wide open, powerful sound. Couldn't be happier with mine, and $199 is a great price for it.
Geek Out 450 is 0.47Ohm and sounds amazing with my D5000s. Much better than the Dragonfly 1.2 (which doesn't have good synergy with D5000s due to fatigue) or the Audioengine D1 / D3.
Just picked up a Geek Out 450 from Amazon and after listening to it for a few hours today, I can definitely say that it sounds noticeably better than both he Audioengine D3 and Dragonfly 1.2 in all categories.   Better separation, imaging, detail, no fatigue, etc. Quite warm, but not rolled off or muddy sounding at all. I guess this is my first somewhat high-end DAC, since I never realized my D5000s were capable of having a soundstage. This DAC actually kinda sorta gives...
Google Play store would be amazing on a DAP. The only thing keeping me from getting something like this is that I'd still spend the majority of my listening time at the office on my laptop, through the Google Play Store. If I had a player that had wifi / Google Play with this level of sound quality, it would be worth the price.
EDIT: This was supposed to be posted in the Astell & Kern April Fools thread, but was created as a new thread for some reason.   All jokes aside, please make your next player look like this. It looks like something Heimdall would use.
Burn-in = not real. But this thing should definitely sound leaps and bounds better than an iPod Classic. Just about anything sounds better than an iPod Classic.
Cowon uses odd numbers for JetEffects iterations. 3, 5, 7, etc.
Unless I'm completely wrong about this, I just don't see Cowon pricing this thing anywhere near $1,000. That would be a huge leap in their product line. There's not really a precedent for that type of move from them, especially since they're using the exact same marketing materials they usually use for new products.   I'm guessing this will be priced much closer to the halfway mark, but what do I know?
Exactly. My X9 isn't an audiophile DAP, but it's much better sounding than my iPod Classic and it costs less. The only problem I see with this is being underwhelmed at the sound quality. If you have a truly great sounding player, you don't need things like JetEffect at all. The fact that they're adding that makes me a bit worried, but the DAC chip looks promising.
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