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If you can't innovate by making a cohesive experience, make something outlandish. An outlandish appearance (not to mention a short shelf life) will always trump proper R&D for companies in for the short haul. What we need are companies looking way into the future, at their brands, at the lifestyle they foster, at which customer they want to cater to:   1. a customer that always will bey their brand because they offer a superior experience   or   2. a customer that...
The whisky wills it. The headphones are just the outcome. I love the new shop. I was there today and on opening day. Today was just a sunday afternoon, but it was packed. I picked up a pair of Koss Porta Pros and enjoyed a bunch of different earphones. My wife was running from one end to the other. 
I may or may not make it. Moving the bloody house. But I hope I can make it. Always fun.
Nothing really has changed. The same shuffle will still put better quality signal into the same loads versus modern players. If only it wasn't for that damnable hiss. And, if only if it had gapless... of course gapless necessitates a more complicated firmware. 
I've been assured that Shozy are getting to the bottom of things. We'll see. I really hope it will work out as a viable screenless player. 
I think we are broken into two camps: those that value sound quality only and will spare no body part in achieving the best even if it means tossing a device later and wasting money, and those that prefer balance. I fall into the latter camp. I know that a lot of us do not. The SQ of the Alien is very good. Honestly, though, other than hiss being much lower than an iPod shuffle 512 (from 2005), a player that remains one of the best performing portable players out there,...
I campaign for it because I'm a consumer. And I feel very strongly that audiophile consumers in the portable world get stiffed by companies that are happy to throw stuff out. And then we buy, then throw away. Why? Because a lot of it is trash. We then pollute the world, encourage more waste, encourage more people to use their $$$ signs without dedication, and the cycle continues. It is awful and is untenable in any respectable market.    Which shows: we do not belong to...
The new DAC/amp is just as good an amp as the T1 (from my short exerpience) and better built. I'm impressed. I was impressed back in the day, too. And still am. I have a review of the T1 up at ohm image in which I mention the PURE (one or two). II is better than I in every regard. 
I have but the tralucent has gone through a number of changes. Both are excellent. Tralucent a bit more cleanly detailed and the PURE II more moodily detailed. PURE II is my favourite of all time, but tralucent is amazing. I tested the tralucent DAC as well and really liked it but didn't have time enough with it to deliver a review.
I think that is the problem: we as portable audiophiles have the bar and our expectations set so very low. Great sound and to hell with the rest. Imagine a BMW sold whose doors wouldn't open... 
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