Pros: Great sounding DAC section, rugged build, improved UI response, selectable digital filters, wide support for file types
Cons: Amp section somewhat edgy and bright, UI still clunky in some ways, no support for hi-res files
Not long ago, I covered an obscure DAP out of China called the HiFi ET MA9. As you can read in that review - and I highly recommend you do before proceeding - I found that device to sound exceptional, despite a few minor quirks of the user interface. At around $860 the MA9 is certainly not cheap, but worthy of serious consideration for those looking to own a reference caliber DAP. The sound is just that good.