Pros: Great sound, snappy touch interface
Cons: expensive, not fully realized
This Sony X has been my mainstay DAP for a solid year and a half. That alone should speak to its staying power. Prior to this unit, I'd been through DAP after DAP trying to find the one for best audio quality. Now I have found it. Even the much touted AMP3, being the supposed 'audiophile' player, was not on the same level. It is not perfect though, possessing a nearly worthless web browser- but hey, if someone is looking at this player it's most likely not because they want one which can surf the web, it's about audio quality!
Some of the sonic traits of the X:
- nicely extended and impactful bass
- highly detailed yet mellow treble presentation
- nice 3D quality to the soundstage (even if not quite as ultimately wide as the likes of a Cowon S9)
- well placed and detailed mids, not too far forward nor too far recessed
If anyone is looking for one of the best sounding players on the market, they should definitely consider the Sony X Walkman.