Originally Posted by MrSlacker
Another thing to remember about adding Optical input. Only iRiver H1X0 has an optical out. These are old players that are slowly dying (still love mine) and there is nothing else that has optical out. So if Justin released a version with optical out, very limited amount of people would be able to use it. Yes Mac products and optical out, but they also have USB so its not a big deal IMHO.
You guys gotta think about work that goes into making these things... sometimes it is just not worth it. However, a nice home DAC with all kinds of inputs and outputs would be sweet so may be Justin will release something like that instead of portable DAC with optical in.
I wouldn't say there is nothing
else beyond the iRiver's with optical, plenty of PCDP's have had optical outputs and there are various other portable or semi-portable solutions such as the Roland R-09 with optical out. I'm also hoping to see a resurgence of digital outputs offered on portable gear but that may just be a dream.
Also consider though that if the quality of the Pico is even close to what has been reported so far there will be people like myself who would use a larger, more versatile version as not only a portable DAC/Amp but as a home DAC/Amp in a speaker setup as well. My computer is in the same room so at this point it wouldn't be a big deal to use the Pico with my computer for headphone use but I'd definately pay a bit more and sacrifice a bit on size to have something that, in addition to portable use, I could use in my speaker rig as well.
In the end I think people generally have different uses, requirements and budgets. As an example, where you might look at a larger version as unnecessary it excites the heck out of me because I really can't afford multiple setups. Don't get me wrong though I definitely think the ultra-portable Pico is the right product for Justin to introduce at this point in time but complementing it with a larger, more versatile version and maybe even a standalone portable DAC with multiple input/output options as well would round out the offerings for a nice line of portable gear that would suit just about any headphone geeks needs. Like you I do think a home DAC would be a nice addition to his lineup as well, in fact I mentioned this to him back when I had my GS-1. I'm not a designer but I suspect that the Pico would lay much of the ground work for the other portables suggested whereas I suspect if Justin were to do a home DAC it would be much more of a from the ground up design.
Alas this thread was not meant to talk about those possibilities though, we're here to talk about and drool over the Pico.