Originally Posted by jude
I will, however, make some comments later tonight. I think this is a product that isn't, at first, easy to understand--it is rather unique.
Well it's unique AFAIK in implementation but the idea of better-sounding mp3 players specifically aimed at high-end listeners isn't. Kenwood has been doing that sort of thing for years, starting with the HD20GA7, which was completely devoid of features but used a class D amp, was optimized for wave playback and was gapless with wave, and did sound better than anything on the market at the time. Then there was the JVC Alneo XA-HD500 which was more conventional in its approach but also catered to high-end listeners. Then you also have stuff like the Pacemaker which is aimed more at the professional market but is still very different from your usual consumer fare.
Point is, the concept certainly isn't unique, but I don't want to rain on your enthusiasm for this player since I think it's a great idea. The market for high-end IEMs has proven to be one heck of a lot bigger than anybody anticipated and it's only natural that high-end players will follow suit.
Now if only there was a music service that offered 24/192... I heard Dark Side of the Moon in 24/192 on one of the best speaker setups in the world and man that was amazing! But this will come in time too, I think.