I would not consider the D4 to be "lower tier". IMO, it is right up there among the best portables in terms of circuit design and SQ. (price notwithstanding)
post #151 of 1153
10/29/09 at 10:31am
Pico is certainly the safer route because it sounds good and has a reputation here.
Nevertheless, though I am skeptical with this D4 due to my experience with the D10 (it isn't bad per se but the Pico is simply the better unit by quite a margin), I say don't let this stop you folks from getting it. Who knows that the D4 is better than the Pico after all?
USB input obviously. I'm going with my memories since I don't have the D10 with me now but tonally, the Pico sounded more effortless and organic to my ears. The D10 sounded a bit grainy and steely in the treble, the Pico has none of this.