Hmm, Can't help you I am afraid but I will say this!
I know I have a low post count and I do not profess to know much about anything but I have noticed an historical fact about forums.
Forums historically are great places for immediate hyperbole, they champion the latest and greatest thing out amost right out of the box.
One reads reviews of products, with glowing terminoligy, the latest and greatest, a giant killer in sound . People hand on heart profess that what they are listening to is the greatest breakthrough in music replay since the cylinder record player..
Two or three months down the road however if one plows through those same threads, when the hyperbole calms down and there is another latest and greatest thing on the block to amuse and garner attention the product that was once so highly praised is now less so! The bass almost mysteriously becomes woolly, the mids dissapear and the once crystaline highs become coarse and grainy. You know there is a new kid on the block and it improves on the old one is so many spectacular ways...At least until the next new kid on the block appears...Do you get my thought drift!
I have been involved in HIFI for nearly thirty years as a consumer and audio buff (I know an old fart amongs most of you!) and I have seen this phenomenon move from Magazines through to the more immediate resource of the forum format where it really has taken off!
I have listened to so many "wonder" products that seem to be the latest and greatest only to see a few months (used to be years in magazine times but the net speeds the proccess up!) later them trashed beyond belief!
Again though if you look historically, many of the things that are trashed later on are held as the best and fondly remembered for their sonic qualites!
Sadly, in this day and age of internet only purchases there is so little choice out there to find in bricks and mortar stores to actually do what every audiophile knows is essential to do..Listen first! What may seem cack to me can sound wonderful so someone else!
What I have learned over the years is that for ultimate music pleasure ultimate detail and resolution does not automatically make for an enjoyable listening experience!
I will give you an instance. I have spent the past 8 weeks in the recording studio listening to one of my clients music, from recording to mastering. I now sit here listening to the pre production master, ripped lossles onto Itunes and listening through both my AKG701's(which were used in the studio as well) and Stax SR001mk2's on my itouch and through Garys PA2V2 with the AKG's.
This sound comes so close to the sound I heard in the studio but with the added benefit of being slightly smoother and slightly less analytical. We needed to analyze every last detail in the studio to make sure the quality was high. However that can be very tiring on the ears so the secret to good production and mastering is to keep as much detail as possible but also to make the experience a pleasure to listen to..This recording I am happy to say achieves that (IMHO!)
Now, the products I use have recieved some of the glowing praise and also some of the stick throwing. All I know is that in spite of all that I have read about these products on this forum and elswhere they perform the task perfectly and reveal what I heard in the studio without the fatigue and with envolvement and pleasure.
The 701's are now not the latest and greatest, the HD800's have that crown (being absloutely honest they are wonderful but in truth not over a thousand $$ more wonderful!) The 701's are for me some of the best headphones I have listened to (The stax better them though for abslutely enjoyment of the music!!) and the itouch and ipod a perfectly competent player for portable use with the ease of format!
I know this may seem off-topic but I feel it is not. This player your considering is getting heaps of praise at the moment..Just cool your youthful heals a bit and go listen to other players, if you can't do that plow through old as well as new reviews to give a balanced perspective. A lot of people on forums justify crappy purchases by praising the item up to the hilt so that others buy them so they don't feel so bad in purchasing them themselves!
One last thing to add. Read the reviewer not the review! You will learn much about the quality and accuracy of the review of the item if you go through the reviewers posts!
Edited by ianmedium - 5/30/10 at 7:59pm