This is my first post, and my first step into hi-fi so any & all advice is appreciated.
I'm trying to decide which to buy between three DAPs, Cowon's S9, iPod Touch, and Nationite S:flo2. I've been reading what head-fi'ers have had to say about the Cowon S9 over the past couple days, and although most people say the Cowon has excellent SQ, it's apparently inferior or comparable to the ipod touch + lod + amp combo. Apparently the Cowon + amp sounds good too but the fact that there's no LOD for the Cowon means being unable to bypass the internal amp, which in my understanding, is kind of the point of buying an awesome portable amp. This is where the S:flo2 comes in, it has a 3.5mm line out (same as ipod LO or better?) I'm guessing that's going to make better use of the amp I'll be buying than the Cowon or ipod.
I also love the fact that the S:flo2 has an SDHC slot & the fact that it supports VOB, MPEG & H.264 video formats.
So am I misunderstanding something about the way these LODs & amps work or do I have it right in thinking the S:flo2 will get me the most out of my amp & therefore, my music.