I'm not sure, maybe it was in this thread already (195 pages are tough to read , but I think good news can be reapeated
Oh my, the ALAC boy's will be mighty impressed.
I smell the newest and greatest for the moment product. I expect once this baby is released the thread to be flooded by shills screaming giant killer and getting into arguments with people who question if the DAP can truly merit the title of giant killer. I then expect the DX100 people to take umbrage and invade this thread and troll the X3 shills. The Colorfly and Hifiman player people shouldn't be far behind. It should be a good time to watch the tom foolery. I've already ordered 10 lbs of popcorn and have lots of pop on hand ready for when the circus begins. Watching shill wars is even more fun then watching the summit-fi people getting trolled by the sound science people. Speaking of which is it just me or does it seem like most people in both summit-fi and sound science seem a little testy and or arrogant on the best of days? The folk on there really need to learn how to let their hair down and try having a good time.
It's usually pretty interesting to read posts by people who are hot and bothered over a new product and the responses by those loyal to whatever product the latest and greatest is "burying." I'm certainly guilty of this at times (a bit of a GR07 fanboy), so I can't exactly point the finger at anyone else. I will say that I really think, if they pull it off well, the X3 is going have an impact on other companies that are building DAPs for the same market...they will see the features it has and, fingers crossed, the heaps of positive feedback it gets on these pages and as a result and feel compelled to either follow suit or try to one-up Fiio (who had the gonads to really listen to their bread and butter customers). I'm pretty sure I'm going to buy one of these if the battery life is decent...if the sound smokes the J3, I'll probably buy it regardless...April is a ways off, so let's see if we make it across the 12/21/12 threshold first
Not to throw a wet blanket over everyone's hopes but Fiio itself has indicated this player won't sound like an audiophile DAP. That's not the market segment they're going after.