Any reason you did not consider to use the Sabre ESS9018 32Bit DAC Chip?
Because ESS9018 is the best DAC Chip in the world according to some HiFi experts.
Nah, nevermind :/
Maybe I just don't get what it takes a DAP to be called "audiophile" I thought it was just about the SQ, the number of supported formats, lots of storage and beeing able to drive even more demanding headphones/IEMs properly.
All that takes is MORE MONEY!
FiiO states it's not going to be an audiophile dap, but I'll bet we'll all be pleasantly surprised. Especially at the price point it's being released at. I think they just don't want us to expect the moon & stars,...I like how they work.
Oh Fiio said that?
That explaaaains everything.
From what they've said in this thread it's not an audiophile based player. But, from past experience with their amps, I think we'll have no complaints. I am disappointed about the May/June release schedule. But, sadly, we have no control over that.