Originally Posted by Gorillaz
well Thanks God I am my own boss and a Big businessman as you mentioned and I can afford some of the things I want! and did you read how this discussion started and what's has been talked about in the last posts? and if you travel and camp why you just don't take your laptop with you, we have the opportunity to exchange ideas with Fiio and you come up with wanting to have most of you library with hi-rez albums included in the a budget portable dap and I can't comment that focusing in the SQ would be better?
so it's impossible to have a good dap for less than $600-$700, I see why you are not your own boss nor a business owner!
You know what, it seems you don't understand Fiio's philosophy. Let me help with that
How I see it, they create a product lineup, with each one at a different price point. At each point, they look at what they can/can't accomplish within that budget, and do market research to discern what the consumers need the most. The X3 was designed to take on the ipod, by better overall SQ, while trying to maintain Apple's magical UI. The component choices are dictated by price, above all else. When you decide on - for instance- a DAC, you design almost everything around it, like the power components, capacitors, and the amp chip to some extent. In other words, schiit adds up quickly.
The key here is the business model. I sincerely doubt the company would change something like that because of a few outliers.
I haven't even glanced twice at the Tera Player because I see it as a glorified ipod shuffle. The DX100 is a buggy cement block, and the AK100 is just expensive. Fiio has done a great job in the past of making affordable gateway drugs into this maddening hobby, all without "help" from you all. I'm also sure they've made a suitable profit from it, or they wouldn't be in business.
Leave them alone, or start your own company. If you find that magic combination, I may be your third customer (the first two would be guinea pigs).
Edited by eke2k6 - 2/17/13 at 12:30pm