I am the owner a Cowon X7. I'm using Shure 840's and Monster Turbines with the player. I also have an Ibasso D2 boa that I have not needed with the x7. I have been playing with this thing for a total of 12 hours over the last 3 days and I find myself wanting. The sound quality is unbelievable, but everything else about it is counterintuitive.
I have used foobar, media monkey and song bird as my desk top syncing sources as well as dragging and dropping into the physical drive location. None of these options work well. I spend hours creating playlist, tagging and organizing my music, and once I load or sync, it does not look and is not organized the way I want or anticipated it would be on the player.
In short, I'm wondering if the iPod classic sounds as as good or nearly as good as the X7. The iPod is such an intuitive player that it is hard for me to keep fumbling around with the X7. I'm very disappointed because I really am in love with the sound quality of the X7.
I know that there are a lot of opinions on this site and I appreciate all input, but it can get confusing when responses start flying. I am interested in an answer to this specific question unless someone can clear up my frustration with the x7 for me.