Originally Posted by estreeter
HK_Sends, thanks for the work you have put into this, but for ~$500 I have to question whether this thing is a viable option for anyone other than the recipients of Trust Funds and relatives of one Bernard Madoff ?
Well, Uncle Bernie wanted to know what I wanted for my birthday...
I have to agree on some points based on my experience. I have been (and remain) a loyal customer of Little Dot, but I think they really didn't realize what developing a DAP was going to entail. All of the issues I identified (resolved or yet to be) are things that should have been addressed in development. I think they also got bitten by development costs which is why it's being advertised for $429.
At the risk of burning bridges, it's an unfinished product (especially with respect to firmware) that really needed to be refined prior to release. Cowon at least offers more functionality out the gate with its players (except, perhaps the D3) and then refines and adds features (and squashes the occasional bugs). Unless the next few DP_I firmware changes make significant progress addressing the interface and functionality, I won't be able to recommend it.
Disclaimer: I pretty much knew what I was getting into... Sometimes you just have to give things a chance. I still believe new firmware can make this a great player, but Little Dot better put more effort into it and not take six months for the next update.
The hardware is great...the software is killing it.
PS - Still missing gapless flac playback...
Edited by HK_sends - 11/3/11 at 5:42pm