I think you've convinced me. :) Well overall, I think I'd just have to try it. But at the moment, I have a Cowon J3 and it is very accurate in both sound and in frequency tests. I would prefer to just focus on the J3 for now and figure out a way to make a balanced rig for that. When I have more disposable income, I will work on a Studio V rig. Thanks for the incite on the Studio V. :) And weren't you the one who recommended Leckerton Audio? I think I will look into them. Would be a better replacement than my piece of **** FiiO E11. Broke in day.
Why would I make it out to be that way? I don't find it to be over hyped at all. I bought it based on reviews and it really surprised me. If I thought it was **** I would be making that clear. I found my Hifiman 601 superior to my Sflo2 and I can say the Studio V is superior to the 601 in many aspects and superior to the Sflo2 in all respects. From a synergy standpoint I will be keeping the 601 still as not all IEM/headphones will pair well with the Studio V. The same applies to the Hifiman 601. I've recommended the player to a few headfiers and they have all confirmed the Studio V has met or exceeded their expectations. Now the device isn't perfect but for an audiophile player it is near perfect IMO. Most of these types of players have really lousy UI support, short battery life and reliability issues. Not sure how long this device will last though but I also bought a 2 year warranty from square trade so I am not worried the least bit. It also comes with a year warranty standard. I also agree with amping the cowon. There really is no point as the cowon has no true line out and its sound quality is okay for a mainstream player but its nothing special. Its EQ is about second to non but I see no need in using EQ anyways, at least that is the case with my portable rigs.