Welcome back. This is an expensive hobby, so it ok to flip-flop. This is not a easy process. Luckily there are those here with differing opinions so as to help one make better decisions.
I tried to research the Philips DAC in the T-P. I did not know this T-P was 4 years in the making. I ran into his interview here:
Before when I searched T-P, I get the main site, this site, headfonia site and the Tera video game. When I did a search for the Philips 8852 (prototype), I was fortunate to find this article. Remember, in part 2 of this article, reserve knowing that he used low-volume recordings and acknowledged this at a later time. So the volume bit is tainted and possibly the live part. It does make sense though that the live part is tainted also.
The 2nd to last comment confuses me by T-P owner #2. He says he gets true 24/192 playback. Not sure what to make of that. The 'true' is what I do not get. I know his username here, but hesistant to ask him. He is the one that gives glowing reviews from the original locked T-P thread.
I'm neutral on the HM-901, but figure if it was outstanding, will consider it one year from now when it matures. I think the T-P has a specialized purpose and other DAPs have general purpose. So if another outstanding DAP comes along, will get both or sell one off. I think the T-P should have good resale value. After reading that delta-sigma stuff, hesitant on getting anything delta-sigma now. But they say that the ESS chips are hybrids and not the old delta-sigma, but confused on that. I want that impact sound or that magic sound as the article I posted earlier mentions. I just don't want crystal-clear, transparent. I want magic. I will probably get flamed for that, but that is what I am looking for and that is what some of the owners seem to describe in varying degrees of verbs.
I was thinking of looking into armbands. Have not thought about a case yet. Maybe will look at Pelican cases (Size: 57 x 57 X 18 mm). It seems durable though if Charles says you can use it to open a beer bottle cap. I just plan to use it in my shirt pocket, so unsure for now. Charles mentions the cheapest SDs will do. I don't think the 'Extreme' models are needed.
Thanks, I am on pace so maybe will put my name on in mid-Sept. People work well after vacations. Hopefully, his queue is lessen by then.
So, your in the queue to start having yours built? How exciting.
I always sell a kidney when I need a new DAP, so that may get you over the top.
Edited by Tera-Fi - 8/16/12 at 2:55pm