Wow, always loved the community over here at head-fi; and I kinda hoped this would have 'righted' itself, but bloody fell foul to 'fan boy isms'.
no ones cares about the vita, and people who do, talk about them on game sites or a vita (or 3ds thread aka Gaming threads)
this thread was about the Wolfson dacs, hence a sound quality enquiry.
no one cares how many power supplies or layers of glass circuit board are in my parasound dad (3/5 respectively), and it is my job when analysing/reviewing it to match electronics accordingly (a musical fidelity headphone amp 'valves' the sound for me...
my point is this thread was valid, and should have remained so...
that head-fiers missed its' mark saddened me to (finally) contribute.
I bought the vita for the dac and OLED
sure I have put a few hours into littlebig and uncharted (and gravity rush, disagea, ridge racer, and rayman and a few downloads, demos etc), but most time spent has.been as a music player!
when the vita came out I was being a carer for a relative and had limited space to have a setup (a nakamichi soundspace3, running from a laptop (via Samsung tv dacs), that's right - no real sound system!
I love OLED, and wanted a decent sounding front end, so a vita was an easy toy to consider.
driving b&w c5(s), no worry, very clean, clear with nailed micro dynamics in seperate 'airspace', it wasn't till I put on the Roland ie3(s) that I could tell how deathly (in a good way) neutral the system could be...
rolands are very easy to drive studio in ears
I seldom turn my system up, sometimes 1/3 of the way, rarely half the way, and occasionally 80% up (this is loud even for the c5's).. black soundstage that allows such gradients of volume anywhere and everywhere, and a ***** load of differing music genre's played well (i listen to everything except bad death metal and bass laden and or compressed recordings)
sure I had to buy an extra memory card for uncompressed music files to have some permanent space, but I as a user can see this device for what it is (a beaut multimedia source)
I would like to have said beaut multimedia player, but.Sony really get in the way of making THAT an easy task, so caveat emptor, 'let the buyer beware', as YMMV regarding 'usefulness'
OLED screen is b grade compared so galaxy s2 (blotchy non uniform black, not a black value of 0,0,0)
But sound is nice
xba-75 (or whatever model number Sony gives their Bluetooth balanced armature earphones) suck on vita. simple stuff like a running stream in uncharted sound digital and HORRIBLE. Complex music genre's become compressed and sound ***** (true of most things they pair with, vita being worst, a bandwidth issue and they don't support apt-x, though nor does the vita)
wish I'd stuck with vita dacs and not invested in more sony!
anyhow as the thread is abouth wolfsons, yes, they rock as implemented on the vita.
lot less grainy sound than first 3ds (xl nothing to write home about, though may still.be 'breaking in'), And better than any" i " device I have heard, admittedly few.
my favorite portable rig/front end, though nano for a light walk around the block, or my HTC via Bluetooth when music genre's allow