Originally Posted by kiteki
Not sure if sarcasm, well they did say something to that affect at least once.
Nope, I didn't follow the 801, basically ever, and got a 601 based on a lot of reviews, none of which mentioned that. So I am being quite serious. Everything I had heard related more to the butterworth filter that results in the rolloff. Again, heard a lot about that, didn't hear about the oversampling thing. But again, I wasn't around when the 801 launched, and by the time I started thinking about getting a high end DAP, the DX100 had hit the market, and I would prefer that guy to the 801. I have only recently even started thinking about the 801, because if this 901 becomes not vaporware, then that, combined with all the other competition, is going to cause the secondary market for the 801 collapse. Prices are going to be pretty low (if people are willing to part ways with their players at the prices that the market will bear).
EDIT: The Head-Direct site says that the 602 "is the first portable player using non-oversampling DAC" and that it uses this, not because that is superior, but because it is alleged that such a DAC gives you a pleasant sound for less money. And since the 602 came out after the 801, they seem to be saying that the 801 uses an oversampling DAC, but that such a DAC is more costly, and so to get their "house sound" with the oversampling DACs, you have a more costly unit.
Note that I am not here to comment on if this is true, just pulling a claim off of their web site.
Edited by reginalb - 12/5/12 at 9:49am