Hi all. New to these forums. It's been extremely helpful reading posts here, so a quick thanks to everyone who shares on a regular basis.
I'm upgrading from an iPod classic 160GB. I know much of this is objective, but I'm just looking for a place to start. I ordered and tested the iBasso DX50 and though it sounded very good, I found the UI to be a bit clumsy. I'll be using a 512GB flash drive to ensure a lot of access to ALAC/FLAC files and found that the iBasso's grouping system doesn't allow for an easy navigation and search of artists and albums.
In these forums, I've seen music via micro SD cards addressed, but not music via a flash drive, unless I've missed something (which is probable). So, what I'd like in a portable music player is:
(Obviously) Great, clear sound/wide soundstage/full bass
Ability to read a flash drive and easily sort by artist, album or genre (without having to sort through long lists like the iBasso)
Dedicated line out
Sych capability (I know this is a tall order and is the least of my concerns - drag and drop is ok, but thought I'd throw it in)
Does such a player exist? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.