I was told that the budget was $100-300 and portability with self-power was required. I have nothing against FiiO, the products I've heard have been good values, but the iBasso D6 is about 500mW per channel into the Mad Dog's 50ohm load, fits his budget, allows op-amp rolling, includes a DAC, and has a long battery life, so it seemed a better fit to his needs for power, portability, battery and quality. If the budge were lower the answer would have been different. :-)
sounds good, no hard feelings. By the way, did my Alpha pads ship out today?