Haha, that's exactly what elnero said. I wanted to get the HiFi M8 after he mentioned it to me. I just got a PM saying there's still a lot for a preorder. I am going to preorder but I am not sure when it's going to be released.
I looked around and was tempted to get a used DX100 but the seller was facing some unexpected personal problems so things didn't work out.
Then 801 caught my attention so I asked around and got few responses back. Too bulky, etc etc etc.
I will just take my time and explore around for now. Will probably have to get get some sort of amping soon , since I gave my used O2 (got it cheaply, like 40 bucks) to my acquiescence as an early xmas present.
You can't go wrong with the DX100 my friend. So much better on the latest firmware update and they are still working on the few minor issues remaining. It's a very useable player. Has low output impedance. Lots of power, amazing sound quality. I'd skip the 801 unless you don't mind high output impedance, rolled off treble, slow UI, etc. The HiFi M8 has me tempted as well but I think its amp section will be a weak-point in comparison to what I have now so I really wanted them to release and upgraded pure DAC with 24/192 support. Then I'd be all over it like rice-cake :).
Edited by lee730 - 11/29/12 at 7:39pm