Most of the attacks on iRiver revolves around:
1) The high output impedance
2) iRiver's business ethics
We could get past (1) with Vinnie's help. Yes, we pay to fix things and in return, we could get arguably close to our porta-phile's dream of having something with excellent SQ, small size, good UI, good storage space, and decent battery life. Same thing with iPod back then. Many spent a considerable amount of money to get the iMod because we do cherish the iPod UI and storage space. We pay to tweak things to our needs (at least it is tweakable).
For (2), I am not sure how many of us actually buy gears just because we are led by their marketing. I would believe that iRiver is not a small family business whereby the engineer could speak to the public regarding his mind and change the product design easily or even recommend a recall to the company. There will be politics and bureaucracy involved. The marketing and sales team are those in charged and they can easily say the wrong thing due to their lack of technical knowledge. We see these kind of thing in many other companies as well.
The RWA100K at USD895 is not a small sum of money to stomach. It is also USD66 more than the iBasso DX100. However, I think that is a product that will fulfill almost all our criteria (except for the lack of support for ALAC/AIFF at the moment as well as gapless). Other than that, I really can't think of anything to get bitter about other than its high price.
Yes, we can boycott iRiver to 'punish' it for the 'moral sin' and technical messed up the company (or a few in the company) has committed. But by doing so, aren't we just getting bitter over the fact that the AK100 has marginally missed out on being the perfect player that we all wanted? We are however unknowingly depriving ourselves to get such a wonderful DAP for the sake of our pride and the call for justice.
However, think again, like what AnakChan has proposed as a hypothetical thought experiment - imagine the AK100 was released at USD899 with <1 ohm output impedance, what would be the outcome? Gone will be the bitterness and angers directed at iRiver. Perhaps, even many would be comfortable with the asking price since it strikes many of the criteria we all look for in our dream DAP.
At the sub $1k mark, I really can't think of anything that is better than the RWA100K for all that it could achieve (the DX100, C4, CLAS+Amp, HP-P1, HM801, and etc all has their own shortcomings).