Hi friends! Sorry to revive an old thread, but better that than to just mindlessly make new ones I think.
I always liked Cowon for portable sound, their price range is reasonable for me (can't afford the ibasso-bracket of players lol)
So what is the current answer to the question in the topic nowadays? I am thinking of getting a new portable player, which one to go for?
I prefer minimalistic style, I do not care about video or anything like that, it would be nice with a smaller player but I guess SQ comes first, period. I use DN-1000 iem's, have my collection in FLAC but can use self-converted mp3's if it becomes a factor for playback time or drive/card space.
the way I understood it (from previous posts in this thread and by looking around), some of them do use different DAC's, the S3 is discontinued, the X2 is a bit large, the Z2 had some issues being android and so on, and then the firmware also plays in.
What about the iAudio9?
I used to have an iAudio7 and loved it, thought it was a real bang-for-the-buck player, if anyone can give any comparison between the newer players and that one it would be really helpful to me.