the first time i wowed was on head-fi.
i had some real money to spend and looked for the very best of a "real portable" solution. and as 95/100 of google links were from here, here i came.
to realize that all the stuff people were telling wonders about, were in fact bulky, or fragile, or bugged, or hissing, or not even playing mp3 or flac?!!!???!!!
the realization let me dumbfounded. to me it was as if the posts were talking about the best camera saying "this makes the best pics in the word, only little bothering thing, sometimes you will turn it ON and you won't be able to take a picture. i already preordered one at 15000$, can't wait to get it "
how blinded by our passions must we (yeah i m part of the loonies now) all be to even think about getting the fastest car that wouldn't turn left? that was my WOW moment.
seriously, around 1985 i was 9 and someone let me try one of the first "discman" i listened to money for nothing. to me that was stronger than any concert or audio experience i ve had after.
nb: already the portable hifi industry was taking us for fools. the nice "portable" cd player would skip with every step you d make.
Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take
I'll be SKIPPIN'
i guess that s why sony called the rest walkman, cause at least we could walk with a walkman ;)