Originally Posted by audionewbi
"There is no any perfect player can satisify each consumer's all requirment. Every player is compromised some thing."
I have always said this, if a player has a clean line out (or even better a digital line out) plus 32 GB inteneral memory it will satisfy a large portion of us. Some of us will always bypass the amp section regardless of how good it is. If a company is out there smart enough to produce a DAP with has a decent DAC section and expansion capability and explicity state that this is made based on the assumption that the amp will be bypassed it will attract a large audience.
In now day and age 8 gigabye is really below average. It will be very hard for you to compete against something like ipod touch with such a great UI. Not matter how good your player will sound it will only attract a very small population. Even the folks in ordinary world will like at least 16 GB. It will be very hard to sell an eight GB DAP with such a UI to the mass consumers, they will never care about the amp section as they will not realize its potential (how many consumer you know which will use a high quality IEM).
Each model of our player has it's clear consumer groups target. This is why we have different models of players.
The player with line out you suggested will be considered and we have been has such an plan to design the similiar model as your mentioned. But that kind of player will not possible priced at around USD 100. It will be expensive.
For the cost is higher, you know, one high end chip will cost several dozens dollars let alone the whole player.
Also, The player applied with the high end DAC will not be in tiny size, the configure of the chip required complexed circuit design to support the High end chip.
We know you and many other members of Headfi are core audiophile, but not all of the members or none Headifiers are core audiophiles. They just need a player with good sound quality , but not the absolute sound quality.
In fact, there is no "best sound quality". there is only better sound quality.
To most general music lovers, they just want to look forward the adequate products. Nova is designed with the sound quality much better than the rest consumer grade players. it don't target to be the top one in term of sound quality.
I Don't think it is convienience to take a brick size player or bundled with an external amp to the gym or commute purpose.
We just design a decent player with very slim body to let the user to put it in their wallet, and when they have boring time to kill, take it out , and enjoy the sweet music.
This player is really not just for serious audio session at home. but if you want to do it , it dosnt matter, for the sound quality of Nova is qualified to be the high grade tier among the portable players. at home, you should be compromised the price and the memory capacity.