I have a J3, which is great, but it is starting to behave strangely so I've been looking for a replacement. I've looked around but can't find any current DAP that comes close to what I'm looking for. It seems like with the prevalence of Android and IPhones, there's not really much of a market for dedicated DAPs and that's not going to change any time soon unfortunately.
I think the parameters for a solid DAP are clear. Good sound quality, battery life (30 + hours), storage capacity (64 gb + expandabilty), usability (i.e. no crappy screen like the C3), form factor (no clunky design like the hifiman), build quality, price (i.e. not IBasso). And because of smartphones, we don't need all those extra features that we paid for on previous DAPs like the J3. A new DAP should hit on all those criteria without forcing us to pay for gimmicks we won't use. Unfortunately no current DAP hits on all of those, and I'm not aware of anything on the horizon.
Is their any hope for DAPs in the future, or are we going to be left to choose from a similar array of poor options like we have now?
Edited by Stuff Jones - 12/14/12 at 2:19am