I already have an HM-601 and Studio - could be a V or maybe not - who knows?
So I am looking for that next big step, my final DAP for at least a year.
After doing 100s of hours research here and elsewhere I narrow it down to three
Colorfly C4 - plus points- great styling, no bad reviews, full UK dealer support,
minus points, no hires flac and no line out
Ibasso DX100 - plus points has all the features I want, latest technology, everyones favourite dap here.
minus points , a 638 page thread about bugs and issues, There is 1 UK dealer I can find who won't talk to me on the phone, and doesn't appear to have a trading address, may or may not have stock, won't answer my question,
HM-801 or 901 - 801 plus points, many, I like the Hifiman sound, lots of support here, line out, not fussy about formats
minus points - you can't actually buy one new, I did see a used one in the classifieds and it is already sold to someone, good luck with that sale!
901 - could be the dogs danglies, will have no dealer support in uk - probably only available abroad next year so will end up costing £1000 with duty and import taxes
also looked at AK100 - not out in UK, lousy reviews, no line out (I plan to use this into my good 2-channel set up), can't play with one to see if the reviews are wrong.
They often are.
Call me old fashioned but I want to see and feel something working in my hand before I shell out over £500, or at best a face I can put the sale to, or at
very least talk to someone. I always quote my mobile on my messages.
So my choices are C4 from Advanced MP3 players, who I thought had put notice up that they were stopping trading? I could be wrong , very nice on the phone though,
at least made an effort, or Audio Affair in Birmingham, for whom I am an existing customer.
I have worked bloody hard this year, deserve this gift but can I spend my money easily?
Can I f...
In this times of recession I am really surprised at this experience, having worked in hi end 2-channel retail for the most successful shop in the UK, maybe Europe, they
have survived for 40+ years, when everyone else around them has gone bust, they survived for a reason and it is not price, it is SERVICE.
They and I know how to sell, and how to retain a customer, I really want this industry to survive and thrive. But it seems doomed to me if this is a common story.
I might go with Audio Affair, I got my Voyager from them.
Or I might just get a Troika re-tipped and buy some records.
Some c'mon Portable Audio Retail in the UK, get your act together and take my money