Yeah I think DAP + intergrated amp is the way forward! I know people moan about firmware bugs and whatnot but to be honest FiiO has done an incredible job getting this product designed and released. Especially considering its at a much better price than the competitors, like the iBasso DX50 for example.
I was going to buy it at launch but didin't really have enough cash to spend on a new player but now I have its my DAP of choice!
Agreed and as you've said, who apart from Fiio offers a HiREZ DAP with a beefy amp and LO in this price range. Lets not forget this is Fiio's first foray into this territory and once the FW issues have been rectified and additonal features added this truly will be a huge step up from what has been available until now for a reasonable amount of money.
I've never been a fanboy of any particular manufacturer/brand up to now but must admit to be duly impressed by Fiio's approach.
If only Cowon could be smart like this they might still produce audio products that people would actually want to buy...they totally missed that train.