Originally Posted by BBEG
This is... rather sexy, actually. Now is when we Android users need to be hammering Google even harder about native USB audio.
What's there to hammer Google about? Didn't they already build it into the source code for the OS? I could be mistaken, but I think the issue is certain manufacturers just disable it in the kernel (same with external storage thru USB OTG) and/or leave the drivers out.
Originally Posted by RoMee
I love the idea of this, but spending $600-$700 on a accessory for a phone that I will probably throw away and/or update in a few years is not a smart investment for me.
Yeah, I know I can just rubber band it to a new device but that pretty much destroy one of it's main selling point.
Hopefully V-Moda comes out with a case for the ipod video/classic/touch.
$600 for the amp/DAC/battery isn't terrible... It's not cheap by any means, but there's really nothing quite like it out there tbh. (as far as polish & design)
Something like Leckerton's $280 UHA-6S is generally considered a good bargain for an amp/DAC (that also works with mobile devices and has optical input instead of output). iPhone compatible models are even pricier. I don't know how the Verza will stack up but it adds battery charging and the custom rail system, amongst other things.
Personally it's way too rich for my blood (rather go for something like the Leckerton and a $40 battery pack), but I'm just not mobile enough to warrant the expense nor do I think my M-80/hf3 would benefit enough from it.
I change phones like every year or year and a half too and I'm not gonna drop $100 on a new case for it every time, those solid Al blocks aren't cheap to mill tho! I do wonder if separate iOS & Android versions might've made the device significantly cheaper, at the same time tho, there's probably a lot of people with Android phones and iPads.
All that being said, I can easily appreciate the thought and design that went into it. The video's worth watching, tho it could've used a few more live closeups of the assembling/sliding process. Even so, makes it look downright sexy.
I hope it's a hit for V-Moda so they can start working on the economics of scale and/or add more phone models to the case lineup.Did V-Moda get to work with Apple and/or Samsung at all while developing this?Edited by Impulse - 3/14/13 at 1:03am