Originally Posted by kkcc
Have to agree with you on your prediction... tho I really hope it would be iBasso or Fiio or even Hifiman who would be able to deliver the 9018m chips DAP as their prices maybe more agreeable with our wallets! When they can charge double with a dual 8740 over their AK100, I cringed at the thought of a nicely done player with dual 9018m.....
Well, happily, I think we'll see iBasso and Fiio using the ES9018-2M, as well (in fact, Fiio has already stated that the E19 DAC will incorporate that chip).
But I don't particularly anticipate iBasso or Fiio feeling the need to go with a dual-DAC implementation of the ES9018-2M.
It'd be cool if they did, but I respect them for not feeling insecure that they need to 'keep up with the Jones's'.
One thing we do know is that iBasso know how to design a decent amp stage. That counts for a lot in the audiophile DAP world. We all know that decent audio performance is not all about multiple DAC chips, nice though that can be.
It's probably fair to say that because there is a major battle brewing in the mid-to-high-end audiophile DAP arena, the scale of which we have never witnessed before, there's a lot riding on the performance of the DX50 and the X5. They're not end-game statements from iBasso and Fiio, but they will set the stage for the battle that everyone knows is coming.
It's an exciting time for audiophile DAP fans. Never before has the time been so 'ripe' for top quality DAPs at prices that, whilst not cheap, are not insane.
Edited by Mython - 7/9/13 at 4:50am