I think it's more an issue of everyone's point of diminishing returns is entirely different. There's an exponential increase in price, and it is impossible to expect performance increases to be to scale. Some people scoff at a $1200 DAP, some consider it money well spent. I wouldn't dream of spending $1200 on a dap, mainly because none of my headphones come even close to that. I won't criticize anyone for buying an ak120.
As far as I see it, I'm hoping that the UI is usable; that i can navigate similarly as i do on my ipods (ie: music>artist>album>song). It sounds like it's going to have a good amp circuit, and i'm perfectly happy with a single card slot.
I'm not entirely sure why everyones so worked up about attaching a HDD. I thought the whole point of the DX50 is to minimize the footprint of the portable source equipment, what with it's external amp-like amp circuit. Doesn't it defeat the purpose if you're carrying around a delicate device attached to it?
Is there anyone with the theoretical knowledge that an answer my earlier question regarding whether the DX50/X3 would theoretically play 16/44.1 lossless flac CD rips better or worse than a macbook pro with a hifimediy asynchronous sabre (or comparable) dac playing ALAC lossless off itunes?
Edited by dnullify - 8/26/13 at 10:32am