Originally Posted by Greed
The HDP-R10 does not support native DSD, it still has to convert into PCM.
But your question is very few. It would appear that the AK120 will be able to after the newest firmware is released. It is scheduled to release tomorrow (Monday, Jul 15), but I'm not holding my breath.
Edit: the AK120 will meet the same requirements as the R10, meaning not native DSD will not be compatible.
So basicly there is no native dsd playing dap in the market but people still get disappointed when they don't see it in the FiiO X5. It is kinda ridiculous. 1300 € AK120 doesn't support natively, about half price of it HDP R10 doesn't support natively they are all normal but when 400 euros X5 doesn't support it it is disappointing. Let's face it, if there was a serious demand they would make it (do you really think iriver didn't consider that option) because it would provide profits. For the moment, pretty much nobody is crying for it and 24/192 provides all we need.
What we need instead of dsd? In my view, the battery life is important, capacity is important, flawless UI and easy user experience is important, nice sound quality is important. The price is questionable. I mean if it is worth, I would pay it but then who is deciding what is worth for what.
Just a quick example, in my view, the new priced Tera Player is not worth it. AK120 for 1300 euros is not worth it but in the states you buy it for 1300 dollars it can be a nice option. 200 euros for X3 is worth it for 200 bucks the features it provides is just enourmous. So everybody can make their own calculations and decisions.