Originally Posted by AmberOzL
I hear you mate. Portaphile 627 has a weak point for me, 4 hours battery life. Unfortunately this is unacceptable in my view.
Oh, yes, I forgot to mention that if I were to get the Portaphile, I would be personally modifying it in order to squeeze in a larger battery. I've already discussed this, via PM, with another Head-fier.
It's easier said than done, but could be done (not easy to ship Li-Po batteries with all the new postal regulations coming into force). It would also require moving the capacitors from their existing position on the circuit board. Oh, and it would invalidate the warranty and reduce the resale value.... but none of that would dissuade me from modifying it for longer battery life. The 627x variant is already offered, but it is too big for my purposes, hence my interest in personally modifying the standard 627
But it's a whole lot of hassle and expense.
I'm really hoping the X5 may deliver what I need, and it's priced very, very fairly.
I'm aware of the forthcoming Calyx and X7 but they may be too far away, time-wise.
I'm skint and need a job but as soon as I get a job (hopefully in the first half of 2014), I'll be buying a DAP from what's available on the market at that time. My poor old Cowon J3 has served me wonderfully (except for having too high an output impedance) as a general purpose, non-audiophile, DAP, but I yearn, yearn, yearn to get back to the audiophile bliss I enjoyed when I owned a DX100.
The X5 ticks so many boxes and for such a reasonable price..... I just keep coming back to it as my most likely choice for my next DAP, in spite of all the other competitors on the market (most of which are way more expensive and still have compromises of their own).
Edited by Mython - 12/17/13 at 11:35am