Originally Posted by Gintaras
Lee, mate, there is one small problem with AK.... they - AK dudes - love to push their loyal customers away.
people are buying their damn expensive product one day just to learn the other day that a newer and better is out. and AK dudes forget that this is not iPod and people cannot rush and spend another 1k + the other day.
this how AK put me away from their products for the time being, i love my RWAK100 but i am afraid to pull the trigger on AK120 remembering how i bought RWAK just to learn in two months about AK120.
so i better wait for Calyx and then a new AK to see what and who i like
i do NOT doubt AK sound quality and i love RWAK a lot despite some smaller shortcomings in dynamic transients... but no matter this i am not ready to feed AK dudes 1k+ every half a year
Thats with all of them, IBasso, Fio, Hifiman. In fact the only DAP I can think of that has not changed in at least three years is the iPod Classic.
As long as there are companies pushing the boundaries of what is possible there will be updates and new products. As consumers we just have to choose when to jump in and get our feet wet.
To be fare to A&K these new ones are not replacing the old ones, just supplementing them so in terms of sonic quality those with the original players will have the same SQ as the new ones.
Also, just look at how many firmware updates iBasso or HiFiman have gone through compared to the AK's. For me the HifiMan and iBasso's are half products, more like beta models where as the AK is much more consumer ready which probably explains why the only players to feature in respected HiFi magazines on a regular basis are the AK's in terms of high resolution.
As to the Calyx, well who is to say next year they don't come out with a new model and lets just see if the one they are about to release will be bug free!