Originally Posted by H20Fidelity
Without being rude to iRiver, if they truly did take Head-Fi seriously they would of corrected the output impedance issue on their AK100 series. There were so many calls and complaints, emails, pages and pages of conversation regarding the issue and nothing was done. Instead they bring out an AK120 with a much more suitable output impedance while the AK100 owners continue sending their units to Vinnie from RWA.
I think it's quite clear already that iRiver does not consider Head-Fi's opinions relevant to the development of a product. I'm sure HF contribution is taken into consideration but not influential to the design.
It's scary to see that irrespective of HF's initial concern of the 22ohm OI, they were still selling like hot cakes in Japan. E-earphone's initial opinions of the RWAK100 mod was "wow, it's too powerful".
If sales are doing well despite an online community's concerns why would they listen to HF. iRiver's majority customers I'm sure are through retail stores, etc. Quite unlike ALO, RSA, Moon Audio, Toxic Cables, Hifiman, iBasso, etc where publicity through Internet forums like this, Erjiri (spelling?), etc. are key.
AK120s will probably sell like hot cakes too although despite its price at least it's technically more competent than the AK100.
The AK100 however is not without merit. It reminds me of the old Nissan Skyline - highly moddable to make the most out of it. So despite iRiver's failings, through the mod community I'm using my modded AK100 even more so than my DX100.
My 2 yen worth anyway.