Originally Posted by mikemercer
Gotcha. I totally get it.
What about the Astell & Kern AK100?? Too pricey??
I know it's over-shadowed by its much pricier AK120 - I have both and I still rock the AK100
all the time - as it stacks really well on my ALO International, and that makes for a wickedly musical
combo in my book!
I even wrote about it for Part-Time Audiophile! That whole rig included the LCD-3 however!
But I also dig my PHA-1, as I use iDevices - man its a disease isn't it - it could be worse!!
But I hear ya on needing to hold out for a player that meets your precise needs.
I like the AK120 because it has enough juice to drive my Alpha Dogs, M-100s, or LCD-X/XC!
But it is pricey. That's undeniable. We had a roundtable about it at Audio360.
This space (higher performance DAPS) is still in its infancy I believe. This whole segment is still developing so fast!
Most of the users today are experiencing their music through headphones! That's just an undeniable fact.
So the company that can NAIL an iPod alternative thats easy to use, easy to connect with and interface well - they'll
I haven't tried any Fiio gear - but I think I should change that...
Yeeah, $700 is a bit much for a portable player at this time. I don't yet have headphones worth that amount, which probably make for the singular most dramatic difference in sound quality one can make. :)
I do love the DX50's price. DX100 was overpriced too for my purposes. I also came across the Fiio x3 online prior to deciding on the DX50, not sure what made me go for the DX50 at that time. Possibly just a slight lean towards to what is 'newer'. :)
I think the Fiio x5 has been rumored to possibly cost about twice as much, around $400. I could probably get myself to do that, but not if I find a cheaper option that actually does fit my requirements.
DX50 has actually been my first high end player. I hated my iPod, worst music player I ever encountered. Was replaced with a creative labs zen which was excellent for all the cheapo mp3s. Eventually I migrated to Android smart phones. And then more recently became fed up with my smart phone as a player. If it weren't for all the annoying beeps and bloops and phone calls that interrupt the music, and the insanely poor amount of volume steps (can never find a perfect volume), I could probably handle it better but it's what prompted my search for a new dedicated player.
Not long before I got the DX50 I actually came to realize what flacs were, and how I wasn't using them. Upgraded my entire mp3 collection to flac, spending about 3 weeks re-ripping everything. Then I learned that Android phones can play flac natively. Then I realized that I should have gotten a phone with a micro sd card slot. Regarding iBasso I ended up stumbling across the DX100 first in a search for a portable lossless music player, which quickly drew my attention to the new DX50 which I reserved a unit for in batch 5.
Fortunately for iBasso, they haven't offended me to the degree Apple did with their iPod. So I certainly haven't come to hate the DX50, which would have caused me to immediately abandon the thing. I'm also a computer engineer, so understand that new computer related products are never perfect. Apple had a mature product though, they had no excuses. Lol.