I don't doubt that Japanese people, audiophile or not will be all over the ZX1. And I didn't mean marketing the product only to audiophiles, I meant for Sony to also make audiophiles happy along with the consumer crowd. I'm interested to know what issues you concerned about with the ZX1?
I guess over all I'm happy with how the ZX1 is shaping up, the only problem I had was the power bit, but its not going to stop me getting one, it is still probably the most refined high end DAP around, and I'm actually a Sony Fanboy
Some Sony "fanboys" did say that the ZX! does not justify the cost against their Z3 Phone, because of the to small difference in sound quality, what always makes me wonder, what do people expect and how good or better can sound get? Not to mention the source and headphones you use. If the source is Tidal/ Wimp and you use high quality in ears, I can imagine those people are right.