So after a long time without any real update on the dedicated mp3 player market we suddenly have quite a few coming out which is refreshing to say the least. We have the new Fiio x3 (and x5 to come) the new dx50 from Ibasso following in the wake of it's more expensive brother the dx100. We also at long last have two players from iriver (with the help of astell and kern, but still)and the new sony players as well. All we need now is an announcement from Sansa for it's replacement/upgrade over the clip/zip models (which granted have been a major success for them) and we'll have the set! So is this the last hurrah of the mp3 player or will there always be a dwindling sector of the market for them? Main reason I use mp3 players instead of phones (and if I see that question being asked one more time I think I'll lose it) is a) I CANNOT stand mobile phones and b) am not allowed to use anything with a camera at work (not the reason I hate phones I hasten to add).
So which brand have you thrown your hat into with? Sony, Fiio, Ibasso, Iriver ak, or other and why?