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I am betting around ZX1 price.

I bet it will be sold exclusively at Ikea. Buy an Ikea leather coach and they'll throw in a free Cowan player. Buy the loveseat to go with it and they'll also throw in a Pono Player for the kids/wife to play around with. Buy a whole new living room set and Ikea will even throw in a couple of gift certificates for HDTracks and Pono Music. Think about it, audiophile grade players, high res music, now you can kick back in style and enjoy yourself in your new living room like never before.

:biggrin:

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Ah, Ikea's product names area always fun to try to pronounce. XD
I should get a nice JÄRNÖRT while listening to the the finest music being played through a high-end media player. smily_headphones1.gif
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90232661/
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I bet it will be sold exclusively at Ikea. Buy an Ikea leather coach and they'll throw in a free Cowan player.

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Ah, Ikea's product names area always fun to try to pronounce. XD

 

Speaking of which, I simply love how DF has been calling them "Cowan" instead of "Cowon" for years. Here's a man who stays true to his principles.

Maybe he even works for Ikea. ;) 

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Speaking of which, I simply love how DF has been calling them "Cowan" instead of "Cowon" for years. Here's a man who stays true to his principles.

Maybe he even works for Ikea. ;) 


Shhhhh, that's a secret

Feeling kind of silly now that I've realized its Cowon and not Cowan.

:rolleyes:

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I thought Cowan was a Canadian delicacy you were referring to.
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Ah man, I thought DF was calling Cowon "Cowan" as a sign of disrespect. You know, like you call you wife's ex (Chet) "Chuck", because he's not important.

 

Just kidding:D

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All about hardware and specs, not a peep about the user interface. Perfectly on-topic post.

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And what are these dual crystals that are supposed to be a first?
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I swooped into head-fi again to find out about Neil Young's player and whether people here thought it was going to be any good or not, and was soon pulled into the galaxy of audiophile-level DAPs that I didn't even know existed...I would probably already own one if I had.

 

I've been really scouring the threads here and reviews on youtube the last couple days and what I have found out seems to be exactly what this thread is about.  Not a single piece of hardware can get the software right.  It sounds like the AK120 has the best interface of them all, but still has problems, and is overpriced.  I was almost thinking of buying one anyway, but I also just don't trust iRiver for some reason.

 

On some of the cheaper alternatives like the upcoming x5 you can understand where it might not be perfect and small defects might be allowable.  Then again, given some of the complaints about the X5...they seem awfully avoidable.  The software bugs should hopefully be fixed, but it sounds like there are a couple hardware level issues as well.  On something like the AK120, though, defects are unforgivable.  I'll pay 1200 for a super high quality audio player, but it better be ONE HUNDRED PERCENT if I do.  Navigation needs to be, if not a copy of the ipod, at least as good as the ipod in terms of structure and tag support, etc.

 

High end audio gear can be a little wonky at times, but the functionality of the gear is the important thing and that is usually pretty robust.  The thing manufacturers aren't getting is that with DAPs, the navigation of a huge music library **IS** the functionality, as much as the audio quality is.  It's not a sideline issue you can "just deal with" in order to get good audio quality, it's a critical and indispensable part of the product.  It's a significant factor in why one would buy one player over another.  People aren't buying these things to throw a couple songs on, they are buying them to carry huge high quality music libraries with them everywhere they go.  Being able to make effective use of that huge library without fighting the device is critical.


Edited by endus - 3/26/14 at 8:27am
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And what are these dual crystals that are supposed to be a first?

I have no clue
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And what are these dual crystals that are supposed to be a first?


It's to center your chakras :biggrin:

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It's to center your chakras :biggrin:

 

I guess that would save you from having to chant "Pono" in a monotone voice. :D
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I guess that would save you from having to chant "Pono" in a monotone voice. :D


G***amn hippies. :rolleyes: 

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Where did Neil Young get the name pono from?  The only pono I know is a hawaiian word.  

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