Not taking sides on this debate, I'm nevertheless compelled to revisit Hutnicks' post #19 to this thread:
Another take. Even big companies that produce big ticket items like broadcast equipment, computer products and factory instrumentation have time and financial constraints. In the real world, you get equipment all the time with incomplete or non-existant documentation, non-implimented features, unexpected bugs and unintuitive or non-typical operation. In order to stay profitably in business, at some point companies have to ship product. And those of us who have to deal with this equipment know this is just how it goes. Most of our vendors come in periodically with updates and bug fixes, it's good that they do and we assist them where we can offer insight. It's in our best interest to see the equipment working as well as possible in the long run. Just kvetching about it doesn't help anyone.
If even large companies cannot devote the resources and time to insure that every I is dotted and T crossed, small "botique" companies obviously CANNOT have the resources. Even the Ipods I had in the past had flaws, periodic freezes and missing functionality (Hi rez playback? User replaceable battery? Expandable memory?) and Apple is one of the most capitalized companies in the world!
The IBasso and Fiio are in the new vanguard, hi-rez, high sonic performance and low price. And, in the case of the Ibasso, you have highly expandable storage, a must in my view for a hi-rez music player. You can say that the frustrations we sometimes encounter are the price we pay to have a $250 DAP today rather than a $500 DAP that will come out two months from now.
I am glad these new units exist, even with a few rough edges.