You seem to think it's up to the consumer to finance small companies.Charging a premium price on something of nebulous value that goes unsupported is justifiable because the company needs that money to survive. When exactly did the consumer audio market turn into a charity? You are asking the consumer to become your financier's in the hope that somehow somewhere sometime real soon now you'll make a product that actually works which the "financier" will then have the amazing opportunity to get gouged for again. Good thing you rely on the consumer to carry the freight here, any investor hearing that business model in a pitch would probably suggest you stick to making LED flashlights.
The consumer is not financing them. He's paying for their product and no one is forcing him. I'm just telling you that this is niche market and it will always consist of overpriced products compared to the products of big companies just because these small companies pay premium for everything because of the limited quantities they order and it a lot of cases they can't even get good-quality hardware just because the companies making this hardware deal with only big orders.
In the end is up to the consumer to decide. Companies grow and improve with time. Look how Fiio started with products like E1 and E3 and now they are developing something like the X5. That's because the consumers have trusted them through these years and helped them reach to this current state.
And yeah, in a perfect world we would have the big companies like Apple and Samsung making audiophile DAPs with state-of-the-art hardware and software for us but sadly they are not interested in this market and that's why we have a choice - to go with their avarage consumer-oriented products or go with the small companies that lack the money and time to develop something that has both the hardware and software the and we want.
And again with Android - it's not the software in the meaning of apps it's Android itself. It's not a problem to play 24-bit audio on Android. The problem is that's downsampled to 16/44.1 and that's the output you get.
Edited by kova4a - 9/23/13 at 9:46am