Originally Posted by Lostinspace
No, you misunderstand me. I don't have (and am unlikely to ever have) enough spare money to afford these really expensive DAPs. I want to try them before I never buy them - for free. How can I do that?
Can you afford an iPod Touch + AMP?
Then you can afford the X3 which is better in terms of portability and sound quality at cost of the extra media features/games that come with the iPod Touch.
Given how recent it launched, it is having some issues around the edges but it is being worked on solidly by the manufacturer (FiiO) to improve the usability. Two of their members are active in the community and able to answer questions and assist owners.
The X5, which is due to be launched later this year, is also likely an affordable option with get performance as well.
As for testing, it depends on your local audiophile community. You may find a someone who is willing to let you try their device for a period of time, especially if they own multiple DAPs. If not, I know our local audiophile store here lets you try the device (in store of course) to see if it suits you. However those are about as good of an option as you're going to get - otherwise, your comments could come across as entitled. This is not a poor man's hobby, sadly.