it's really not about the DAP's... the ZX1 will be used as well as a Laptop, iPad & the AK240... they are all being used as sources into the Hugo.
I will not be at Axpona unfortunately but our resident superstar Brannan will... Noble & the Hugo are the stars, the sources are of secondary importance.
ps... I've had a love-affair with Walkman's since the 80's, at the end of the day it's all about flavours when it comes to SQ.
You will not regret going for Chord's Hugo. It is definetly a game changer in portable audio. The sound quality is just amazing, and it is a "no brainer" if you can afford it.
I guess that you guys in here will tell me that Noble's Kaiser 10 are in the same league.. and I kind of "know" it..
..as soon as I can afford them my ear impressions that's in Noble's China lab at the moment will automagically turn into a pair of K10's, and become friends with my dear friend Hugo.