SQ trumps everything. As long as the SQ is a substantial improvement, M is still a good value. Using a digital out means limiting your DAP to a merely storage device. You can pick up a cheap DAP which support this already. Using this function means you are listening at home or in one place, not on a walkabout, on a train or a bus with which small/thin form factor and simplicity makes more sense.
This is becoming a chicken and egg discussion, I understand options are nice, but we need to understand what the M is designed for. I'm guessing everyone will agree that Calyx is aiming for the best "portable" and pocketable DAP.
Thank you. It would be nice if these HCore people would get that and stop trying to turn every single new DAP into the same thing. This is meant for people who want a POCKETABLE PORTABLE all in one solution, NOT you transportabearing hardcores...... sheesh.
Besides this is practically Calyx's baby. Dam right they are gonna get blunt and mad that you guys keep trying and prying to turn the M into something it simply wasn't conceived to be in the first place. Criticism, constructive of not only goes so far no matter the situation (i could hammer away at trying to get them to give it a few more goodies too but I'm not like a lot of you.