Originally Posted by TekeRugburn
maybe because the the price is estimated to be at 100. Coax is a a feature not many people even use. I personally think it'd be a waste of space and cost
Perhaps, but I have a feeling the X1 may change that. What happens if the X1 turns out to be an oustanding portable transport, but the sound quality is severely limited by its DAC? I have the X3 and its midbass boost makes it unlistenable to me through its headphone out or line out. The only way I can bear to listen to it is through the coax out.
The X1 looks like a better design than the X3, just based on its control button placement and its overall form factor. Assuming its firmware/operating system live up to its promise (and I have no doubt that it will), it could very easily become unique in the enthusast portable audio marketplace as the only low profile/low cost transport out there. There are already lots of us here on Head-fi using the X3 or iBasso DX50 as a transport. I'm thinking a lot of them may well prefer the smaller, thinner X1 to reduce the bulk of their "stack." It would be a shame if the X1 shares the same midbass bump as the X3, with no way to get around it because there is no digital output available.
Let's also not forget the option of connecting the X1 to the DAC in your home system directly via coax. That's how I use my X3 and DX50 at home.
I think it would be well worth it for FiiO to give it some serious consideration. If the cost of one more 3.5mm jack and the associated hardware won't affect the target price of the X1 by much, then what's the harm in adding it? If some people have no use for it, they can just ignore it.