I strongly believe when James mean "bassy", he mean slightly more bassy not overwhelming bass. Please do note that, at $100, name me a DAP that offer LO, expansion slot, easy scroll wheel, plays 24/192 bit files. That is what the X1 at $100 will offer.
At $200( price of X3), a DAP that offers minimum bugs, USB DAC, LO, coxial, expansion slot + built in 8GB memory, powerful enough for almost all portable headphones, feature so much function like the X3 and with a WM8740 or better chip. The DX50 come close, but if I am not mistaken, it does not offer USB DAC and it is buggier.
At $400 (price of X5), a DAP with double expansion slot with up to 120GB each! Such nice UI + good SQ, LO, coxial, USB OTG and all the long list of features that the X5 offer at less than $400.
Keep in mind the packaging and accessories the FiiO DAP come with! IMO, FiiO is doing excellent with their product planning otherwise they won't be at the stats that they are now! Guess we should not ask too much from James and FiiO after all. We all are humans: we need food to survive! Food cost money
Indeed I am quite disappointed to see FiiO choose to use other chips rather than WM8740 for X1 but I re-read the info James gave us, at $100, we really can't ask for more!