Originally Posted by vkalia
I'll repeat my point - everyone is so excited about the player and its pros, that the cons are getting glossed over. No offense - and no attack on you whatsoever - but if you look at your post above, it epitomizes what i am saying.
1. Gapless doesnt work properly right now - not for classical and yet everyone is giving them a pass saying it will get fixed soon.
2. Artist > Album > Track is not exactly an outlier method of accessing one's library. It is very basic functionality which it doesnt do properly/reliably, and this is also getting a pass as "it will get fixed soon"
Forget what *will* happen and whether it is an easy fix or not. It doesnt work right now.
For one, if it is that easy a problem, how come they didnt get it right the first time, especially given that this is not their first player?
And second, these arent new problems: the X3 (and the DX50) have had these problems in the past and they still havent gotten it to work properly - both the DX50 and the X3 require deletion of most ID3 tags in order for the library function to work. That isnt a fix on the manufacturer's side, that is a workaround on our side. I now can no longer have Album Artist tags separate from Artist, I lose my Composer tag, I can no longer use a separate field to keep track of the orchestra. Other people may not care about that, but I do. So I dont share your confidence that it will get fixed easily unless we start shouting for it.
And contrary to how i may come across here, i am not hating on the product. I've just had to spend a LOT of time getting both my DX50 and my X3 to catalog my music properly - and if a DAP cannot do that properly, then it has failed as a DAP. I really would like to get an X5 - but only if the UI works properly, and I dont have to fight it every time i want to listen to some music.
And it is a little frustrating to see how little pressure we, as consumers, are exerting on the manufacturer to Get It Right.
You missed the word "DELIBERATE". The differences between various bits of source and amp equipment are smaller than the errors introduced by placebo and confirmation bias even for professional reviewers - i have no doubt that most people are posting what they THINK is the truth.
In any case, my comments arent about the sound - i am sure it sounds really good. My comments were about how we are glossing over the failings, instead of putting some pressure on the manufacturer to fix it. The player should be judged and evaluated on the way it is RIGHT NOW - and right now, based on everything I am reading, it has a few glaring defects which need to be fixed. IMO, anyway.