I wanted to get some opinions on how the C4 stacks up against the newer
'SuperDaps' like DX100, AK100 etc
I think AK100 NOT a competitor against C4... even AK120 not a competitor to C4. This touches sound only, of course.
(and I mean 6,3mm output of C4, of course)
Present time I seriously consider C4(used) and HiFiMAN-901(new) as improvement in sound over my AK120, because I often listening to various heavy music, and feeling not enough envolvement and enjoyment with it.
Still, for classical / electronic / ambient / jazz this DAP is perfect (AK120).
I think some iBasso DAPs may be considered as competitors to C4 (maybe DX100 and the new "dark horse" DX90).
And definitely the HiFiMAN HM-901.
You should also look to forthcoming Calyx M player (it uses double Saber ES9018 DACs, the same as in HiFiMAN-901), and it very advanced in many technical aspects (supported bitrates and bitwidths, very good screen, good overall design etc.). Calyx M should start being produced in April '2014 AFAIK
Having to convert my 24/96 flacs to WAV will be painful
Yep, I also think this is the largest fail of C4.
Edited by VladGuardian - 2/18/14 at 2:12pm