Originally Posted by T.R.A.N.C.E.
Lots of happy owners, who haven't heard the DX90
I don't ever suffer from buyers remorse because money is not a big deal to me In fact I would have kept the ZX1 along side the DX90 if it could do anything SQ related better than DX90, but unfortunately the ZX1 gets severely trampled by the DX90 in all areas of SQ. Even in UI responsiveness the DX90 has equaled the ZX1! In fact the only actual areas where the ZX1 wins in any way is that it has more features in the UI (playlists, tag sorting etc) and the features implemented work, like an actually good EQ with perfectly working gapless, screen can display 7 songs at a time, while the DX90 can only display 4 songs. But none of those things matter as the DX90 steamrolls the ZX1 in SQ.
Originally Posted by jamato8
I have read this a few times. I would still like to hear a ZX1 but the only way is to buy one since nothing like that exists here that could be auditioned. I also got an email from a person who has just about everything, from the AK240 down and the Hugo and continues to be amazed with the DX90. They like the ZX1 also but I think it is about enjoying the music and having a lot of gadgets to play with.
The reaction speed of the DX90 to buttons and screen is just about instant. Amazing to me, how fast everything is now.
The ZX1 is still a curiosity to me but not as much as when it got out the first time. I actually placed an order and canceled pretty much few days later. I am not regretting it though.
The DX90 is a boon or a curse, depends how you look at it. I predicted that a good ESS Tech DAC 9018(K2 as well) would be a great player to own, even more a better dual implementation coupled with a very good amp. That is pretty much what the DX90 is (boon), the curse is still the firmware but because the sq is so good we are more inclined to be patient. My last prediction with the current player is that once it reaches firmware maturity like the DX50 has, they'll be nothing to talk about but praises, there will be nothing wrong about it and everything right. Until then, some pain may ensue.
On another note, even though I switch between the two DXs, I still have a great experience with the Intruder out of the LO of both players. I believe it's Ray magic. I am so puzzled about what he did in that amp, I opened it up many times but can't figure out exactly what makes it so special. My ears just tell me, don't disconnect it please. I would not be surprised that this would be the type of experience a desktop amp listener would have. Once I get my desktop amp/dac I'll be in a better position to gauge it, until then music is never going to be the same again. Translation: I am hooked.
Edited by musicheaven - 5/26/14 at 9:04am