Back to the AK240...
For me the joy of this hobby is to be able to carry around huge amounts of hires audio. I've ripped hundreds of SACD's, LP's and DVD-A to flac, and I'm a big customer at HDTracks.
I probably won't buy one because of the storage capacity. I currently have two MicroSD to SD card converters in my AK120 for a total of 448GB. Assuming the same card converters work in the AK240 it'll still only hold 512GB with one card installed. With two 256GB SD cards in the AK120 I could go to 576GB.
This is a pretty small upgrade in storage for the price. Why couldn't they at least keep two slots?
I also do my critical listening through a Meridian Director DAC and external amp. I'll try to do a side by side at the SoCal meet up in March and see if the SQ is better and report back. On the road, even though high end CIEM's, there's too often too much background noise to fully appreciate a DAC/Amp upgrade.
Of course when I hear it I may change my tune, especially if there's show special pricing.
A sure cure for the raked off clients who just bought previous products would be to offer a generous trade-in program. I'm sure iRiver could find a happy home for used AK100's and AK120's and it would really take the pain out of upgrading.
Edited by Sam Edwards - 1/26/14 at 2:59pm