Maybe it includes free access to porn sites
I agree with your takes 100% regarding goodness and formats though I still like wav best but I suspect that the size is more manageable that you think. The tapers make it more pocketable than if it were a big squared of box.
I really hope that they will not use a 2,5mm jack !! This is totaly non standard, and will be very fragile.
But I am afraid they really mean 2,5 mm: may be they use a 3,5mm jack for SE and a 2,5 mm Jack for Balanced so that people do not put by mistake a 3 pols jack in the 4 pols balanced plug and "short-circuit" it ?
Its not that big, it just has the illusion of being bigger than it is as it has 'love handles' for you to hold by the look of it.... we weren't too far off wondering if it would have breasts at the start of the thread.
Is iRivers Ipod Touch by the sound of it.
On the subject of size, that screen (including the bezel) of the AK240 is fractionally slimmer than the Cowon J3. That means that the AK240 screen (including the bezel) is pretty much exactly the same width as a credit card. The chassis behind, with the volume wheel etc., is obviously wider, but you get the general idea.
It won't be an all metal design if it has a Wifi antenna.... guessing the love handles are plastic to allow for signal entry/exit... the ASUS Transformer design team learnt that lesson the very hard way.
Stove or F-117 Nighthawk?
Actually a much harder decision than one might think!
Well, i guess its good for holding and to some it will be a treat, to me the Fiio seems more solid somehow, not keen on the carbon back
But the Interface should be the biggest worry, there is no real sense of support and communication with iriver somehow, i am only willing to spend this amount on a Perfect device and this is not it!
The 4-pole balanced has been the standard since the first balanced portable players went on the market in 2003. They were Sharp AUVI MD units. I owned three of them. Unfortunately there were no headphones other than their tweaked Sennheiser MX300 and a cheap clip-on pair available. It would be interesting to hear the same players with better headphones today. Balanced was lost on an unready market back then.