Hi Steph... I think that the ZX1/Hugo combo as very portable, let me explain... when you're used to carrying a small shoulder bag with a 'stack' (Z1070/Neco V3 amp), I really don't see any difference with the ZX1/Hugo combo... most on Head-Fi have portable stacks so saying there's a difference between 'portable & transportable' is just a matter of choice & convenience, I do not have a problem with carrying a shoulder-bag because it almost habit now (at the mo I pair my ZX1/F887-PHA-2 amp).
here's a question for you if I may... seeing as the design of the AK240 makes it hardly pocketable (unlike my Walkman's) and the DAC's inside are not as good as the AK120(?) but you have more storage... what would you deem as a fair price?... please bare in mind that people are 'trading down' to the ZX1 because it is said that this DAP out performs the AK120.
I still don't think they should be considered in the same category, maybe it's just my opinion. I think it's a little early to discuss the sound quality or state that the DAC chips inside are inferior to those used in the AK120 or any other device for that matter. I think we'll both agree that sound out of any DAC is determined by the implementation of the DAC chips, not the type/make used. Regarding the size, the device is very pocketable - it's only marginally thicker, and 18mm longer in length than an AK120. This I believe is still a lot more pocketable than many stacks people carry around.
Ultimately i'll have control and final decision for UK pricing, i'm trying my very best to make it fair and relative to the international market value whilst maintaining a sensible margin for the dealers.
Edited by Steph86 - 1/17/14 at 7:20am