These are my opinions don't flame me cause these are my thoughts on the matter.
#1 Windows based, not Android, please god, no. Android is extremely battery inefficient and a hog of CPU power I assure you. Generally Apple or windows devices can do more faster (in & out) with less CPU cycles. I am not talking about desktop computer system operation systems but the mobile operating systems of course.
#2 Has built in DLNA support
#3 No Cell phone. That’s just more noise that not needed. (Yes my Bluetooth and wifi request contradicts my own request on this one)
#4 Support for 5.1 Decoding. Yes there are notions of 5.1 headphones and such. It is coming and music is being developed particularly for 5.1. Check itrax website
#5 I would really really really support the no AMP notion. (Contradicts some of my below if that becomes the case but I’m assuming the market has bigger and bigger internal amps so I will assume Fiio has to follow suit and include the most powerful amp it can)
#6 Hardware buttons that work well, good tactile feedback, less mechanical so they don’t wear out, less ridges where dirt gets caught in them.
#7 Replaceable faceplates/cover. Custom order option for extra $$? If I want a custom design I can do it online and order it for a nominal fee? $50-$150?
#8 Mounting bracket on the back where you could put it on a mount in your car if you wanted, or other accessories. Otherwise bracket cover where it is flat.
Has wifi that can be turned off
#9 Hardware size? I don’t care you can make it 3 inches thick and 3 inches wide and 5 inches tall or whatever, make it a brick if you want if we get more features and quality. I want great SQ and functionality which this unit is still mobile but not necessarily pocket able. I don’t want to lose the dang thing either, nor do I want to pay more for less SQ due to micro-sizing it.
#10 +1 for Bluetooth if I want to connect it to home audio systems that now come with this standard to play music. Plus Hugo utilizes Bluetooth as well. Less quality wirelessly but good for certain situations where SQ isn’t the #1 goal like playing music in a group setting dinner party where there’s a lot of noise anyway. You will no gain consumers without Wifi or Bluetooth. Simple fact as more systems are being connected using these mediums. This is an audiophile product but at the same time having a not as good option for those who want it……
#11 + 1 3.5mm and full sized headphone outputs if possible balanced as well….
#12 6-Hours Battery is sufficient
#13 Use E-Ink technology to save battery life to display stuff. (Just a thought)
#14 Tons of internal RAM and memory. I don’t care about internal music storage. Use 2-4 Micro SD slots for that. I want to make sure firmware and software upgrades can occur. The current hardware limitations are frustrating on a number of players including the ones I read about here.
#15 Ability to charge without a cable, induction charging or something like that
Edited by Shenook - 5/11/14 at 1:22pm