Why does objecting to unnecessary additions classify me as 'smug'?
Wi-fi does not contribute to the core purpose of a flagship audiophile DAP. It is tertiary. It so happens that I was one of the first owners of iBasso's DX100 (2nd batch), and very few people used the Wi-fi function, partly because iBasso added it more as an afterthought than a serious feature, and mostly because it was tertiary to the core purpose of the DAP.
Even on a mass-produced cellphone, it is widely known that wi-fi guzzles power, and audiophile DAPs already struggle to achieve high performance with worthwhile battery duration, moderate weight, and moderate size. Just take a look at the Calyx-M, which is reported to be managing only 4hrs, and that's with the Wi-fi feature abandoned! In fact, you might ask yourself why the Wi-fi feature was abandoned on this DAP.
And who said anything about DSD? Ironically, I've already said in one of the Fiio X7 threads that I don't consider DSD to be necessary.
I differ in opinion on WiFi. I feel that if implemented correctly WiFi is an asset for a number of reasons. WiFi sync, DLNA playback, ota updates would be nice besides Spotify, mog and other sites. My phone is terrible with battery with wifi agreed but when WiFi is off my phone beats anything in the market or is fairly close. WiFi can be turned off when not in use.
well jury is out on DSD but am leaning toward your thoughtful opinion on it. I was just being snarky for the sake of impact.
so we can agree to disagree. WiFi in my belief is necessary but WiFi done right not ibasso style.