In terms of headphone driving power, hi-fi DAPs have recently seen a divide into two schools:
1. “Lite” players from e.g. Sony and iRiver / Astell & Kern, which have support for a wide range of formats, with good sound quality, build and UI, and combine small size with good battery life. The tradeoff is low output power.
2. “Heavy” players mostly from China, the defining characteristic of which is higher and higher output power with each new release…
The divide stems from a real engineering dilemma with light weight and good battery life being at odds with output power and quality. So let’s hear your thoughts on how much power your dream player should have (keeping in mind the above tradeoff)?