You are right. I haven't been buying totl phones (Samsung, Sony, HTC, etc) at launch for a while as their prices drop so quickly... maybe only exception is the iPhone. Never in a million albums would I imagine my niche audiophile DAPs following this product management cycle.... I guess this is good for the general consumers!
Still... 3 mths and boom same dac/amp circuitry and most of the same features for $700 less!! I guess is JUST a bit harder to stomach than say galaxy S5 coming 12 myths after S4 with incremental spec changes but at basically same msrp.
I feel your pain, kkcc. Smart phone is a consumer product for developed countries and the market is huge. It is different to thousands dollars DAP for audiophiles. As for the current pricing, AK240 is still the TOP. Whereas which one is better sounding, it is all subjective anyway.