Black: there are threads about sound quality. This thread is a news thread, that's it. Obviously, some people are quite against AK's strategy, if it can be called that.
But, knowing now what you know of AK's operating model, I would suggest going to try one out, even if you have to board an airplane to do it. Why? Because if you are going to spend 1800$ on a DAP, knowing that it likely will be upgraded in a few months, you better be damn sure it's one you want. Don't take anyone's word on it.