Well I just want to see what the markup is. I can see how 256gb of flash is another $300. The enclosure is maybe $100-200 to make in terms of labor. I guess the DACs themselves are a small fraction of a cost. Plus they have some custom chip inside. I guess i can see how it adds up especially with custom silicon. Still the markup is probably $1000 at least. Plus it's unclear how much the price will drop over time. I'm not comfortable buying hifi gear that will depreciate like a rock. Hifi gear is generally supposed to hold value over time. Case in point: my utopia bes are worth as much today as i paid for them 7 years ago.
Plus i want to know from the strict SQ measurement perspective how big the difference is between this thing and lets say fiio x5. Someone needs to come up with a set of strict measurement benchmarks and put an end to all the high-end SQ speculation.
And open benchmarks at that. Why can't people make a lab and run a high quality analog-to-digital converter, align the waveforms and measure the total phase and frequency difference vs the original? The signal is fully described by it's complex FFT.
Edited by wavelet - 5/13/14 at 3:51am