Will update this thread from time to time when new DAPs are announced / leaked.
Lotoo PAW Gold
High precision clock
Powerful amp (500mW @ 32Ω per channel)
24k-gold plated controls
Release date: unknown
Claimed by the manufacturer to be a 'reference grade' player (and despite the hideous looks), this thing is gonna cost an arm and a leg (think USD $2000 level).
It's funny because Lotoo was a audio recorder manufacturer and virtually unknown in the head-fi community, and now they want to compete with iRiver...
P.S.: An interesting tidbit about Lotoo： A while ago HIFIMAN claimed Lotoo copied one of the original designs of the HM901 for one of the products (not this PAW Gold I think). You can read more about this here (Chinese only).
Review from erji.net: http://erji.net/read.php?tid=1656795
Opera Consonance Suzanne
An interesting but lesser known budget DAP from Xuelin of IHIFI960 fame, its equipped with a single WM8740 and comes with two POs with different sound signatures. According to this review of an engineering sample, the sound is decent but the device suffers from crappy UI.
It costs RMB 999 and is available in China now.
Head-fi discussion thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/708636/qls-qa360-another-dsd-capable-dap
Copied from manufacturer's page:
QLS QA360 Portable HiFi lossless music player is QLS-HiFi’stop line digital music playback equipment that integrated digital music player, DAC and headphone amplifier altogether. QA360 is based on the QA660&QA860 digital music player with dedicated improvementon the digital output circuit, along with the DAC and headphone amplifier module which we spent over 3 years on developing.
It is an all-in-one portable SD card HiFi wav music player, It offers studio-master-tape sound quality and uncompromising file playback capability, It has a high quality DAC and headphone amplifier integrated into its tiny body. The headphone output is able to drive most 8-300Ω headphone in the market.
Check out the QLS's website for pre-order info (see link above)
The M1 is a 16/44.1 WAV-only player from Aune (Hifidiy). Comes in two versions: standard and deluxe version.
AFAIK the only difference between the two versions is the oscillator used.
Swappable DAC: Comes with PCM1793 at launch, may support ES9018, ES9023, AD1955, WM8741, TDA1543 in the future.
Swappable amp card, much like HIFIMAN
Pretty powerful amp: 700mW@32Ω
Good battery life: can drive HD650 for 8 hours (volume at 12 o' clock)
Support SD card up to 32G only (!)
No hi-res support
The Pervasion is a DAP of HUM, a company based in Hong Kong (I think). The Pervasion is equipped with Wolfson WM8741 and a class A amp section but doesn't support hi-res music. Volume is digitally controlled by WM8741.
Battery life: 6 hours (WAV)
Screen: 4.3 inch IPS, 800 x 480
Connectivity: WIFI, Bluetooth
Storage: 8G of internal storage and Micro SD
Format: ALAC, FLAC, WAV, AIFF, AAC, MP3, APE of 16bit/44.1 - 48kHz
Input/Output: 3.5mm PO and LO
Dimension: 118 x 66.6 x 13.8 mm
Price is HKD $2680 (around USD $350). Availability is unknown.
The Alien is a DAP without a screen from a virtually unknown company called Shozy. Comes with no internal storage but supports Micro SD up to 32GB. Plays FLAC/WAV up to 24/96. No other specs are known.
Ships August 1, 2014. Pre-order price is RMB 668 (USD $107) and $838 (USD $141) afterwards.
Musiland Monitor 04/06 MX
The latest USB DAC/amp combos from Musiland that double as DAPs
Both 04 and 06 support PCM up to 32/384 (WAV, FLAC, APE, MP3) and DSD.
An interesting feature found on them is a new digital audio transfer protocol called MULINK (developed by Musiland, I suppose. More info here) that is capable of transferring native DSD64 and DSD128 to other MULINK-enabled devices.
The 06 MX uses PCM1798 for D/A conversion while the 04 MX has a PCM5102A.
Edited by pekingduck - 6/23/14 at 6:09pm