Originally Posted by spatzi
"Listen here, buddy"??? What is this? A truck stop in Amarillo? I think you miss the point. There is no ranting or raving. It was calm and clear. Your response is more useless rant than anything I had to say. If you have nothing to say, then why bother posting? I'm responding to the ludicrous suggestion that having a screen somehow lessens the value of music, lessens attention span, or 'not' having a screen makes one appreciate music more. It's ludicrous for anyone to use this as a selling point for this unit design. That's it. I came to look at this thing, asked questions, and I understand the 'no screen equals better sound' argument (though I don't really believe it yet) but that is where the ADVANTAGE of 'no screen' ends.
The Shozy Alien is ROUGHLY on the same level as AK240, DX90(+amp), X5(+amp), ... in the SQ department, but it costs $200 while all the other options are $1000+.
It comes back to what one of the other posters already said at the beginning of this thread: priorities. If you are willing to make some sacrifices (no screen, no MP3, no built in memory) this can be a great buy.
The advantage of not adding a screen to a DAP is just COSTS plain and simple:
and it's not just parts(they are usually extremely cheap) the electric circuit gets a lot more complicated; they have to develop and maintain a functional OS, ... it also uses up quite a bit of space hence why all the other good sounding units look a lot like a brick
I have to agree with you, saying that having no screen is an advantage because you appreciate the music more would be a lousy selling point.