- Nov 28, 2016
Unfortunately but understandably, Onkyo/Pioneer charges more for the official domestic releases over resellers offering the Japanese equivalents. One of the reasons the US versions could be more expensive is that perhaps there are licensing fees associated with integrating the various region-specific streaming services. Personally, I actually traded in my DP-X1 for the DP-S1, and have been quite pleased. I listen to primarily 192/24 FLAC or DSD files on it and have had minor issues that have been addressed with each subsequent release.
Of course the US version is not the domestic, but the export version.
I was also thinking about licensing issues/fees - if Onkyo is paying a certain amount to the streaming services for each unit sold, it would make no sense to include it on the JP version, where those ervices are not available. OTOH it would be a crazy business modell for the streaming services to ask for money from hw manufacturers...