What would be the main hesitation? I kept wanting to wait on the NW-55 to drop over here but when I lost my FiiO X3 gen 3 I was forced to get something. My setup is a pair of Westone W40s and I'm not going to try and give an audiophile level review of this player but I think the sound quality is outstanding. I've always liked Sony's sound signature. The player has been reliable and outperforms my FiiO. The killer feature, to me, is the stellar battery life. I live on the road so having a player that I can throw in my bag and know will always be charged is nice.