:) - you know me too well - but lets hope one does not have to jump through hoops to get it to show up - still wondering if there is a big enough market for FiiO on this - amps yes as many phones still dont have the power to fuel beats like the HM5 etc etc - well we will wait and see
Just looking at their interface and some other details, i think the method by which the album art is pulled is similar to the old rockchip media players....can't really remember now if that was a bad thing or now.
still wondering if there is a big enough market for FiiO on this
Fiio's release schedule for the X3 seems to show they have pretty modest expectations....a few hundred to start, a thousand+ later, five thousand or so in July (if I remember the details correctly). It's a $200 player with a Fiio pedigree, which will certainly go over well with the Head-fi crowd accustomed to dropping about the same or a bit more on a Cowon or an absurd amount more on some overpriced brick from one of the boutique Chinese audiophile brands.
It probably won't do much to sway the skeptics (as epitomized by a lot of the folks on Anything But iPod) who feel a Clip+ will do just as good a job for a fraction of the price. Or the aforementioned Cowon with their huge range of adjustments and audio enhancements.
It will probably sell well unless some theres some major flaw or the reviews are negative (which i don't think it will be). I personally think these 'audiophile' daps are a bit overpriced and you can find many good daps that output very good quality audio which are priced quite cheap. I've personally found having a good portable amp paired with a dap like the clip+ or a ipod touch provide very, very good SQ.
My ideal dream of a player right now would be a smartphone with a wolfson chip and a amp chip, DONE, good sound and i don't need to carry a second device for listening to music in my pocket.
hahaha, i wrote that and totally forgot to mention the one factor that will affect someones portable rigs sound quality are their earphones, a good pair of earphones can make even a plain jane dap sound wundaba.