What. The. F**k.
$250 for the AK S02 charging stand. Really?
So the zillion percent profit margin isn’t enough?
Please tell me that the leather case came from a kosher slaughter.
So yes, it looks like a the Joint Strike Fighter, and thus the cost must be commensurate, right? Hell, Lockheed Martin might actually do better selling audiophile equipment.
Yes, it sounds buttery smooth — almost borderline dark.
The background is eerily silent.
The volume pot clicks like iDrive on a 750Li (for better or for worse).
The UI is polished indeed, but get this — it does lag.
Yes. It does. But really, in the grand scheme of things, it’s not even that good — really, it’s NOT worth half an SR-009. In a world governed by Sir Jonathan Ive, this thing doesn’t even allow swipe to go back a page.
Maybe it’s the silver spoon that I don’t have in my mouth; fatalistically, I was always bound to hate on it. My position isn’t even that controversial. The price tag makes it an easy target.
One part of me wants to say, “A halo product is a halo product. Let it be.” — but seriously, I don’t feel it is one.
It does sound good, but angels didn’t come to greet me on playback. I know for sure that someone else can build a better-sounding player that gets better output measurements across the board in both the digital and analog domain. I’m just waiting for someone to throw down that gauntlet.
Suddenly, the Chord Hugo is starting to look really appetizing.
It does fit really, really well in my hand, though, and that’s better than what I can say for my F886.
— (Cranky) Mr. T