I ordered one from Amazon. About a week's delay so there must be some level of demand for them. I already have an X3, which I like quite a bit, so I should be able to do an undisciplined comparison once I receive it. Allegedly, there is some difference in sound. I've done the firmware update on the X3, which makes it somewhat more user friendly. The interface/controls for the iPod are still much better than the X3's button arrangement, but given that I have primarily loaded shows and albums on the X3, and that I tend to play them in their entirety, that isn't much of a detriment. The X1 appears to have controls/interface that more closely mimics the iPod, so we will need to see how well that works once I get it. I have an iPod Classic 160 for comparison. The X3 does sound fantastic and it certainly plays more file formats. Price seems to be down somewhat as well for the X3. They were going for @$200, and now are $170 at Amazon Prime.
Mics: akg c460 (ck61, ck63), c414buls, c568eb; at4049a, 4051a, 4053a, at853; josephson c42; neumann U87, km84i; beyer m130, m160, m500; aea r84; gefell m71, mt711s, m200, m201; sony c38; schoeps cmc6, CMBI (mk4, mk21, mk41, mk4v); sennheiser mkh40, md421, md431, md541
Pres: API, a-designs, pendulum, purple, millennia, gt, littlebox, tinybox, usbpre2, CA 9200, pipsqueak, pueblo pending
Cables: KCY, CMR, Naiant AKG actives, PFAs, asst. GAKables and Darktrain
Recorders/converters: dr680, m10, dr-2d, d50, dr70d, zoom f8, lynx aurora 8
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