Review units. Sometimes they arrive as loaners. For manufacturers with whom I have a good relationship, the loan period is sometimes extended beyond the review period. However, the gear with which I spend the longest time is that which I buy with my own cash. Euros/dollars down becomes Hobson’s Choice when it comes to gear made by manufacturers with whom I have zero review loaner relationship but that I still want to suss out; electronics giants like Sony and Xiaomi.
The Sony NW-ZX2 digital audio player (DAP), purchased by yours truly on home soil from Tokyo’s Yodobashi Camera in 2015 for around US$1500, has sat unused in a cupboard for almost a full year.… Read the full article