I backed Echobox waaaaay back when they first introduced their Finder through crowdfunding. (I even got the t-shirt to prove it *eyeroll*) Their first two products were the Finder IEM's and the Explorer. The Finders are actually great for individuals just getting into the IEM market. My tastes have since evolved significantly over the past 3 years and no longer find the Finders in my rotation.
Sidebar aside, I've always been curious about Echobox's Explorer. They marketed it well as a solid portable DAP and because of it's flask shape, and I being a hobbyist in the fine dram department, the cultural draw of the Explorer has never left me. I've never made the jump to get one for myself because there was always that tiny voice whispering to hold off. I'm glad to receive some community feedback confirming my suspicions.... that it is in fact marketing.
That being said, what are some other options for portable DAP's in that $200-$400 price range? The majority of my listening is at the office so I make use of larger headphones DAC's, but I'm always curios to keep up with the portable market.