I remember folks not liking the 4K/Z8 when they dropped. Too clean. Now folks love them. I think that will happen with the X/Live when updates settle & folks get reacquainted. They simply do things other units are not.
Just can't imagine Classic status under current circumstances. Cult classic among MPC users maybe.
The MPC 4000 got the raw end of the deal. The OS was never finished and I read they were doing more development, before they filed for bankruptcy. The 4000 was suppose to do so much more. The thing that pushes the 1000 and 2500, is JJOS continued OS development.
Akai Pro, needs to release the OS Source code, It's been 17 years already.
Or they could partner with JJ to further develop, the MPC 4000 OS. They would make money, coming and going. There's lots of MPC 4000 sitting in closets, waiting for retro update. Doing it that way, they would not have to support the machine.
The X and it's SOC hurts it ability to be repaired. Everything is too integrated, making it a repair torture. In two more years, the LIVE's battery is going to be an expensive problem for some.