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3.0 out of 5 stars I'm not unhappy that I bought it, 15 May 2013
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This review is from: Colorfly C4 Pro Pocket HiFi 32GB Music Player (Electronics)
I've used an iPod for several years but was in a grump with iTunes metadata. I had used iTunes match and was getting fed up with the way covers kept changing and tracks were changing order. I'm familiar with databases and was basically frustrated in not having the database model so I could get everything perfect... I came up with an alternative plan of 'perfect' sound reproduction instead!

I bought this player on the grounds of good reviews on the web. I also had collected some FLAC files and other downloads on the computer and was wondering whether Linn/Apple were right that downloading was 'the future' and whether I was going to buy into it. I recently bought a Yamaha BluRay player that also played SACDs and was struck by the brilliance of the definition and soundstage (especially of piano music. Sublime Schubert recordings!)

Executive summary: Go for SACDs!

On the positive side this player sounds excellent on headphones
The wood is nice

On the negative side....

They don't give you a UK power adaptor for a £500 music player!
The player needs songs converted to the right format to play 24 bit FLACS at 192 kHz (extra software required on a MAC)
The player displays the tracks in the order they are copied to it (3 Apple hidden files being first on the list)
You get thumps through the headphones at power up and down
You get whooshes when certain tracks finish
They can't even proof read the display! It says TF (which is MicroSD) or INTERAL (internal in a Chinese accent)
The software update to cure the whoosh locked it up. But it did reset okay
The MicroSD card gets stuck and doesn't pop out properly
The 3.5 mm headphone jack is slightly stubborn - stopping slightly short in mono - till you push harder
The sound playing through the HiFi is slightly flat, though I suspect this is because I have a valve amplifier. The higher impedance 1/4" jack is better for this and I think a low capacitance cable too
The RCA jacks for digital in and out aren't central in the holes
The player is slightly large for portable use, but not impossible

In conclusion, this is a mobile music player with excellent sound quality. For quality of anything else, including build, I think Apple are still hard to beat

I am not unhappy that I bought this, but I wouldn't bother again. I would stick with iTunes and pod for mobile use (train, walk etc) where some of the benefit of the sound quality is lost, and buy a good SACD player for home use

Where this would be excellent would be for a two home person; studio flat in the city and house in the country. With suitable compact speakers and amp, or domestic headphones, this would be splendid in a small flat and could be primed up at the weekend with something new to play
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Initial post: 4 Jun 2013 14:18:45 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Dec 2013 22:55:32 GMT
ChisChas says:
Agree with the negatives but I (and I suspect other C4 Pro users) can live with the clunky UI but they could have done better?
I have a wonderful McIntosh MCD1100 sacd player so I fully understand your comment about SACD's, it also plays my CD's very well and I'm still buying plenty of those, sometimes older ones at £4-5 which is very good value.
I wanted a really good DAP to take on holiday, to connect to my active Monitor Audio desktop speakers and to my MCD1100 giving me very good reproduction of the tracks I want to listen to so my C4 Pro works for me although it would be even better if the UI was as slick as the Apple's!
You mention using the C4 Pro with small speakers, the Monitor Audio WS100's are active speakers 5" cubes so very mobile.

Posted on 6 Dec 2013 07:10:25 GMT
David says:
I've just looked at this review, and I can confirm that all of negatives have been resolved I now have two of these players and wouldn't be without them, as for SACD, I personally find the medium overrated, a really good CD player still sounds far more musical. And lets face it most music is still on CD anyway. I regularly use my C4 connected to a decent Hi Fi and I would rate it to be as good as a £4000 CD player any day. As regards the sound quality issues it really is a case of better in better out. Apple are hardly known for their interests in sound quality are they? If you download compressed files then they will always sound flat, simple as.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2013 11:28:19 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Dec 2013 11:29:12 GMT
ChisChas says:
Depends on the SACD player! I have a McIntosh MCD1100 which is somewhat more than £4,000......
It replaced my excellent Leema Antilla 2S which only played CD's and even from new i.e. not run in, I could immediately tell how much better CD's sounded, it improved the sound of my CD's considerably in the same way the new top flight Panasonic BluRay player has for my DVD's. The picture and sound quality has improved very appreciably.
But I do acknowledge that the McIntosh MCD1100 is a bit special and somewhat expensive but like the C4 Pro, you get (usually) what you pay for (providing you avoid the expensive rubbish).
Apple used to care more about sound quality and put much better DAC's in their iPods but not anymore sadly.

Posted on 22 Jun 2014 16:02:26 BDT
Aeomer says:
It is actually illegal to supply an electronic product in the UK without a UK plug. Many sellers miss this point, but Trading Standards number one type of prosecution is exactly for this breach of UK law.
If you have been sold anything from a UK buyer and received it in the UK but the main adapter or cable did not come with a UK three pin socket, get a TS reference number (it takes about five minutes) then contact the seller. If the seller simply asks you to return the item (they have the right to do so) ask them if they will stop selling the item until the UK plug is made available - quote the TS number and rules. Don't let shoddy sellers get away with making you buy additional items to get a device working. Amazon will remove the listing immediately if you contact them with the TS number.
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