14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I'm not unhappy that I bought it
, 15 May 2013
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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