I just got my M6 last night from a friend's father that was in China for business. The packaging was much smaller than I expected, and so was the player. There's plenty of reviews online with a heap of pictures comparing the M6 with it's competitors: iPds and the like. But I've hardly had contact with an iPod, nor do can I recollect the size of one, so it was a huge surprise as to how small of a player this was. It actually feels very unnatural as I'm 6'1" holding somthing to tiny.
I opened it and skipped all of the documentation since my reading comprehension is lacking and was pleasantly surprised as to how easy it was to use. I felt the UI to be very simple and customizable. It shipped with S1.010 firmware, which to my understanding is the newest one. I plugged in the stock headphones and just listened to the sample tunes that were preloaded. The sound was horrid, bloated bass that was everywhere and just an overall bad sound. I wasn't sure what it was since I figured it was new in box, none of the eq/DNSe settings were modified, but none the less, I took a gander and there it was; bass boost on, eq modified up the wazoo. I dropped everything down to 0 and tried the samples again. Much much much better.
After loading a few of my songs that I encoded from FLAC to --alt preset fast in LAME (around vbr190), I tried it out again with my Koss KSC75's. Apparently, 60ohm is too much for this little device, so I grabbed the CMoy on my desk and hooked it up. There we go, more volume than I'll ever use with a slight boost in treble. Oddly, I felt the highs were restrained since I've been complaining of the KSC75's being too bright and a bit sibilant paired with my Corda Aria, that can be fixed with kramer's mod (which I wasn't planning to do after hearing it on the Aria). I raised the volume on the M6 to +40 and lowered the CMoy to 0; no hiss whatsoever.
There's nothing to complain about at this point and I was one happy M6 owner.
Later on in the evening, I decided to play with some video encoding. With Virtual Dub, I had alot of problems encoding as I'd get 0055 errors with decoding the source audio. I read somewhere it has to do with LAME and that it's overriding the codec needed by VDub, but I'm not willing to change it everytime I want to encode music or video, so I just skimmed through a few of my videos and encoded the ones that worked. It looks fantastic on the miniplayer. Given I knew not to try a fast paced action sequence as the framerate isn't high enough to handle, so I stuck with drama's with little to no fast scenes at all.
Overall, I'm very happy with the Meizu M6 SP 4Gig in black. It's sexy in all ways and my only gripes are the lengthy procedures to encode videos and the amount of fingerprints the M6 loves to attract. I don't have any of the hard cases for it and I'm using it in the stock leather bag connected to my CMoy with both inside an old panasonic walkman bag. It fits very snug and I can still control the volume even though the knob is all the way inside. I didn't normalize/adjust the gain on any of my mp3's, but the differences in volume aren't that big, so I didn't feel the need to go out of my way to do it.
I just have a few questions for those that own the M6 that have the protective cases. My interconnect is terminated with 2x Switchcraft 35HDNN plugs and I'm wondering if the plug will fit if the case was on. I'm looking at the smoke crystal elite case that allows you to use the dial while the case is on, but I'm not sure if the Switchcraft plugs will fit in the small openning for the mini jack. Also, how fragile is the player. I tend to drop things of this size and I'm worried it'll break easily.
**Work around for those who also get 0055 errors is to rip the audio from the video with a program like Winamp using it's waveOut plugin and then sync it with VDub and encode from there. Or you could just try another encoding software.