Some of you might have noticed FiiO has just became a sponsor of the forum since a few weeks ago. James, FiiO manager, told me they are still working things out with Jude so they are not ready to post in the forum just yet. However, there are more pressing issues that they want to get the words out first, and it is about fake FiiO that has already made its way to the market.
It has been awhile since a small handful of Chinese manufacturers coping the design of S1, S5 (both portable speaker / mp3 player) and E3 under different brand name. But recently FiiO starts to get reports of fake E5 clone in the market as well, using not only the same design but also being branded and sold as FiiO E5. The fake E5 uses different parts and needless to say, doesn't sound anywhere close to the real E5. These fake are mostly being sold on auction sites like eBay and Amazon Market Place. If you are about to purchase one, try looking for a more reliable dealer and website.
On other news, FiiO will *possibly* be updating E5 design and improve the hardware before the end of the year to counter the the problem of fake E5.
Edited by ClieOS - 6/29/10 at 6:35am