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FiiO E7: Unboxed Production, "OH SO SHINY" (56k warning!)

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Preordered an E7 from Miccastore and it came today! Shipped on Monday, so 3 days (free shipping!). Just got back from an appointment, so haven't had time to play with it yet. I'll have a review up after Memorial Day at some point in time.

 

I'll mostly be using it as a DAC, but might lug it around once in an while. Running FW: FW01JD16EN. 

 

Here's the great packaging from Micca. Doubly bubble-wrapped (there's another bubble-wrap bag inside). Combined with the super-fast shipping, really couldn't ask for more from a retailer.

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Here's the album if anyone's having trouble viewing

These are the original cropped pictures w/o resizing (56k, no need to click).


Edited by Hung0702 - 6/1/10 at 3:07pm
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Looks nice. Looking forward to a review. Question, where'd you get that Fiio strap at? Did it come with the amp?

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Originally Posted by Berserker View Post

Looks nice. Looking forward to a review. Question, where'd you get that Fiio strap at? Did it come with the amp?


Yup. The miniUSB cable isn't half bad either. Has ferrite beads at both ends, however unnecessary they may be. I'm using a 1920 px wide display, so if anyone thinks the pictures should be arranged in 1 column, let me know!


Edited by Hung0702 - 5/27/10 at 2:34pm
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Sweet. Did they change the look of the E7 from the original? I was looking at ClieOS review at MP4Nation, looks different. Or, is this just the newer model? http://www.mp4nation.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=16929

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Originally Posted by Berserker View Post

Sweet. Did they change the look of the E7 from the original? I was looking at ClieOS review at MP4Nation, looks different. Or, is this just the newer model? http://www.mp4nation.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=16929


I PM'd feiao and he recommended Micca and Head-Direct, so I'm assuming this is what production units will look like from now on.

 

Forgot about that bag. Feels like it's made of velvet. The button is VERY tight, so no worries about it falling out unexpectedly.

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Really nice looking unit. This one looks better than the other one.


Edited by Berserker - 5/27/10 at 5:10pm
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Thanks. Nice pictures and can't wait for your review! I would love to try it out soon.

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That bottom photo you added looks awesome.

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Question.... Is the front glass or plastic... scratch resistant???

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It is plastic, and it's not scratch resistant - I don't think it's possible to make a glossy plastic surface scratch resistant.  It may be a good idea to get a screen protector for those who like to keep their E7 in pristine condition.  The silicone skin does provide a lot of protection, but most of the front surface is exposed.

 

Maybe a cut-to-size sheet of protective material like those sold by BestSkinsEver.com would be a good idea.

 

Jack

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Thanks for the bad news, Jack. :P

 

I sort of care, but then again... scratches on my plastic isn't going to kill the soundstage (I hope!). Maybe if I can get a cover under $1 shipped, I'll consider it. Not as important as on, say, an MP4 player or cell phone. Makes me wonder why FiiO didn't just use a scratch-resistant coating for the plastic though. I understand the profit-chasing aspect. But seeing as how this is their flagship DAC/amp, why not spent a few extra cents per unit and give the consumer an experience that exudes premium quality?

 

Disregard that, I don't know what I'm talking about.


Edited by Hung0702 - 6/1/10 at 3:10pm
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Sorry, it is already scratch-sresistant panel! but it can be compare with glass panel which is used on iPhone!

 

We may provide a screen protector from the third batch!

 

 

James from FiiO!

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is the silicone jacket part of the bundled accessories?

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Hope to get my E7 soon. Our local distributor just got his shipment and is ready to deliver!

 

Thank you James for shipping a batch to the Philippines.

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Originally Posted by Hung0702 View Post

Thanks for the bad news, Jack. :P

 

I sort of care, but then again... scratches on my plastic isn't going to kill the soundstage (I hope!). Maybe if I can get a cover under $1 shipped, I'll consider it. Not as important as on, say, an MP4 player or cell phone. Makes me wonder why FiiO didn't just use a scratch-resistant coating for the plastic though. I understand the profit-chasing aspect. But seeing as how this is their flagship DAC/amp, why not spent a few extra cents per unit and give the consumer an experience that exudes premium quality?


 

Hey, didn't think I was giving out bad news. :(  When I think scratch resistant, I am thinking about a surface that will stand up to the bump and grind of normal day to day use without showing any overt signs of wear, such as watch faces - which tends to be made out of hard mineral glass for this purpose.

 

Maybe the question should be whether the FiiO's front surface is any easier to scratch than the front screen of any other portable device with a display, to which I would answer no.  I kind of doubt the profit-chasing angle since FiiO not only included a silicone skin but also a velvety pouch... and that cool strap.

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