Originally Posted by cafe racer
looking forward to your impressions
I posted it but took it down a today for the lack of interest, pretty much like all my threads here on head fi, nobody commented, rated, subscribed or really cared at all so nobody will get the video review
-keep your headphones unplugged when you turn it off and on, the player has a loud pop sound when powering up and down
-laid back and smooth sound, expansive soundstage big enough to do the ultrasone edition 8 justice
-excellent sound quality, best I have ever heard. Have not heard the j3, but i did own the s9 and did not want to keep it upon first listen, I do want to keep the colorfly
-Can't view SD card and internal storage on the player at the same time
-no playlists, whatever is on your ck4s hard drive is your playlist, you can shuffle play all those songs, cannot shuffle play SD card media if your media is stored in albums. Meaning if your file is a CD album on your SD card, you can only shuffle if you are viewing that album only. Cannot shuffle all media on the SD card.
-Album art is supported, whoever said it did not is a liar
-Solid Build construction, feels moderately heavy and does not feel cheap at all, buttons are tactile and feel good
-Sd card slot is not hard to use, you might have to dig your finger nail in a bit to poke snap it in and out but its not bothersome
-Video and Image Quality is really bad, does not support any true HD video. Image quality is horrid.
-5 band custom EQ only, very basic. Presets sound terrible, "Normal" EQ setting sounds fantastic.
-Better alternative to the HM601? Might be, might not be. Its a big longer, but its much thinner and equally as wide. It fits into my pocket better than the HM601 and will pair with portable amps MUCH better.
-Does not have anywhere near the output colorfly claimed it does. It does not drive my Edition 8 as well as my sansa fuze does, both at max volumes. The Colorfly sounds lacking, smooth and airy at max volume and for some classical the player is not loud enough at all. No punch to it what so ever, no snap or kick factor the sansa fuze will offer at moderate to high levels. However it sounds significantly more clear and vast, more spacious and airy
-This player seemed to be made for storage and home source replacement, not for portable use. The stage is smooth and laid back, natural sounding and not punchy, with that I think this was done to allow for use with any type of amp you want to, avoid any meshing problems from source > amp > headphones. It takes the source out of the equation due to its sound presentation. It is unbiased. This is a great thing for anyone who wants a home source or has a great portable amp.
Edited by swbf2cheater - 8/14/11 at 8:21am