EMAIL TO IBASSO
On behalf of members of the Head-fi community, I would like to state our intent to purchase a review/debug DX100 unit for head-fi member figgie so that he can help contribute towards a working and efficient user interface and firmware.
It is a general consensus that the DX100 has amazing sound quality however the buggy firmware has been spoiling the experience for many owners. Whilst we believe the latest update is getting close to a well functioning firmware, there is still a lot to be done. We believe that figgie can help speed this venture with his experience in the area of Android app development. He is willing to volunteer his time and effort in order to improve the DX100's firmware for the benefit of the audiophile community. Needless to say, a final polished product will also greatly benefit your company.
In response to our proposal to buy him a unit, figgie responded with this:
Originally Posted by figgie
I really appreciate the gesture! I really do :)
with that said,
This falls under iBasso. If they could sell/release me a unit as a dev unit, no warranty. No accessories at a price that is not retail. I can purchase this myself. I can sign NDA's, not a big deal. But that NDA would have to be focused only on the files used for ESS useage and maybe the player. Definetely not the android build or the technical working of what is happening. If the DX100 could run ICS or JB, In my opinion it would run much better and more efficent. The trick is going to be the "ESS files". Unfortunatly to test that I need the hardware to see if the files are compatible with ANYTHING outside of 2.3.1. If they are, that is good, as that is what makes the DX100. If they are not, that means ground up build of the ESS drivers which means ESS involvement.
So far, we have 17 members who are willing to contribute money towards a review/debug unit of a DX100 for figgie. They are listed in the following post:
Originally Posted by temporaryname
The list of people who would like to contribute towards buying figgie a DX100 is this:
10. Randall DZM
Our goal at the moment is $829 for the iBasso DX100. I will be emailing this list of names to iBasso and see what special rate they can do for us and whether I can post that price publicly.
Can everyone do me a favour and put down the amount they're willing to donate next to their name? If we call copy and paste then we can fill the list through consecutive posts. If you'd prefer to be discreet, feel free to PM me the amount and I'll keep it private.
Most of all, thank you to all of you involved.
If you are willing to facilitate this request, please advise us on whether it would be possible to arrange for a cheaper unit-only price and whether your company would be interested in matching our donations (considering that this endeavour will benefit your product, sales and reputation). I will tally a total of how much the community is willing to donate and get back to you.
I look forward to your reply.
Kind regards and many thanks,
Jan (aka temporaryname).