Let me break up your post so I can quote accordingly.
Originally Posted by JaiSAn
I am certain you are all audio enthusiasts, trying to manufacture a product but lack the professional R&D approach, to put it bluntly you are amateurs when it comes to production R&D. Being enthusiastic does not necessarily mean you are professionally capable. Professionals would NOT request/require consumer feed-back for development, at lease not forum personal opinions, have you ever seen Samsung or Apple enter Forums to ask for opinions ? It is a case of "too many cooks spoils the broth" you have lost sight of the original concept of portability and ended up designing an Amp for indoor usage with full sized headphones.
Nothing wrong with allowing users to voice opinions. After all, we are talking about a product for personal use. All FiiO has to do is to prune the suggestions and evaluate if it is a sound addition, and if it is feasible in all its ways.
And besides, even a professional
would take into consideration
the requests of their clients. The poor soul that commissions an architect to design him a house, with specifically the use of skylights, and the architect takes the cash and gives him a pleasing design but zero consideration for skylights because he didn't like the idea. Not because it isn't feasible. Seriously? This sounds like your definition of "professional".
Are you aware of what the two companies you quoted are? Samsung and Apple. One is the company (albeit split into independent groups) that practically controls a whole country's economy, and the other is world famous in design dystopia: "This is how we vision it. This is how it will be. That is all. You take it or leave it, we have enough sheeples to support us."
On a spare note, V-MODA has also taken suggestions for some of their latest products, and needless to say fans are well grateful and ever more supportive to the company. And while it may not be a direct seek of audience, companies like Sennheiser also answered prayers and introduced a model that bridges the gap between the HD650 and HD800. Did they do it because they thought it would be original? Or perhaps because there has been people hoping for something of that description throughout the years?
Originally Posted by JaiSAn
This is because you design a product for a category but fail to keep the criteria bound to that category which is PORTABILITY as stated in the title of this OP. You are also wrong when you say the JDS Labs C421 and the ALO portable Amps are of the same size, they are NOT, C421 and ALO Rx MK3, ALO Rx MkII, etc etc are 10cm +/- in length
but the E12 is 124cm
long and it is this extra 2cm which makes it not fully congruous with mobile-phone usage because it will block the back camera. Your suggestion of attaching the E12 to the screen of the iPhone (how to access the UI ?) or sliding the Amp up/down (risking scratches on a £699 device ?) definitely show signs of thoughtless input , same as your R&D.
Woah. 1.24m amp. That is serious business. Let me fix that for you: 12.4cm or 124mm.
There are many phones larger than an iPhone and don't forget that portable amps are not limited to be used with phones. For the bite-mark-fruit worshipers, something the size of a Galaxy Note for example may be blasphemy, but for the rest of the world there is some sense into it. Specially in business. Not all back facing camera of modern phones will be blocked by "12.4cm". Mind you, I did not read the whole thread but is this 12.4cm including the knob? If yes, let me remind you that there is a way to position the knob so that it doesn't block the iPhone's camera.
Let us put that besides the point: what dictates that a portable amp must have clearance for the back facing camera? I'd say look at audiophile portable stacks. Some portable amps aren't even pocketable. I would have to imagine something non-pocketable to not have clearance for the back facing camera on phones. 12.4cm still seems in the portable range given a non-ridiculous thickness. Would you prefer FiiO to reclassify their amp as "transportable" instead of "portable"? I'm not sure too many companies actually use that classification despite the lack of actual mobility. You can go grief the other R&D teams too. I won't tell you if you'll be taken as a proper suggestion, or to be kindly told to leave the room.
Let me also remind you that by counting the added length from a iPhone (!!!!) compatible LOD adds a bit more length below the camera. FiiO's own L11 would give you almost the extra 2.4cm you are so adamant about.
Originally Posted by JaiSAn
If the OP title states *Upcoming FiiO " Flagship " amp Mont Blanc/E12
*, I would say you have been very successful and if true to the specifications then you have a very good product.
Something which is NOT portable for a portable Amp then you have failed because you design the device to the users wishes rather than adherent to the original criteria of portability.
I also understand the reason for defending a product when it is far too late to pull from production to meet ETA. The more vehement the defence, the more truth in the ridicule.
You can self congratulate, self praise however much, the device is still too long to be congruous with mobile phones (I repeat yet again).
If you have suggestions and recommendations, leave them as such.
You can self congratulate, self praise however much, but your opinion is still very biased and takes little to no consideration of other electronic devices that can be used with it. I do agree that using a portable amp that blocks the camera can be a little inconvenient at times but I am reminded that the amp is not fused to the back of my phone. If I have to use the camera I unplug the amp. Simple as that. Why would I want extra weight in my hands when trying to point and shoot anyway. There are give and takes to each implementation (e.g. larger battery capacity --> more weight or more expensive), and would like to remind you that a portable amp is not defined by +/- 10cm length, or a profile like that of a Go-Dap or VAMP.
P.S. last time I checked, a portable computer (laptop/netbook) covers my phone's back facing camera when I try to strap it on.
I want my money back.