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post #16 of 36
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Originally Posted by feiao View Post

 

we already added the strength of the clip

Thanks but it may also be the style of the clip. It is a highly narrow rectangle shape. When clipping to a polo or many fabrics, due to the thickness of the shirt(which isn't thick) and the height of the clip spring itslef, the part that ACTUALLY hits the shirt is the part near the clip spring, for me, it is mostly cliped at where it says "Smartphone headphone amplifier" on the back. The clip part at the end does hit my shirt but moving it around, the part that I just mentioned is where it "really" puts pressure down. 

 

This is more of a business audio device? If they would even use it? Depending on how you clip it, on your clothing when running, it still is pretty easy to fall off even if the clip is stronger, but that may change in real world usage.

 

Next the E02i isn't sonically superior even to an E5. As an audiophile I want to think of me using some $200 IEM's or portable headphones..but the thought of using the E02i's amp is a bit bad I guess. And then what about bypass option? Well for audiophiles at that price range, first of all, they would probably not want to use headphone out jack on their iPhone or iPod(the best supported devices that I know of) and then even if they do. They arne't going to just clip on their ALO or Pico or FiiO amp so that they dual amp from iPhone to E02i bypass to their dedicated amp, too many wires and probelms.

 

So what about a high end Microphone dedicated amp? Well then we get into who would want that at that price really?

 

But despite all this, what the E02i has going for it is the price. It is going to be priced at $29 which is very good as since it has all these "what will i use it for" or "how will i use it" questions, the very low price will probably be inticing for all. It isn't sonically superior to other amps at this price(which more or less belong to FiiO or custom Cmoys) the bass boost is a very nice option though. Nobody is going to expect punchy bass at this price and for me. I can actually dig the muddy bass as I listen to EDM sometimes. I just want that uber bass to go along with my songs and the Rocky's bass boost does work out well.

 

If you guys do make a revision, it would be cool to see "FiiO" in red on the headphone jack like on the RC UE! :) gs1000.gif


Edited by bowei006 - 8/20/12 at 1:59am
post #17 of 36
Great review! After reading, I'm thinking the E02i was made with the inline controls and mic being the priority, with an amplifier thrown in, rather than the other way around like I was expecting. Since I'm still a Neanderthal with my ancient non-mp3-playing dumbphone, I'll probably stick with something like the E6, but for many this seems to be a well-priced product for those who want an inexpensive amp without sacrificing the mic or controls on their smartphones.
post #18 of 36
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Originally Posted by kjk1281 View Post

Great review! After reading, I'm thinking the E02i was made with the inline controls and mic being the priority, with an amplifier thrown in, rather than the other way around like I was expecting. Since I'm still a Neanderthal with my ancient non-mp3-playing dumbphone, I'll probably stick with something like the E6, but for many this seems to be a well-priced product for those who want an inexpensive amp without sacrificing the mic or controls on their smartphones.

Everything was made in balance really imo. At this price point FiiO threw in a workable amp but at this price point also through in a bass boost function for those that want a good muddy but good quantity increase in bass.

 

As you can see in the video. The mic isn't exactly "high SNR" compared to even an iPhone but it does work well and for the video, as it is closer to my mouth, actually makes me sound more intimate which is very nice, and there is no problems using it with any OS.

 

The controls are sometimes buggy on my iPod 2 G but that's my iPods fault. It has been a very buggy player. Works perfectly with iPhone 4S but I still think the hold and raise volume continiously may be a nice feature. Where you hold it down and it rases the volume by one bar and if it detects that you are holding it, raise the volume more.

post #19 of 36
I think this product is perfect. For the right purpose. Let me explain. Sometimes I don't really wish to use my portable amps on my iPhone 4s but I want some decent music yet calls keep on coming in. Currently with my Fiio e6, e1, e11, I have to quickly pull out the iPhone from the line out or headphone jack when the phone rings. Then plug back in again when the call ends. So with this device, when I'm using it, say, whilst watching golf on TV (!), it's perfect. Yes I could forego using an amp during such an amp but come of my headphones prefer an amp.
post #20 of 36
I meant to say forego using an amp during such an *activity.
post #21 of 36
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I think this product is perfect. For the right purpose. Let me explain. Sometimes I don't really wish to use my portable amps on my iPhone 4s but I want some decent music yet calls keep on coming in. Currently with my Fiio e6, e1, e11, I have to quickly pull out the iPhone from the line out or headphone jack when the phone rings. Then plug back in again when the call ends. So with this device, when I'm using it, say, whilst watching golf on TV (!), it's perfect. Yes I could forego using an amp during such an amp but come of my headphones prefer an amp.

That is exactly what this amp is to do. It is good value for those that want to do it. Depending on your tastes, you may prefer the iPhone 4/4S 's sound directly out as opposed to using the E02i as an amp and that allows you to use the bypass switch or not which is very nice.

 

Personally it isn't something I have a need or use for but many others do.

post #22 of 36
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Originally Posted by bowei006 View Post

That is exactly what this amp is to do. It is good value for those that want to do it. Depending on your tastes, you may prefer the iPhone 4/4S 's sound directly out as opposed to using the E02i as an amp and that allows you to use the bypass switch or not which is very nice.

 

Personally it isn't something I have a need or use for but many others do.

 

1, Rocky will help to improve sound experience when you use some high impedance headphone with your iPhone, now more and more people carry a headphone (not IEM/ earphone) when they walking around. 

 

2, Not every headphone has the feature to support the inline control/mic features with iPhone. that is what E02i can help you , the bonus is the build in amp compare with some other adapters.

post #23 of 36
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The people buying it at this price probably will like the amps sound but a few audiophiles may prefer 4S headphone out for being not as warm. The rocky is nice with EDM with headphones at this price but some clearer songs are more preferable on 4S headphone out.


The rocky is a nice feature set for those that need it but its strictly for people that want its features more than being an amp. The amp isnt "quality" enough for audiophiles with headphones GENERALLY over $150. Also the rocky uses a 3.5mm jack plugged into smartphones direct out meaning you arent and cant bypass what the 4S is already using. Which some may not like.

Overal i think its at a great price point for those that want an amp, controls and mic and features.

The microphone isnt as superior as the 4S built in dual microphones with advanced second gen(used) audience noise cancelling chip but it does get a more intimate sound and up close and personal as my test video showed. (the rockys mic has more and audible noise in the background still)
Edited by bowei006 - 9/5/12 at 3:56am
post #24 of 36

does the rocky not work at all with phones other than apple? For example my galaxy nexus. I've been looking for a way to provide a remote and a amp from my phone to my headphones built into my snowboard helmet, any idea if I can get it to work with my galaxy nexus?
 

post #25 of 36
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does the rocky not work at all with phones other than apple? For example my galaxy nexus. I've been looking for a way to provide a remote and a amp from my phone to my headphones built into my snowboard helmet, any idea if I can get it to work with my galaxy nexus?
 

FiiO has posted some stuff on their page on it

 

 

 

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The compatibility between ROCKY (E02i) and other smartphones (BESIDES iphone series). 

ROCKY (E02i) is an amplifier that specially designed for iphone series, which means 
it can support all the line-control headphone functions that accompanied with iphone itself.

Meanwhile, it can support Samsung Galaxy series and HTC One series Android phone. 
But it is limited to some of the functions only, like amplify, play/pause, answer/hang up and refuse calls, etc, 
while volume control, forward/reward and fast forward / rewind functions would be out of use on it.

That is all I know, sorry.

post #26 of 36

Good review! I have the Amp, I like it, but it does not sound quite good with High sensitivity IEMs sometimes.

post #27 of 36
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I wouldnt really use the E02i for high sensitivity or upper end IEMs.
post #28 of 36

thanks for the reply, really wish I knew for sure what kind of functionality I will get from the rocky with my galaxy nexus before using it, bummer. I've yet to hear anything about a universal smart phone rocky like fiio said they would make, has anyone else?

post #29 of 36
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Originally Posted by fcpchop88 View Post

thanks for the reply, really wish I knew for sure what kind of functionality I will get from the rocky with my galaxy nexus before using it, bummer. I've yet to hear anything about a universal smart phone rocky like fiio said they would make, has anyone else?

The definition of universal is a bit vague

 

and as it does say, this is universal in that it does play and pause and answer calls and amplify so yeah.

post #30 of 36

Just received this little thing from Micca on Amazon. I should have read the review more closely as the inability to hold the volume buttons down is annoying. The clip on mine also seems rather weak (I'm going to see if tightening that little screw helps). I bought the thing out of morbid curiosity more than anything since it's so cheap. Switching the bass boost on or off gives an audible blip of static in the left channel most of the time. I'll keep it because it will be helpful for changing the tracks/volume while running on the treadmill compared to fumbling with the iPhone, but yeah, not very impressed before I've even really had the chance to listen to darn thing. confused_face.gif


Edited by FuzzyD - 11/29/12 at 9:10pm
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