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! :)
Edited by bowei006 - 8/20/12 at 1:59am