will update my N3 tonight, I gave it to the wife for the day, she commutes
hopefully I can do my proper review after the firmware, 20% increase in volume may be
just enough but 10% probably wont cut it
I managed to update mine. It was a bitch to say the least. Even following the prompts the unit would not accept the driver initially. I had to keep doing it over and over again until it finally installed the driver... Also there is another area on the player where you can access system update and it doesn't work properly so that also was delaying me.... Even after updating the player my screen was very dark as if it was broken. So I did a restore and reset the player several times. Even shook it and finally the screen started acting normal.. Much more complicating than it should be IMO.... The volume does seems to slightly have more headroom for lower listening but I'd honestly like more than this. I think the volume may still be too loud for many of my track on the 8As. I won't be able to tell until I get the 8A back. I know on EQ Flat that is a none issue but EQ Flat sucks IMO. Sounds lifeless and not so dynamic compared to HSA, Hifi and the Wooduo preset (for the 8A).
It also seems the noise from the micro SD slot with my 64 GB cards isn't as loud. It is still audible but very faint and for general listening you won't hear it unless the track is dead silent.
new firmware version is V2.01 but the player is able to display the first decimal only.
check the firmware date for confirmation. it shows 9th march 2013
Agree, it is a little trickier than it should.
A few note I have taken during my N3 firmware update: first, make sure everything is renamed into English. Some PC might have difficulty reading Chinese folder and files name. 2nd, Windows 8 won't install the driver correctly. You will need a Windows 7 or lower PC. 3th, you need to connect the player to the PC as a mass storage device first if you have never done it before. Then you can continue to do the update process.
Also, I think I might have figured out the fade-in issue - well not really a fix so don't celebrate just yet. I find the same issue on Teclast X30, which I believe is using the same SoC as N3 (and perhaps N1). It would seem the fade-in is common among DAP that uses the same RockChip SoC and therefore it could be hardware related. But it would seems N3 is just a tiny bit better than X30 on this regard as the gap is less noticeable, though it is still there.
You need to download the RKBatchTool 1.3 and unzip it. Then run it. Load the firmware into the program then update. But you also need to make sure to set the N1/N3 player to update and install the included driver manually to get it to detect on the updater. I appreciate peoples help but it would have been indeed easier if these directions were posted in a more thorough manner. I went around in circles for quite some time (piecing directions together) which made it that much more aggravating. I was thinking the included loader could be used but changing the file name to english would allow for the update. That never worked for me.
The firmware upgrade process was a chore for me on Windows 7 64-bit, too. I had to run this application called the Group Policy Editor to allow the unsigned driver to be installed. Renaming all the folders into English probably helped, and I was able to use the hisoundtool.exe to work, upload the firmware image into the tool and flash the N3. But right after successful flashing and exiting the hisoundtool application, my Win7 system had a blue screen of death!
Luckily no harm done to the OS from what I can tell. But sheesh, scary!