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A new player is entering the fray - iHiFi960 (with unboxing pictures)

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Here's something that's due to be released in a week or so....:

 

http://www.i-hifi.com/index.html

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/IHIFI960-WM8740-16GB-Amplifier-Portable-HiFi-Music-Player-/261092799279?_trksid=p5197.m1992&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D14%26meid%3D2867083330506558016%26pid%3D100015%26prg%3D1006%26rk%3D1%26sd%3D261092799279%26

 

The 32GB versions will probably be offered later... Player has 16GB on-board with expansion via SD card (max 32 GB)

 

Thinking about pulling Pulled the trigger...  Will post my impressions when I get it.

 

Cheers!beerchug.gif

-HK sends

 

*UPDATE* 5 Nov 2012

 

It showed up today via FedEx (it took six days) in a box with foam padding.  The case was wrapped in bubble wrap

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The name of the company is embossed on the case.  When you open it, you are presented with the player, A/C adapter, 1/8" to 1/4" adapter,

and documentation.

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There is a trifold English manual that needs to have the translation fixed.  It conveys the info, but falls short in some areas.

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Along with a Warranty card and contact number card in Chinese and an info brochure...

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For accessories, you have to pry the block of foam the A/C adapter is in (it was a chore) and they are below...

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I was worried how the 1/8" line out and COAX sockets could work with RCA plugs but fortunately an 1/8"-to-RCA adapter is included.

The instructions also inform you how to use the adapter for the COAX digital-out.  There's also a nice optical and USB cable.

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The player itself was completely sealed in a plastic bag.  After opening it, I noticed it was covered with a light oil which easily wiped off.

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I read some posts about dust under the display glass, rattling sounds (attributed to the control buttons), and mismatched/misaligned assembly.

However, the unit I received had none of those problems.  It's a solidly built little unit!

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I haven't had a chance to try it out yet, so I will post my impressions of how it operates and sounds later and further along the thread.

Cheers!beerchug.gif

-HK sends


Edited by HK_sends - 11/5/12 at 9:38pm
post #2 of 59
it seems too expensive for limited technology IMO
post #3 of 59
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Granted, but seeing as it offers RCA and optical (digital) and analog line-out out plus 16GB vs 8GB on-board memory (with 32 GB on the way), I thought it might be worth a look.  If you look at the Little Dot DP_I (which I have), they are asking a similar price for less features and a very buggy UI.  The other players I have been watching (except the Fiio) appear be priced higher for similar features (albeit the Sabre DAC is a touch more expensive than the Wolfson).  I think this player will succeed or fail based on it's UI.

 

Just my humble opinion, but I am willing to give it a try.

 

Cheers!beerchug.gif

-HK sends

 

PS - Another Player (not portable) that I am trying out right now is the DuGood HDAP-01.  I'll try to have a review up when I am comfortable I have checked out all its features.  Unfortunately, I will be very busy the next two weeks.

 

http://www.dugood.com/Engish/product1.files/HDAP-1.htm

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DUGOOD-HDAP-01-high-fidelity-digital-audio-file-player-/260822919584?pt=US_Home_Audio_Amplifiers_Preamps&hash=item3cba41e9a0


Edited by HK_sends - 10/28/12 at 10:25pm
post #4 of 59

Looking forward to your review mate. It even seems to have a TF card slot for expandable memory.

 

Sure looks good and the optical out seals the deal for me.
 

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Yes, it supports a TF (SD) card.  They recommend the Kingston Class 4 card but we will see.  I only have a couple of cards (16 and 32 GB) that I can try.  My funds are low.

 

Cheers!beerchug.gif

-HK sends


Edited by HK_sends - 10/20/12 at 12:53am
post #6 of 59

ticks lots of boxes

post #7 of 59
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The hardware specs on this sound good to me, but I always seem to be let down by some issue or another that a player has.  Lately, it's been the UI and lack of gapless playback.  Those will be the first things I look to evaluate.

 

Maybe the third time's the charm.

 

Cheers!beerchug.gif

-HK sends

post #8 of 59

Hi,

 

Anyone know ?  iHiFi960 can directly connect digital out to JH3A or not ?

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Originally Posted by HK_sends View Post

The hardware specs on this sound good to me, but I always seem to be let down by some issue or another that a player has.  Lately, it's been the UI and lack of gapless playback.  Those will be the first things I look to evaluate.

 

Maybe the third time's the charm.

 

Cheers!beerchug.gif

-HK sends

 

Looks like the same UI and specs as the 812V2 that I currently own which does not support gapless playback.  http://bbs.erji.com/read.php?tid=1330819&page=e

post #10 of 59
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Hi,

 

Anyone know ?  iHiFi960 can directly connect digital out to JH3A or not ?

It's not out yet, but with the right digital cable, I don't see why not.

 

Cheers!beerchug.gif

-HK sends

post #11 of 59
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Originally Posted by retrophonic View Post

 

Looks like the same UI and specs as the 812V2 that I currently own which does not support gapless playback.  http://bbs.erji.com/read.php?tid=1330819&page=e

Thanks for the info!  I may just convert my albums to a single flac file to get around that.  I usually listen to a whole album at a time anyway.  So I can probably live with (or work around) the lack of gapless, I just really can't understand what's so difficult about supporting it.

 

BTW, how do you like your 812V2?

 

Cheers!beerchug.gif

-HK sends 


Edited by HK_sends - 10/20/12 at 9:19am
post #12 of 59
I think it sounds great for the price, better than my Sony NWZ-Z1060. Sometimes I pair it with my TYVJ slim which improves the listening experience more, but an external amp is not necessary IMHO. Here are a few pics I found showing size comparisons.


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post #13 of 59
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Originally Posted by retrophonic View Post

I think it sounds great for the price, better than my Sony NWZ-Z1060. Sometimes I pair it with my TYVJ slim which improves the listening experience more, but an external amp is not necessary IMHO. Here are a few pics I found showing size comparisons.

Wow, very nice pictures!  Thanks for that!  It's interesting how they specifically recommend Kingston TF cards on the player itself.  I can't wait to try it out.

 

Cheers!beerchug.gif

-HK sends

post #14 of 59
I'm trying to decide between the IHIFI960 and the Studio V 3rd Anniversary as they are similarly priced. I also have a pair of Heiraudio 3ai's on the way to pair with one these players.
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I'm trying to decide between the IHIFI960 and the Studio V 3rd Anniversary as they are similarly priced. I also have a pair of Heiraudio 3ai's on the way to pair with one these players.

Isn't the Studio V wave only with no storage other than the TF card?  ...Nevermind!

 

Cheers!beerchug.gif

-HK sends


Edited by HK_sends - 10/20/12 at 5:39pm
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