Hi headfi, I am a new member here and was considering the colorfly c3.Hopefully you can help:
1. I have read reports (here) that buying fom a non authorised dealer means you can't update firmware? (I live in australia, colorfly don't reply to my emails about buying them so what choice do I have?). ..
2. Is it true that updating the firmware can kill the c3?
Ive been through all the threads, and find it pretty confusing, is it just me or is this a shonky semi working product sold by a semi shonky company? Sorry to be blunt, but I also see colorfly sponsors this forum, so maybe it's not the place to ask.
The main web site is most unhelpful, like its trying to be something it isnt (all links lead to a Gmbh), no prices etc. is there another?
So, I am confused, but also of extremely limited budget! I wanted to get my partner a nice player with high quality audio, This unit seemed great, but reading the threads make me wonder.
I appreciate any advice here, its a great site!
Given their inept site, the only place I found to purchase one was on Ebay with the 4gb version a little under $100 US and the 8gb version a little over. That's how I purchased mine.
The company is not overly active with firmware updates. In fact, I have never heard of a new one to try, so I am still using my original firmware. It is a featureless UI that allows you to add and browse folders in folder view. You can chose songs within folders to play all the songs in them, so I add songs to folders to play folders like playlists - ie gym music, chill, techno, etc. I am not expecting the company to update to anything more than that, but it works fine for me. Just don't expect an Apple-like UI.
What is special about the little player is its sound. IMO, when paired with a $100 bh2 amp, the combined sound is hard to beat for 3 times the combined $200 US cost. It's too bad the purchase is so confusing, but I have never regretted adding it and the BH2 to my lineup. So start with the C3 to see if you like it, and then you can upgrade by adding the BH2 as a natural progression that will blow your mind. Once you hear them paired, there is no going back so be careful.