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post #121 of 142

Thank you for that jdog.  In my System Settings it does now show anything but 2 options=

"Restorable"

and

"Upgrade" with a yes or no I think for each.

 

I have to go to System Information to see the firmware, and I am running v 1.63 .

 I had one or two minor incidents with that squeal but since then nothing at all anymore. Nothing too often anyhow I forgot until you mentioned it here again.

 

Seems to play just fine from the microsd card here.

 

Could it have something to do with dirty contact points on the card itself or the player slot?

Lower battery level?

Something to do with break-in on the units? =doubtful but mine did that after I got it and it only had ~50 hours maybe I think from the previous owner, now at least 50 if not 100 hours more here, and no sign of it at all. Still the same card.

 

I wish you luck on figuring this out.  Too bad there are not more users in here. Their loss.

post #122 of 142
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Originally Posted by jdog View Post
 

So, then is this a common problem with this player? because I have never experienced this with my sflo2 or colorfly c3.  I did have a similar issue with a Sansa Clip +, but after I reformatted the card, the problem has not recurred over the past yr (and I use this player 4-6 hrs a week while doing yardwork).  Aren't you concerned that the sudden noises that occur with this issue will damage the player in some way?  

Concerned? Naaah not really. Dont know what causes it but yeah, not really concerned...more worried of being scared death of the screeching sound of the banshee more than anything lol

post #123 of 142

Sorry Nick N., I gave you bad information. You are absolutely correct, the information you were asking for is also listed on the line"system information" on the 960 model as well.  I'm sorry.  Under "system settings", I see the same 2 options.  Do you know what these are?  Is restorable the same as reset?  What does upgrade do?  Thanks.

 

As far as the freezing up with the micro sd card, I really hope this is a transient problem that gets better with time.  I really don't want to send this player back...  I guess if worse comes to worse, I can always try to make the internal memory fit my needs.  I think I'll ask Project 86 if he experienced this problem.  Thanks again and I'm sorry for the wrong information earlier. 

post #124 of 142

Well, after several days of listening to the dual-core 960 version, I've decided to keep it. I really enjoy this player and I've found a way to get around my microsd problem.   I finally ended up taking all my flac files off the microsd card and I have had no problems playing MP3 files (320 bitrate) thru the microsd slot.  The flac files are handled effortlessly thru the internal memory, so I just add flac files to the internal memory and all is good.  I don't know if this is a hardware vs firmware issue, so I'm hoping if anyone else out there gets one of the dual-core versions, they'll let me know how their player handles files on a microsd card.  My unit has the 1.80 firmware, so if anyone has upgraded to this on one of the earlier models, let me know if you have any problems playing flac files with microsd cards.  I would like to inform the company about the problem, but I'm not sure they have an email address dedicated to "firmware bugs".  It seems that FiiO has an email address where people can report suspected firmware problems.  Please let me know if any of you are aware of a similar site for Xuelin.  Thanks.

 

By the way, does anyone know what the "upgrade" button in System Settings is supposed to do?  I've already figure out what the "restorable" button does...

post #125 of 142
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Originally Posted by jdog View Post

Well, after several days of listening to the dual-core 960 version, I've decided to keep it. I really enjoy this player and I've found a way to get around my microsd problem.   I finally ended up taking all my flac files off the microsd card and I have had no problems playing MP3 files (320 bitrate) thru the microsd slot.  The flac files are handled effortlessly thru the internal memory, so I just add flac files to the internal memory and all is good.  I don't know if this is a hardware vs firmware issue, so I'm hoping if anyone else out there gets one of the dual-core versions, they'll let me know how their player handles files on a microsd card.  My unit has the 1.80 firmware, so if anyone has upgraded to this on one of the earlier models, let me know if you have any problems playing flac files with microsd cards.  I would like to inform the company about the problem, but I'm not sure they have an email address dedicated to "firmware bugs".  It seems that FiiO has an email address where people can report suspected firmware problems.  Please let me know if any of you are aware of a similar site for Xuelin.  Thanks.

By the way, does anyone know what the "upgrade" button in System Settings is supposed to do?  I've already figure out what the "restorable" button does...

Glad ure finally content jdog heheh. The ihifi960 is indeed a fine player.

Im totally assuming here, but i guess the upgrade button is to upgrade ure firmware? It will probably ask u to choose a file if u press that button
post #126 of 142

Glad to hear. By the way what does that "restorable" button do?

 

How do you find the battery life is it close to stated?  I suppose though this depends upon volume and what headphones you are using.


Edited by nick n - 5/4/14 at 4:29pm
post #127 of 142
Nick, for me, the battery actually depends on how many times the display is open. Keep it to a minimal and u will reach 7hours but keep playing with it (like changing tracks alot which keeps the display open) it will drop to 5
post #128 of 142
P. S. The amp section of the player is just okay, all my iems need the volume to be cranked 3/4 of the way to get the full sound.

Thats why i always use the line out connected to an amp. Owh the sound.. Soooo glorious
post #129 of 142

As best I can tell, I am getting at least 6-7 hrs of battery life/charge.  I'm in the process of getting a pair of the Ostry KC06 IEMs and these are supposed to be quite easy to drive, so my battery life may improve with them.  

 

The restorable button just returns the player settings back to the factory settings in terms of language, light display time, etc, but it does not erase the songs on the internal memory.  So, if you say yes to restorable, you'll find that you'll have to work back thru and change the settings back to your liking/preferences.  I'm not sure I want to say yes to the upgrade button...so, you all think that the upgrade section allows you to choose different firmware options from a file already installed on the player?  I'd try it out, but I don't have access to Windows XP in case I screw up and have to reload the newest firmware.  By the way, do the firmware versions prior to 1.80 have the automatic time setting that leaves the player on for various time intervals before the player shuts off?

 

Do any of you all feel that dynamic driver earphones sound better than BA earphones thru the headphone out? and that BA earphones sound really good thru an amped line out, or is this just my imagination?  Thanks.

post #130 of 142

Will check on the time for the shut off since I have the earlier 1.6 whatever version on the 812..

 

Yes the line out is great, really happy when I tried that. I forget the 960 you guys don't have the physical gain switches.

  This thing takes full control of whatever headphone is there BA or dynamic, or orthodynamic even. Will see about the line out difference if Ii ever get around to it. Wasn't there an option to reduce the time the screen stays open after a selection?

post #131 of 142

Well, it has been my experience that earphones with dynamic drivers sound better than earphones with BAs when listening to the iHiFi 960 thru the headphone out.  After searching the earphone posts on Head Fi, I opted to get the Ostry KC06 earphones to try.  This turned out to be a very good choice for me.  Firstly, the KC06 are very easy to drive, so you can turn the volume wheel down (this might just extend battery life...).  Next the KC06 provide nice clarity and detail.  Some posts questioned the bass output on them, but I feel they provide plenty enough bass for my tastes.  The 960 is so quiet that you don't hear any hiss at all on these sensitive phones.  And the best part is that they are not very expensive for the quality you receive.  These can be had on ebay for ~$60  US.  The earphone package also contains a warranty card with a security code, so you can verify the authenticity of your purchase thru the company's security site; in this world of fake earphones, I find this to be very comforting.  

post #132 of 142
Agreed on the silence of the ihifi960...totally black backgroud.. Gotta love that
post #133 of 142

Since most of us in the USA (and many other countries) are unable to directly purchase many of the high quality audio players (like the iHiFi 960) that are made in China; then we have to rely on sites such as eBay if we want to purchase these players.  As involved, active consumers, I feel we have the responsibility to identify dishonest vendors when we encounter them on eBay, so we can help honest buyers from losing time and money.  I have encountered a dishonest vendor who goes by "annie audio" on eBay.  He lists several audio players and other hifi equipment on his eBay store.  He attempts to lure buyers in with prices lower (but still believable) than his competition.  In my experience, this vendor deals in factory rejects and should be AVOIDED.  I purchased the iHiFi 960 from him in February 2014; the first player I received from him had a defective battery and microsd slot.  So, I returned it, and by March 2014, I received another defective player from him; this player had defective circuitry (? bad op amps) and the sound quality was badly distorted and the player was unlistenable.  I had asked "annie audio" to test the second player out before he sent it to me, so I could hopefully avoid receiving another defective player.  He "reassured" me that he had tested it out and it worked properly, but he clearly did not even listen to the player before he sent it. Unfortunately for me, by the time I received this second defective player, my "money back guarantee coverage" on eBay had expired, so eBay was unable to help me out.  The eBay rep encouraged me to send the second defective player back for another exchange.  It has now been 6 weeks since I returned the second player to "annie audio" and as I expected, he claims he has not received the player; his response was "the player must be lost".  I must say, after I received the second defective player, I really did not believe I would ever get anything that worked properly from this vendor.  So, after losing my money (~$400 US) and 3 months, I am here to warn all of you to AVOID the vendor on eBay who goes by "annie audio".  In my experience, he is a dishonest liar and criminal.  I have notified eBay of this seller and have asked them to consider removing his store. The good news though is that there are several highly dependable sellers on eBay (such as bigbargainonline, 24ishop, polly chen, etc) who can help us get the audio equipment we would like to have.  So take my advice, AVOID the vendor "annie audio" on eBay; believe me, even if you have to spend a bit more to get what you want from a much more dependable vendor, your overall experience will be so much better.

post #134 of 142

pollychen and bigbargainonline are great...never had a problem with them..

post #135 of 142
Thread Starter 

Agreed, also Tam Audio and wsz0304 - both are extremely reliable in my experience. I know it's tempting to save a few dollars but honestly, when buying an obscure product from China, you don't want to cut corners. 

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