Gonna love the silly 'this happened X years ago, so why not now?' argument. Why are smartphone's battery life not on 1000+hrs per charge when I had a whole week of battery life in my dumbphone 10 years ago? Why are we not colonizing the moon when we already sent people up there some 45 years ago?
The fact, FiiO is only in the DAP market for just one years. Who-did-what some X time ago might sound nice, but it does nothing to help a company on building a business from the ground up. I don't see Sony, Apple, Microsoft or Sandisk sending their senior engineer to help FiiO anytime soon, nor is FiiO going to be able to afford those engineer anyway. It is not an excuse that FiiO's DAP isn't as good as it can be, but at least have some perspective about it.
p/s: 5800 files limitation has nothing to do with the Chinese. Lets don't blame them for everything happened everywhere. It has to do with the limited RAM available to the SoC, which isn't exactly your TOTL SoC to begin with.
I mostly agree with you. But, I think FiiO is hurting its own business and future by selling a product with an immature firmware and set of capabilities. Or, at least, selling it and not being fast enough to bringing it up to speed before people start to complain and possible buyers take notice.
At New York's B&H store, both the X3 and the X5 are being returned in relatively large numbers, mostly because of a bad user interface experience. Sadly, the ruling system allows a customer to return an item and get a full refund for whatever reason. IMHO, that's why FiiO should be making a much larger effort to work through the bug list well before they release the next player.
Exactly because FiiO is not Sony nor would they ever get a senior engineer from them, they have to try harder and be faster.
Edited by Muenchener - 7/2/14 at 8:57am