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post #5581 of 19490

Okay, here's some good news and some bad news:

 

I just got off the phone with Headroom.  They're great people, by the way -- I've known them since I bought a Headroom Total Airhead phone amp from them many years ago.

 

First the bad news: They expect to get 20 -- that's right -- 20, in the first shipment, with more coming in after that.  The first shipment may be in as early as next week, or the week after.

 

Now the good news:  All 20 are not yet spoken for in pre-orders.  I just pre-ordered and I'm number 13.  That means there are still 7 more up for grabs.

 

After I finished placing my order, I asked if it would be okay to post this on head-fi and was told, "go for it!"

 

So, if you really, really want to make sure you get on, there are seven or so that will be here in a week or two and you can make sure one has your name on it!

post #5582 of 19490
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Originally Posted by bowei006 View Post
 

You may have missed it but TekFX which is the distributor for Micca store is getting it soon.

 

Micca has an Amazon salesfront named Micca Direct I believe. They are one of FiiO's primary USA retailers. 

 

In the past, FiiO devices show up on their own home page and a few days later are made availble through Amazon. 

 

I bought an E17 from them before and they let you choose some goodies on your website. 

 

http://www.miccastore.com/

Thanks, bowei006.

 

I had emailed both TekFX and Micca asking about release dates and pre-orders, but didn't receive a response.  As you can see from my post above, I struck gold with Headroom.

post #5583 of 19490

And if you wait another week or two after that they might show up on FS forum.  I'm sure there will be some that may not like at as much as others will. :wink_face:

post #5584 of 19490
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Originally Posted by ptravel View Post
 

Okay, here's some good news and some bad news:

 

 

Fear not young crusaders.

 

Head-Direct (of Hifiman) and Micca Store are up for calling if you wish. Both are authorized dealers. 

post #5585 of 19490

Okay, now that I know I'm getting an X5 soon, it's time to buy some microSD cards.

 

Question:

 

A number of eBay sellers have 128gb microSD cards for around $60.  

 

Amazon has a 128gb Sandisk "ultra" for $119 (30 mbps transfer rate -- should be good enough, right?)

 

Everyone else has class 10 128 gb "name brand" cards for $199.

 

Why the huge price discrepancy?  

 

Money is tight, so I'd prefer to spend as little as possible.  What would you do?

post #5586 of 19490
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Originally Posted by ptravel View Post
 

Okay, now that I know I'm getting an X5 soon, it's time to buy some microSD cards.

 

Question:

 

A number of eBay sellers have 128gb microSD cards for around $60.  

 

Amazon has a 128gb Sandisk "ultra" for $119 (30 mbps transfer rate -- should be good enough, right?)

 

Everyone else has class 10 128 gb "name brand" cards for $199.

 

Why the huge price discrepancy?  

 

Money is tight, so I'd prefer to spend as little as possible.  What would you do?

I would not buy the Ebay deal. 

 

Universal Law:

Q: Is it too good to be true?

A: Yes

post #5587 of 19490
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Originally Posted by bowei006 View Post

Fear not young crusaders.

Head-Direct (of Hifiman) and Micca Store are up for calling if you wish. Both are authorized dealers. 

So the units go to Micca, then out to the sub distributors? I wonder if that 20 was simply the stock they expected to keep for themselves, and there are more going to the subs...B&H swore up and down they would be getting theirs direct from the manufacturer, not a distributor, but to be fair, the young gentleman seemed surprised about my enthusiasm more than anything else.
Edited by fleasbaby - 3/28/14 at 3:29pm
post #5588 of 19490
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Originally Posted by fleasbaby View Post


So the units go to Micca, then out to the sub distributors? I wonder if that 20 was simply the stock they expected to keep for themselves, and there are more going to the subs...B&H swore up and down they would be getting theirs direct from the manufacturer, not a distributor, but to be fair, the young gentleman I spoke to didn't sound particularly interested in my concerns.

Nope. FiiO sends them out to either retailers or distributors.

 

TekFX is a distribution Center that also handles Micca.

 

In most cases, the store itself is the main retailler and FiiO sends batches individually to each one. 

post #5589 of 19490

I second

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Originally Posted by bowei006 View Post
 

I would not buy the Ebay deal. 

 

Universal Law:

Q: Is it too good to be true?

A: Yes


+1, stay away from ebay!!!  When you buy on Amazon, make sure its from Amazon and not other sellers.  It gets tricky with multiple sellers listed under the same item.  I got burned last year buying 32gb micro-sd to find out later when it failed that I got a fake one (luckily sandisk still replaced it after I showed them my amazon receipt). 

post #5590 of 19490
Oh hooray! Looks like I might get an early one after all then smily_headphones1.gif. I usually am a patient sort, but this has been months in the making...
post #5591 of 19490
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Originally Posted by fleasbaby View Post

Oh hooray! Looks like I might get an early one after all then smily_headphones1.gif. I usually am a patient sort, but this has been months in the making...

There is a pro and con to what FiiO does with their units.

 

They announce and get reviews and news of their units out really early. They let people test them early, and a lot of news about them is thus generated.

 

All of this is done before the unit is even released fully. Months even. Which is why it seems like it when it is really not.

 

Pro: We get a sneak peak, get to know info about it, get to read reviews and see it without doing a blind buy

Cons: Makes it seem like an eternity when the device, in fact, isn't even officially released yet. (it was officialy declared to be released a few days ago by the way)

post #5592 of 19490
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Originally Posted by bowei006 View Post
 

Pro: We get a sneak peak, get to know info about it, get to read reviews and see it without doing a blind buy

Cons: Makes it seem like an eternity when the device, in fact, isn't even officially released yet. (it was officialy declared to be released a few days ago by the way)

I think it's a good strategy for Fiio, though.  I wouldn't even have known I wanted an X5 were it not for all of the favorable reviews generated by the tour, the YouTube videos, James' development reports and, of course, all the anticipation here.  All the information they put out was more than sufficient for me to make a determination whether or not this would be a good unit for me.  I've never been so sure about a "sight-unseen" purchase before -- I know exactly what I've bought and don't expect to be disappointed.

post #5593 of 19490
...the early reviews and the continuing conversation past the initial euphoria after the first review units were looked at sold me smily_headphones1.gif...I have been lurking this thread for eons waiting for the release date, then the international release date...super-excited to be close now smily_headphones1.gif
post #5594 of 19490
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Originally Posted by atwaterkent View Post
 

I wouldn't exactly be getting in line to buy the new X-5 until they actually resolve the issues with the X-3. It almost seems like reviewers are paid by FIIO to review their products. I know they would never send one to me to test because well they might not want to hear what I have to say if the unit was a flop like their X-3 model. When the new unit comes out I will be asking some serious questions about file management of large complete albums ..... Which is where the X-3 turned out to be a complete failure....

 

You might be surprised to find that FiiO and many of the other manufacturers actually welcome critical feedback, as it helps them improve their products. By doing the loaner tour (which, as bowei006 pointed out, is often done at the suggestion of members) they get a chance to do what is effectively a trial run of customer ownership and hopefully find any major issues before it goes on sale. Most of the issues, of course, relate to the software. It is hard to appreciate the major undertaking producing a DAP is (Apple make it look easy, when it is far from). Unlike Apple, it is hard for a smaller manufacturer to justify holding onto a huge inventory of parts and product until the software has all the features that would be ideal, without money coming in from sales and feedback. Even Apple doesn't do that.

 

Regarding reviewers being paid: We have extremely strong rules about undeclared affiliation which are, and have been enforced strictly. Not only that, Astroturfing is illegal in both the US and Europe. On here, it would be completely insane for a company to not only pay for sponsorship, but risk being blacklisted from the site through impropriety. Time and experience have proven to everyone that the ONLY effective way to be successful is to make a great product that makes people happy to own (so they go and tell all their friends, online and offline, to buy one).

 

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Originally Posted by bowei006 View Post
 
A review is a specific look at a product/thing based off that person's needs and what they feel the unit is or can do.

 

Two words: Target market. A lot of people who don't own, say, an iDevice and just want a basically good DAP would be most interested in this I reckon. That, and us gear junkies. :D

 

I'm overdue to post more impressions etc. I've been slack. 

post #5595 of 19490

If I remember correctly from the X3 release... Micca and MP4Nation were one of the first to get the X3. HeadRoom/B&H Photo and all those other stores did not get them for a while.

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