First, I should say that I have been an iPod user since I began with DAPs. I've owned the iPod 3g & 4g, the iPod nano 2g & 4g & 5g, the iPod touch 2g & 4g, and an iPod shuffle 5g. In other words, I have been a big fan of Apple devices. Yet I always wanted a higher performance DAP that didn't do anything other than play my music. I also became interested in the increasing selection of hi-res music files now available, and I wanted a player that could take full advantage of these files.
That's where the Colorfly comes in ...
The C4 Pro got me hooked with it's aesthetics. I loved the wood, the engraving on the back, the bronze looking front, and the sliding volume pot which took me back to my early years in audio. I read up on this unit everywhere I could find useful information and found it perplexing how the only way I could buy one was through eBay from someone sitting in an office in Taiwan. Finally, about a month ago, I pulled the trigger and bought a 32GB version.
I've been running the unit almost continuously since I got it for two reasons: first, if anything was to go wrong with the player, it was likely to happen during the first month since bumpy shipping can cause problems that show up later and I would have recourse with the seller; second, I wanted to get at least 500 hours of play time to "cook" the digital section as well as to fully form the nice capacitors the C4 uses. I'm getting close to doing a full blown review, so I started this thread to see how much interest there is, especially since the A&K is getting so much press.
My goal is to create a thread that fully details how good this player is—and it is good—and how all the functions work. I also want to talk about using this player with a Mac since the Colorfly has some oddities that can sometimes be frustrating. I will have some tips on useful free utilities for the C4 that I found on the web that other Mac users might find helpful. Additionally, I want to dispel the incorrect information about the C4 that I've read here on HF as well as other sites. And finally, I hope this thread will lure the European distributor of Colorfly so he can provide useful information about the future of the C4. I've seen his posts on another thread, so I'm hopeful intelligent dialogue will encourage him to be an active participant.
to be continued ...
Edited by jwbrent - 7/15/13 at 7:42pm