Originally Posted by Naschy
That's a very similar setup for what I'm intending to have. The L9 looks like the best option for fiio branded products because of its L shaped design. I imagine this is more comfortable and lessens the chance of damage while in a pocket or the like?
I have both the L9 and the L3, both are great quality and work as described. The L3 has buttons which lock into place L9 doesn't, plus the form factor difference that's about the extent of it. The only one to stay away from would be the L1, I can't remember where I saw it, but a FiiO rep was saying that the quality of the copper is inferior to that of the L3 or L9.
I would love to get into electronics/circuitry and do all this stuff myself. So many different projects you could tackle - and save some coin I imagine. I have no real experience with that stuff, nor do I own any equipment. I want to learn in the future though. With that said, a pre-made cable is probably the most realistic option right now.
Fair enough, but for the future I'd highly advise it. Fairly cheap to get into as well. ~$12 for a variable temp soldering iron, ~$10 for a soldering pump (to clean up mistakes, ~$10 for a helping hand (optional, but greatly helpful...), ~$5 for a tub of flux, and ~$10-$20 for cardas silver solder (or some other solder depending on what your project is. Best part is that those are the tools needed for about 99.9% percent of electronics DIY projects. You can find that stuff from all sorts of places. I bought a couple of those items from dealextreme for pretttty cheap :)
Most testimonies I've read are pretty positive towards the L9. Is the linked one in my OP to be trusted? Are there fakes? Like you I'm very new to this stuff.
Like I said above, I'm pleased with the L9... it's definitely a better way to go than from the 3.5mm out... As far as that guy goes.... I don't know. His seller rating is quite high, which is always a good sign. I bought mine from amazon which was fulfilled by amazon. The cool thing is that the packaging on all FiiO products have a scratch off sticker that has a code which you input on the fiio.com.cn site to check it's authenticity. Shipping will probably take a bit of time but that's to be expected for a package from china.
Hope this helps! And if you ever need some help in the DIY arena there's a whole part of the forum dedicated to it, so don't be shy!