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Alternatives to the FiiO E1?

post #1 of 3
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[reposted from the Portable Headphone Amps forum, after the moderator message suggested I should post it in this forum instead]

 

A newbie question if I may.

 

I've been mostly happy with my Fiio E1 for a few years now, apart from the one major achilles heel- the awful design of the controller. It is far, far too easy to accidentally skip tracks by sitting down or standing up. The lack of a hold button on the controller is, in my opinion, a major oversight.

 

So the cable end is now fraying as well and it's time for me to replace it. I'm wondering whether I can replace it with something better than an E1. My criteria are:

 

- Has a controller like the E1 that I could pin to my belt or similar- preferably a better-designed one

- Isn't a massive brick- could be slightly bigger than the E1 but must be smaller than my iPod!

- Works with the iPod 5G's standard 30-pin connector NOT the headphone socket, which is broken

- Sounds adequate- doesn't have to sound better than the E1

- Less than about £100/$150

 

Does such a thing actually exist? I've been scouring these forums and the rest of the Internet for one, and not managed to find one yet.

 

Many thanks

 

Stuart

post #2 of 3

Have you checked out the new Fiio E18?

post #3 of 3
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately one of my criteria is that I needed something that was iPod 30-pin compatible, so the E18 doesn't fit the bill.

 

I've ordered a second hand Apple iPod radio remote from eBay, and a Griffin iFM at the same time, and hopefully one or other of those two devices is going to do the job and be a nice early Christmas present for me.

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