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dfkt 08-16-2010 09:01 AM

Another silly/amusing "high end" MP3 player: Colorfly
 
At least this one is a real looker with its amusing retro design, compared to the junk "high end" from Hifiman, HiSound, s-flo, and the other ripoff manufacturers that put zero effort into their players, just for a quick buck.

This one also uses a real modern quality DAC (a similar Cirrus DAC as used in Echo Indigo sound cards, for example), not some decade old "audiophile" nonsense as found in other players that are targeted at this certain demographic. Still, totally useless on the go, of course.

Colorful/Colorfly seems to be a Chinese joint as well, with a German distributor, but I'm not sure. Seems they usually sell PC graphic cards.

http://www.colorful-europe.de/europe.../colorfly.html

http://www.colorful-europe.de/images...nd-version.jpg

Quote:

Provide high quality audio, the S/N is up to 108dB
Equipped with Luxurious materials
With art and digital mixture design
Own professional operation and plentiful functions.

Components:

1PPM TCXO (temperature-compensated crystal oscillator), one of the top materials in Pocket Hifi Player
ADI AD823 Op-Amp chip
CIRRUS LOGIC CS4398 DAC chip
CIRRUS LOGIC CS8422 SRC chips

Customized ELNA SICMIC II AUDIO capacitors(Analog circuit)
NICHICON aluminum polymer capacitors(Power circuit)
All shielded inductors
1% precision 0805 SMT resistor (Analog circuit)
Using Black PCB with 3U Immersion-Gold Technology
North American walnut or African rosewood housing
NXP TDA1308 amp chip (Performance version)
3U gold-plated RCA on SPDIF IN / OUT port(High-end Version)
3U gold-plated on 6.3 headphone jack (High-end Version)
AIPS PRO AUDIO mixer (High-end Version)
Integrated C4 headphone-amp chip,developped by Colorfly and audio chip manufacturer (High-end Version)

lestatar 08-16-2010 09:17 AM

Hmmm, couldn't find a price on the site dfkt.

At least this huge brick [it is still ungainly from the pics on the site] has tried to dress itself up. The overlapping buttons and volume slider are interesting to look at, though who knows about how well they work. The walnut back is kinda nice though and the display/screen is miles better than the HyFyManCrap.

So some small kudos for the design team - totally agree with you: at least it seems like these folks are making some sort of effort...

dfkt 08-16-2010 09:26 AM

According to a reputable source (chip.de) it should be around EUR 250 - which is an almost reasonable price for such a niche product - especially considering it uses way better components than Hifiman etc. Of course, in the audiophile mindset, an EUR 250 player can never sound as "good" as a $800 Hifiman...

lestatar 08-16-2010 09:33 AM

Hmm, that is almost a reasonable price indeed. Now, if it sounds and tests better than both of the HyFyCrap at nearly half the price of the cheaper HFMan601, then we really have stuff to talk about :-D

dfkt 08-16-2010 10:10 AM

There's also this thing from the Chinese Little Dot amp outlet: http://www.littledot.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=941

But that's just a plain old boring scam player, like the HiSound crap... not amusing enough to rip it a new one.

Confuseling 08-16-2010 10:43 AM

If ever I saw an MP3 player that needed steampunking...

Shiny brass twiddly bits, and a couple of slits so you can see the cogs spinning round, she'd be a beaut!

:D

dfkt 08-16-2010 10:46 AM

Oh yes! :D

http://dvice.com/pics/steampunk-ipod_2.jpg

Confuseling 08-16-2010 10:52 AM

That thing is awesome!

Sorry, I mean spiffing! (whatnot)

:p

dfkt 08-16-2010 10:53 AM

Tally ho my good chap! :D

Slideshow of awesomeness: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmarsde...82444094/show/

lestatar 08-16-2010 10:57 AM

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Originally Posted by dfkt (Post 491666)
Tally ho my good chap! :D

Slideshow of awesomeness: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmarsde...82444094/show/

lol...that is indeed awesome! Seems a horrible aesthetic decision to plug in an iPod on that beauty though ;):D

Satellite_6 08-16-2010 11:37 AM

As long it wasn't too huge of a brick methinks a hifi portable thingy might be pretty cool (if it was actually hifi, not like the HM-801). Not that I'm interested. I've decided not to buy anything else incl. those nice IEMs dfkt found because it's going to be hard to pay for college. . . .

brick bricks bricks. . . it's raining bricks. . . ow. . .

dfkt 08-16-2010 11:48 AM

Even better than "hifi", there are professional portable players out there - Edirol, M-Audio, Sony, Zoom, Olympus, etc - however they're mainly recorders, but some of them have really good playback functionality as well (absolutely definitely better than the garbage firmwares of the Hifiman, HiSound, etc). Many of them cost less than so-called "hifi" players from shady outlets, and all of them have state-of-the-art technology inside, of course.

The Sony PCMD1 is a real looker as well, as far as steampunk/cyberpunk goes:

http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/20..._300x398,0.jpg

This one's $1999.95, though. :p

The DarkSide 08-16-2010 01:31 PM

I do like the look of this tho, so since the cost isn't to exorbitant I may have to test the damn thing out. Besides, I think lestatar should jump on it as well, since it's a great conversation starter,and he's not getting any younger (or prettier). :-p

dfkt 08-16-2010 01:37 PM

Yeh, I like the late-70ies reel-to-reel look too. On first glance though, the volume slider is a design flaw for a portable, too easy to move by accident. But then again, the player's so huge, you're not going to put it in your pants anyways - except when you're Lestatar. :D

Marvin the Martian 08-16-2010 02:06 PM

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i do like the look of this tho, so since the cost isn't to exorbitant i may have to test the damn thing out. Besides, i think lestatar should jump on it as well, since it's a great conversation starter,and he's not getting any younger (or prettier). :-p

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Originally Posted by dfkt (Post 491702)
yeh, i like the late-70ies reel-to-reel look too. On first glance though, the volume slider is a design flaw for a portable, too easy to move by accident. But then again, the player's so huge, you're not going to put it in your pants anyways - except when you're lestatar. :d

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yuki 08-16-2010 05:17 PM

Shocked to see a so called "hifi / headfi tard" player with modern and not so easy to implement dacs. Quite a bit of these so called high end players tend to use archaic dacs that are easy to get a hold of for low cost and are also fairly easy to implement in a design. To bad you know this thing will more than likely use a horrible rockchip soc or something similarly as bad (like that mips knockoff from china used in a few players). Then again rockchip is finally an arm licensee and is winding up in some archos players as well. Still even if it sound good , its highly doubtful in listening tests it will sound any different from the clip.

yuki 08-16-2010 05:38 PM

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Originally Posted by dfkt (Post 491682)
Even better than "hifi", there are professional portable players out there - Edirol, M-Audio, Sony, Zoom, Olympus, etc - however they're mainly recorders, but some of them have really good playback functionality as well (absolutely definitely better than the garbage firmwares of the Hifiman, HiSound, etc). Many of them cost less than so-called "hifi" players from shady outlets, and all of them have state-of-the-art technology inside, of course.

The Sony PCMD1 is a real looker as well, as far as steampunk/cyberpunk goes:



This one's $1999.95, though. :p

The zoom recorder i have sure does have a really decent headphone out on it , can easily drive the hd650. The only issues are awful battery life from aa's and really bad music navigation. Plus it can do something the hifi man and like can not, power a phantom powered mic for like 30 entire minutes :P.

lestatar 08-16-2010 07:36 PM

lols...you crazy people... :-D

"Hey, is that a HyFyMan in your pocket or are you really glad to see me?"

The DarkSide 08-16-2010 07:46 PM


EddieE 08-17-2010 05:16 AM

It's hard not to smile at the retro design of that thing; someone has clearly put some effort into it. At the same time it's hard not to laugh when you see the photo of it in someones hand - it's HUGE! No way it could be called portable.

Re. Sound recorders being quite good players - that's quite interesting.

I've got an Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM, it's with a friend at the moment but will have to see what the hp out is like on that (Never even considered using it for playback, tend to take the files onto my computer to review them).

Anyone know if it's any good?


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