1. Compile me-friendly ‘all you need’ lists for artists I can’t be arsed compiling my own Spotify lists by listening to all their albums. Looking at you 1975 for example. 2. Transferring new stuff onto my fiio and taking the old stuff off. 3. Ensuring all playcounts up to date. 4. Listing all rejected CDs on ebay (two late era Nanci Griffith recently purged). 5. ‘Obtaining’ good-quality mixes from soundcloud to run to. 6. Doing the research on new headphones as boy the tyranny of too much choice applies here. 7. Logging on at the specified time to obtain concert tickets..(see the thread on ‘what did you do to obtain tickets’) 8. Trawling Music Magpie on my behalf as they’ve trashed their saved list function, almost as if they’re not bothered about music anymore now they sell a bajillion iphones.
For anyone interested in network streaming this new product from Fiio (heard of them somewhere before – can’t imagine where) looks pretty interesting. It appears to be built on a revamped Android phone platform – without the phone and communication features obviously – but therefore has access to the Google store which means that pretty much any streaming platform is available. Including Apple Music which on most streamers is only available via Airplay. Plus it benefits from Fiio’s extensive headphone capability. I’m pretty much locked in to Sonos and Bluesound, otherwise I’d definitely be interested.
I have owned two Fiio MP3 (well, FLAC since you asked) players since moving on from my iPod, about five years ago. Starting with a farly basic X1 and after tiring of the terrible user interface, a much nicer X5.
These names won’t mean much to you I’m sure, unless you read hi-fi magazines. But Fiio have carved out a great reputation for “high res music” portables, mainly in the Asian market where they are big potatoes.
I think they are outstanding and better than many actual hi-fi components I’ve owned …..