I received a discount from the Admin for the missing Fiio E3 amp which I happily used to purchase an E5 amp instead.
To start off with I used the EMS shipping which was a good decision. It was posted last Friday from China and reached my location in New Zealand on Monday (this morning) - that's speedy service! It took a while to charge (not sure how long exactly, I left it charging and went to work). I tried my Nationite S:Flo without the Fiio E5 amp first to get used to how it sounded without the amp, then plugged the amp in and WOW! It actually makes quite a difference. So I thought why not try it on my other mp3 players. The Fiio E5 amp is more noticable on lower-end mp3 players in which it drastically improves audio quality. Having said that, it's still worth it with the S:Flo (although the S:Flo already has pretty decent quality).
I haven't tried the E3 amp, but from what I have seen, the E5 looks far better and I am assuming it sounds better too.
My S:Flo is still running fine, I am using ViDrop (ViDrop Download
) to convert the movies as was suggested earlier and its great. Seems like it's a mp3 player I'm going to be keeping for a long time yet. I was a little disappointed when the S:Flo lite was released with TV-out, a feature I would have loved to see on the S:Flo... what's the difference between the S:Flo and S:Flo lite that makes the lite so much cheaper?
The SoundMagic PL20 earphones I received as a replacement for the Alpha Brainwavz aren't as good as I would have liked. They are designed like cellphone headsets (earphones w/mic) and have a "u" layout where one earphone has a longer cord than the other (in this case way longer) which means the left-earphone keeps getting pulled out... which I am finding annoying. The quality is alright though, so I will keep using them for now...
I still recommend the S:Flo to all those interested in buying it, and if you are considering buying a Fiio E5 Nationite edition -they're great!
--[Got a Nationite S:Flo w/S:Flo Wave theme!]--
--[Also got a Nationite Edition Fiio E5]--