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Lotoo PAW 5000

Lotoo PAW 5000

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Will this ever drop again?
My PAW5000's front plate is separating from the body.. I've babied this player and never dropped it or knock it into anything. - Sucks because it's one of my favorite players. Still works well, just poor build quality and the buttons constantly sink into the body because the plate rises. We need another drop or for Lotoo to answer their emails. :[
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Thanks again for joining this drop! We have submitted the group's order with the vendor for the Lotoo PAW 5000 and they are working hard to prepare it for shipment.

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how is this any better than the price amazon has?
Looks like an iriver or something from 2005 which is awesome 😁
lmfao@that MSRP. are y'all just making up these numbers nowadays? give me a fuckin break
ohshitgorillas
yeah, the price on this thing is the exact same as amazon's. I don't see the necessity of this drop in the least
Looking on Lotoo's web site, there's no reference to the PAW 5K anywhere in the product section. That seems odd for a player that has been out on the market for several months. Also, can anyone from Massdrop comment on availability of the next English firmware update? The FW numbering scheme appears to be different across the various languages, with new Korean and Japanese versions being available as of 2/3, but no corresponding English version.
According to "http://www.lotoo.cn/page/default_en.asp?pageID=68"
Only only two authorized sellers are ALO audio and Extreme Audio
This has to be one of the ugliest DAPs ever made. I guess some people dig the retro looks of a clunker cell phone from the 90s.
<7% discount vs Amazon.
Nah.
http://www.amazon.com/Lotoo-PAW5000-96kHz-24bit-player/dp/B011XIKX5E

people should definitely do their research before backing this drop though
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wait a minute, you think everyone here stays in the states and you can order anything from amazon to try it out and send it back without cost? good. it is costing you your jobs :)
still couldn't afford it now, isn't it?
MSRP $619.99.... sure...
KITTY
$299. can't be more expense.
http://www.head-fi.org/t/765461/lotoo-paw-5000-impressions-thread

based on my ears, this little beast can just about do anything. it can not only playback most conventional audio file formats, but is capable of native DSD 2.8Mhz playback flawlessly.
The phone out brings you just the clearest sound you can ever hear (using my triple fi. 10 pros), and balanced output brings you to a whole new world.

One drawback is the user interface, in that it has the classic (now awkward) user experience of the physical click wheel just like the iPod classic, or the FiiO X3s, with additional buttons to toggle back and forth through the menu, rather than the now-ubiquitous touch screen interface.
BUT, that being said, this users can overcome with continuous daily usage.
Another is that there is no internal memory, and there is only a single micro SD card slot.
And depending on user preference, it does sound very monitor-like (which is expected from a maker that specializes in industrial audio).

All that for $289.99 is a fucking steal tbh.
Anyone here have an opinion on how this compares to a Fiio X3 II?
Does balanced actually work on these or is it the same output as regular headphone out?