12-01-2008 11:11 AM
The long-awaited Fiio E5 headphone amp is now available for pre-ordering at DealExtreme. Expected to ship prior to Christmas (but as it comes from China, shipping usually takes 2 - 3 weeks to the States).
This upgraded version from the popular E3 model is more powerful, has an on/off/mute switch, volume control, an EQ Bass booster, a re-chargeable lithium battery for longer play life, and a clip to attach it to your belt, etc.
It does appear to be quite a bit larger (Dimensions: 1.75 in x 1.51 in x 0.5 in) than it's predecessor (just slightly larger than the AAA battery used to power it), but looks like in the pictures to be about the same size as the Sansa Clip.
It's also $21.50, 2 1/2 times the price of the E3.
Check it out here.
Just for comparison, here is the link to the E3 model.
12-02-2008 12:13 PM
And further info. on the Fiio E5 in the Clip forum, including as to pricing and availability.