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Buying this Economy LOD Cable is a False Economy: Poor Design and Construction Mean It Won't Last
on May 20, 2011
To anyone considering the L1 dock instead of the L3 in hopes of saving yourself some money, do yourself a favor and pay the extra seven bucks for the L3. It is better built and will last longer.
I tried the L1 because I liked its smaller profile than the L3, which at double the cost of the L1 seemed a little spendy at the time.
You get what you pay for.
My L1 worked great for about two months of light in-home usage, then it began to be plagued by static, dropped connections, crackling, hum and feedback, etc.
The actual dock connector part of the L1 really suffers in comparison to the L3: the L1 connection is held in my friction only, whereas the L3 actually latches and must be released by pressing latch release buttons located on its sides. After a brief period of very light, in=home usage, the outer cover of the L1 started to come off, exposing the internal circuitry.
Unfortunately, my L1 failed shortly after my window for returning it had closed, so it now serves as a reminder that trying to save money by buying 'economy' versions of items is often a false economy.
UPDATE: FiiO would not stand behind the product. After responding to an initial query and indicating they 'might' be able to help out if the vendor wouldn't accept a return, FiiO completely blew me off.
Amazon, on the other hand, went above and beyond the call of duty, even though my purchase had been made through an Amazon affiliated vendor and not directly from Amazon itself. Amazon refunded the full purchase price, and sent me a prepaid label to return the faulty cable.
While my opinion of FiiO has suffered, Amazon once again comes off as a class act. Kudos, Amazon, for excellent customer service.