Products created for making music can feel pretty technical, alienating all but the most hardcore music makers. They’re often expensive, too, and multiple are needed: a professional sound card to record, a Hi-Fi player to listen back to lossless audio and a separate box to playback HD video. And even then, most don’t interact with each other.
With over 15 years in the music industry, Fay Wong used his expertise to create the Fi Station, a single device that combines all of these needs into one product. For one, it’s beautifully designed, sporting a fully metal casing with rotary knobs that makes it rugged and durable yet still attractive. The combination music, entertainment, and hi-res audio station comes in two configurations. The P-Series has a 9.7-inch LED-backlit widescreen multi-touch IPS display with a 2048×1536 resolution at 264 ppi, while the E-Series comes with an 11.6-inch FHD multi-touch IPS display with a 1920×1080 resolution at 190 ppi.
Both come with a wide variety of connectors — multiple USB ports, HDMI ports, a line out, a microSD card slot and more — to allows users do everything from record hi-res voice and instrument audio, arrange recorded music and serve as a USB Digital Analog Converter, Hi-Fi music player, a karaoke machine, and 4K video player. Numerous tiers offering different configurations are available for backers starting at $299 and are expected to ship March 2017. The Fi Station flexible Indiegogo campaign is looking for $100,ooo by October to see success.
Fully featured and beautiful to boot, the Fi Station is an attractive product for anyone serious about music. There aren’t many products out in the market that are so versatile considering its ability to download Play Store apps as well. In the end, it does much more than the GoDJ Plus but lacks the tactile feel most DJs love to have at their fingertips.