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post #2341 of 8581

Teleportation mod.

 

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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post

Nice!! But...how do you get the AK100 in :P? And how do you protect such a beautiful protection case?

post #2342 of 8581
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post

 

Nice!! But...how do you get the AK100 in :P? And how do you protect such a beautiful protection case?

I guess we need a rubber bumper to protect this wooden case.biggrin.gif

post #2343 of 8581
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Originally Posted by cyberalpha11 View Post

I guess we need a rubber bumper to protect this wooden case.biggrin.gif


I'm now wondering if someone mentions

 

"How beautiful those rubber bumpers are, how are we to protect such a beautiful looking thing"

post #2344 of 8581
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Originally Posted by AUDIOBREEDER View Post

 

"How beautiful those rubber bumpers are, how are we to protect such a beautiful looking thing"

 

Contact paper, duh.

post #2345 of 8581
Working on teleportation mod.... biggrin.gif
post #2346 of 8581

I think I may have solved the mystery of the 'Unknown' Artist/Album/ect. where foobar and other media players would recognize and read the FLAC's tags but the AK100 would not.

 

Using the program mp3tag I noticed the files in question's tag formats were listed as "FLAC ID3vX" (where x is an integer between 1-3).  I could not directly convert the tag format, but using mp3tag I was able to remove the tags completely and then re-tag the FLAC files appropriately.  now the AK100 reads the tags OK and library scanning also occurs much faster.

 

This leads to 2 conclusions:

1) AK100 is picky on what tag format is used, check yours.

2) people who report super slow library scanning may have 'bad' tags.

 

Thanks Lee730 for suggesting mp3tag!

post #2347 of 8581
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Originally Posted by GloryUprising View Post

I think I may have solved the mystery of the 'Unknown' Artist/Album/ect. where foobar and other media players would recognize and read the FLAC's tags but the AK100 would not.

 

Using the program mp3tag I noticed the files in question's tag formats were listed as "FLAC ID3vX" (where x is an integer between 1-3).  I could not directly convert the tag format, but using mp3tag I was able to remove the tags completely and then re-tag the FLAC files appropriately.  now the AK100 reads the tags OK and library scanning also occurs much faster.

 

This leads to 2 conclusions:

1) AK100 is picky on what tag format is used, check yours.

2) people who report super slow library scanning may have 'bad' tags.

 

Thanks Lee730 for suggesting mp3tag!


You are welcome Glory :). If you haven't checked my guide on how to use mp3tag on the fly check it out. You can easily drag your entire library into mp3tag. Set up the options to remove IDV3.1 and 3.2 tags. Then you highlight all your music and select remove tags. Then select undo changes after. Then select save. This will restore all your (FLAC) tags automatically while removing v3.1 and v3.2 tags! So fast and simple.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/a/mp3tag-setup-guide

post #2348 of 8581
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by uelover View Post

To have all the pros and cons listed on the OP in an objective manner would have solved the problem
and interrupt all the warmongering!!?!! Heavens to betsy No!



On a serious note if anyone is interested in putting together a FAQ And message it to me I will happily put it on the front page /OP.
post #2349 of 8581

I just picked up Lee's RWAK100 that he sold me- I'll do some comparisons with my dx100 tomorrow when I have some time (well.. maybe not actually.. Superbowl Sunday might get in the way... I better make this longer biggrin.gif).

 

In the meantime, my very earlier impressions on this is that it doesn't come close to the dx100 in terms of SQ (keep in mind I haven't actually done a side-by-side comp- this is just from the top of my head).  This DAP is definitely on the clinical side of things- I'm glad I've got a pair of modded es5's that are on the warm side to balance this out.  The bass on this comes across a weak point to me- it just doesn't seem to hit deep enough and capture that "alive" feeling that the dx100 does.  I'll mess around with the EQ and see if that makes this sound more to my liking, but I'm skeptical.

 

The payoff is in the ease of use, however.  I'm one of those ADD listeners who changes my mind constantly about what I want to listen to, and with the dx100, its can be quite frustrating when you don't know what you want to listen to and have to rifle through your collection.

 

So far, the ak100 seems a lot more user-friendly.  I would argue that the dx100 is actually transportable and not portable-  while it can be held in one hand or a shoulder bag comfortably, there's no way it can fit in a shirt/pant pocket.  The ak100 on the other hand is about the size of 2 3rd generation ipod nanos stacked on top of each other and fits easily anywhere.  The battery last about 4-5 times longer than the dx100's too.

 

 

If SQ is the ultimate goal of your trans/portable, than the dx100 is the clear winner.  If you value real-life usability, than the RWAK100 is my choice.

 

Ultimately, I think like most things audiophile, its a matter of personal preference, and what you prioritize more. k701smile.gif

post #2350 of 8581

I agree with your comments above Chrise. Hopefully the unit suites your needs though. Just it didn't sound better to my ears than the ANV which is why I ultimately sold the RWA AK100. I'd rather not pay a hefty premium to get less in a sense. Besides the UI (which still has its owns problems IMO).
 

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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post

 

Nice!! But...how do you get the AK100 in :P? And how do you protect such a beautiful protection case?

Is not going to be any glossy/coating finish because it's ebony wood.

not mahagony like the picture.

 

Drop in with some thin double tape. Must be 0.1 mm or more space.

no screw.

hopefully it works.

will post when I finish the cut.

 

 

c

post #2352 of 8581
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Originally Posted by calico88 View Post

Is not going to be any glossy/coating finish because it's ebony wood.

not mahagony like the picture.

 

Drop in with some thin double tape. Must be 0.1 mm or more space.

no screw.

hopefully it works.

will post when I finish the cut.

 

 

c

 

That looks really nice but wouldn't the wood itself eventually cause cosmetic damage to the DAP? I'd figure it would.

post #2353 of 8581
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post

 

That looks really nice but wouldn't the wood itself eventually cause cosmetic damage to the DAP? I'd figure it would.

Yes if it's too much space between, it should be tight and some thin double tape protecting from moving inside the case.

post #2354 of 8581
Does frequent unplugging/plugging from the AK100 socket wear out the socket? If yes, other than leaving the plug on, what are the possible solutions?

Thank you.
post #2355 of 8581
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Originally Posted by ChrisSC View Post

In the meantime, my very earlier impressions on this is that it doesn't come close to the dx100 in terms of SQ (keep in mind I haven't actually done a side-by-side comp- this is just from the top of my head).  This DAP is definitely on the clinical side of things- I'm glad I've got a pair of modded es5's that are on the warm side to balance this out.  The bass on this comes across a weak point to me- it just doesn't seem to hit deep enough and capture that "alive" feeling that the dx100 does.

 

Interesting. Is it because of the clinical aspect of it (and thus the resulting bass) that makes you feel that the SQ of the RWAK100 does not come close to the DX100? I am trying to separate the notion of 'SQ' from 'personal preference'


Edited by uelover - 2/2/13 at 6:42pm
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