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post #4561 of 8825
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Originally Posted by Trendin View Post

Hey, fellas, i'm unable to set cover art for albums.. i've added a jpg to the folder of the album  and named it "Artist - Album name", am i missing something?

Are the images greater than 100K in size?

That seems to be a limitation on the album art being displayed.

post #4562 of 8825
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Originally Posted by Trendin View Post

Thanks, wow that's a lot of work then :(

 

Yeah it can be a bit tedious. But also consider my guide I have for mp3tag and it can help to speed it up. All my music is organized and tagged nicely (also archived) so once it's done I don't have to worry about it again. After having so many issues with most of my players in the past I decided to put an end to that. Haven't really had any issues since cleaning up my tags and organizing things :).

 

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

post #4563 of 8825
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post

@Trendin I think you will want to embed the album art as Gintaras mentioned. I use mp3 tag to do that. Plus you want to make sure the album art isn't much over 400x400 or it won't show up. The DX100 had a similar limitation as well. Most of my album art showed up with no issues at all.

 

As far as I can see, the artwork resolution and file size issue no longer exists. I have used all sorts of sizes ranging up to about 2000 x 2000 and 3mb and they show ok. That being said, the larger the artwork you attach to each file, the more room you take up on your sd card and the longer the scan will take.

 

Mp3 tag makes it a doddle to add to an entire album and only takes seconds 

post #4564 of 8825

Oh so the updated firmware addressed that. That's nice. Then why is he having an issue with album art? Maybe he didn't update. What version?

post #4565 of 8825
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post

Oh so the updated firmware addressed that. That's nice. Then why is he having an issue with album art? Maybe he didn't update. What version?

 

I don't think he's attached the artwork to the tracks. He only mentioned having artwork in the folders

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I did not intend to offend anyone I wanted to give my honest answer, the very same answer I emailed iriver and for most I got a reply for. I cannot disclose the email contact I had with them but they are "aware" of those issues and are doing their best to fix the one which are software related.

 

I bought the AK100 after reading all the issues it has, I found a good deal and I thought the only way I can know for sure how the product is preforming is if I test it for myself. 

 

Those issues are there and for some those issue are simply not worthy of mentioning and for some they are. I thought it is my duty to share my finding with the community so it can hopefully assist with the decision making of others. There is really no point in talking about the good only as the good will come with the product and they are likely to be there all the time, it is the bad that might be a true deal breaker for a consumer. 


To recap my issues:

 

1- I must always fix my album cover as AK100 can only read cover smaller than 100 KB or 400x400 pixels

2- AK100 does not display the tracks in correct order and I must always be careful. This usually means I must always use folder view instead of the album view. While for most that is not an issue for me it is as I have a photographic memory where I can navigate through a 92 GB worth of albums quicker using their pictures than looking at their name

3-High output impedance, I am guessing the output impedance is non-linear as it seems to add to the treble energy and reduce the bass. If it was linear we would not notice such chance.

4-The screen/UI is no as responsive as apples UI. For your average consumer user who have used apple for all this time and recently decided to come into this world that might be a great issue.

5-Oddly place volume knob. 

 

The Good for me are:

 

1-Decent battery life.

2-Excellent size format.
3-Analog like digital volume knob.

4-Dead silent background with no hiss

 

Best headphone pairing so far for me are out of a dozen I own and the half a dozen I have tried.:

1-CK100PRO

2-ATH-ES10

3-ER4S (but it runs out of power long before my ears does)

4-EX-1000

3-


Edited by audionewbi - 4/29/13 at 5:33pm
post #4567 of 8825

Nice impressions Audio. You were honest on what you felt and you expressed your thoughts in a constructive manner. Plus I'm sure some people will not read the entire thread through so maybe it could help some of the newcomers who skip toward the end of the thread :).
 

post #4568 of 8825
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Originally Posted by audionewbi View Post

 

To recap my issues:

 

1- I must always fix my album cover as AK100 can only read cover smaller than 100 KB or 400x400 pixels

 

 

Are you still having this issue with the newer firmwares? As I mentioned earlier, I haven't had a problem with this for a while now.

post #4569 of 8825

I am using 1.33 firmware. I was told that having too many subfolder is the reason why AK100 is peforming a little slow so I deleted all my files and I am loading them all without any sub foldering. Hopefully that fixes the issue for me.

 

Also i am using a 64 GB card if that makes any difference. 

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Originally Posted by CraftyClown View Post

 

Are you still having this issue with the newer firmwares? As I mentioned earlier, I haven't had a problem with this for a while now.

post #4570 of 8825
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Originally Posted by audionewbi View Post

I am using 1.33 firmware. I was told that having too many subfolder is the reason why AK100 is performing a little slow so I deleted all my files and I am loading them all without any sub foldering. Hopefully that fixes the issue for me.

 

Also i am using a 64 GB card if that makes any difference. 


My former unit was a tad sluggish in-between menus but I also had a crap load of folders. I had a 64 and 32 GB card both filled to capacity. I left the internal memory empty though. It was fast enough to keep me from chucking it out the window but not as fast an an apple unit as you mention.

post #4571 of 8825

I am testing it now, hopefully that fixes the issue. I am also leaving the internal empty for now. I do think iriver is on the right track however they have not yet reached their destination and there is a a far bit of distant for them left to get there.

 

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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post


My former unit was a tad sluggish in-between menus but I also had a crap load of folders. I had a 64 and 32 GB card both filled to capacity. I left the internal memory empty though. It was fast enough to keep me from chucking it out the window but not as fast an an apple unit as you mention.

post #4572 of 8825
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Originally Posted by audionewbi View Post

I am testing it now, hopefully that fixes the issue. I am also leaving the internal empty for now. I do think iriver is on the right track however they have not yet reached their destination and there is a a far bit of distant for them left to get there.

 


That can be said for most audiophile DAPs sadly :P.

post #4573 of 8825

Till now there is not even one DAP which is close to perfect. They either get the sound right but have horrible battery life and poor UI (or lack of it) or simply implement their own standard and hope no one says anything.

 

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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post


That can be said for most audiophile DAPs sadly :P.

post #4574 of 8825
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post


Will it solve the problem of people who like to criticize something for no reason on a totally unrelated thread? That would be a great function.

LOL.........beerchug.gif


Edited by Saraguie - 4/29/13 at 6:40pm
post #4575 of 8825
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Originally Posted by audionewbi View Post

So much passive aggressive comment on this thread, makes me feel happy about myself :-)


It's the ultimate form of mime-trolling ;).

 

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