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post #7081 of 8722
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Originally Posted by icefalkon View Post
 

Question for the guys editing their playlist files...

 

Does anyone know of a program that will convert the m3u playlists to pls format?

 

There is actually no difference between m3u and pls format - it's just a different extension.

 

Not sure if there's any quick way to rename files with a new extension while keeping the filename intact.

post #7082 of 8722
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Is listrid 3 available now?   I haven't read anything about that being out here, but maybe i missed it.  If so, what are the new features?

 


I finally managed to speak to listrid.
Listrid 3.0 yet, and probably will not.
He gave someone a ak100, now he has no AK100 and it is not very interesting to further develop the patch.
He now wants to buy x3 or dx50.
Naturally, he wondered what was inside.
We'll wait ....

 

 

Listrid is going for DX50/X3, lets port over to the new DAPs! *jk*

 

 

well if its true that he's looking at either DX50 or X3 or both, then i think its really good news for the X3 and DX50 users

post #7083 of 8722

Is iRiver every going to fix the issue of the AK100 (firmware 2.20) cutting MP3 files short? I have 8 Apple devices, 4 Samsung, 2 Nexus 7, 3 Kindle Fire (2 HD), a Fiio X3, a Chromebook, 2 Windows 7 computers, 2 Windows 8 computers and none of them have this problem. It's starting to drive me crazy! Fortunately, I mostly listen to FLAC on the AK100 or I would have sold it by now, but how hard can it be to play all of the bits in an MP3 file?

post #7084 of 8722
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Originally Posted by BRCMRGN View Post
 

Is iRiver every going to fix the issue of the AK100 (firmware 2.20) cutting MP3 files short? I have 8 Apple devices, 4 Samsung, 2 Nexus 7, 3 Kindle Fire (2 HD), a Fiio X3, a Chromebook, 2 Windows 7 computers, 2 Windows 8 computers and none of them have this problem. It's starting to drive me crazy! Fortunately, I mostly listen to FLAC on the AK100 or I would have sold it by now, but how hard can it be to play all of the bits in an MP3 file?

 

What kind of issue is that? What happens? Many of my files are mp3, and I don't have any issues.

post #7085 of 8722
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What kind of issue is that? What happens? Many of my files are mp3, and I don't have any issues.

 

It doesn't happen on all MP3 files, but several people have reported it. Most of my MP3 files are from Amazon, but only the AK100 has playback issues. The track will just stop playing 2-5 seconds before it's really over. I submitted a support case to iRiver several months ago along with a test track that demonstrated the problem, but no fix yet. Somebody reported a problem with some of the tags that Amazon sets for some publishers that track who bought the MP3, but I removed those tags from my entire library using a utility recommended earlier in this thread. 


Edited by BRCMRGN - 9/6/13 at 1:29pm
post #7086 of 8722
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Originally Posted by kimvictor View Post
 

 

What kind of issue is that? What happens? Many of my files are mp3, and I don't have any issues.

 

 

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Originally Posted by BRCMRGN View Post
 

 

It doesn't happen on all MP3 files, but several people have reported it. Most of my MP3 files are from Amazon, but only the AK100 has playback issues. The track will just stop playing 2-5 seconds before it's really over. I submitted a support case to iRiver several months ago along with a test track that demonstrated the problem, but no fix yet. Somebody reported a problem with some of the tags that Amazon sets for some publishers that track who bought the MP3, but I removed those tags from my entire library using a utility recommended earlier in this thread. 

 

 

It's to do with variable bit-rate files apparently. The way the AK calculates track time is based on the bit-rate compared to the file size. I wonder why they can't just use the track duration that's listed in the tag? (Or is it not actually listed in the tag and each device calculates duration using it's own approach?)

post #7087 of 8722
I know what it does wrong. I just can't believe that they haven't fixed it yet. I've never heard of a DAP that can't correctly play all MP3 files.

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post #7088 of 8722
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Originally Posted by BRCMRGN View Post

I know what it does wrong. I just can't believe that they haven't fixed it yet. I've never heard of a DAP that can't correctly play all MP3 files.

Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 4

 

Well, I personally had 0 problem with AK100. Where did you get the MP3 files?

post #7089 of 8722
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Originally Posted by Loquah View Post
 

 

There is actually no difference between m3u and pls format - it's just a different extension.

 

Not sure if there's any quick way to rename files with a new extension while keeping the filename intact.

Not really true. pls is a format used by linux systems and uses / separators instead of \. Check Post #3867 in this thread. The conversion requires a couple of simple steps of editing, but works like a charm.

post #7090 of 8722
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Originally Posted by kimvictor View Post
 

 

Well, I personally had 0 problem with AK100. Where did you get the MP3 files?

 

Mostly Amazon, but they have been stripped of their Amazon-specific tags and they play just fine on every other player on the planet - Apple, Samsung, Google Nexus, Sansa, VLC, Windows, Fiio, ...

post #7091 of 8722
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Originally Posted by esmBOS View Post
 

Not really true. pls is a format used by linux systems and uses / separators instead of \. Check Post #3867 in this thread. The conversion requires a couple of simple steps of editing, but works like a charm.

 

Sorry - you're right. I forgot that because I have MediaMonkey setup to automatically use the linux separator in the m3u files so all I need to do is a global change to the root path and rename to pls extension.

 

My earlier point (which I didn't make at all clearly) was that they're not vastly different formats - they just use some subtle differences in the text (e.g. linux separator) and a different extension. It should be easy enough for iRiver to create an update that handles the m3u file without the need to edit the files for fiddly paths, different separators and extension changes.

post #7092 of 8722

So I've really been enjoying my  new AK100 over the past few months.  Finally got 2 new 64gb sd cards and it's ready to be filled with all the FLAC I can throw at it.  Currently I am running a stock ak100 unmodded with v2.20 firmware.  I have some shure 425 iem's and have been pretty happy.  That said, I am thinking about upgrading to an amp and full size headphone set up to really get the wow factor.  Just wanted some advice from the community on some possible combos and expectations.  

 

At this point I'm thinking of a Fiio e12 Mont Blanc amp since it seems to get some great reviews and its pretty modestly priced for what it can do.  I'm not quite ready to break the bank yet, but I'm looking down into the worm hole.  

 

Now I'm at a bit of a loss for what type of headphones would make a good match with this pair.  I listen to a wide variety of music from indie to jazz to prog rock.  I'd like something with a good wide sound stage and a lot of wow factor to really let the AK100 sing.  I'd be willing to go up to about 200-250$ at this point for a set of headphones.  I've been snooping around and looking at the usual suspects, Grado/Alessandro, Beyerdynamic, Sennheiser but living in city that doesn't have the possibility of testing them all out before buying.  

 

So, anyone have any recommendations,  that I can look into?  Kinda looking at the Alessandro MS1s or Grado 225i right now.  Still debating between open/closed as well.  Anyway, any thoughts would be much appreciated.  Its been a real eye opener pouring over all the discussions here.  I realise I'm just looking at the tip of the iceberg, but ready to learn and HEAR more.

 

Thanks

post #7093 of 8722
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Originally Posted by Idioteque74 View Post
 

So I've really been enjoying my  new AK100 over the past few months.  Finally got 2 new 64gb sd cards and it's ready to be filled with all the FLAC I can throw at it.  Currently I am running a stock ak100 unmodded with v2.20 firmware.  I have some shure 425 iem's and have been pretty happy.  That said, I am thinking about upgrading to an amp and full size headphone set up to really get the wow factor.  Just wanted some advice from the community on some possible combos and expectations.  

 

At this point I'm thinking of a Fiio e12 Mont Blanc amp since it seems to get some great reviews and its pretty modestly priced for what it can do.  I'm not quite ready to break the bank yet, but I'm looking down into the worm hole.  

 

Now I'm at a bit of a loss for what type of headphones would make a good match with this pair.  I listen to a wide variety of music from indie to jazz to prog rock.  I'd like something with a good wide sound stage and a lot of wow factor to really let the AK100 sing.  I'd be willing to go up to about 200-250$ at this point for a set of headphones.  I've been snooping around and looking at the usual suspects, Grado/Alessandro, Beyerdynamic, Sennheiser but living in city that doesn't have the possibility of testing them all out before buying.  

 

So, anyone have any recommendations,  that I can look into?  Kinda looking at the Alessandro MS1s or Grado 225i right now.  Still debating between open/closed as well.  Anyway, any thoughts would be much appreciated.  Its been a real eye opener pouring over all the discussions here.  I realise I'm just looking at the tip of the iceberg, but ready to learn and HEAR more.

 

Thanks

 

 

Hi there,

 

Personally I have tried the Fiio E12 with a simple copper interconnect to my AK100 (volume @ 65~68), and im extremely pleased with how well the E12 can drive and provide the much needed power. Also, I personally find that the E12 hardly alter any sound from the AK100 (which is good new for me), and it acts more like a power amp.

However, due the the size of the E12, it doesn't fit into each other when stacked. So this factor kinda turns me off instantly, even though i love the E12.

 

So then i went on to look for my lost love... and found! RSA P-51 Mustang. It fits the AK100's form factor perfectly. Also, what i do love about P-51 Mustang it that it brings more liquid smooth body into the mids and more oomph and control to the bass, and further adds more 3D staging and imaging. The overall signature of the Mustang to me is skewed towards a more warm signature.

post #7094 of 8722

I use the E12 too. It doesnt color the sound at all and it does a good job powering a wide range of headphones.

post #7095 of 8722
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Originally Posted by Fatalethal View Post
 

 

 

Hi there,

 

Personally I have tried the Fiio E12 with a simple copper interconnect to my AK100 (volume @ 65~68), and im extremely pleased with how well the E12 can drive and provide the much needed power. Also, I personally find that the E12 hardly alter any sound from the AK100 (which is good new for me), and it acts more like a power amp.

However, due the the size of the E12, it doesn't fit into each other when stacked. So this factor kinda turns me off instantly, even though i love the E12.

 

So then i went on to look for my lost love... and found! RSA P-51 Mustang. It fits the AK100's form factor perfectly. Also, what i do love about P-51 Mustang it that it brings more liquid smooth body into the mids and more oomph and control to the bass, and further adds more 3D staging and imaging. The overall signature of the Mustang to me is skewed towards a more warm signature.

 

Thanks for the info.  That does look like a sweet little amp.  I hear what you are saying about the form factor.  The E12 would have a footprint about 2x as big as the ak100.  Unfortunately, at this point the P-51 is a wee bit outta my price range.  Though its hard to pass up an amp named after one of my favorite warbirds.  For the price, the E12 still fits the bill even if it is a bit bigger.  

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