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post #2386 of 6118
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Originally Posted by burtomr View Post

 

LOL X LOL

 

Let's summarize: 3 iriver FW's: 1.00, 1.11, 1.21, and 2 Russian FW's Listrid: 1.0 & 2.0, that's (6) possible combinations.

 

Oh, and don't forget the new iriver FW on July 15, so add another (2) combo's.

 

Who needs new music to listen to when there's enough FW combinations to keep us busy for weeks!

 

actually that is 9 combos, rising to 12 on the 15th  biggrin.gif

post #2387 of 6118
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Originally Posted by CraftyClown View Post

 

actually that is 9 combos, rising to 12 on the 15th  biggrin.gif

 

Did you try 1.21 on the 8As? They sounded the best to me on that particular firmware.

 

@Saraguie: Here is the Listrid 1.0 Firmware link

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/bypn1yclu7w1ovs/AK120.hex

post #2388 of 6118
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post

 

Did you try 1.21 on the 8As? They sounded the best to me on that particular firmware.

 

@Saraguie: Here is the Listrid 1.0 Firmware link

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/bypn1yclu7w1ovs/AK120.hex

That's the only firmware I've heard with the 8.As. They're away being re-shelled at the mo so I'm still waiting to do some proper comparisons with the different FWs. Can't wait.

 

Slightly OT. Have you done a review of your 8.As before Jim? If you haven't, I would value your input on the 8.A thread, as I know your experiences have been very mixed

post #2389 of 6118
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Originally Posted by CraftyClown View Post

That's the only firmware I've heard with the 8.As. They're away being re-shelled at the mo so I'm still waiting to do some proper comparisons with the different FWs. Can't wait.

 

Slightly OT. Have you done a review of your 8.As before Jim? If you haven't, I would value your input on the 8.A thread, as I know your experiences have been very mixed

 

I've just posted my impressions on the IEM itself. Not really sure if I want to even delve into a review. I'm willing to share my thoughts of them if you want but it's not gonna all be pretty lol. I actually sold my 8As a couple days ago. I shipped them off yesterday. I also sold the Kaede a few days ago. I'm getting my ear impressions done tomorrow and will be sending them off to Spiral Ears for the SE5 ;).

 

Still my experience with them hasn't all been negative to be fair. With the proper source and cabling I think they were quite capable. The bass was generally my biggest issue with the IEM. It was simply too prominent. Enough so to make the IE8s sound bass light in some respects lol. But if used on a good pairing source it calmed the bass down enough to where I could actually enjoy the warm signature. Still I found myself always using them at relatively low volumes or the bass would still overwhelm me. My 8As were extremely sensitive. I'd say on par in sensitivity to the Fit Ear 334s... I also found I had to be in the mood for the 8As sound opposed to my other IEMs where it really didn't matter. Strangely enough while the 8A sounded nothing like the AKG3003s it had a similar effect on me. While cleaning house or cooking I really enjoyed using them (basically while being distracted). It was very musical and enjoyable and it gave me drive in a sense to do the choirs. The isolation they gave was a huge plus for me. Made it much easier to ignore people around the house. But made it annoying when they are flagging me down and I have to pull them out :P.

 

I'm also very curious how much IEMs in general can vary (Quality control). As my opinions are rather different from some members yet spot on with other members... Another headfier purchased a pair of Heir 4Ais and was extremely underwhelmed/disappointed in the product. She quickly sold them off, come to find her friends pair of 4Ais sounded much much better than the previous pair she had. Enough so where she decided to opt for another pair of 4Ais. Do you see my point here? I'm wondering if QC is playing a roll in some of our perceptions of the IEMs. More so recently some have posted on the 8As and did not mention the bass being problematic. But in my case I found the 8As to be very picky to pair on gear to get my desired sound. I'm just curious how much of this is attributed to preference, fit or if there are indeed variations in the models sound....

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Edited by lee730 - 7/11/13 at 1:31pm
post #2390 of 6118
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post

 

I've just posted my impressions on the IEM itself. Not really sure if I want to even delve into a review. I'm willing to share my thoughts of them if you want but it's not gonna all be pretty lol. I actually sold my 8As a couple days ago. I shipped them off yesterday. I also sold the Kaede a few days ago. I'm getting my ear impressions done tomorrow and will be sending them off to Spiral Ears for the SE5 ;).

 

Exactly mate. That's the kind of impressions people need to see to make a balanced and rational decision on an expensive purchase like a TOTL ciem. Don't hold back Jim  biggrin.gif

post #2391 of 6118
I use UM Miracles with the AK120 and completely agree with Mimouille's impressions of the various firmware combinations. 1.11 + Listrid 2.0 sounds absolutely superb. Controversially I have also established that (for me) AIFF files are more natural sounding than FLACs. Finally I have swapped the Beat Audio Cronus cable for a "lesser" Beat cable. Job done!
By the way, I fully understand that reconstituted FLAC is identical to AIFF/WAV/PCM....
Curiously, on 1.11 AIFF files show as "DSD". Also, album art doesn't show for AIFFs on 1.11 or 1.21. Gapless on 1.11 seems also hit and miss.
Really delighted with the AK120!
post #2392 of 6118

tonyl59,

 

What headset (IEMs?) are you using with your 120? Have you tried any of the other 'combinations' of iriver & Russian FW?

post #2393 of 6118
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post

 

Did you try 1.21 on the 8As? They sounded the best to me on that particular firmware.

 

@Saraguie: Here is the Listrid 1.0 Firmware link

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/bypn1yclu7w1ovs/AK120.hex

Thank you Lee......got it.

post #2394 of 6118
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Originally Posted by Saraguie View Post

Thank you Lee......got it.

 

Did you get my PM?

post #2395 of 6118
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post

 

Did you get my PM?

I did and emailed you ASAP.

post #2396 of 6118

new official member of the AK family?

 

AK100-BSPEC-32GB

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/630288/the-new-iriver-ak100-a-high-end-dap/6600#post_9608509

post #2397 of 6118

After much thought, I think I am going to stick to 1.21...do not hear that much difference by patching with Listrid.

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Has anyone done a comparison between the usb dac ak120 and usb dac dx100?

Who will win?

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Originally Posted by wladrus View Post

Has anyone done a comparison between the usb dac ak120 and usb dac dx100?

Who will win?


Since when does the DX100 have USB DAC functions. I had it and never knew that.

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