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post #2596 of 6125
It is a shame the ak120 doesnt support metadata from dsf files:(

However, with DSD files the AK120 is king.

The search for DSD files begins.......bought some online d/ls last night...awesome sounding.

Listening to Journey Greatest Hits now and it is Night and Day compared to the CD which was so dull and lifeless..
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post #2597 of 6125
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post

Has anoyne have the same music track (or tracks, preferably) in dsf/dff format (whichever the AK120 supports) and a converted/downsampled version of 24/192 and compare to see if you hear differences please? I'm particularly curious of all these comments about how "DSD sounds better" on a DAP whose DAC and clock doesn't not support DSD natively. The only thing I can think of is that the realtime conversion/downsampling is doing some sonic tweaks after conversion to PCM prior to feeding into the DAC.

I get my files from this site. They have different bit rates and file formats of the same tracks for you to compare.
post #2598 of 6125
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Originally Posted by kkcc View Post

I get my files from this site. They have different bit rates and file formats of the same tracks for you to compare.
Thanks but I don't have an AK120 wink.gif. Was hoping AK120 owners could do the test.

I already rip my SACDs & do my own conversion/down sample. I don't have a DSD capable portable player of which in all honesty, I'm still skeptical, but keeping an open mind. As such my question.
post #2599 of 6125
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Originally Posted by CraftyClown View Post

Ok, so we appear to have conflicting opinions here. Some say it has more bass than 1.21, some say less. I guess the difference must be very slight to end up with opinions either way.

I should clarify. I find 1.30 warmer and what I was attribting to less bass maybe be better termed as "more controlled attacks"/"less impactful articulation" (depending if you view it positively or negatively and types of track).

In any case the difference is much more subtle than say from 1.00 to 1.21 where the change is immediately obvious while 1.21 to 1.30 one has to look for the changes. Have to congratulate iriver in largely keeping the same sound this time around. smily_headphones1.gif
post #2600 of 6125
Hi Gavin,
Where did u get the DSD files for Journey Greatest Hits? Or you ripped them from ur SACD on ps3?
Makes me more itchy to jump from AK100 to 120 tongue.gif
post #2601 of 6125

hey, you guys notice something weird when browsing the file trough folder?

normally when u clicked at some folder the parent folder or the old page will sweep into left side right?

i notice at the 1.30 firmware the page will sweep into right side... lol

post #2602 of 6125
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Originally Posted by MilleFeuille View Post

hey, you guys notice something weird when browsing the file trough folder?
normally when u clicked at some folder the parent folder or the old page will sweep into left side right?
i notice at the 1.30 firmware the page will sweep into right side... lol

Yes. Took me a while to figure out why it feels wrong LOL!
post #2603 of 6125

I have been highly recommended to buy Vijay Iyer - "Solo" there's only 9 nine songs in DSD @ $4 a pop, so need to purchase individually...

 

He plays on a 1885 Steinway B.

 

http://actmusic.downloadsnow.net/solo

 

I am downloading this now.........bigsmile_face.gif

post #2604 of 6125
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post


Thanks but I don't have an AK120 wink.gif. Was hoping AK120 owners could do the test.

I already rip my SACDs & do my own conversion/down sample. I don't have a DSD capable portable player of which in all honesty, I'm still skeptical, but keeping an open mind. As such my question.


Which albums do you have AnakChan. Maybe we can trade ;).

post #2605 of 6125
Perhaps off-topic but how are you all getting the DSD files off of the ISOs and on to the AK120?

On my mac, I cannot open a DSD ISO (it doesn't recognise the file system). I can point to the ISO with various software players (Media Center 18, for example), and they can play the music, but there seems to be no way to get the files off the ISO.
post #2606 of 6125
So tempting, maybe my Korg MR-2 could retire because of another DSD player.

For those of us who are still looking, there are quite a few places to get an ancient PS3 with firmware version 3.55 for SACDs

http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=7326683875

http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=15444375320

IMHO they won't last forever and I'm glad that I could still find one in mint condition.
post #2607 of 6125

If you're comfortable with terminal/command line then you can use this:

 

https://code.google.com/p/sacd-ripper/downloads/list

 

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Originally Posted by nashton View Post

Perhaps off-topic but how are you all getting the DSD files off of the ISOs and on to the AK120?

On my mac, I cannot open a DSD ISO (it doesn't recognise the file system). I can point to the ISO with various software players (Media Center 18, for example), and they can play the music, but there seems to be no way to get the files off the ISO.
post #2608 of 6125

^

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I advise you to thoroughly read the instructions before you get started. In short you will need a SACD compatible PS3

 

Dang it I don't have one...

post #2609 of 6125
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post

There seems to be a bug where after loading tracks onto the device and disconnecting both the SD1 and SD2 are missing. This requires a restart to rectify....

 

On a plus note got my SACD ISO to work on the AK120. Had to convert over to DSF but it plays and sounds quite nice! bigsmile_face.gif
 

 

Can you recommend / share which software for convert SACD ISO to DSF ?

Thanks : )

post #2610 of 6125
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Originally Posted by Spidermeng View Post

 

Can you recommend / share which software for convert SACD ISO to DSF ?

Thanks : )

 

http://www.mediafire.com/download/d6yu2t1x1p85gci/SACD+Extract+0.3.6.zip

 

Depending on if your ISO is DSD or DST you drag and drop the desired ISO into one of these folders. I use Foobar to determine file type it is by playing back the ISO files in foobar first. Then you drag and drop to the corresponding folder (which you extract from the link above). So if foobar reads the file as DSD drag and drop to the DSD folder. If its DST drag and drop to DST. Then you open up the corresponding folder and run the bat file which will execute the conversion for you and create a new folder with the DSD files all separated. once this is done you just drag and drop to your AK120 and you have quality music on the go! :).


Edited by lee730 - 7/16/13 at 11:58pm
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