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post #3946 of 6936

After playing a few days with my AK120 player (firmware 1.32, bought brand new for 1000$ in Bangkok during a trip) and a few pairs of IEMs (ASG-2, SE535Ltd, EPH-100, FA Adagio3), I keep coming back to the only one pairing which sounds awesome with no EQ at all: ASG-2 + AK120.

 

Best soundstage ever, you can pinpoint instrument position so well, this is about the only thing that allows me to dsitinguish the AK120 from my Cowon X7 using 16/44 music (which is already a feat considering how good the X7 sounds in my opinion). I'll throw in a few FLAC file to see if that helps.

 

Pairing with EPH-100 was also extremely good without EQ, although the Yamahas are lacking details when opposed to ASG-2 (well, different price range).

 

The only thing that doesn't really work well so far with this player is gapless. For some reason, activating gapless doesn't do anything... and the blank between songs is actually worse than with the X7. A bit hard given the price, but the build quality and raw sound largely make up for this.

post #3947 of 6936
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Originally Posted by tienbasse View Post
 

The only thing that doesn't really work well so far with this player is gapless. For some reason, activating gapless doesn't do anything... and the blank between songs is actually worse than with the X7. A bit hard given the price, but the build quality and raw sound largely make up for this.

 

Mine had a bout of this also. Try reloading the FW. You know that 'Gapless On' is when the icon is Red, not dark, right? 

post #3948 of 6936
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Originally Posted by tienbasse View Post
The only thing that doesn't really work well so far with this player is gapless. For some reason, activating gapless doesn't do anything... and the blank between songs is actually worse than with the X7. A bit hard given the price, but the build quality and raw sound largely make up for this.

Hi !

 

I also have a gapless issue  with mp3 file.... it works perfectly with lossless file.

Open a defect at iriver few months ago  and they manage to reproduce the issue...

So now, I wait for a firmware that solve the problem..

post #3949 of 6936

Hey guys,

 

I'm just prepping my audio files as I eagerly await the arrival of my AK120......excited muchly.......  :-)

 

Just wondering though, checking the AK support page, under the AK100 it says Micro SD cards are best formatted under Fat32, yet the Micro SD card I have came factory as ex-fat.....

 

Is either ok? I've just transferred 59GB of audio to the card, will I have to re-format to Fat32??  

 

Also, is it possible to transfer the files across to each card within the unit?  Or from the card to the unit? 

 

Cheers for any advice

 

Walshy

post #3950 of 6936
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Originally Posted by walshyy View Post
 

Hey guys,

 

I'm just prepping my audio files as I eagerly await the arrival of my AK120......excited muchly.......  :-)

 

Just wondering though, checking the AK support page, under the AK100 it says Micro SD cards are best formatted under Fat32, yet the Micro SD card I have came factory as ex-fat.....

 

Is either ok? I've just transferred 59GB of audio to the card, will I have to re-format to Fat32??  

 

Also, is it possible to transfer the files across to each card within the unit?  Or from the card to the unit? 

 

Cheers for any advice

 

Walshy

 

For AK120, exFat and Fat32 are supported....

Stick with exFat if you have AK120, for faster data transfer from your PC to microSD card.

 

But for AK100, only Fat32 is supported

post #3951 of 6936
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Originally Posted by walshyy View Post

Hey guys,

I'm just prepping my audio files as I eagerly await the arrival of my AK120......excited muchly.......  :-)

Just wondering though, checking the AK support page, under the AK100 it says Micro SD cards are best formatted under Fat32, yet the Micro SD card I have came factory as ex-fat.....

Is either ok? I've just transferred 59GB of audio to the card, will I have to re-format to Fat32??  

Also, is it possible to transfer the files across to each card within the unit?  Or from the card to the unit? 

Cheers for any advice

Walshy

Don't reload. Ak120 supports exfat and its actually better in exfat.
post #3952 of 6936

Thanks both of you, wasn't in the mood for re-transferring, re-formatting and then transferring again lol

 

Can any transfers be done internally or do you have to manage the storage from a PC?

 

Cheers

 

Walshy

post #3953 of 6936
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Originally Posted by walshyy View Post
 

Thanks both of you, wasn't in the mood for re-transferring, re-formatting and then transferring again lol

 

Can any transfers be done internally or do you have to manage the storage from a PC?

 

Cheers

 

Walshy

 

If you mean from the micro SD card to internal storage yes I think you'd need to connect to a computer.

 

The AK120 will mount as three drives - one for the internal 64gb storage, and 2 removable media drives for the two SD card slot just like a card reader.  

 

However you'd get faster transfer speed from PC to the cards (or vice versa) via a dedicate card reader that is not too outdated.

post #3954 of 6936

Hi all, I posted this to the AK120 Impression thread but my dealer, Charles at the Toronto based Headfone shop recommended it might be better posted here. My apologies for the double posting.

 

I'm a Newbie to the world of higher end portable audiophile equipment though pretty versed in the floor based speaker world, (mainly a tube guy with MasterSound of Italy providing the Class A and a LINN DSM Majik providing the DAC and file playing roll off the house network).

 

Picked up a AK120 yesterday and filled up the core storage plus two 64GB SanDisk Ultra chips. Started playing and listening with my couple of years old Westone UM3X. 

 

Coming from the uncompressed ALAC on the iPod to the dual DACs was clearly worth the entrance fee but what I wanted was to hear was the 96 and 192 kHz stuff. Turned to my HDTracks downloaded Tea for the Tillerman, (192, 4Mbps) and the troubles started. Could not get through any of the songs with out the AK120 starting to stutter and choke!

 

Pausing and then continuing rectified the problem for a short while then it would start again, choking on the ALAC files.Seems like the I/O buffers are not staying in sync. 

 

Transcoded the source from ALAC to FLAC, 192 24 bit, same 4Mbps bandwidth using db Music Converter and upon replacing the ALAC files on the AK120, problem gone!

 

Now going through all the High Rez files and moving from ALAC to FLAC which I am comfortable with but I am hoping, A & H does something in a future firmware upgrade to address the ALAC transcoding issue.

 

As a note, I have played the HD Tracks provided ALAC files substantially through the LINN and off my office computer via JRiver and never had this stuttering before.

 

Loading 170GB of files onto the AK120 is no small effort but from what I have heard so far, absolutely delightful sound, good investment and have given the ole IEM I have a new life, (perhaps not for long after seeing what many of you folks are using).

 

Hope this information is helpful.

 

Cheers

 

Bob

post #3955 of 6936

The Moral to your story is stick with FLAC and/or WAV.

 

Apple stuff is for kids and Apple equipment.

post #3956 of 6936

Welcome to the club, Bob!

post #3957 of 6936

BTW Bob, can you actually hear the difference between 192 and 96khz? For the sake of space I was considering going to 24bit/48khz. The big news for me is 24bit, not crazy high sampling rates. 

Sam

post #3958 of 6936
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Originally Posted by burtomr View Post
 

The Moral to your story is stick with FLAC and/or WAV.

 

Apple stuff is for kids and Apple equipment.

 

No offense.......This so-called 'Moral' = nonsense. I use 80% ALAC on my 120 without issue. And look around, Apple 'Stuff' is for everyone regardless of professions and age. The more I'm in big cities in public places the more MAC's I see being used.

post #3959 of 6936
I have nothing but ALAC in 16 and 24 bit (44, 88, 96, 192) with no issues at all. All were converted from flac using dbpoweramp.
post #3960 of 6936
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Originally Posted by burtomr View Post
 

The Moral to your story is stick with FLAC and/or WAV.

 

Apple stuff is for kids and Apple equipment.

 

Oh, so true burtomr, but when desiring at the least, uncompressed, and only have a iPod, (and wanting to keep ones' meta data intac), ALAC was the real only option. AK120 has set me free :-)

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