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post #4516 of 6941
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Originally Posted by nogi replicant View Post

I just picked up the AK120. SQ is amazing.

Do any of you guys use the iriver app to transfer music to the AK120? I am really struggling to work out how to use it.

I can transfer to the device by transfering to the 'music' folder and then accessing the music via the folders icon on the AK120 but I then cannot see any of the music via the 'album' or 'artist' button on the AK120. Strange - I will keep experimenting but I suspect there is an obvious answer to this.

My apologies if there is an FAQ guide for this stuff around here somewhere. thanks.

 

Never bothered with the Iriver software - always simpy drag-and-drop.  You'll probably need to go to Settings -> Advanced - > Auto Library Scan  and click the Library Scan button to be able to use Album and Artist.  That's never been a problem for me with FLAC files - can't speak for other formats though.

post #4517 of 6941
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Originally Posted by frankrondaniel View Post

 

Never bothered with the Iriver software - always simpy drag-and-drop.  You'll probably need to go to Settings -> Advanced - > Auto Library Scan  and click the Library Scan button to be able to use Album and Artist.  That's never been a problem for me with FLAC files - can't speak for other formats though.

 



That worked perfectly! Thanks!!!
post #4518 of 6941
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Originally Posted by nogi replicant View Post
 
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Originally Posted by frankrondaniel View Post
 

 

Never bothered with the Iriver software - always simpy drag-and-drop.  You'll probably need to go to Settings -> Advanced - > Auto Library Scan  and click the Library Scan button to be able to use Album and Artist.  That's never been a problem for me with FLAC files - can't speak for other formats though.

 



That worked perfectly! Thanks!!!

 

Cool - glad it worked!

post #4519 of 6941

One thing about updating the firmware it is so easy to do, really do not know of any other product that is this easy.

Copy to folder on AK, disconnect USB and the rest is auotmatic.  Hopefully 1.37 is as good or better than 1.33.

post #4520 of 6941

So, i have never upgraded the firmware.  Am i missing something. I downloaded the file and then dragged it to the system folder and waited for it to copy.  Then i turned the AK off and on.  I still have 1.32 but the new firmware is sitting on it as a hex file….?  Oh, i moved it to the main folder area and it seems to be loading.


Edited by dallan - 11/27/13 at 6:48pm
post #4521 of 6941
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Originally Posted by dallan View Post
 

So, i have never upgraded the firmware.  Am i missing something. I downloaded the file and then dragged it to the system folder and waited for it to copy.  Then i turned the AK off and on.  I still have 1.32 but the new firmware is sitting on it as a hex file….?  Oh, i moved it to the main folder area and it seems to be loading.


Do not put the hex file in any folder. Just put it on the drive.

post #4522 of 6941
This is how AK told me how to do it on Facebook..



Here are the instructions on updating the firmware on Mac OSX:



• Connect the AK120 to your Mac by selecting "Connect as removable disk" when prompted on the AK120 LCD screen.



• Drag and drop the "AK120.hex" file into to the root directory of the AK120 (don't place it in the System, Music, or Playlist folder, drag it to the OUTSIDE of these folders). Please see the attached for a screenshot.



• Disconnect the AK120 from your Mac once the "AK120.hex" file has been transferred.



• Upon disconnection, the AK120 will update itself.



Please let us know if you run into any other problems/issues updating your AK120.


Hope that helps.
Edited by ianmedium - 11/27/13 at 6:55pm
post #4523 of 6941

Yeah i needed to put it into the root folder, it updated fine then.  I had dropped it into the system folder because i wasn't sure where it went.  So all is well, hope the sq is still up like with the 1.32.  My only problem with this player is that i need to search folders of i miss albums and songs and they play out of order so in mid concert it will jump to the encore and then back to the middle.  I did go thru and retag a bunch but it is just too time consuming to do every friggin song.  Wish they could figure that out….Also some just come up unknown artist ect.

post #4524 of 6941
I have my amp and system warming up as I type and am about to listen to the update through that which is very revealing so will update my initial impressions in a little while. Suffice to say I had to wait to try it this way as I drained the battery listening today as it was so engaging!
post #4525 of 6941
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Originally Posted by Saraguie View Post
 

Anyone else on 1.37 yet?

Done, got it.

 

Did not hear any significant change in the sound. 

 

However, I do feel a slightly greater lag in UI. Especially when playing 32bit files.

 

In the older version when playing dsd, there was a lot of lag in the UI. 

post #4526 of 6941

Updating my Ak120...crossing my fingers

post #4527 of 6941
listening tonight with my full rig I am finding what I heard before directly out but a few more things surface. I am finding that there is a little more depth in the soundstage revealing a little more of the subtleties also a tad more depth to the bass, more noticeable on acoustic bass.

Listening to Mozart's clarinet concerto, a high resolution file performed by Sir Neville and Andrew Marriner I notice there is a little more air around the clarinet, a little more ease and naturalness to my ears, no glare or grain.

On DSD I am finding that it again has a little more refined sound. I found the Lavinia Meijer Phillip Glass harp album sounding much more refined. In the previous firmware I found it a little glassy, in fact all the DSD files I have sounded that way so I did not listen to them as much but now that has changed to my ears and I am forming a new impression of them.

CD ripped to FLAC is lovely. There feels a little more weight and warmth to them compared to the previous firmware.

So those are my sonic thoughts so far. I am finding this a fairly significant upgrade in sound to my ears. Everything sounds more refined and even less digital. If you have the 24/192 of Kind Of Blue that will really show the differences in firmware I feel. I loved listening to it on the weekend with 1.33 and was astounded at the quality of the recording. With the new firmware that for me just went up 25% in quality. Maybe I am mad,maybe no one else will hear what I am hearing but there it is. I am very much liking this new firmware.

Technically. I find a little less lag in swapping over from DSD to other files however I do notice a small amount of lag when changing tracks in high resolution 24 bit mode which I did not notice before. I like there is a choice of screens now though personally feel the original has a bit more class than the new ones, not keen at all on the purple one but it is nice to have the choice I guess.

Hope that helps and I am looking forward to seeing if anyone else experiences what I am experiencing with this firmware upgrade.
post #4528 of 6941

Absolutely love this function 

 

post #4529 of 6941

Just updated and also perceive that this sounds better :biggrin:

post #4530 of 6941
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Originally Posted by midnightwalker View Post

Absolutely love this function 



I have not loaded any new music on mine since upgrade, which one do we use that is the same as the old load as a drive one in the previous firmware, I am guessing its USB connected?

Chris, I am glad your hearing things are better as well!
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