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post #5161 of 6309
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post
 

 

That's a good find! Pity I don't have a player that uses microSDXC anymore. Prices are quite reasonable too.

 

And you're in Japan too! Lucky balls you! :P

Do you have any experience or knowledge of Microdia?

post #5162 of 6309
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Originally Posted by Levanter View Post
 

 

And you're in Japan too! Lucky balls you! :P

Do you have any experience or knowledge of Microdia?

 

First I've heard of it. Looks like a SANDisk clone. But that's quite a cheap price so not much to lose. Unfortunately I sold my AK120 less than a month ago. Maybe I'll buy it for my phone and if I happen to pop into the audio shops, I can pop it into their AK120's to test.

 

Edit: 1-2 months delivery. By that time probably the whole world would be able to get them and test anyway.

post #5163 of 6309
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post
 

 

First I've heard of it. Looks like a SANDisk clone. But that's quite a cheap price so not much to lose. Unfortunately I sold my AK120 less than a month ago. Maybe I'll buy it for my phone and if I happen to pop into the audio shops, I can pop it into their AK120's to test.

 

Edit: 1-2 months delivery. By that time probably the whole world would be able to get them and test anyway.

 

Haha i guess it is considered cheap, but i think i'll wait it out till prices start dropping to around $120 and below =X

post #5164 of 6309
Beware of fake! I read interview with Sandisk manager and he said: "Technology for 128 GB microSDXC is not yet prepared for Year 2014! Micro is still too low size for now... "
post #5165 of 6309
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Originally Posted by burtomr View Post

FLAC and ALAC are both lossless compressed files = smaller. WAV is a lossless un-compressedfile = larger.

The FLAC & ALAC un-compressing is done by the DAP's processor at the time the files are played, which 'may' result in a compromise to the SQ and uses more battery power than WAV files which require no un-compressing to play and use less processor and battery power and 'may' sound better due to less processing. FLAC and ALAC should sound the same and may or may not sound the same as WAV.

I read:
1) FLAC is Free Lossless Audio Codec ..... Is free exception bussiness use. Needs low/standard power and energy for coding file. But needs higher/standard power and energy for decompressing.
2) ALAC is Apple Lossless .... Everybody pays to Apple fees. But (truth?) needs big power to coding file and ultralow power and energy for decompressing. So should be excellent for portable devices.

WAV source to FLAC to WAV = WAV source
The same with ALAC.
It is lossless compression as RAR and ZIP.
Edited by NuClear235 - 1/20/14 at 8:32am
post #5166 of 6309
Most pepole prefer the WAV to all else for playback. It just works better al around. Even in a home system. Unless you have a DAC that is dedicated to dsd. Like a mytek or MSB. But any portable DAC will sound notibilbe better in WAV. You may loose album art though . Unless you use a meta data file converting program. But most of the time the album art is there.

Al
post #5167 of 6309
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Originally Posted by Goldlion973 View Post
 

I can't upload new music.... everything goes into one folder on the device. Have tried different firmware but it doesn't work. On my PC everything is fine, they're all in seperate folders something wrong with the library scan I think... spoke to iRiver and they said to send it back, think they know its an issue as they did not tell me to try another firmware or anything, just said to send it in.

 

Not happy if I have to pay.

Did you try deleting the database file?  It's AK120/System/ak120SyncDB.db3.

It'll create a fresh one next time you run the database update. Also, for some reason I seem to have better luck running the database update from the lame application that came with the device over USB than having the device do it itself.  It's inconvenient, but at least vast sections of my library don't disappear randomly.

post #5168 of 6309

Thanks for that... the problem 'shifted' yesterday though, it lets me upload albums if the dodgy folder is there whereas before it wouldn't. Will try deleting the database as you said and see what happens as I'd have to pay for it to be fixed by iRiver not going near that software .lol.

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Can't claim a difference between .Wav and FLAC when it comes to audio quality, they're exactly the same and if the play has to uncompress it wouldn't effect audio quality.... you can set the compression rate in FLAC also, put it to zero if need be.... notice though that the AK120 plays 32bit float .Wav files.

 

Am claiming that I contributed to that one after I complained that it wouldn't handle float, they changed it with the next firmware. Its a 32bit 192 device.

post #5170 of 6309
Ah, so your the perfect person to answer my question about 32bit, I have not seen any music for sale with 32bit don't even know anything about it, could you enlighten please.
post #5171 of 6309

Nah... made the same mistake earlier in the thread, thought you could get high quality CD's that are 32bit but it turns out that they're recorded from 32bit, CD players can only handle 24bit. You'd have to download SACD content to get higher quality albums.

 

Personally advocate that people give up on downloads and CD's and stick to vinyl, I record albums from vinyl and can set the audio quality and file format in doing so, have everything in 32bit 192 .WAV... FLAC doesn't support 32bit so its 24bit 192 in that format.

 

Range and choice is severely limited when it comes to higher audio quality albums.

post #5172 of 6309
Thanks for that. One of the things I am so looking forward to when I move back to Europe is getting a Vinyl system running again. I grew up with the stuff, my first record was laughing gnome by an unknown called David Jones, He went on to have a few more hits under a different surname, you may have heard of it wink.gif Bowie biggrin.gif

Until I moved to Canada I had a pretty large vinyl collection but gave it away before leaving (so funny, could hardly give the stuff away at the end of the nineties!)
post #5173 of 6309

Yeah, is well worth it... is a bit odd recording to digital to then put it onto a device that will play it back in analogue again but the quality can't be beat, mentioned it before, we're looking at the degredation of music and its worth, peoples downloads aren't worth a thing, as far as investment goes you couldn't loose your money quicker than buying an album online from £10 to £0 in as quick as an optical fiber connection. CD's can be had for cheap so its not that bad but vinyl maintains its value for a lot longer... the quick and easy aspect to technological advance does not always translate into worth. I'd rather leave my kids a record collection over a USB stick anyday.

 

Hoping to get a Yaquin tube pre-amp before I start recording again, got a whole collection to get through. Hope you didn't give away any gems in that collection! That bowie sells for at least £50 in some places, pre-moniker it would be gold.

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Oh, I gave away a lot of gems sadly but you know, the benefit of traveling light and finding out new things was worth more. I have kept some choice stuff with a family member, some first pressing Beatles albums, a first press of tubular bells and a few others. Most though ended up in my local charity shop! Can't believe the Bowie sells for that, mine would not though. I played the thing to death on the Dansette!
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Did a quick lazyman's search and didn't find anything so here's my question. I just got an AK120, and I'm uploading music as I type. I don't want to be tied to my laptop all the time to charge the unit so does anybody know the specs for a power supply / charger for the 120?

 

Thanks in advance...

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