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post #121 of 609
Reading with interest. Great to have multiple high end choices these days.
post #122 of 609
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post

It is funny, because for me the AK120 is certainly NOT bass light. In any pairing.


You have to keep in mind Mimou you may be using 1.00 firmware while he may be using 1.21. In this case the AK120 can be construed as bass light.


Edited by lee730 - 7/2/13 at 3:59pm
post #123 of 609
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post


You have to keep in mind Mimou you may be using 1.00 firmware while he may be using 1.21. In this case the AK120 can be construed as bass light.


It's the first time I hear you say "construed".

post #124 of 609

Update on listening impressions (fw1.21).  Now have about 150 hrs of burn-in time on the AK120 (with the Purist Audio System Enhancer burn-in CD file).  And over the past 4 days also logged about 100 hrs on a new pair of Senn IE800.  The IE800's were a little bright in the HF's out of the box but have mellowed a lot.  I can definitely confirm that the two have pretty good system synergy.  The IE800 have an obvious bass/upper bass/lower mid boost, and the AK120 seems a little anemic here w/out external amp'ing.  So as a one box solution would definitely recommend the pairing.  Interesting thing with the IE800's is that they're very sensitive to placement in the ear, both depth and rotation.  Insert them too deep, and the highs roll off and bass is too heavy; I also really like how they open up when you rotate them about "1 hour" towards the front (i.e., counterclockwise on the right ear and clockwise on the left ear) - extends the HF's, at least in my ears.  So a good balance can definitely be found.  Have some 334's on order and will see how they do as well, but the IE800's sure are a nice size and weight.  Will report back with more feedback.

 

PS:  this combo is not fatiguing for me at all (sound or fit).  The JH13's are very fatiguing and migrane/irritation inducing after a while (sometimes 30-60 min's, other times a couple hours).


Edited by silverlight - 7/2/13 at 9:32pm
post #125 of 609
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Originally Posted by silverlight View Post

Update on listening impressions (fw1.21).  Now have about 150 hrs of burn-in time on the AK120 (with the Purist Audio System Enhancer burn-in CD file).  And over the past 4 days also logged about 100 hrs on a new pair of Senn IE800.  The IE800's were a little bright in the HF's out of the box but have mellowed a lot.  I can definitely confirm that the two have pretty good system synergy.  The IE800 have an obvious bass/upper bass/lower mid boost, and the AK120 seems a little anemic here w/out external amp'ing.  So as a one box solution would definitely recommend the pairing.  Interesting thing with the IE800's is that they're very sensitive to placement in the ear, both depth and rotation.  Insert them too deep, and the highs roll off and bass is too heavy; I also really like how they open up when you rotate them about "1 hour" towards the front (i.e., counterclockwise on the right ear and clockwise on the left ear) - extends the HF's, at least in my ears.  So a good balance can definitely be found.  Have some 334's on order and will see how they do as well, but the IE800's sure are a nice size and weight.  Will report back with more feedback.

 

PS:  this combo is not fatiguing for me at all (sound or fit).  The JH13's are very fatiguing and migrane/irritation inducing after a while (sometimes 30-60 min's, other times a couple hours).


I totally agree with your impressions of the AK120/IE800 pairing.  It sounds like we also have had the same experience with best way to wear the IE800's - I need to rotate them in the same manner to get the best results.  Likewise the right depth of insertion is important. They're certainly finicky to how they're placed in the ear but once they're in the right way I think this makes a good pairing.

post #126 of 609
I have been listening to se5 with ak120 and though quite good, with 1.00 firmware the combo seems a bit warm at first. Need to listen some more but I prefer se5 with Tera and 1plus2 with AK120.
post #127 of 609

OK - Had the AK120 for a few hours now. Straight out of the box with T5p's I have to honestly say that I am blown away.

 

The soundstage is incredible and it sounds quite valve amp like. The gapless is awesome (finally gapless on my HD tracks, Yay)

 

The build quality is excellent.

 

An amazing sound from such a small package.

 

And I really do not understand people saying it is bass light - no such issue with these headphones :-)

post #128 of 609

Is there a special offer or lower introduction price on the AK120 or does everyone have to pay the full price?
 

post #129 of 609
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Originally Posted by piercer View Post

OK - Had the AK120 for a few hours now. Straight out of the box with T5p's I have to honestly say that I am blown away.

 

The soundstage is incredible and it sounds quite valve amp like. The gapless is awesome (finally gapless on my HD tracks, Yay)

 

The build quality is excellent.

 

An amazing sound from such a small package.

 

And I really do not understand people saying it is bass light - no such issue with these headphones :-)


Out of curiosity, which HD Tracks do you find gapless play back working for you?  I have several HD Tracks downloads, such as Rush's Clockwork Angels, that still have a small gap between tracks even with gapless playback turned on.

post #130 of 609
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Originally Posted by frankrondaniel View Post


Out of curiosity, which HD Tracks do you find gapless play back working for you?  I have several HD Tracks downloads, such as Rush's Clockwork Angels, that still have a small gap between tracks even with gapless playback turned on.


Want to add that I do get "true" gapless if the display is on during the transition between tracks.

post #131 of 609

Pink Floyd - Dark Side of The Moon

Jean Michelle Jarre - Oxygene

 

to name a couple

post #132 of 609
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post

I have been listening to se5 with ak120 and though quite good, with 1.00 firmware the combo seems a bit warm at first. Need to listen some more but I prefer se5 with Tera and 1plus2 with AK120.

 

Mimou I suggest when they finally release the 1.00 firmware (probably in 5 years) you try out 1.21 on your SE5s. I won't be surprised if you like that pairing. Since you mention the SE5 are too warm on 1.00. I found the 8A to pair very well on this combo. Still a bit too much bass for my liking but much better than on 1.00.

 

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Originally Posted by piercer View Post

OK - Had the AK120 for a few hours now. Straight out of the box with T5p's I have to honestly say that I am blown away.

 

The soundstage is incredible and it sounds quite valve amp like. The gapless is awesome (finally gapless on my HD tracks, Yay)

 

The build quality is excellent.

 

An amazing sound from such a small package.

 

And I really do not understand people saying it is bass light - no such issue with these headphones :-)


What firmware are you on? If you are on 1.00 then it shouldn't be bass light. On firmware 1.21 it is. But if your headphones are bass heavy as is then 1.21 might suite them better by bringing that bass under control.

post #133 of 609

I want to take a bit on this player, where do you send for warranty (when and if it arises) issues if in the US?

post #134 of 609

Edit: lol my bad. I thought it was a different thread (seeing you and sauntere here made me think it was the Studio V thread lmaoevil_smiley.gif).

 

Your best bet would be to contact iriver customer support. They do have locations within the USA so that shouldn't be an issue.

 

http://www.iriver.com/company/contact.asp


Edited by lee730 - 7/3/13 at 7:06pm
post #135 of 609

Thanks. Thats a big risk sending such a costly item so far away. I know sending items from China to US usually ain't a problem, but sending from the US to china is something I dont know.

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