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post #166 of 343
Does any know if this is compatible with Ipod Touch 5g?
post #167 of 343
One more question - where can i order this in north america? Is it available ?
post #168 of 343
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Originally Posted by orcheung2002 View Post
 

I had the AK10 several weeks with my Android phone and enjoyed the lush sound. Only one problem is the original android connection cable of 0.8m too long and not a superior quality. Does anyone know any brand connection cable for this AK10. Thx.

You mean the cable that is included with the AK10 ?

I only know that there is one on ebay : http://www.ebay.fr/itm/Official-iriver-Astell-Kern-AK10-microUSB-10cm-for-Android-AK10-AKML01-/111230231684?pt=US_MP3_Player_Cases_Covers_Skins&hash=item19e5d6a484

post #169 of 343
It is compatible with iPod 5g according to their web site but not available in North America yet. Will have to order from Japan or Korea as far as I can see.

Jim
post #170 of 343

I was able to get it via Amazon Japan using Tenso forwarding service and costing just under $300 total.  

post #171 of 343
Good news the new firmware update not enables use to have 24/96 out using the onkyo app without the need of camera kit.

Still no ipod nano 7G support iriver please make us all happy and enable that.
post #172 of 343

Thanks Berduge. This solves the length issue but not improve the quality. Will purchase this if no other alternative.

post #173 of 343
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Originally Posted by orcheung2002 View Post
 

Thanks Berduge. This solves the length issue but not improve the quality. Will purchase this if no other alternative.

Is the 0.8-meter android cable you mentionned the cable included with the AK10 ? Because I ordered an AK10 and the seller told me that an android cable was included, I asked him what type of cable but no answer yet.

post #174 of 343
No andiod cable was in mine unless they have upgraded their package.
post #175 of 343
Thread Starter 
It comes with 3 cables - Lightning, Android and a longer USB one for charging. The Android is probably an afterthought as it was bundled outside the box.
post #176 of 343
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by georgelai57 View Post

It comes with 3 cables - Lightning, Android and a longer USB one for charging. The Android is probably an afterthought as it was bundled outside the box.

I'm trying to get rid of my Android cable and will swop with any Android user. For an Apple Lightning one of course.
post #177 of 343

I finally received my AK10 this morning, plugged into my Galaxy S4 (the official iriver android cable was included). I previously owned an AK-100, which I did not like because of the recessed / boring mids and treble.

 

I must say the AK10 sound is, compared to the stock S4 more detailed and "airy", with greater separation, the bass is really well defined and dynamic. But there is one important thing I don't like : the mids are boring, a bit recessed, a tad dry, not very smooth and "liquid". It is better than with the AK100 I think, but still not great. And this point is crucial for me, like a deal breaker.

I could not compare the AK10 to the AK 120 since I never tested it. Compared to the AK100 however, the sound is better IMO.

 

I will let my AK10 burn in a little, but I don't expect much improvement... I may very well sell it soon I think...


Edited by Berdugo - 12/23/13 at 9:39am
post #178 of 343
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Originally Posted by Berdugo View Post
 

I finally received my AK10 this morning, plugged into my Galaxy S4 (the official iriver android cable was included). I previously owned an AK-100, which I did not like because of the recessed / boring mids and treble.

 

I must say the AK10 sound is, compared to the stock S4 more detailed and "airy", with greater separation, the bass is really well defined and dynamic. But there is one important thing I don't like : the mids are boring, a bit recessed, a tad dry, not very smooth and "liquid". It is better than with the AK100 I think, but still not great. And this point is crucial for me, like a deal breaker.

I could not compare the AK10 to the AK 120 since I never tested it. Compared to the AK100 however, the sound is better IMO.

 

I will let my AK10 burn in a little, but I don't expect much improvement... I may very well sell it soon I think...

Wait, mids of AK100 is boring? I though AK100 was praised for liquid and smooth sound. Whoa. You must like a really mid centric sound.

post #179 of 343

Oh, I will get a chance to try them real soon btw. I saw one on demo at a store today. Didn't feel like trying them today. However, I did try to AK120 with UERM, and it was real good.

post #180 of 343
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Originally Posted by kimvictor View Post
 

Wait, mids of AK100 is boring? I though AK100 was praised for liquid and smooth sound. Whoa. You must like a really mid centric sound.

Not at all, I like a well-balanced sound, and the mids are as important as the rest of the spectrum, and to many people it's even the most important part.
Beautiful voices are not enjoyable with the AK-100 IMHO. With the AK-10 it is a bit better but nah.

I'm not the only one to say that about the AK100 by the way : http://www.audioexcursions.com/files/astell-and-kern-ak100-high-end-audio-player-review.html

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