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post #316 of 356

der Gents,

what do you think? Is there any difference between AK10 and Beyerdynamic?

post #317 of 356
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der Gents,
what do you think? Is there any difference between AK10 and Beyerdynamic?
Only the brandname, but bypacked cables in Europe still have the AK label.
post #318 of 356
Thanks for comment.
And what about firmware? In European version of Beyerdynamic it is possible to dismiss volume limit to have possibility to use with heavy cans ~600ohm.
post #319 of 356
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Thanks for comment.
And what about firmware? In European version of Beyerdynamic it is possible to dismiss volume limit to have possibility to use with heavy cans ~600ohm.
You can, If you want to use cans like Sennheiser 650. I use mostly in ears, the Grado GR10 and the Senn IE80, and in case of the latter I dismiss the volume limit because i like the grunt necessary for bass heavy music like Primus.
post #320 of 356
And how a can dissmis if I have AK10 not beyerdynamic?
post #321 of 356
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And how a can dissmis if I have AK10 not beyerdynamic?
there are 3 little buttons on one side, all you have to do is pushing the middle one and hold a few seconds. Than you can turn the volume wheel as far as you like.
post #322 of 356
Thanks for the advice, but this trick doesn't works for AK10, this is instruction for beyerdynamic. What I should do in case of AK10?
post #323 of 356
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Thanks for the advice, but this trick doesn't works for AK10, this is instruction for beyerdynamic. What I should do in case of AK10?
I thought they were authentic, if not , I hope people with an AK10 can help you further, will some research myself as this is rather strange
post #324 of 356

I just tried it with the AK10 and the red light is lit at max volume and pressing the middle button for a few seconds doesn't do anything.  I think you might be SOL when trying to drive 600ohm cans with this little thing.  

post #325 of 356

The Non-EU version of the A200p does not have a volume limit... does the A&K 10 even have one?

 

Disengaging the limit on the EU-A200p is a bit more complicated and involves disconnecting everything. Just looked it up:

*) disconnect all cables

*) power on the device

*) lock the keys (i.e. power key in lock position)

*) press the Play-button for about 5sec. Power-LED should flash purple and turn red. Volume limit is turned off now.

*) Power off

*) re-connect cables and power on device

 

Same goes for re-enabling the limit (LED flashes purple and then blue in that case). Use on your own risk -- listening at high volumes can damage your hearing etc.

 

Maybe you want to try that on your A&K 10?

post #326 of 356
Thanks for advice . I did this. Unfortunately it doesn't works with AK10.
post #327 of 356

Sorry to hear that. I did not even know the A&K version actually has a limitation. Did you ask your retailer? What did the product description say? The A200p non-eu version explicitly states compatibility with high-impedance headphones up to 600Ohm while the eu-version talks about 32Ohm.

 

Furthermore the limitation is said to be in effect only when connected to a smartphone. Did you try to connect the A&K to your computer?

post #328 of 356
Has anyone tried the a200p or ak10 with the Roxannes? Wondering if i should pull the trigger. Thanks.
post #329 of 356

In case anyone is wondering, the AK10 works with the iPhone 6. It does sound lovely with my JH5 CIEM's :)

 

The A200P should work with the iPhone 6 too.

 

In some testing with the JH5 straight out of the iPhone (Spotify, extreme quality mode) it was very transparent, detailed and sounded pretty good, however, the AK10 adds a fills in a good deal of body, decent thump and richness. Definitely worth it when considering the elegance on top of the sound quality- a really easy, quality, uncomplicated add-on to the iPhone.

 

With that said, I haven't tried the E18 and would be curious about how a strap-on portable amp (e.g. E12) would fair.


Edited by hearo - 10/14/14 at 10:58pm
post #330 of 356
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In case anyone is wondering, the AK10 works with the iPhone 6. It does sound lovely with my JH5 CIEM's :)

 

The A200P should work with the iPhone 6 too.

 

In some testing with the JH5 straight out of the iPhone (Spotify, extreme quality mode) it was very transparent, detailed and sounded pretty good, however, the AK10 adds a fills in a good deal of body, decent thump and richness. Definitely worth it when considering the elegance on top of the sound quality- a really easy, quality, uncomplicated add-on to the iPhone.

 

With that said, I haven't tried the E18 and would be curious about how a strap-on portable amp (e.g. E12) would fair.

Yeah, the A200P works fine with the iPhone 6.

 

However, when I put the A200P in bootloader mode, the firmware update software does not recognize it and therefore I cannot update the firmware.  I've tried this on mac and pc.  POS :P

 

I believe it does the job well, but it still feels like a cheap POS with a lousy designed volume wheel.  

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