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post #226 of 4297
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Originally Posted by feverfive View Post
 

So this isn't vaporware after all?  Guess I'm getting too cynical

 

Off-topic:  how coem DAP makers get all the heat about OI being too high?  I look at it the opposite way:  WTF are IEM impendances so damn low?  They're as much a part of the "problem" as the DAP-makers

 

Keeping impedances low on iems allow them to consume less power in general which in turn prolong battery life of the source.  How is that a problem?

post #227 of 4297
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post

3 Ohms isn't going to be a problem. You guys worry about too much, seriously.

+1 too
post #228 of 4297

I've just been trying to scratch around for some more info on the Calyx-M, prior to the opening of its official webpage (which is due any day now - possibly January 6th, which is the 'Press Day', prior to the public opening of CES 2014, which runs Jan 7-10th)

 

I did find the following lo-res pic of the device, quoted as measuring 5.3 x 2.7 x 0.5 inches (134.3mm x 68.4mm x 12.7mm), which looks much sleeker than the prototype 3D render thus far supplied (which was originally quoted as being 141.5 X 70.8 X 14 mm) :

 

 

 

and, back to the earlier evidence, I found some labels for some of the hardware functions, on a Dutch website:

 

 

 

I do hope I'm wrong about this, but, other than a    [Play/Pause]    button, there seems to be a worryingly conspicuous lack of     [<<REW]    and    [FFW>>]    buttons...

 

Perhaps the newer version has addressed this, on the unshown left-hand side of the DAP, but the righthand side, shown, above, doesn't seem any different, between the old and new versions, and it can be seen on some other old pictures, that there are no buttons evident, at that time, on the lefthand side of the device... :frown:.

 

Fingers (and toes!) crossed, boys & girls..!

 

 



Edited by Mython - 12/30/13 at 1:06pm
post #229 of 4297

Is it some kind of volume bar under the play/pause button?

post #230 of 4297
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Originally Posted by AmberOzL View Post
 

Is it some kind of volume bar under the play/pause button?

 

I was thinking exactly the same thing, but didn't dare to venture!

post #231 of 4297

FWD and RWD buttons are not must for me, but if they are there, of course it is nice plus. Pause/Play and volume controller are the most important ones. However, if it is the volume bar, I am not sure about I can use it in my pockets easily. I much prefer the button layouts like ZX1 or X5. As a side note, I also don't like AK1X0 style either I have a feeling like it can get accidental touches therefore changes in volume. What do you think about the volume bar system, I mean if it is a volume bar really?

post #232 of 4297
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Originally Posted by AmberOzL View Post
 

What do you think about the volume bar system, I mean if it is a volume bar really?

 

If it is a volume slider, I think it is extremely poor design, because it would be too easy to accidentally slide volume to 100% and damage your hearing and your CIEMs (even though it is flush in the side of the chassis)

post #233 of 4297
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Originally Posted by Mython View Post
 

 

If it is a volume slider, I think it is extremely poor design, because it would be too easy to accidentally slide volume to 100% and damage your hearing and your CIEMs (even though it is flush in the side of the chassis)


Agreed. Generally poor design overall, I would give C- :tongue_smile:

post #234 of 4297
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Agreed. Generally poor design overall, I would give C- :tongue_smile:

 

so, may be we the The Astell & Kern AK240  will become the next top-of-the line source  ? 

 

In the February 2014 issue of The Absolute Sound there's an ad for the new Astell & Kern AK240.

There's not a lot of info so I'm hoping they'll show it at CES next month and.... that it has a true line-out...

post #235 of 4297
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post
 

 

so, may be we the The Astell & Kern AK240  will become the next top-of-the line source  ? 

 

In the February 2014 issue of The Absolute Sound there's an ad for the new Astell & Kern AK240.

There's not a lot of info so I'm hoping they'll show it at CES next month and.... that it has a true line-out...


I am sorry but I don't think I will be able to pay near 2k for a dap while doing my master :happy_face1: As crazy as I am, I done it for my ciems. Worth every penny I spent but it is off topic.

 

So, yeah it will be overpriced as usual iRiver (I refuse to use their fancy new names). I have no doubt that it will be nice sounding device, it is just, the amount of money they are asking for it is not fair IMO. So what do I do, I look for alternatives, we still have companies like FiiO and iBasso etc. Btw, iBasso is bringing dual dac dap too, ES9018K2M and they will charge it a bit less than 500 USD apparently. So yeah, make your own conclusion.

 

As for Calyx M, I still have hope but design wise, all I can say is, poor.

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post #237 of 4297

thats weird,they didnt list the dac or the amp

post #238 of 4297

confirmed no line out

post #239 of 4297

So, it's 3.3 ohm output impedance.

 

It does have an on-the-go playlist, but not clear if it's only one playlist or multiple, saveable, playlists

 

Also, the volume control is, as feared, a silly slider. That design decision is going to come back & haunt Calyx and their customers, mark my words...

 

 

 

And as also feared, there are no   [<<REW]    and    [FFW>>]    buttons...    (face-palm..!) :confused_face_2:

 

 

 

Other than that, it looks like a beautiful piece of engineering.

 

 


 

Quote:

Placement of Buttons:

 

1/8(3.5mm)headphone jack(top left)

 

Power On/Off(top right)

 

Play/Pause,  Slide Volume (right side)

 

 

Dimension

 

134.60 X 69.16 x 14.50 m/m^3 (H/W/D) Weight (160g, TBA)

 

 

I also can't help but wonder what Sony will think about this claim:

 

Quote:
4.65" OLED large touch screen
(The world's first. 2 to 3 times larger and
sharper than the competition.)

 

 

Unless it's, perhaps, an intentionally misleading statement, on the basis of them including the term 'OLED', since the NW-ZX1 screen isn't (AFAIK) OLED.  Very cheeky, and many people, who may not be aware of the Japan-only NW-ZX1, may fall for it, believing that no DAP other than the Calyx-M has a large touchscreen (and I haven't even mentioned the DX100 yet :wink_face:, but they've 'covered' that by including the word 'sharper'). Very tricksy marketing, don'tcha think?

 

 

 

 

 

But, in spite of the design shortcomings and iffy marketing claims, I have to hand it to them - the Calyx-M does look like a lovely piece of compact electronics engineering.

 

I'll be interested to find out how it sounds (driving some low-impedance CIEMs, that is!).

 

 



Edited by Mython - 12/31/13 at 6:56am
post #240 of 4297

NO line out !

NO  >> Skip  botton (the one I use most when the AK is in my pocket, and want to go to the next song)

3.3 ohm output impedance !

 

          --> ... NO Thanks !

 

plus, no infos about the DAC chip !  which one ?  one or dual ? 

apparently only 1 Micro-SD Slot ?

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