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Originally Posted by doublea71 View Post
 


Such is life when you don't have your own record label

 

didn't stop Pink Floyd or Led Zep from saying & stating how their music was sold.

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didn't stop Pink Floyd or Led Zep from saying & stating how their music was sold.


How their music was sold had nothing to do with sound and both are now on Spotify as proof.

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What if appears to be is an online hi def
Music portal. I have a little about this concept
And it allows us to have access to a very large library
I would think it is like divx was.

Al
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How their music was sold had nothing to do with sound and both are now on Spotify as proof.

 

I can't argue with that my point being that Artist have control over their music.

 

if Young was seriously concerned about the quality, he could of done something about it, mp3 downloads being a good starting point.

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So help me out guys. I am retired academic middle class with not so many dollars to burn but a large collection of good classical (from baroque to absolute latest contemporary) music CDs I listen to for several hours daily now I have tons of time. I am not a tech expert but I do know my HD800 with Csardas lines sounds a hell of a lot better than my old Shure and Sony UIEMS that must be replaced. And well, the portable players do succumb to wear and tear. I was thinking of replacing both IEMS and AK100. I saw someone creating a photographic sandwich of portable equipment which may be good for me hence the questions below. Oh and I have no good store expert in my city to ask. I have to order by internet and hence I must know what I want to start with.

 

  1. I was considering the AK240 but it seems on reading these columns and my own not great like of the AK user interface, that some other options may be better. I need expert advice or suggestions and I mention a few things below that I like and dislike:
    1. I like my Cowan X7 long battery life and user interface. I can set it to start play at any level folder and it will continue to play that folder in orderly track succession and then the next folder and so on whatever the level until I shut it off. Not so AK which things I play songs not music where tracks need to be played in order and maybe more than one folder depending on the musical work. I never play Songs juggled up in random order or make peculiar playlists which are tedious to make. So what Player? The new Sony ZX1? Does the DAC need to be in the player? I have l the music stored on portable hard drives? Would it be better played form these than trying to find the player with the largest GB capacity? With as many micros HD cards?
    2. The new HUGO can it be successfully sued to do the digital to audio conversion DAC, then what is used as player? New Sony? Plus a potable HD?
    3. Ok Now what about AMP for headphone (or for new CIEM) I have an ALO portable headphone amp at present? Or does the output from the HUGO DAC not need an AMP?
    4. Um this is incidental but at the moment I am weighing um whether to get a Noble 4s advantage made near me or Custom Art Pro3 or Universal Ears difficult to source in my part of the world.

All advice welcomed. Thanks guys and gals from an old fogie.:confused:

 

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Can someone confirm that the German website sited yesterday in a post said €2500. Euros, therefore $3500 US Dollar?  OR does the US get a discount pricing?

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Originally Posted by Saraguie View Post
 

Can someone confirm that the German website sited yesterday in a post said €2500. Euros, therefore $3500 US Dollar?  OR does the US get a discount pricing?


Usually it works like that.

 

US price is 1300 USD (AK120). In Eu, the price was 1300 EUR. So they just delete the USD and write EUR instead. When you the conversion, of course USD gets cheaper. So, not an official info but, probably US price will be 2500 USD.

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to quote Jude... The Hugo is one of the best DAC/amps I've ever heard, regardless of form factor.

 

I'm ordering a Hugo this week as it fulfils several roles such are my requirements... I own a Sony ZX1 and will use it with the Hugo on trips etc. (if I'm just going shopping it'll be the DAP on its own, it has an excellent SQ imo)... I also intend to use it as a DAC in a hi-fi system (CD/DAC/Amp)... then as a DAC/Amp from a PC... I can also stream music to it via my ZX1.

 

I really cannot see the AK240 topping a DAP/PC-Hugo combo... the cost saving is significant, which no doubt help in your retirement... if your aim is for the best SQ it's no brainer imo.

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Originally Posted by Saraguie View Post
 

Can someone confirm that the German website sited yesterday in a post said €2500. Euros, therefore $3500 US Dollar?  OR does the US get a discount pricing?

 

plus VAT... plus dealer mark-up(?)

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Originally Posted by OK-Guy View Post
 

 

I can't argue with that my point being that Artist have control over their music.

 

if Young was seriously concerned about the quality, he could of done something about it, mp3 downloads being a good starting point.


By George he IS doing something about it, including trademarking a new audio format and getting major labels interested (able to see dollar signs) in his venture. It turns out he does have his own label, too (Vapor Records). He has always been hand-on when it comes to sound quality, including being involved in mixing and mastering his own material. Implementing a change of this magnitude is not a matter of snapping one's fingers - he's dealing with a ruthless industry that sees artists as something akin to livestock, and very, very few have control over their own catalog. Neil FTW.

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Originally Posted by doublea71 View Post
 


By George he IS doing something about it, including trademarking a new audio format and getting major labels interested (able to see dollar signs) in his venture. It turns out he does have his own label, too (Vapor Records). He has always been hand-on when it comes to sound quality, including being involved in mixing and mastering his own material. Implementing a change of this magnitude is not a matter of snapping one's fingers - he's dealing with a ruthless industry that sees artists as something akin to livestock, and very, very few have control over their own catalog. Neil FTW.

 

think your missing my point... he could of done something IF he was that concerned about the reproduction of music via mp3... aka quality (sic).

 

another new music-format... nothing like milking the cash-cow,  plenty of teats to go around it appears.


Edited by OK-Guy - 1/26/14 at 11:41am
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Funny you mention that in this thread. Sure plenty of teats to go around but then again, changing MP3 is out of the question. We already changed encoding, it's called FLAC/ALAC/AIFF/WAV etc etc.
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There is nothing wrong with music formats. We need to make people the users just be aware of better quality . Now consider this. Most people do not lay for there music today
And the ones that do want it cheap. Now I have all formats , and yes I do listen to mo3. If I like it. Then I go buy a better resolution. . But here is where the problem comes in.

Most of the music I like is not hi Rez and if it is , it usually stinks . So I end up finding music I do not know and learn to like it. So how many people do you think would go though that ?

Al
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Originally Posted by OK-Guy View Post
 

 

think your missing my point... he could of done something IF he was that concerned about the reproduction of music via mp3... aka quality (sic).

 

another new music-format... nothing like milking the cash-cow,  plenty of teats to go around it appears.


I am indeed missing your point. When could he have done something and what should he have done? Why shouldn't he earn money from a new format if it delivers the goods and there is demand for it?  How is this milking the proverbial cash-cow since nobody will be compelled to buy it? I do not feel compelled to buy the AK240, nor am I offended by its price. There - finally something on-topic...

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