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post #1291 of 4968
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Originally Posted by daveyston23 View Post

 

 

Regarding 1: Like the AK100/120, I'm pretty sure the ZX1 can only play individual songs, albums and user-created playlists - its not able to play multiple folders like your Cowan. 

 

 

errr.... the ZX1 can play via Folders, Artist, Album, Genre, Release Year, Recently Added, Covert Art View and Play All (& Shuffle)... you can download, use wi-fi, stream  and loads more.

 

me I just turn it on, select Album & listen... I have simple needs..

post #1292 of 4968
MP3 320 is really good just as you state. I agree

Al
post #1293 of 4968
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Originally Posted by Gintaras View Post

IMHO mp3 at 320 kbit can sound very good unless you step up to high end equipment which allows you appreciate some subtleys. it depends how you listen to music too. many people are casual listeners, and if you ask them about singer mistakes in song few will be able to point out.

so i would not bash mp3, but i surely prefer high res even at redbook quality because i get better dynamics and more velvet musical sound.


With 320,000 bit, my guess is the sound stage will be extended to 5 ft across the board and your whole body will be shaking due to the harmonic vibration caused by the music. :wink_face:

post #1294 of 4968
I do not want to get bashed but there is hardly any sound stage with iems. It's not that you cannot hear a position but nothing like headphones. Or speakers. Sorry but I just don't see why people keep saying something that just is not there.

Al
post #1295 of 4968
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Originally Posted by doublea71 View Post
 

 

I'm guessing he had no say in whether his music was sold as a low-quality mp3 due to contractual obligations at some point, so to suggest that he just allows it as if he doesn't care is baseless

 

as you're 'guessing' think my assumption has as much merit as yours.

 

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Originally Posted by doublea71 View Post
 

Which substandard albums and cds do you have of his?

 

where have I said his Albums are substandard?... apart from where I was being ironic about his uber format.

 

I bought my first Young album in 1971 I think (ATGR) or thereabouts... I recently sold the 3cd version of Weld on Ebay for £85, seen him with Crazy Horse live... but in all honesty the original Allman Brothers line-up surpasses anything from that particular genre imho, even today... so what's your opinion on 24k Gold Disc?

post #1296 of 4968
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Originally Posted by OK-Guy View Post
 

 

errr.... the ZX1 can play via Folders, Artist, Album, Genre, Release Year, Recently Added, Covert Art View and Play All (& Shuffle)... you can download, use wi-fi, stream  and loads more.

 

me I just turn it on, select Album & listen... I have simple needs..

 

Yes, you're absolutely right. I forgot to mention the other ways in which ZX1 can play music. Thanks for pointing out my omissions. But I think the main point was that the ZX1 doesn't play multiple folders in a subfolder, which is what the OP really liked about his/her Cowon. 

 

I also have simple needs. I prefer to listen to individual albums too.. each to their own


Edited by daveyston23 - 1/26/14 at 2:31pm
post #1297 of 4968
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Originally Posted by doublea71 View Post
 

 

I'm guessing he had no say in whether his music was sold as a low-quality mp3 due to contractual obligations at some point, so to suggest that he just allows it as if he doesn't care is baseless - there is a lot of evidence that he does care a lot about sound quality and he has done as much as possible in the recording studio over the years to ensure that his music does indeed sound great. Beyond that, he's largely at the mercy of the label since they have a vested interest in turning a profit which means using the format that most consumers use.  

 

Which substandard albums and cds do you have of his? When did it occur to you that one or more of his recordings you bought were substandard and what compelled you to keep buying his records after having this revelation? Have you ever bought a reissue/remaster of a classic album? I will gladly buy a substantially better-sounding version of a classic album and I'm sure I'm not alone on this - I thought that this was one of the joys of collecting vinyl and discovering remasters....oy vey - it's late and I'm ready for sleep. Neil FTW, as always...

I love Neil Young, God bless him.  But I don't think any quality of master recording is gonna help his poor voice!  :biggrin:

post #1298 of 4968
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Originally Posted by fiascogarcia View Post
 

I love Neil Young, God bless him.  But I don't think any quality of master recording is gonna help his poor voice!  :biggrin:

That is ok, it has a quality of its own. I listen to the 92 live recording a lot and the acoustical recording that is live. Both have very good high end sound, very open and dynamic with good crowd interplay. 

post #1299 of 4968

Back to the AK240...

For me the joy of this hobby is to be able to carry around huge amounts of hires audio. I've ripped hundreds of SACD's, LP's and DVD-A to flac, and I'm a big customer at HDTracks.

I probably won't buy one because of the storage capacity. I currently have two MicroSD to SD card converters in my AK120 for a total of 448GB. Assuming the same card converters work in the AK240 it'll still only hold 512GB with one card installed. With two 256GB SD cards in the AK120 I could go to 576GB. 

This is a pretty small upgrade in storage for the price. Why couldn't they at least keep two slots? 

I also do my critical listening through a Meridian Director DAC and external amp. I'll try to do a side by side at the SoCal meet up in March and see if the SQ is better and report back. On the road, even though high end CIEM's, there's too often too much background noise to fully appreciate a DAC/Amp upgrade. 

Of course when I hear it I may change my tune, especially if there's show special pricing. 

 

A sure cure for the raked off clients who just bought previous products would be to offer a generous trade-in program. I'm sure iRiver could find a happy home for used AK100's and AK120's and it would really take the pain out of upgrading. 

 


Edited by Sam Edwards - 1/26/14 at 2:59pm
post #1300 of 4968
Agreed, there simply isn't enough storage space on these things. We are in 2014, can we not figure out a way for me to carry all of my hi-res music on 1 device?
post #1301 of 4968

Today was an excellent day with the AK240. Here are some quick notes:

 

  • The second firmware update since it arrived came across today. I'm not sure what exactly was updated (I'll see if I can find release notes). It's now on version 1.03.
  • I bought the Kevin Gray DSD remaster (direct from analog masters) of Norah Jones' Come Away With Me--an album that, despite its ubiquity, I haven't gotten sick of since its release in 2002. I'm not sure how many versions of this album I've bought since its release, but there's no doubt this one's the best version I've got. The AK240 has native support for DSD, and through the Westone ES50 and AKG K812, I've never felt closer to Norah and her music on this album than now. I think I'm going to have to pick up the rest of the remasters from this project.
  • As I've come to expect from Astell&Kern, in terms of self-noise, the AK240 is, to my ears, absolutely dead quiet, even with the ES50 (which seems to be able to touch the noise floor of all but a handful of amps on hand here--and there are a lot of amps on hand here).
  • I've been doing mostly album-playing with it so far, so I haven't done much messing around with the AK240's playlist functionality to determine how it differs from the AK100/120. I'll visit that soon.
  • Today's listening was almost exclusively DSD. I have a growing collection of DSD, and it'd be nice to get as much of it on the AK240 as possible. I love the 256GB of internal storage, but do wish it retained the AK100/120's two micro-SD card slots (the AK240 only has one). I searched high and low for a 128GB micro-SD card online, but couldn't find any for sale. Anyone know if those are available yet? I know a 128GB micro-SD card will likely be expensive if/when it's available, but I'm willing to pay a premium for another 64GB on this thing.
  • Tonight or tomorrow, I'll start spending more time with the AKR02, but I wanted to start with the AK240 with headphones I'm already more familiar with.

 

If you're a Norah Jones fan, definitely pick up this Kevin Gray remaster of Come Away With Me; and, if you do, let us know what you think. I dig.

post #1302 of 4968
Really why can't you just take a few ad cards in a holder. I have about
6 terr bits should I have to take it all with me. But I do agree why not the two card slot
Like before

Al
post #1303 of 4968
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Originally Posted by ALRAINBOW View Post

Really why can't you just take a few ad cards in a holder. I have about

6 terr bits should I have to take it all with me. But I do agree why not the two card slot

Like before



Al

 



Obviously I can do that, I'm just saying it's amazing that in 2014 we still don't have a device that can hold all your hi-res music on it. And for $2500 I would certainly think that's the least they could do it give you some damn room to store your music.
post #1304 of 4968
Just wondering y ak240 can stay in the portable gear main section but chord hugo is in some other sub forum (probably less visited)?
Edited by CosmicHolyGhost - 1/26/14 at 4:22pm
post #1305 of 4968
As for the memory you are correct it should have a larger inside and two instead of one outside. It's just that to me it's not what will make me buy or not. There is so mNy other feature that are more important.

Al
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