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post #1321 of 8541
Well first off I am wrong I did a post on another forum. And it appears we hear in atleast three and maybe four being the delay as the forth. Now as this is all an oil opinion so do not take offense. To me it goes speakers , headphones , iems. . Now given some can be better than others so this is truly just an individual preference.
As for iems they have there perticular quality as like being a microscope to music. But they lack the depth and and resolution thT the other two can give you. And speakers give you the best image as well as the most resolution of all. I too use to think like you until I got better cans and DAC. But it's all good as we just love this hobby and the enjoyment it gives us in both listening and interacting with others in it as well.

Al
post #1322 of 8541
The reply I got.

In the real world, we spatially hear in three dimensions.

During playback, we hear in one dimension (left and right) but our brains happily fill in depth through positional cues (less high frequency and more room sound moves instruments back in the soundstage). Thus, we hear in two dimensions, given a good stereo recording.

Sometimes we hear a third dimension (height). I have yet to learn of an explanation of how we can possibly get height cues out of stereo playback of a microphone pair.

(We also hear the room, for good and bad. This sound is three dimensional.)

In the real world, we get height cues through the differences in frequency and timing response created by the shape and size of our ears, as well as the amount of time it takes sound to travel around our heads. This is also how we locate a sound behind us. Each of us learns the sound of our ears with time and experience. If an outer ear is damaged, we need to learn all over again.

Headphones are inherently different from speakers as the right ear does not hear the left transducer and vice versa. Some amps have crossfeed which helps, but is not the same sound as speakers.

Headphones emphasize room sound, reverb, ambiance, transient attacks, intakes of breath, instrument noises (such as pad sounds of an oboe) and other subtle sounds. This characteristic additionally makes headphone listening fundamentally different from listening to speakers.

Al
post #1323 of 8541
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Originally Posted by goldendarko View Post

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?

 

The easy solution would be SD or CF cards. Maybe the Pono Player will see the light: We want to be able to swap media without doing a library scan. 

A&K can you please write the library data to each volume?

post #1324 of 8541
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Originally Posted by jude View Post
 

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.


Have you heard the new remaster of Kind of Blue from HDTracks on the 240 perchance?

post #1325 of 8541

Both the AK120 and the AK240 support DSD correct?

post #1326 of 8541
Yes but the 240 runs it native, the 120 has to convert to PCM i believe.
post #1327 of 8541
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Originally Posted by ianmedium View Post

Yes but the 240 runs it native, the 120 has to convert to PCM i believe.

And it looses something in the conversion?

post #1328 of 8541
I must admit I think it must. I personally much prefer 24/.. to the DSD files I have on my 120. They sound a little glassy to my ears where as the 24bit files are lovely and organic sounding. One of the things I am looking forward to most is hearing how the 240 handles DSD, from what jude is saying that will be one of the biggest improvements over the 120.
post #1329 of 8541

There are so many different factors involved that can alter the sound, it is just so hard to pin point what the true cause of the sonic alteration of the sound is. I think the fact that AK240 does not need to depend on the CPU to convert DSD will improve battery life The selling point of AK240 is the 256 GB of space internally and the fact that it can do DSD natively.

 

All those stuff like scratch resistance body does not interest me. For all I care I need the screen to be scratch resistance. I mean isn't that why we have case for our devices?

post #1330 of 8541

The Problem with traditional High-End was that you never could use the full potential as you did want to live in harmonie with the neighboours unless you live alone far removed from the next neighbour. I can only speak for Europe here, but due to the ever increasing rent costs, many have to live now in small flats, That is why the sizes did reduce the last 10 years, and mini and Micro HiFi did become more populair, brands like T+A and Denon to Name a few, did reckonize this Change, and also produced High-End at reduced sizes, With the coming of Labtops and tablets the saving of space went even further, so today a pair of compact active Speakers do the Job, Astel & kern did go further into making High-end portable in away no other did before. I just wonder why EU and US brands did not jump on the wagon yet. Meridian did on the DAC front, altrough the portable DAC is made for pc only.Stax were the pioneers in compact High-end but today you can get Solutions for every Budget without having to sacrifice the Sound. Intresting times for sure.

post #1331 of 8541

I can tell you guys that I am listening to the X5 right now and at 350$, Fiio brings a SQ close to the 901 (which is absolutely excellent). So the AK240 had better sound miraculous and bring the smoothest UI on the planet to justify a 8x price premium over the X5. And if it does I might buy it.

post #1332 of 8541
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post
 

I can tell you guys that I am listening to the X5 right now and at 350$, Fiio brings a SQ close to the 901 (which is absolutely excellent). So the AK240 had better sound miraculous and bring the smoothest UI on the planet to justify a 8x price premium over the X5. And if it does I might buy it.

now how on earth did you get the X5? I thought it is due in march, must be because of your french charms.

 

 

PS: Thanks for this heart warming comment, makes me happy for not caving to order the hm901 this morning. 

post #1333 of 8541
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Originally Posted by audionewbi View Post
 

now how on earth did you get the X5? I thought it is due in march, must be because of your french charms.

 

 

PS: Thanks for this heart warming comment, makes me happy for not caving to order the hm901 this morning. 


I live in China, so I could have bought it, but it is a loaner from a good headfi friend from Beijing who happens to be a plastic duck. Honestly, so far with iems, I get between 90 and 95% of 901 performance more precise volume control. So I will still keep my 901 as it truly shines, but the X5 is a great product.

post #1334 of 8541
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post
 


I live in China, so I could have bought it, but it is a loaner from a good headfi friend from Beijing who happens to be a plastic duck. Honestly, so far with iems, I get between 90 and 95% of 901 performance more precise volume control. So I will still keep my 901 as it truly shines, but the X5 is a great product.

Thanks, x5 is certainly in my wish list now. I am really curious on whether you will ever buy the AK240 or Hugo. If so any ETA? 

 

PS:French charm would have also been an acceptable answer. 

post #1335 of 8541
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post
 

I can tell you guys that I am listening to the X5 right now and at 350$, Fiio brings a SQ close to the 901 (which is absolutely excellent). So the AK240 had better sound miraculous and bring the smoothest UI on the planet to justify a 8x price premium over the X5. And if it does I might buy it.


You strike me as not being the easy-to-please type when it comes to gear, so your ringing endorsement of the X5 is quite something. I do believe they have hit it out of the ballpark, but I won't know for certain until I hear it for myself.

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