or Connect
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Source Gear › The Astell & Kern AK240
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

The Astell & Kern AK240 - Page 91

post #1351 of 8541
Quote:
Originally Posted by burtomr View Post
 

I do like Jim Carrey, but I fail to see how this realtes to my comment >.> 

post #1352 of 8541
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post
 

2.5mm balanced out... are you serious and in addition to it being a 2.5mm out we have to now buy an adapter 

 

I guess for $2000+ another $50 isn not a big deal 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post
 

I do like Jim Carrey, but I fail to see how this realtes to my comment >.> 

 

Mshenay,

 

I am agreeing with your comment but adding that the 2.5mm out is "Dumb and Dumber" = A TOTL +$2500 DAP with a 2.5mm HO/LO is hardly ready for prime time considering the minuscule availability of high quality non-magnetic 2.5mm TRRS plugs AND therefore the necessity of an adapter per your comment. Another issue is the inherent fragility of the teensy weensy 2.5mm plug....can you say: "DAMN!....it snapped right off" 

post #1353 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.

WOW, that's a statement !!! will be watching out. now imagine what happens if Calyx M sounds like a true high end? this can make ak240 Kaput on arrival, exactly what i am expecting to happen.
post #1354 of 8541
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gintaras View Post


WOW, that's a statement !!! will be watching out. now imagine what happens if Calyx M sounds like a true high end? this can make ak240 Kaput on arrival, exactly what i am expecting to happen.

 

Yea... I am hearing a lot of positives about the X5... and I look forward to comparing it to my Hm801... 

Quote:
Originally Posted by burtomr View Post
 

 

Mshenay,

 

I am agreeing with your comment but adding that the 2.5mm out is "Dumb and Dumber" = A TOTL +$2500 DAP with a 2.5mm HO/LO is hardly ready for prime time considering the minuscule availability of high quality non-magnetic 2.5mm TRRS plugs AND therefore the necessity of an adapter per your comment. Another issue is the inherent fragility of the teensy weensy 2.5mm plug....can you say: "DAMN!....it snapped right off" 

That I hear you there, lol good point 

 

and I never though about how easyit would be to SNAP... lol what a joke... I have a $10 cell phone next to me that uses a 2.5mm out... so thanks A&K you have the same Analog out as this VERY very cheap brandless cell phone... I dunno I might put my money on the hm802 or X5 if and when I want to get a new DAP

 

and as a matter of fact though, I am NOT happy that hifiman stoped having native Line Out functionality on their DAPs, yes I know there is an apadapter of some kind, but a basic on board line out is a nessiceity for me and a good number of us... heres to hoping the A&K 240 uses a 3.5mm line out 

post #1355 of 8541

This is HUGO

 

 

6 | www.hifi news.co.uk | MARCH 2014
NAIM AUDIO’S FLAGSHIP PRE/POWER AMPLIFIER LAUNCHED AT CES 2014
A TRIO OF NEW MAINS CONDITIONERS
ming CHORD’S DSD-READY HEADPHONE PREAMP
The Statement
Palm-sized headphone preamps surely do not
come more versatile or rugged than the new
£1200 Hugo from Chord Electronics. Launched
as part of the company’s 20th anniversary
celebrations, the Hugo offers fi ve digital inputs
including support for A2DP aptX Bluetooth, and
provides both 3.5 (x2) and 6.35mm headphone
outlets alongside a pair of RCA phonos.
A standard (16-bit/48kHz) USB input is
fi tted alongside a USB 2.0 port that handles
hi-res 24-bit/384kHz DXD and DSD128 music
fi les. The coaxial S/PDIF input is also good to
24-bit/384kHz thanks to the FPGA-based DAC
technology developed for Chord by Robert
Watts. With a built-in battery charger and taking
no power off the USB bus, Hugo is compatible
with all iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
Chord Electronics Ltd, 01622 721444;
www.chordelectronics.co.uk

post #1356 of 8541
Quote:
Originally Posted by LargoCantabile View Post
 

This is HUGO

 

 

6 | www.hifi news.co.uk | MARCH 2014
NAIM AUDIO’S FLAGSHIP PRE/POWER AMPLIFIER LAUNCHED AT CES 2014
A TRIO OF NEW MAINS CONDITIONERS
ming CHORD’S DSD-READY HEADPHONE PREAMP
The Statement
Palm-sized headphone preamps surely do not
come more versatile or rugged than the new
£1200 Hugo from Chord Electronics. Launched
as part of the company’s 20th anniversary
celebrations, the Hugo offers fi ve digital inputs
including support for A2DP aptX Bluetooth, and
provides both 3.5 (x2) and 6.35mm headphone
outlets alongside a pair of RCA phonos.
A standard (16-bit/48kHz) USB input is
fi tted alongside a USB 2.0 port that handles
hi-res 24-bit/384kHz DXD and DSD128 music
fi les. The coaxial S/PDIF input is also good to
24-bit/384kHz thanks to the FPGA-based DAC
technology developed for Chord by Robert
Watts. With a built-in battery charger and taking
no power off the USB bus, Hugo is compatible
with all iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
Chord Electronics Ltd, 01622 721444;
www.chordelectronics.co.uk

You are a bit late for the party.

post #1357 of 8541
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom Yum Goong View Post
 

You are a bit late for the party.


Never too late for a hard work like copy/paste man ;)

post #1358 of 8541
Shame he has the wrong thread. Hopefully the mods can move it to the Hugo thread or perhaps those of us interested in the AK240 should go over there and post about it!
post #1359 of 8541
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom Yum Goong View Post
 

You are a bit late for the party.

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by AmberOzL View Post
 


Never too late for a hard work like copy/paste man ;)

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by ianmedium View Post

Shame he has the wrong thread. Hopefully the mods can move it to the Hugo thread or perhaps those of us interested in the AK240 should go over there and post about it!

Yup

 

to be honest, this I find more interesting than the Hugo... I guess because I have no doubt the Hugo will sell and be successfull... the AK240... I'm not so sure about. Yea it has the potential but A&K are making some silly decisions atm... 

 

mainly in that 2.5mm out... and yea it is THAT big of a deal imo 

post #1360 of 8541
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post

 

... heres to hoping the A&K 240 uses a 3.5mm line out 

 

Mmmm....well the un-balanced HO is 3.5mm, but the balanced HO/LO is 2.5mm, so the 'High End' connection uses a low-end connector...go figure...

post #1361 of 8541
I find it quite interesting that iRiver has started naming their newer products closer to their asking price without the extra 0.

I don't know about what you think but that's what happens when one side gets greedy and the other cheap, makes a hell of a sub-par device. I just hope it sounds magical because otherwise it'll feel as the biggest rip off one can be had.
post #1362 of 8541

IMHO, the problem is not AK240 itself, but the industry trend. When one have the capability to build a player which can ask for many thousands of dollars, it is hard to convince me that he/she will utilize all the know-how he/she has in possession in making the best player possible that "only" charges for a few hundred dollars, even within the cost constraints. More often than not, to protect the sales of the more expensive products, other than using cheaper/lesser components in the cheaper player, there will be some intentional limitation built into the cheaper product (by means of firmware, circuitry, etc). The concern is, we may have fewer chance to find an ideal player at sub $1000 price tag in the future, which is because either the player we looking is asking for a few thousand dollars, or it is designed to be "handicap" in some ways to protect the sales of their "bigger brother". :(

post #1363 of 8541
Quote:
Originally Posted by INGRAMLI View Post
 

IMHO, the problem is not AK240 itself, but the industry trend. When one have the capability to build a player which can ask for many thousands of dollars, it is hard to convince me that he/she will utilize all the know-how he/she has in possession in making the best player possible that "only" charges for a few hundred dollars, even within the cost constraints. More often than not, to protect the sales of the more expensive products, other than using cheaper/lesser components in the cheaper player, there will be some intentional limitation built into the cheaper product (by means of firmware, circuitry, etc). The concern is, we may have fewer chance to find an ideal player at sub $1000 price tag in the future, which is because either the player we looking is asking for a few thousand dollars, or it is designed to be "handicap" in some ways to protect the sales of their "bigger brother". :(

Good point but the A&K240 is the newest Flag Ship... why cripple your new Flag with a 2.5mm... unless the plan to do like a A&K260 or something 

 

and I hear you on the industry Trend... I do NOT like the new Hifiman DAPS... LOOKING AT YOU 901 and 802, yea they sound good but WHY would they remove on Board line out... I do NOT WANT to have to use an EXPANSION card or "DOCK" to get a simple Line out feature -.-

 

So apprently you are on to something...

 

that and I'm only here to see if this thing flops... it appears the Chord Hugo... is giving it a very nice run for it's money 

post #1364 of 8541

Ummmm.... how much does the Chord Hugo cost?

post #1365 of 8541

UK price £1200 (Hugo)... UK price AK240 £2200+ approx.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Portable Source Gear
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Source Gear › The Astell & Kern AK240