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post #1366 of 8541

Not easy to justify I suppose, no balanced in/out on the Chord I notice, is a shame.

 

As others have said, the cost of the AK240 is what it is... if it doesn't work out for them then they won't sell and the value will fall if it ends up being dead stock, although they manufacture them themselves and proably produce to order in small numbers.

 

Let the market speak for itself, we all have front row seats.

post #1367 of 8541
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Originally Posted by Goldlion973 View Post

Ummmm.... how much does the Chord Hugo cost?
And in North America they are virtually on par in terms of cost, $2395 for the Hugo and an expected to be around $2400 so for our friends in Europe the cost saving going the Hugo route is considerable, for North America it is not the case.
post #1368 of 8541
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Originally Posted by ianmedium View Post


And in North America they are virtually on par in terms of cost, $2395 for the Hugo and an expected to be around $2400 so for our friends in Europe the cost saving going the Hugo route is considerable, for North America it is not the case.

 

unless you want superb SQ then the Hugo is just the ticket, it's also way more flexible in connecting a array of equipment... small points I know.

post #1369 of 8541
I know what you mean which is why I am looking forward to both being available here to see if either justify me spending more over what I have now which I am already really pleased with.
I know there will be improvements, thats already been reported for both units but at the cost they are both going to be here the difference has to be substantial enough to justify me laying out the extra.
As I say, my 120 in combination with my wonderful tube amp brings me so much musical joy. If either of these two do that to a much greater degree then I am interested. If its the HiFi stuff they do better then I am not if you know what I mean.

Sometimes its wiser to jump ship for a few years and enjoy what you've got, especially with the rate of technical change. I have a feeling that is what I am going to end up doing as the law of diminishing returns kicks in the higher up we go. And I have never been one to jump on band wagons just because everyone else has. Took me years to get into digital audio in the first place!
Edited by ianmedium - 1/28/14 at 7:42am
post #1370 of 8541

Ian... if you're happy with what you got why change?... sometimes the minuscule improvement doesn't justify the outlay.

 

in my case I'm about to make a big decision to moving to a PC based set-up instead of a physical one, in many ways I can justify the outlay to myself because of the connectivity of the Hugo (new speakers will have to wait)... I have a decent portable like you but I can wait for the next round of DAP's (the next Walkman will apparently have DSD native & card slots, according to What Hi-Fi). 

post #1371 of 8541
I think your talking a lot of sense there. The next big change for me is when I move back to Europe and get a vinyl tube based home system once more. I am extremely happy with what I have got now. It brings me so close to the enjoyment I used to get growing up with vinyl back in the UK in terms of musicality.

As you say, once the hyperbole has died down the changes are never huge, worthwhile though if your going in the direction your going and I completely understand your choice now, that is the way I would go too if doing what your doing.

Add to that my other hobby, Horology, has taken up funds for some recent vintage purchases. And lets not forget what this is all about anyway, music! I would rather have more high resolution music to play than another player at the moment.

I will give these two a listen though. The thing for me is I am just glad there are companies out there taking portable audio seriously nowadays. For all the complaints about price and such we must remember that we are now leaving (thank God!) the Mp3 age and returning to quality. All the players in this game can take credit for that I think.

The last portable player that gave me as much musical connection as my 120 does was my old walkman pro cassette deck which not only served as a source for me to listen to music but also as a recording tool when I worked for BBC radio Devon! A higher compliment to the 120 I cannot think of!
Edited by ianmedium - 1/28/14 at 8:24am
post #1372 of 8541

a quick pic. :)

 

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post #1373 of 8541

Doesn't look so big. 

post #1374 of 8541

It does kind a look tiny tbh but look how awkward the guy holds it in his hands, I'd be afraid of dropping it not knowing what angle to grab it from. The other thing is what kind of case are you going to have to buy to house the player?

post #1375 of 8541
I can't find it but they have a fitted case for it that has been shown in a few images. Quite the complex bit of leather work what with all the angles. Considering the cost I hope that it comes as standard with the player as it does with the 120.
post #1376 of 8541

Well with the current price tag and the desire to not throw some goodies in there, (cough..cough cabling), maybe you are asking for too much? :D

post #1377 of 8541
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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...

" IF " i get a AK240, I will definitively mod it to replace this stupid 2,5mm by a Mini-XLR plug.  

 

Indeed, I can't imagine the thick balanced wires of my full size headphone terminated by a 2,5mm jack !

 

 

 

I already moded my wonderfull TU-05 to add an XLR plug ( NON-Balanced) just because I felt that the 3,5mm jack was not reliable:

 

  

 

   


Edited by bmichels - 1/28/14 at 1:37pm
post #1378 of 8541
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post
 

" IF " i get a AK240, I will definitively mod it to replace this stupid 2,5mm by a Mini-XLR plug.  

 

Indeed, I can't imagine the thick balanced wires of my full size headphone terminated by a 2,5mm jack !

 

 

 

I already moded my wonderfull TU-05 to add an XLR plug ( NON-Balanced) just because I felt that the 3,5mm jack was not reliable:

 

 

Why an XLR if its not balanced? It seems to be a waste.

post #1379 of 8541
Damn. How rough do y'all treat your gear? 3.5 not reliable enough? Yikes.
post #1380 of 8541
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Originally Posted by VisceriousZERO View Post
 

 

Why an XLR if its not balanced? It seems to be a waste.

Well... because my headphones are already terminated by XLR, and also I like the secure feeling of the XLR "good electrical" connection.

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