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post #1666 of 6079
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Originally Posted by pekingduck View Post

How do you get balanced signal from the 901?

Edit: sorry for being OT. Better ask in 901 threads...

By buying their balanced amp card and swap it into the 901. Check their webstore. It is sold there.
post #1667 of 6079
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Originally Posted by Bluebear View Post


By buying their balanced amp card and swap it into the 901. Check their webstore. It is sold there.


That is not his question I think. He knows how to run headphones balanced, but not how to have a balanced LO.

post #1668 of 6079
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Originally Posted by Bluebear View Post

AK240 is around $2,500 USD while Calyx M is only $999 USD. Even if you factor in a $500 USD 256GB sd card it is still cheaper by $1,000 USD. And 256GB sd card can be bought for cheaper than $500 USD. You call that only a few hundred $ apart? Besides, Calyx M still has 64GB internal storage as well as another microSD card slot for another +64/128GB storage. Its UI is also top-notch judging by the video posted on Calyx M's facebook and I doubt it is in any way inferior to AK240's UI. It is obvious which is more worth the money...

Well the AK also has balanced out which is a feature I look for in high end DAPs. If I bought the Calyx then I'd spend another $650 on the SR71B. That's just me though.

There is also the AK Wi-Fi feature which I know once I stop working as a field engineer and spend more time at home it's something I'll use a lot.
post #1669 of 6079
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Originally Posted by JackDiesel View Post


Well the AK also has balanced out which is a feature I look for in high end DAPs. If I bought the Calyx then I'd spend another $650 on the SR71B. That's just me though.

There is also the AK Wi-Fi feature which I know once I stop working as a field engineer and spend more time at home it's something I'll use a lot.

 

That is true if you are planning to do multi-brick stacks. But if you add an additional SR71B to Calyx, it will most likely have much better sq than AK240 alone already for the same total cost and you also gain a balanced out from SR71B paired with Calyx.

 

And if you are not planning for multi-brick stacks, then there is not much point having a balanced out on the AK240 to connect to another balanced dac/amp.


Edited by Bluebear - 2/6/14 at 11:39pm
post #1670 of 6079

The balance line out adapter comes with two XLR cables, I think it is used for connecting desktop amp

 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/697166/the-astell-kern-ak240/1470#post_10230392


Edited by CosmicHolyGhost - 2/6/14 at 11:47pm
post #1671 of 6079
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Originally Posted by CosmicHolyGhost View Post
 

The balance line out adapter comes with two XLR cables, I think it is used for connecting desktop amp

 

The adapter is still a mystery whether if it is a true LO which I doubt it is and according to Vinnie it is not unless it can somehow bypass the headphone output stage circuitry. Better to just stick to a high-end desktop dac+amp if you are really planning to stay as a desktop setup and get a cheap transport as the source player and you will get a better sq overall.

post #1672 of 6079

Well, for me, the AK240's UI show a slight improvement over my AK100, bur nothing really new and I feel it do NOT take advantage of the extra screen real estate. There is plenty screen space wasted.

 

1 - I was expecting much more Cover art display, NOT again just list of song names.

 

Calyx UI bellow seems far superior and much closer to iTune interface.   I hope iRiver will update the firmware to display panels of Cover arts to navigate into...

 

2 - Re playlists, I was expecting also the possibility to change the order of the files in the playlist by just draging them...

 

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post #1673 of 6079
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Originally Posted by Bluebear View Post
 

 

AK240 is around $2,500 USD while Calyx M is only $999 USD. Even if you factor in a $500 USD 256GB sd card it is still cheaper by $1,000 USD. And 256GB sd card can be bought for cheaper than $500 USD. You call that only a few hundred $ apart? Besides, Calyx M still has 64GB internal storage as well as another microSD card slot for another +64/128GB storage. Its UI is also top-notch judging by the video posted on Calyx M's facebook and I doubt it is in any way inferior to AK240's UI. It is obvious which is more worth the money...

yes correct, but its a bit more expensive here in australia.

 

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/GENUINE-Lexar-256GB-Professional-600X-SDXC-UHS-I-SD-Memory-Card-90MB-s-SDHC-HD-/281086657019?pt=AU_Electronics_Memory_Cards&hash=item41721201fb&_uhb=1.

 

Doesn't matter.. I will buy both and see which one is better.:veryevil:

Honestly I do quite like the M's UI.

 

If the SQ is on par and better than the 240 then we might have clear winner.


Edited by eso6686 - 2/7/14 at 12:59am
post #1674 of 6079

The UI looks awesome - very polished and well thought out. And I still think it looks cool as f$#% with its funky angles.

post #1675 of 6079

Nice that it can stream. An update I think might go far is if it could serve to any streamer as well.

post #1676 of 6079
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Originally Posted by doublea71 View Post
 

The UI looks awesome - very polished and well thought out. And I still think it looks cool as f$#% with its funky angles.

I don't really agree.  I was expecting better usage of the improved resolution to use more the Cover Arts. I find here nothing really new.  

 

The Calyx M seems to have a far better UI and far more sophisticated Play List management ! 

 

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post #1677 of 6079

The AK240 has amazing depth and soundstage, while being able to compete with resolution of the 901, only place the 901 can beat it is the bass response, according to my friend.

post #1678 of 6079
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post
 

I don't really agree.  I was expecting better usage of the improved resolution to use more the Cover Arts. I find here nothing really new.  

 

The Calyx M seems to have a far better UI and far more sophisticated Play List management ! 

 

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Have you seen the Calyx UI in action? How much album art do you need besides the now playing screen? The playlist support looks fine to me, too. I'd say it's apples and oranges - the AK240 UI looks great in Jude's video. What specifically would you want besides seeing more cover art - like in the play list management? I guess I didn't notice anything lacking, but maybe there is something else it should be able to do. The eq curve that you can draw with your finger is certainly new and sick as hell...

post #1679 of 6079

BTW, those two pics are of the album selection on the Calyx and a playlist on the AK240...and notice how the Rebecca Pidgen is split into two folders for reasons unbeknownst to me....

post #1680 of 6079
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Originally Posted by doublea71 View Post
 

BTW, those two pics are of the album selection on the Calyx and a playlist on the AK240...and notice how the Rebecca Pidgen is split into two folders for reasons unbeknownst to me....

NO those 2 pics are from Calyx screen. None of them show a AK240 screen.

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