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That's Cirrus Logic flagship DAC in competition with the likes of Wolfson and ESS tech. On top of it in a dual configuration.

 

Is the 4398 really a TotL Cirrus Logic DAC? I had it in my $1100 Marantz DV9500 back in 2005 & never appreciated it. Bear in mind that it could well be implementation around the DAC.

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Is the 4398 really a TotL Cirrus Logic DAC? I had it in my $1100 Marantz DV9500 back in 2005 & never appreciated it. Bear in mind that it could well be implementation around the DAC.

If you look at the dac features, it's not their low end but their top DAC model and the implementation would make a difference. I never liked the Cirrus Logic brand due mainly to the codecs used in the iPods and iPhones and when I initially saw CL dacs being used in the AK240, I had my doubts however if they have done a great job implementing it with a very good amp stage then it might be worth it. I haven't heard it so I can't say for sure.
post #1878 of 4619

DVD players often sound soft or less dynamically interesting compared than their CD player counterparts when playing CDs. The video transports spin at DVD speeds (faster) and utilize large buffers. They are optimized for video and music is an after thought. Technically, it shouldn't make a difference but I've never heard one that performs as well as the best CD players with CDs. I wouldn't assume anything based on the Marantz.

post #1879 of 4619

FYI - here are some 2.5-mm TRRS adapters with proper AK240-specific wirings for those of us who would prefer not to reterminate existing cables

 

http://hk.f1.page.auctions.yahoo.com/hk/auction/1137282283

 

http://hk.f1.page.auctions.yahoo.com/hk/auction/1137326272

 

https://www.facebook.com/dhcaudio/photos/a.205976789487366.51276.118363218248724/583409548410753

 

https://www.facebook.com/dhcaudio/photos/a.205976789487366.51276.118363218248724/585931328158575

 

Prices are still around $20,800 here in Hong Kong and I just found a totally legitimate way to pay $17,200 for gift coupons that are worth $21,000 - that's roughly 2,200 bucks for a brand new AK240 with local warranty. Pretty darn good deal?

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Anyone know if any NA resellers have this in stock? 

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Originally Posted by mangamonster View Post
 

Anyone know if any NA resellers have this in stock? 

When is the official N.A. release scheduled for?

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When is the official N.A. release scheduled for?

Hehe, well you got me there. That is the real question, I think. 

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BTW, thanks Manga….I just joined Music Aficionado thanks to your fb link.

 

I think it is supposed to be in March. I've tried a dealer in H.K and AU and neither will ship to the US :(

post #1884 of 4619
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When is the official N.A. release scheduled for?


March is the word I got from local deal in Toronto.

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When is the official N.A. release scheduled for?

Sure thing! Their page is really beautiful to navigate through and the community is growing quickly. I'm surprised the free membership links still works. ;)

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Sure thing! Their page is really beautiful to navigate through and the community is growing quickly. I'm surprised the free membership links still works. ;)


+1 Thanks for the link. I'm glad I stumbled on it. 

post #1887 of 4619

Hi Seeteeyou,

 

May I know what is your  legitimate way ?

post #1888 of 4619

!!!


Edited by Rumpelstiltskin - 2/18/14 at 11:20am
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Something I wasn't able to get from this veeery long topic: is that famous XLR-block-adapter included? Doesn't look like it is judging to what I could find on the net. And if it isn't...is the price already known?

Same goes for the dock...the one for previous players costed an arm and a leg, I can imagine this new one is going to cost 2 arms and 2 legs?

post #1890 of 4619

block is not for sale. its a balance cable block.

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