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post #2026 of 8541

Recommended Sales price in Germany is still 2,499 € - cheapest offer ist 2,498 €  (amazon Germany - no discounts yet)

 

edit: I just saw that Amazon US still charges $3,492 for the player. Just thought if it made sense for you to buy in germany, get a tax refund (VAT = 19%) which would then equal a purchase price of 2,100 EURO (or $2,835 assuming an exchange rate of $1.35 for 1 Euro)  without local taxes or shipping. => approx. $ 600 difference to pay for tax and shipping

 

Thought some of You might be interested - though I am not sure how much tax you have to pay depending on the state you live in.


Edited by AlterSack - 2/24/14 at 1:57am
post #2027 of 8541
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Originally Posted by burtomr View Post
 

 

Not likely a new cable since it's permanently attached to the earpieces (boo Sennheiser). But, there is no need to replace the entire cable. Get balanced easily by swapping stock plug with a balanced plug (4 pole 2.5mm). Easily done by competent solder Jockey.

 

Yes, the cable would still require a mod of the first stock plug from 3-pole to 4-pole.  A new balanced cable would be useless without this type of mod.  The prototype they showed me had the first plug rewired into a 4-pole.   That would be then plugged into the new cable designed to work with the 2.5 balanced jack on the AK240, replacing the stock extension cable.

post #2028 of 8541
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Originally Posted by AlterSack View Post
 

Recommended Sales price in Germany is still 2,499 € - cheapest offer ist 2,498 €  (amazon Germany - no discounts yet)

 

edit: I just saw that Amazon US still charges $3,492 for the player. Just thought if it made sense for you to buy in germany, get a tax refund (VAT = 19%) which would then equal a purchase price of 2,100 EURO (or $2,835 assuming an exchange rate of $1.35 for 1 Euro)  without local taxes or shipping. => approx. $ 600 difference to pay for tax and shipping

 

Thought some of You might be interested - though I am not sure how much tax you have to pay depending on the state you live in.

 

Personally, I will just wait for it to be officially released in the US at 2500 and not have to worry about taxes and duties and shipping.  You also have to worry about the possibility of the products not being under warranty.   

post #2029 of 8541

 

 

This guy had me new pre ordered headphones...only guy...and this was 2 days ago. If you've not seen it enjoy....if you have....sorry.

post #2030 of 8541

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Astell-Kern-Portable-Fidelity-Mastering/dp/B00IFEC88U/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1393253225&sr=1-1&keywords=ak240

 

Amazon has it listed.

 

Got an email from Astell and Kern UK  distributor saying it would be available for early March if ordered now. 

 

Just ordered from Amazon.

post #2031 of 8541

http://hdphns.com/uk/astell-kern-ak240.html

 

Also seen it here for £2k

post #2032 of 8541
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Originally Posted by daseinpdx View Post

 

Yes, the cable would still require a mod of the first stock plug from 3-pole to 4-pole.  A new balanced cable would be useless without this type of mod.  The prototype they showed me had the first plug rewired into a 4-pole.   That would be then plugged into the new cable designed to work with the 2.5 balanced jack on the AK240, replacing the stock extension cable.

 

Or...eliminate the entire (expensive?) ALO contraption - just replace the stock Sennheiser 3.5mm TRS plug with a 2.5mm TRRS plug = Done...;)

post #2033 of 8541

As we all know,  often "synergy" between the AMP and the Headphone is more important than the specs & quality of each element considered separatly, and is not only a mater of AMP's output or Headphone sensibility.

 

-->  Can someone start a list of the Headphones proven to offer good synergy with the AK240 ( UN-Amped)?  and also which Headphone to avoid with the AK240...

 

For example,

 

- Can the AK240 can get the most of my TH-900 and also of a SigPRO or Alpha DOG ?

- Has someone experienced an SQ difference between SE & Balanced HO (with same headphone) ? 

 

thanks

 

Edited by bmichels - 2/24/14 at 10:18am
post #2034 of 8541
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Originally Posted by beemarman View Post

 

Just ordered from Amazon.

On Amazon's page it says " Usually dispatched within 1 to 2 months. "  ! :-(

post #2035 of 8541
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post

On Amazon's page it says " Usually dispatched within 1 to 2 months. "  ! :-(


Ignore that. I was told it would arrive in the next 2 weeks if you order now.
post #2036 of 8541

any idea why this ak240 has wolfson DAC chips inside?

 

http://liliputing.com/2014/02/astell-kern-ak240-seriously-high-end-portable-media-player.html

 

3rd photo of its back.

post #2037 of 8541
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Originally Posted by burtomr View Post
 

 

Or...eliminate the entire (expensive?) ALO contraption - just replace the stock Sennheiser 3.5mm TRS plug with a 2.5mm TRRS plug = Done...;)

 

Would still need an appropriate extension cable though.  Otherwise too short for most users.  The stock extension cable would not work with the new plug.

post #2038 of 8541
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Would still need an appropriate extension cable though.  Otherwise too short for most users.  The stock extension cable would not work with the new plug.

 

Why would you need an extension cable? Is the stock Sennhiser setup is just 3 wires after the intermediate joint? If the stock cable is 4 wires all the way to the stock TRS plug why can't you just swap it with a 2.5mm TRRS?


Edited by burtomr - 2/24/14 at 10:42pm
post #2039 of 8541
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Originally Posted by burtomr View Post
 

 

Why would you need an extension cable? Is the stock Sennhiser setup is just 3 wires after the intermediate joint? If the stock cable is 4 wires all the way to the stock TRS plug why can't you just swap it with a 2.5mm TRRS?

 

The intermediate joint is only about 6 inches from the headphones themselves.   You would need some extension cable to address that alone.  4 wires run from the headphones but become 3 at the intermediate joint with the 3-pole plug.  The stock extension cable terminates in a 3-pole 3.5 plug.  The jack in the stock cable was designed to be used with the stock 3-pole plug, presumably the jack too is 3-pole and runs only 3 wires from the jack to the plug.

post #2040 of 8541
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Originally Posted by daseinpdx View Post

The intermediate joint is only about 6 inches from the headphones themselves.   You would need some extension cable to address that alone.  4 wires run from the headphones but become 3 at the intermediate joint with the 3-pole plug.  The stock extension cable terminates in a 3-pole 3.5 plug.  The jack in the stock cable was designed to be used with the stock 3-pole plug, presumably the jack too is 3-pole and runs only 3 wires from the jack to the plug.

I'm getting confused here - IE800's full stock cable got 2 parts, let's call the lower part "3.5mm cable" and upper part (i.e. linked to earphones) "2.5mm cable".

Now if I'm understanding from you correctly, 2.5mm cable is 4-wire, 3.5mm cable is 3-wire. Then isn't a balanced cable with 2.5mm both male and female plug all we need? Why is any soldering neccessary?
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