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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?

 

The 2.5 cable starts out with 2 wires from each of the two channels, left and right: 4 wires in total.   However, the stock 2.5 cable is terminated with a 3-pole plug.   That means two of the wires are soldered to one common pole.  For that reason, in order to create a balanced connection, you need to cut the stock plug and resolder the wires to a 4-pole plug, each wire connected to its own pole: 4 wires, 4 poles.

 

Whether a cable is balanced or unbalanced has nothing to do with whether it is 2.5 or 3.5mm.   You could have jacks or plugs in either with 3 or 4 wire connections.

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I just got an email announcement from iriver stating that the AK240 will be available at all authorized retailers in the US and Canada on March 4th.  They indicate though that quantities will be limited.

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Edited by kkcc - 2/25/14 at 4:48am
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Originally Posted by daseinpdx View Post

The 2.5 cable starts out with 2 wires from each of the two channels, left and right: 4 wires in total.   However, the stock 2.5 cable is terminated with a 3-pole plug.   That means two of the wires are soldered to one common pole.  For that reason, in order to create a balanced connection, you need to cut the stock plug and resolder the wires to a 4-pole plug, each wire connected to its own pole: 4 wires, 4 poles.

Whether a cable is balanced or unbalanced has nothing to do with whether it is 2.5 or 3.5mm.   You could have jacks or plugs in either with 3 or 4 wire connections.

Ah that makes sense. Well if that's the only way for balanced output to IE800, it would be a bad news to all IE800 users - IE800 comes with 2-year warranty and that shouldn't have expired yet for anyone as IE800 has been out for less than 2 years. That warranty is actually useful; I recently got it fixed 'cause one of the earphones got loose cable (service was great btw. It was fixed within a week). Personally I wouldn't want to void the warranty.
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So, it is $2500, surprised at Drew's price then. Ah well, won't be long before I can have a listen for myself.
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Hey kkcc where have you been!?
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Just picked up mine.

 

I'm so happy.:veryevil:

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Where from ? in London?

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Where from ? in London?

 

Got it from http://www.custom-cable.co.uk/astell-and-kern-ak240-portable-mqs-music-player.html

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I have had my AK240 since Saturday and can I say that yes it is worth twice what the AK120 cost.
That's s not saying it is not overpriced here in the UK but for that I blame our 20 percent VAT.
But the sound quality is amazing and the fact that you really don't need an external amp at all.
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Originally Posted by cheznous View Post

I have had my AK240 since Saturday and can I say that yes it is worth twice what the AK120 cost.
That's s not saying it is not overpriced here in the UK but for that I blame our 20 percent VAT.
But the sound quality is amazing and the fact that you really don't need an external amp at all.



What headphones are you using?
post #2053 of 8595
Shure 846 with Double helix cables.
Also Final Audio Design FI BA SS.
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Does the AK240 offer " instant playlists" : to built a list of what i want to hear now.. With possibility to add on the fly songs as " play just after " or "add at the End of the list". ?
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Have a look at Judes video on the UI. It's got a good overview of the Playlist function.

I'm starting to use the Playlist function this evening. It's got some nice graphics in places (for A&K that is).

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