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post #211 of 8541

so this will share similar SS to Colofly C4 Pro?

post #212 of 8541
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post
 

 

... maybe the CS4398 makes it harder for it to be re-chipped (get my meaning ;-)??).

 

Ooooh....  that's an excellent point....

post #213 of 8541
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Originally Posted by kerrys30 View Post
 

Vinnie - Is it absolutely impossible to increase the internal storage of the AK120?

 

Thanks.

 

The only way to do it is to run a ribbon cable from the card slot to an external XD card.  

I saw posts about people doing this (I think with 256GB), but never tried it.

 

Internally, the 64GB SanDisk storage chip on the AK120 is a BGA:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ball_grid_array

 

One needs a machine to remove and install a new one, and an X-ray machine to make sure all those balls are connected

under the chip.  And I haven't even mentioned any SW compatibility issues that will probably come up.  

 

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Actually, I think we both know that some of those AK120 sales are because you make the DAP more viable for buyers who wouldn't otherwise be tempted.

 

Thank you - and this is the feedback that I have received.  But I have already received emails if I'll be doing anything with the AK240.  I'm really not sure at this point if it will be

worth doing anything or not.  Even after modded, it would have to sound a lot better than the RWAK120 / 120-S / 120-B and with the switch from Wolfson to Cirrus Logic, I'm not so

sure about it.  We'll see, but I think the AK240 is more about more features than best possible sound.  I hope I am wrong...

post #214 of 8541
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Originally Posted by Vinnie R. View Post
 

 

The only way to do it is to run a ribbon cable from the card slot to an external XD card.  

I saw posts about people doing this (I think with 256GB), but never tried it.

 

Internally, the 64GB SanDisk storage chip on the AK120 is a BGA:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ball_grid_array

 

One needs a machine to remove and install a new one, and an X-ray machine to make sure all those balls are connected

under the chip.  And I haven't even mentioned any SW compatibility issues that will probably come up.  

 

 

Thank you - and this is the feedback that I have received.  But I have already received emails if I'll be doing anything with the AK240.  I'm really not sure at this point if it will be

worth doing anything or not.  Even after modded, it would have to sound a lot better than the RWAK120 / 120-S / 120-B and with the switch from Wolfson to Cirrus Logic, I'm not so

sure about it.  We'll see, but I think the AK240 is more about more features than best possible sound.  I hope I am wrong...

I have the capabilities to replace them and was thinking to try actually, but not sure which chip to use and worried the firmware  / sw compatibility. Further more work without profiling might damage the board / chip permanently.

post #215 of 8541

News from Korean web site:

 

AK240: 

 

- Balanced Headphone out

- WI-FI Play

- Output power 1.65Vrms(AK120)----->2.3Vrms 

 

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=ko&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kbench.com%2Flife%2F%3Fno%3D128476%26sc%3D1

post #216 of 8541
It's in the english main website now too.
Photo rendering makes it look nicer now compared to the earlier picture. But the triangular seems toned down in the picture compared to the real product...
Looks like it has a carbon fiber back design too.
post #217 of 8541

It looks a bit weird...

 

post #218 of 8541

 

 

 

 

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post #219 of 8541
Not the best looker. I even prefer my 120/intruder stack.......
post #220 of 8541

$2,400USD.....

 

Yeah, I knew it would be stupid-expensive, but damn.  More power to those who get this new rig, and I hope for anyone who has to stretch to get this it doesn't disappoint.  iRiver is REALLY feeling their oats with this one, and I have little doubt they'll sell plenty.  LAMO, the 120 Titan seems like a bargain.  Maybe that's their strategy, hahaha!!

post #221 of 8541

May I know what kind of connector is "Balanced Out (2.5mm, only 4-pole supported)"?

 

AK240: Balance 2.3Vrms (Condition No Load)

HM901 balance card: Low Gain    2.32v (179mw)           High Gain 3.91v(477mw)  (30R load)    

 

 

 

post #222 of 8541

Actually, looks like the designers in A&K probably got the idea from some isometric illusions they came across.

post #223 of 8541

Sorry I have no idea about that.

 

May be 3.5mm 4-pole? But I hope 4pin Iris...:-)


Edited by vicjohn - 1/6/14 at 7:35pm
post #224 of 8541
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Originally Posted by vicjohn View Post
 

Sorry I have no idea about that.

 

May be 3.5mm 4-pole? But I hope 4pin Iris...:-)


I just hope not another portable balance connector. trrs or iris is better..

post #225 of 8541
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Originally Posted by CosmicHolyGhost View Post
 


I just hope not another portable balance connector. trrs or iris is better..

 

 

2.5 mm (or maybe 3.5mm) 4-pole is surely likely to be TRRS, isn't it..? I can't see what else would be viable in such a small diameter socket.

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