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Have any of you guys filled up your AK240 yet? I'm putting more tracks on and it just seems to be able to take in more! I have a 128GB MicroSD and I've not even touched any space on it yet!

post #3122 of 8541
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post
 

Have any of you guys filled up your AK240 yet? I'm putting more tracks on and it just seems to be able to take in more! I have a 128GB MicroSD and I've not even touched any space on it yet!

I have  90GB still availabe and like almost 5000 songs mostly loss-less with some DSD files

post #3123 of 8541
I've got about 200gig loaded. Thought I'd be using my Micro SD already also.
post #3124 of 8541
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Originally Posted by kantana View Post

What goes better with the AK240, HD800 or LCD-XC? What if a Hugo was used, does that change the opinion? Looking for a change of pace over iems at home.


 



I have a balanced HD 800 with my AK240 and it's quite a nice pairing, I actually prefer it to some desktop setups I've heard with the headphone. I am not a fan of the LCD-XC, something about the sound signature just doesn't jive for me. The LCD-X I actually rather like, but the weight is extremely deterimental to any long term listening session.

I agree that it's a great boon that the AK240 has the space for music it does. I haven't had to throw an SD card in the mix yet and I already have a couple thousand songs on there.
post #3125 of 8541

Same here. I have loaded and loaded (I thought) and a lot of DSD or at least all lossless and I still have 155GB available. BTW, and I'm going to say it-at risk as heresy-stuff I bought off iTunes sounds just great! 

post #3126 of 8541
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Originally Posted by kantana View Post
 

What goes better with the AK240, HD800 or LCD-XC? What if a Hugo was used, does that change the opinion? Looking for a change of pace over iems at home.

 



I have a balanced HD 800 with my AK240 and it's quite a nice pairing, I actually prefer it to some desktop setups I've heard with the headphone. I am not a fan of the LCD-XC, something about the sound signature just doesn't jive for me. The LCD-X I actually rather like, but the weight is extremely deterimental to any long term listening session.

I agree that it's a great boon that the AK240 has the space for music it does. I haven't had to throw an SD card in the mix yet and I already have a couple thousand songs on there.

I was looking to use it balanced from AK240 or SE from Hugo.  Does the HD800 benefit more from balanced or amped more?

post #3127 of 8541
I enjoy the HD-800 balanced out of my AK-240& Duet. I find it opens up the Soundstage, more detail, particulary the bass, when pared with the duet.
post #3128 of 8541
Sorry, I can't say I've heard much of the Hugo. I briefly gave it a shot with my CIEMs at a meet earlier this year but didn't have HD 800s on hand or in the room for that matter (SoCal was dominated by Audeze headphones on every table). If you have both the Hugo and the AK240 in pocket, maybe that's something you can report back on for everyone's knowledge.

Synergy with the HD 800 is tough and expensive to nail, I've mostly settled for "good enough" as opposed to exploring the very high-end options. I've heard the HD 800 sound better out of standalone desktop setups, but the AK240 does a pretty decent job that gets me most of the way there and doesn't leave me really wanting in any way. I will say if you use a stock HD 800 the treble might be a bit fatiguing, particularly on recordings that are prone to sound shrill and hot. Some people have zero problems with it, but treble tuning has been my pain point and primary reason for not liking a ton of headphones/IEMs out there.
Edited by HideousPride - 5/15/14 at 9:14am
post #3129 of 8541
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post
 

Have any of you guys filled up your AK240 yet? I'm putting more tracks on and it just seems to be able to take in more! I have a 128GB MicroSD and I've not even touched any space on it yet!

Hi Sean

 

I have over 400GB of Hi res and uncompressed music, plus the 128GB card. Unfortunately I don't have the AK240 (yet).

post #3130 of 8541
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Edited by irvin59 - 5/15/14 at 9:22am
post #3131 of 8541
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Originally Posted by HideousPride View Post

Sorry, I can't say I've heard much of the Hugo. I briefly gave it a shot with my CIEMs at a meet earlier this year but didn't have HD 800s on hand or in the room for that matter (SoCal was dominated by Audeze headphones on every table). If you have both the Hugo and the AK240 in pocket, maybe that's something you can report back on for everyone's knowledge.

Synergy with the HD 800 is tough and expensive to nail, I've mostly settled for "good enough" as opposed to exploring the very high-end options. I've heard the HD 800 sound better out of standalone desktop setups, but the AK240 does a pretty decent job that gets me most of the way there and doesn't leave me really wanting in any way. I will say if you use a stock HD 800 the treble might be a bit fatiguing, particularly on recordings that are prone to sound shrill and hot. Some people have zero problems with it, but treble tuning has been my pain point and primary reason for not liking a ton of headphones/IEMs out there.

Looks like I'll have to buy one in and test, just wary of 300 ohm impedance on the HD800 and running it off the AK240.  I know the HD800 scales well with high end gear but I expect AK240 and Hugo to at least have a decent shot at it.

post #3132 of 8541
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Originally Posted by laurencewayne View Post
 

Same here. I have loaded and loaded (I thought) and a lot of DSD or at least all lossless and I still have 155GB available. BTW, and I'm going to say it-at risk as heresy-stuff I bought off iTunes sounds just great! 

Don't know how many songs I have on there but I filled the internal and have about 50GB left on the 128GB sdcard.  At last count from recently added I saw 9,600 songs but it's reset and I don't know how to see how many songs in total.

post #3133 of 8541
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Originally Posted by HideousPride View Post

Sorry, I can't say I've heard much of the Hugo. I briefly gave it a shot with my CIEMs at a meet earlier this year but didn't have HD 800s on hand or in the room for that matter (SoCal was dominated by Audeze headphones on every table). If you have both the Hugo and the AK240 in pocket, maybe that's something you can report back on for everyone's knowledge.

Synergy with the HD 800 is tough and expensive to nail, I've mostly settled for "good enough" as opposed to exploring the very high-end options. I've heard the HD 800 sound better out of standalone desktop setups, but the AK240 does a pretty decent job that gets me most of the way there and doesn't leave me really wanting in any way. I will say if you use a stock HD 800 the treble might be a bit fatiguing, particularly on recordings that are prone to sound shrill and hot. Some people have zero problems with it, but treble tuning has been my pain point and primary reason for not liking a ton of headphones/IEMs out there.

Great review!

What cable are you using to pair with the HD800? Would you recommend Cardas Clear cable (quite expensive tho...) for the HD800?

I'm gonna choose a headphone to pair with my upcoming RWAK240. Thinking between HD800 and TH900. But for TH900 I can only use SE instead of balance out... smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by archeryc - 5/15/14 at 9:44am
post #3134 of 8541
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Originally Posted by kantana View Post
 

Looks like I'll have to buy one in and test, just wary of 300 ohm impedance on the HD800 and running it off the AK240.  I know the HD800 scales well with high end gear but I expect AK240 and Hugo to at least have a decent shot at it.

 

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Originally Posted by HideousPride View Post

Sorry, I can't say I've heard much of the Hugo. I briefly gave it a shot with my CIEMs at a meet earlier this year but didn't have HD 800s on hand or in the room for that matter (SoCal was dominated by Audeze headphones on every table). If you have both the Hugo and the AK240 in pocket, maybe that's something you can report back on for everyone's knowledge.

Synergy with the HD 800 is tough and expensive to nail, I've mostly settled for "good enough" as opposed to exploring the very high-end options. I've heard the HD 800 sound better out of standalone desktop setups, but the AK240 does a pretty decent job that gets me most of the way there and doesn't leave me really wanting in any way. I will say if you use a stock HD 800 the treble might be a bit fatiguing, particularly on recordings that are prone to sound shrill and hot. Some people have zero problems with it, but treble tuning has been my pain point and primary reason for not liking a ton of headphones/IEMs out there.

Great post by HideousPride! I "fought and fought" with my HD800 trying to tame that fatiguing treble. I mean desktop, upgrade cable, DIY internal damping etc. I gave up and went to Fostex TH900, which I am enjoying with my 240. I also did  the UERM Capital (at there SoCal show, which I too noticed dominated by Audeze-which are a bit dark and really heavy). The upgraded Silver Litz Cable balanced from Ted at Headfood Lounge is a perfect match for the 240. Great treble match. But I gotta' say the old saying "garbage in garbage out" really applies to the 240. The 240 will really tell you when it's a bad recording.  But when it's good....oh baby, oh baby!

post #3135 of 8541

my Titan has 2 128 cards and it is completely full,sadly my CD collection is tool large to fit on the player or any player in a lossless format

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