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post #3376 of 8573

I been using it home for a desktop. 

post #3377 of 8573
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Originally Posted by Frank I View Post
 

How many people are using the ak240 with the Chord Hugo?

I sure will when my Sys Concept optical arrive. That is, until a better source comes up :)

post #3378 of 8573
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Originally Posted by holeout View Post
 

I sure will when my Sys Concept optical arrive. That is, until a better source comes up :)

 

Have you been able to test the QLS QA360's coax out with the hugo yet?

post #3379 of 8573
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How many people are using the ak240 with the Chord Hugo?
Yes, with Shure 846. Make sure you get optical cable from sys concept though for high resolution files.
I use an old ALO audio case for outside journeys.
post #3380 of 8573
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Have you been able to test the QLS QA360's coax out with the hugo yet?

The QLS360 is still on preorder status. Last I heard they will start shipping out mid- June, so a few more weeks to wait :(

post #3381 of 8573
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Originally Posted by kh600rr View Post

Are you guys taking the combo AK-240& Hugo out with for portable use? If so, is it cumbersome.

Not really, while Hugo isn't exactly a small, together with AK240, they still fit within one hand well. Furthermore, The Chord Hugo is very light to hold. I travel with the two all the time.
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Originally Posted by holeout View Post
 

The QLS360 is still on preorder status. Last I heard they will start shipping out mid- June, so a few more weeks to wait :(

 

Oh that's a bummer, I hope the coax out quality is superb because carrying around an iPhone + go-dap dd limited as a transport for the hugo is a pain.

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Help! Can anyone explain/cure/assist the latest "wrinkle"- I'm getting the message "playback stopped. Too many unsupported files. Exiting music player".  In notification drop down it reads: "Playback stopped (unsupported file type.)"

But...the files are either M4a or AIFF- ripped from Cds or purchased from iTunes. (unsupported?!!)

Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.

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Help! Can anyone explain/cure/assist the latest "wrinkle"- I'm getting the message "playback stopped. Too many unsupported files. Exiting music player".  In notification drop down it reads: "Playback stopped (unsupported file type.)"
But...the files are either M4a or AIFF- ripped from Cds or purchased from iTunes. (unsupported?!!)
Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.
I did have one issue a month or so ago, where I loaded a AIFF file, and it would not play at all, I converted it to FLAC, no problem. But lots of guys here use AIFF, without any issue. I have no M4a files. My files are either WAV-FLAC-DSD. Good luck.
post #3385 of 8573

Thanks for the response. Any thoughts on trying SyncMate?

post #3386 of 8573
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Originally Posted by confusedone View Post
 

Hi, I notice you have both a RWAK240 and a Chord Hugo. I know they have different uses but have you had a chance to compare them in terms of sound quality? Also, considering the RWAK240 seems to have had improvements made in the amp section compared to the stock model, does it benefit from adding a portable amp like the Intruder? Did you go for the added line out jack or not?

I haven't got to test out a lot of phone/iem combinations with the RWAK yet. it's just starting to run in (about 200 hrs). Did a brief comparison on LCD X and AKG K3003 with RWAK240 and touch/Onkyo player/Hugo side by side:

 

Software:

 

Opus DSD Showcase #3 - various tracks

Scheherazade DSD rip - track 4 Festival in Bagdad

Michel Jonasz - La fabuleuse histoire de mister swing 1644 wav- Disc 2 track 2 Le temps passe

 

RWAK 240 balanced hp out > LCD X (2.5mm balanced modified stock cable) 

 

Coherent and eurythmic, details in abundance, great instrument separation with an upfront presentation, excellent speed and attack.

 

Hugo > LCD X (6.3mm stock cable)

 

Different presentation than 240 - details are spread wider and deeper into the stage, instruments scale larger with a touch better body and decay than 240. Very musical but with speed and attack when called for.

 

With the LCD X, I favour the Hugo and agree that it's a match that is hard to beat.

 

With AKG K3003, the gap narrows up between the 2 units, both pairs really with it. The RWAK has a slightly more upfront, highly resolving and exciting signature ; whereas, Hugo is more relaxed and musical. My preference here will really depend on my mood and setting.

 

(Side note: Some early reviews just in from highly regarded sources in high-end audio trade praising the AK240/balanced Uber/Tralucent Ref. 1 pairing. I'll report back when i can get hold of a pair from spkrs01. I heard the stock is going really fast last time we met.)

 

IMO, whether you want to add a portable amp to the RWAK 240 will really depend on the phones you want to use, e.g. My ear cannot agree with TH900 straight out of the RWAK, but if you add a ASPT05/T06 in the chain the 900 will take a 180 turn. If you pick the right phones, adding an portable amp may only have a very marginal benefit. (Different story with higher quality desktop amp though)

 

I bought the RWAK mainly as standalone player and to try out as a source for the Hugo so I did't get the "s" version with true line out. For me, as an all in one player, RWAK 240 is the best I heard in the market right now with quality body to match. 

 

Cheers.

post #3387 of 8573
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Originally Posted by laurencewayne View Post

Thanks for the response. Any thoughts on trying SyncMate?
Don't use it, but many have good sucess. I drag& drop.
post #3388 of 8573
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Don't use it, but many have good sucess. I drag& drop.

One question (appreciate your patience!) as my drag and drop will not work with AFT, I presume there is some instability with my Mac. Any recommendation on a reset or other cure?

post #3389 of 8573
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Originally Posted by laurencewayne View Post

One question (appreciate your patience!) as my drag and drop will not work with AFT, I presume there is some instability with my Mac. Any recommendation on a reset or other cure?
I've held down my power button, for about 25-30 seconds, this hard restarts it. Worth a shot.
post #3390 of 8573
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I've held down my power button, for about 25-30 seconds, this hard restarts it. Worth a shot.

 Thank you. However in my frustration/impatience, I did a  Settings Reset and that worked. Next time-I'm sure there will be a next time!-I'll try your suggestion. Interestingly, after I did a Settings Reset, it erased the music out of the Folder (tho not the Folder itself) that would not play. So I dragged and dropped and now it is playing! Geez. I'm actually looking forward to the next glitch so I can try your recommendation. ;-)) Thanks again...much appreciated.

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