After reading this whole 230 pages of AK240 thread, the poison is getting strong each day!!
I am really new to this thing. I only started out my HiFi hobby for about 4years ago. 1st set was the entry level set : Marantz CD6003, Marantz PM6003, Mordaunt Short Aviano Bookshelf speaker & iPod Classic / iPod Touch which i sold off after about 2years listening as i want something better. 2nd set till now : Naim Uniti2, ProAc Tablette Anniversary speaker with Mac Mini via VDH digital optical cable and Audivana Plus SW. (i didn't know the existence of high end DAP until i flip through WhatHiFi June14 magazine). So i only have this little knowledge on HiFi.
Now, the temptation of AK240 is extremely strong. I haven't got one yet as i am still stuck in working overseas (Papua New Guinea), and can only go back to Malaysia around September. I have been thinking of ordering from HK, but given the price of these things, i have no surprise if the parcel went missing (trust me, anything can happen here). Shall see if i can wait till September, if not i will have to make a trip to HK in July. haha...
Its from reading this forum that i know the existence of DSD as previously i thought lossless is the highest digital format and thats is why my collection is all in ALAC (i know the existence of SACD but didn't know ripped songs from SACD is called DSD. Where do you guys normally get those DSD songs? There are few sites listed on this thread to download a few free DSD, but anyone here listen to Cantonese or Chinese DSD? where can i get them? And juz curious, do u guys exchange DSD songs? whats the size of an average DSD .dsf song?
Do those Audio shops in HK provide 2.5mm balanced termination to the IEMs or headphones that we buy from them? I am asking because i ask a few shops in Singapore and none of them provide such services, but most of them just ignore my mail. Thats the main reason i choose AKR03 as it comes with both cables, if not i would also have go for IE800 (given the good that has been floating around this forum, but if i remember correctly someone is saying that moving around with IE800 will cause painful noise to the ear while the silicon thingy move around in the ear?), or the SE846. I would also want a headphone too on top of the IEMs, my choice is HD800 (coz i see a lot, really a lot of u guys using this), AKG K812 (seems like not mentioned here at all), or LCD-3. I think these 3 are open backed cans. Which one can best drive without an external amp? I only own a Grado SR80i for a year and sold it as i wanted something even better.
May i ask how does long does the battery last compared to the original AK240? I believe the only way to get this is order via Red Wine? or there are some shops in HK that actually have these?
Man, i thought my HiFi was already expensive (at least to me), but portable HiFi aint cheap too..
Pardon for the long post.