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post #3556 of 8541
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Originally Posted by y2jdmbfan View Post

Couple of questions for existing owners...I've had mine since late April and I've noticed a line / area of discoloration on the body of the ak240 on the front triangular part above the volume knob. I have absolutely babied this expensive device since I got it. Have had it in a case at all times while traveling the couple of times I have taken it out of the house. Has anyone else had this issue? Second, how loose is he volume knob supposed to be? Mine seems looser than normal volume knobs, haven't directly compared to another ak240 though.


Thanks guys,

Y2J


On another note, I just bought the remastered Led Zeppelin from he tracks and the first album sounds great. Not sure I like the mix on the second disc, a lot more distortion in the instruments than the first album.

 

Hi y2,

 

My first AK240 had a slightly different coloration on the area above the knob. There were also more evident striations in the metal on this upper part and this contributed to the slightly different tint. My second AK240—replacing my first one due to a defective volume control—has a finer level of striations and there is no coloration difference. You might what to take some alcohol and clean the metal where the striations are and see if they just picked up some oil and dirt from your hands (not saying you have dirty hands).

 

The volume control, for me, is the only obvious design flaw. Both of my units had wiggly controls, not as bad, however, as the really wiggly control of the original AK100. My AK120's volume control was a huge improvement and had no wiggle at all. That's why I was a little disappointed when I first got my 240.

 

Regarding the Led Zeppelin high rez files, I'm waiting for Physical Graffiti ... :wink_face: 


Edited by jwbrent - 6/5/14 at 10:00pm
post #3557 of 8541
Anyone having an issue with dropouts when streaming with wifi?
post #3558 of 8541
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Anyone having an issue with dropouts when streaming with wifi?

Yes. There would be dropouts in areas where I got weaker or interruption to wifi signal. More evident for HD/DSD files with their high bit rate/file size.
post #3559 of 8541

I have a very weird situation with my just acquired AK240. I was trying to transfer some folders (with songs) using the Android File Transfer app in Mac. I got some errors saying I cannot transfer the files/folders and then suddenly the AK240 frozen:

 

 

I tried to hold the power button for more than 15 seconds and the machine remains the same. Hold power + the previous track button didn't help.

 

Did you ever see similar situation?

post #3560 of 8541
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An excellent utility that I use for tagging is Yate. I don't know if it will work specifically with DSD files but I recommend it for all other file formats. It's $20.00. http://2manyrobots.com/yate/

 



G'day, I'm a recent owner of an AK240 and have had no issues tranfering AIFF & DFF files from Mac, except I get no album art whatsoever. I'm using the Android transfer app downloaded from the A&K site. So is a utility like this one above required? If so it would be kind handy if A&K made mention of this.

What I've found is ID3 Tag information (artwork, track names, artist, etc) is dependent on the source (where they came from). Sometimes all information is present and correct in the files, so you're good to go. Other times, the artwork is incorrect or missing, track names are incorrect, etc. That's where a utility like Yate (or an equivalent) is a time saver. You can correct errant tag info in batch or individual file mode and it's almost automatic. I'm anal about ID3 tag info so the $20.00 for Yate was well worth it. Again, it depends on your needs and the condition of your files.  


Edited by chawya22 - 6/6/14 at 6:00am
post #3561 of 8541
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Originally Posted by kkcc View Post


Yes. There would be dropouts in areas where I got weaker or interruption to wifi signal. More evident for HD/DSD files with their high bit rate/file size.

Yep, WIFI streaming on DSD is an issue. Not sure if the router's problem or what.  Anyone can comment?

post #3562 of 8541
Agree but specifically dropouts are even happening with DSD where other wifi devices seen to be ok with signal strength, ie my laptop.
post #3563 of 8541
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Agree but specifically dropouts are even happening with DSD where other wifi devices seen to be ok with signal strength, ie my laptop.

Laptops usually have way better wifi reception than say mobile phones, which i think are similar to the ones found inside the ak240s
post #3564 of 8541

The throughput of your wifi connection and how fast your server streams data impact your listening experience.  The AK240 does an initial buffer load but doesn't take into account the amount of time it took to fill the buffer.  You experience the same thing with youtube on occasion.  Preferably, the buffer size should be variable depending on your streaming throughput so the  slower your data stream the larger the buffer should be to compensate.  Unfortunately, I don't see any evidence that the AK240 varies the buffer size or that you have the ability to manually buffer.  I found that my streaming was great when I first started and then degraded for some reason.  I determined that there was a background activity on my server which was hitting the hard drive where my music library resided.  I moved the activity to a different time of day and bingo the streaming improved.   

post #3565 of 8541
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Originally Posted by hemtmaker View Post


Laptops usually have way better wifi reception than say mobile phones, which i think are similar to the ones found inside the ak240s

Yep.  The AK240 doesn't seem to have the best wifi reception.  I found that I can't stream much past 20' or so from the base station.  Not unusual for mobile devices due to limitations on the antenna and the amount of power to the radio.  

post #3566 of 8541

I know the AK240 shouldn't be used with HP's like the Alpha Dogs, but holy crap I am loving the sound coming from this combo. 

post #3567 of 8541
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I know the AK240 shouldn't be used with HP's like the Alpha Dogs, but holy crap I am loving the sound coming from this combo. 

I use it with my HP's all the time.  They sound great!

post #3568 of 8541
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Originally Posted by Buddhahacker View Post
 

I use it with my HP's all the time.  They sound great!

Agreed, I just know that supposedly this is not a recommended combo. 

post #3569 of 8541
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Originally Posted by Byronb View Post

Agreed, I just know that supposedly this is not a recommended combo. 

 



I actually use mine with hard to drive headphones and think the AK240 does a rather good job. It's very functional as an all-in-one box.
post #3570 of 8541
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Agreed, I just know that supposedly this is not a recommended combo. 

 



I actually use mine with hard to drive headphones and think the AK240 does a rather good job. It's very functional as an all-in-one box.

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