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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.

Someone on this thread is using the AK240 to drive balanced HD800's.  I plan on doing this sometime next month.  My HD800's sound great single ended so I can't wait to hear them balanced.

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I have that setup, along with 2 different HD 800s right now that allow me to A/B. It probably gets you 80-85% of the way there as compared to the best I've heard them. It's good enough for me that I've been downsizing a fair bit.
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HD-800 balanced with the AK-240 is very good. I use that way from time to time.
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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.  

Thanks again for your comment.  I will check Yate out, tho I do wish it would transfer art as it should.

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Coolio Gavin!  :smile:  Now all you need is this blingy and chromed-out stainless steel AK240.  Only one in existence.

 

 

 

 

Apologies for the ***** pics.  :o


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Coolio Gavin!  :smile:  Now all you need is this blingy and chromed-out stainless steel AK240.  Only one in existence.

 

 

 

 

Apologies for the ***** pics.  :o

 

Looks cool. Must be a demo unit loaned from AK. Probably a magnet for fingerprints though. :wink_face:

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I wish they will make a all carbon fiber version
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Thanks again for your comment.  I will check Yate out, tho I do wish it would transfer art as it should.

 

To me Tag from Feisty dog is better than Yate. :wink_face:

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Originally Posted by warrenpchi View Post
 

Coolio Gavin!  :smile:  Now all you need is this blingy and chromed-out stainless steel AK240.  Only one in existence.

 

 

 

 

Apologies for the ***** pics.  :o

 

Looks cool. Must be a demo unit loaned from AK. Probably a magnet for fingerprints though. :wink_face:

 

Oh no, lol, there is NO WAY they would have let me take that.  I just snapped a few photos of it at T.H.E. Headphonium this past weekend.  It's actually pretty fingerprint resistant.  That unit was manhandled by a whole bunch of people just before those pics were taken, and wasn't wiped down before shooting it.  I will tell you one thing though, it's a wee bit heavier than a standard AK240... but still very cool looking.

 

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I wish they will make a all carbon fiber version

 

Um... yeah, Ima keep my mouth shut on this one.  ;)


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Thanks again for your comment.  I will check Yate out, tho I do wish it would transfer art as it should.

Just to make sure I'm understood, Yate (or any tagging utility) has nothing to do with the file transfer to the AK240. Yate (or an equivalent) corrects the ID3 tags before the transfer. Do you see the artwork for the files in the player on your Mac (if you can play them)? If so, the artwork is already there. A tagging utility won't help you. You might want to try rescanning the media in your AK240. To do this go to settings > default settings > initialize media scan, this option will rescan all of the files on your 240 and possibly correct any errors that occurred during the initial media scan. You'll need firmware 1.11 on your 240 to see this option. I hope this helps. 


Edited by chawya22 - 6/7/14 at 9:29am
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Hi, I'm having a bunch of tagging issues with the AK240 too.  I am confident that my tagging is correct, but the AK240 isn't doing things as I expect.  For example, I just grabbed the new Led Zeppelin releases from HD Tracks, and the artists is listed in my AK240 as "unknown" but I can see in JRiver that the "Album Artist" and even the "Artist" tag is correct and says "Led Zeppelin"  Also, the AK240 sometimes lists an album as 2 different albums because the tag "Artist" from an iTunes rip contains two names (i.e., main artist plus others on track) whereas the tag "Album Artist" contains one name (main artist).  I also notice that wav files are tough on the AK240.  I see in JRiver that the tags for "Artist" and "Album Artist" are there, but the AK240 does not pick them up.  Why doesn't the AK240 get all the tags, and shouldn't the AK240 sort on "Album Artist"?  I wish users had some additional control over this.  Any suggestions.

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Wow on the Chrome AK-240!!
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I do not know if it is burn in or brain burn in but the AK240 is getting closer to the 901...I think RWAK will do the trick for me.
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Regarding the comments about the AK240 with HD800's - listening to them now balanced and it really does a fine job.  It's surprising how well this thing drives the 800's.

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Hi, I'm having a bunch of tagging issues with the AK240 too.  I am confident that my tagging is correct, but the AK240 isn't doing things as I expect.  For example, I just grabbed the new Led Zeppelin releases from HD Tracks, and the artists is listed in my AK240 as "unknown" but I can see in JRiver that the "Album Artist" and even the "Artist" tag is correct and says "Led Zeppelin"  Also, the AK240 sometimes lists an album as 2 different albums because the tag "Artist" from an iTunes rip contains two names (i.e., main artist plus others on track) whereas the tag "Album Artist" contains one name (main artist).  I also notice that wav files are tough on the AK240.  I see in JRiver that the tags for "Artist" and "Album Artist" are there, but the AK240 does not pick them up.  Why doesn't the AK240 get all the tags, and shouldn't the AK240 sort on "Album Artist"?  I wish users had some additional control over this.  Any suggestions.

I've noticed that the AK240 is extremely specific when reading tags. If the release dates are different for individual songs of an album, they will be listed out of order. Tagging errors can turn one album into 2. All kinds of varied headaches. It's a PITA to check with a fine tooth comb but it's worth the effort in the long run. Once you learn to check for the usual suspect, it becomes pretty easy.

 

One other thing, If you display a track on the 240 and tap on the artwork (if you have artwork) you'll see to the left 'lyrics' and to the right an 'i'. Tap on the i and it will display all the track info: size, path, genre, etc. Maybe you can use this to sort out what's causing your problem. 


Edited by chawya22 - 6/7/14 at 9:59am
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