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post #4396 of 5351
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Originally Posted by kawaivpc1 View Post

AK240 vs HM 901... what do you guys think? which one is better in terms of sound quality?
I just bought HM 901!

As you just bought HM901, take some burn in
Edited by francopro - 7/23/14 at 12:28am
post #4397 of 5351
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Originally Posted by Uniquexme View Post

Have been using it for about a month and I like it very much. I hear those tiny detailed thingy such as lips moving and I can actually hear some fault in some of the recordings that I wasn't able to hear on my ProAc Tablette Anniversary speakers with Naim Uniti2. Sometimes I actually need to remove the Roxanne as it feels like someone is calling me outside my room or knocking on my door. Lol.... Bass is not muddy but impact and decay is fast. Vocal is clear. Some people commented that Roxanne is best suited for Rock songs, but I don't feel that way. I am still learning on how to express these in a more specific headfi slang way so juz bear with me. wink.gif

Thanks mate ! I am in search of the right iem for AK240 before investing over $3500, I'm still using my AK100 with Shure 425 but intend to get the best dap+iem available on the market, most headfiers prefer Shure SE846 over Roxanne series,I auditioned AKR01 it was better than Shure 425 with my AK100 but has a lot of sibilance with other sources, a friend of mine purchased AKR02 and feel happy with it paired to AK120 Titan, I'm waiting to try his combo
post #4398 of 5351
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post

Q: when you unplug your earphone on the 3.5mm SE, music pauses. But does it pause for you with the 2.5mm TRRS balanced too? Mine doesn't.

Nope. Not on the 2.5 TRRS

post #4399 of 5351
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Originally Posted by francopro View Post


As you just bought HM901, take some burn in

I did. It sounds pretty good enough for me. I don't think it's necessary to invest more on DAPs at this point.

I'm just wonder how AK240 sounds compare to this unit. 

post #4400 of 5351
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Originally Posted by kawaivpc1 View Post
 

I did. It sounds pretty good enough for me. I don't think it's necessary to invest more on DAPs at this point.

I'm just wonder how AK240 sounds compare to this unit. 


Check this review : http://www.head-fi.org/t/714374/dap-off-astell-kern-ak240-hifiman-hm-901-sony-zx-1-fiio-x5-chord-hugo-calyx-m-from-june

post #4401 of 5351
I did buy a AK240 two days ago (after comparing them with the new AK100 II and 120 II). Then I need a few hours to upload songs and charging the battery. Finally I did some testing; but had cracking noise (every 2 seconds in right or left channel) at DSD 64 and 128 playback. To use it as a DAC was impossible at all, independent from OS and Sample rate I had distortion. Luckily my dealer exchanged the unit right away. Problem solved

But, let us be blunt - quality control hello? The main feature of this device IS native DSD playback and they don't detect such an error? Anyway I hope I was the only one. Cheers




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post #4402 of 5351
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post

Q: when you unplug your earphone on the 3.5mm SE, music pauses. But does it pause for you with the 2.5mm TRRS balanced too? Mine doesn't.

Nope, AnakChan. That's one of the first things we noticed about the balanced output in our little group of AK240 owners here in Singapore. smily_headphones1.gif
post #4403 of 5351
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Originally Posted by pitchblack View Post

I did buy a AK240 two days ago (after comparing them with the new AK100 II and 120 II). Then I need a few hours to upload songs and charging the battery. Finally I did some testing; but had cracking noise (every 2 seconds in right or left channel) ....

 

Make sure you have the WiFi OFF when you listen to music. It can cause a 'noise' that repeats intermittently in one channel, at least mine did. It's the WiFi pinging for a hookup.

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HI guys, I am getting the AK240 soon, I have a pair single ended IEM with 3.5mm plug, if I want to use the balanced out put from the AK240, do I need to get a pair  balanced compatible IEM?

Can I get an adapter from 2.5 to 3.5mm? Will I get the full advantage of the balanced feature if I use adapter? Will this setup blow(damage) my earbud?

 

Thanks

post #4405 of 5351
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Originally Posted by coolmingli View Post

HI guys, I am getting the AK240 soon, I have a pair single ended IEM with 3.5mm plug, if I want to use the balanced out put from the AK240, do I need to get a pair  balanced compatible IEM?
Can I get an adapter from 2.5 to 3.5mm? Will I get the full advantage of the balanced feature if I use adapter? Will this setup blow(damage) my earbud?

Thanks

I'm not sure what iem you have. If the cable is detachable, then you can probably just get a cable with trrs plug.

As for your question, are you thinking if getting an adapter to convert your SE 3.5 mm into a balanced 2.5mm? That won't work. It will cause damage. What you should do is get a cable with balanced 2.5mm plug and an adapter to convert the 2.5mm plug into SE 3.5mm plug for use with the SE socket. Of course you know that there is a soft switch under settings to switch between SE and balanced output.

Hope that helps. smily_headphones1.gif
post #4406 of 5351
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Originally Posted by Kiats View Post


I'm not sure what iem you have. If the cable is detachable, then you can probably just get a cable with trrs plug.

As for your question, are you thinking if getting an adapter to convert your SE 3.5 mm into a balanced 2.5mm? That won't work. It will cause damage. What you should do is get a cable with balanced 2.5mm plug and an adapter to convert the 2.5mm plug into SE 3.5mm plug for use with the SE socket. Of course you know that there is a soft switch under settings to switch between SE and balanced output.

Hope that helps. smily_headphones1.gif

Thanks to reply, my common sense told me it aren't gonna work( convert SE3.5 to Balanced 2.5 adapter)

 

So I have to detach my current cable and have someone cut off the SE 3.5mm plug then install a 2.5mm balanced plug, if I want to use the same cable for SE, I can use an adapter from 2.5mm balanced to 3.5mm SE.

I am learning something everyday.

post #4407 of 5351
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Originally Posted by coolmingli View Post
 

HI guys, I am getting the AK240 soon, I have a pair single ended IEM with 3.5mm plug, if I want to use the balanced out put from the AK240, do I need to get a pair  balanced compatible IEM?

Can I get an adapter from 2.5 to 3.5mm? Will I get the full advantage of the balanced feature if I use adapter? Will this setup blow(damage) my earbud?

 

 

Just to add to what Kiats already said....

 

If your present IEM's have a (4) wire cable (vs 3 wire) you can just replace your present 3.5mm TRS plug with a 2.5mm TRRS plug. The only requirement is the ability to solder or know somebody who can. Then you can utilize the balanced out jack of your 240. Here is the plug you need:  LINK

post #4408 of 5351
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Originally Posted by burtomr View Post
 

 

Just to add to what Kiats already said....

 

If your present IEM's have a (4) wire cable (vs 3 wire) you can just replace your present 3.5mm TRS plug with a 2.5mm TRRS plug. The only requirement is the ability to solder or know somebody who can. Then you can utilize the balanced out jack of your 240. Here is the plug you need:  LINK


It looks like it has 3 wires, does that mean I need to get a new cable with 4 wires?

post #4409 of 5351
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Originally Posted by pitchblack View Post

I did buy a AK240 two days ago (after comparing them with the new AK100 II and 120 II). Then I need a few hours to upload songs and charging the battery. Finally I did some testing; but had cracking noise (every 2 seconds in right or left channel) at DSD 64 and 128 playback. To use it as a DAC was impossible at all, independent from OS and Sample rate I had distortion. Luckily my dealer exchanged the unit right away. Problem solved

But, let us be blunt - quality control hello? The main feature of this device IS native DSD playback and they don't detect such an error? Anyway I hope I was the only one. Cheers




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So sad to hear that you encountered this issue on a such expensive dap, quality control must be premium on a device that cost an arm and and a leg, I often have to face built issues when buying smartphones, even with high end ones
post #4410 of 5351
Ted Allen is converting my cable as we speak.

The NEW Headphone Lounge Thread. On moble cannot copy & paste link.
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