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post #5581 of 8541
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Originally Posted by headwilier View Post

I got my silver balanced cable from Ted's Headphone Lounge, see the thread. Cheap and great build quality.

+1 for Ted and Headphone Lounge...even though he screwed up my cable first time around. He addressed the problem, and quickly.

Having said that, consider your listening requirements and environment before going balanced. I can't hear a big difference, and other upgrades, like custom sleeves, might yield greater benefits.
post #5582 of 8541

Here's something odd. I bought a couple of albums at hdtracks.com the other day, did the download, and then transferred the files to my AK240. When I went to listen to one of the albums on my way to work each track was simply noise. Album art and metadata were fine...just noise. The other album played without problems.

 

Thinking the problem was bad tracks or faulty download, I wrote hdtracks. They enabled a new download, I put in on my computer at work, deleted the bad version from my AK240, and transferred the new version. Success...everything was fine.

 

When I got home I went to delete the "bad" album from my hdtracks folder...but discovered that the downloaded files were completely fine! Same with the files I transferred into iTunes.

 

So, somehow, the process of transferring the files to the AK the first time around turned perfectly good tracks into white noise.

 

Has anyone experienced something like that? Any theories?

 

For what it's worth, the downloaded tracks were in Apple Lossless 176/24; the album is Emilie-Claire Barlow Live in Tokyo. Terrific, by the way.

post #5583 of 8541
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Originally Posted by cjfreitag View Post

Here's something odd. I bought a couple of albums at hdtracks.com the other day, did the download, and then transferred the files to my AK240. When I went to listen to one of the albums on my way to work each track was simply noise. Album art and metadata were fine...just noise. The other album played without problems.

Thinking the problem was bad tracks or faulty download, I wrote hdtracks. They enabled a new download, I put in on my computer at work, deleted the bad version from my AK240, and transferred the new version. Success...everything was fine.

When I got home I went to delete the "bad" album from my hdtracks folder...but discovered that the downloaded files were completely fine! Same with the files I transferred into iTunes.

So, somehow, the process of transferring the files to the AK the first time around turned perfectly good tracks into white noise.

Has anyone experienced something like that? Any theories?

For what it's worth, the downloaded tracks were in Apple Lossless 176/24; the album is Emilie-Claire Barlow Live in Tokyo. Terrific, by the way.

Haven't had that problem yet but maybe check your usb cable?
A lot of issues I've had recently with other gears were mostly cable related.
Distortion heard when connected to my dac previously was due to faulty interconnect. Another one was transferring files to my ak used to be unstable and unusually slow (lost my cable so was using an cable I had) apparently when I changed to a new usb cable seemed to work properly.
Well hope that helps. I now keep my cables unfettered and coiled gently in storage just to make sure nothing stresses them into disrepair haha too much coddling in this hobby but so far safe is best.
post #5584 of 8541

Anybody else have an issue with the AK240 balanced jack in which a slight turn of the plug causes the sound to cut out in one channel? 

post #5585 of 8541
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Originally Posted by daveyston23 View Post
 

Anybody else have an issue with the AK240 balanced jack in which a slight turn of the plug causes the sound to cut out in one channel? 

 

Assuming you've enabled balance on the software/OS-level options, which plug? I found this issue to be quite plug dependent. The 2.5mm TRRS plugs used by Wagnus in Japan seem to work quite well, similarly the ones used by Tralucent. I didn't have any issues with the JHA/AK's AKR03 Roxanne but it seems some others have. At least between May -> July, I had issues with the connectors used by Whiplash Audio but I don't know if that issue has been resolved by now.

post #5586 of 8541
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post
 

 

Assuming you've enabled balance on the software/OS-level options, which plug? I found this issue to be quite plug dependent. The 2.5mm TRRS plugs used by Wagnus in Japan seem to work quite well, similarly the ones used by Tralucent. I didn't have any issues with the JHA/AK's AKR03 Roxanne but it seems some others have. At least between May -> July, I had issues with the connectors used by Whiplash Audio but I don't know if that issue has been resolved by now.

 

Hey Anak, I'm using Ted's Silver Litz at the moment. I don't have any other 2.5mm balanced cables to compare it with. 

 

Interestingly, when I plug my cable into an adaptor for single-ended use, and I twist the balanced plug around, I don't get any sound cutting out in the right channel with the AK240 as I did before. I think I may have another faulty AK240. My first AK240 unit had no sound :confused_face_2: 


Edited by daveyston23 - 10/15/14 at 6:25pm
post #5587 of 8541

Just got back from my local dealer where I was able to test the balanced out of another AK240 unit, as well as the AK120II. With these units, there were no issues at all with the sound cutting out when rotating the balanced plug- just sweet uninterrupted balanced goodness. We used the same balanced cable and IEM as I have been using with my AK240. So we basically confirmed that I had received another AK240 dud. It is less than 1 month old and I have been experiencing this problem ever since I started using the balanced out. My local dealer is happy to provide me with a brand new replacement but they have no stock at the moment. If I decide to go ahead with this, it will be my third AK warranty issue in the last 12 months. In summary, my 3 AK warranty issues have been:

 

1. AK120: Dead pixel. Replaced with new unit.

2. AK240: Unbelievably, no sound out of the box. Replaced with new unit.

3. Current AK240: Dodgy balanced port. Will probably be replaced.

 

I'm pretty meticulous about taking care of my gear...even if I say so myself. So far my experience has led me to ask: what the hell is going on with AK Quality control? Especially for their flagship product which retails for $3000AUD here? I can't be that unlucky.. right?  

 

NB: To be fair, my previous AK100 worked flawlessly. 


Edited by daveyston23 - 10/15/14 at 8:42pm
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My AK120 turned into a brick after 10 days. I had it replaced. Now I am gonna test the BO of my AK240... Just in case!
post #5589 of 8541
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Originally Posted by DeepGroove View Post

My AK120 turned into a brick after 10 days. I had it replaced. Now I am gonna test the BO of my AK240... Just in case!

 

lol 

 

I hope you have better luck than me!

post #5590 of 8541
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Originally Posted by buruma View Post





I have made this adapter today. =)
now, I have to wire cable for fullly balanced output.
next time, I'll try.. =)

 

Can you share the design with us?

post #5591 of 8541

3.5mm are shield r/l

2.5mm are r/l leads/grounds

post #5592 of 8541

Hello everybody,

 

I got my RWAK240 today.And it plays flawless.But I want to ask a question:

 

-Player's firmware is 1.15.What is the latest firmware and differences ? Good or bad ?

 

Thanks for answers.


Edited by high-fidelity - 10/17/14 at 2:27pm
post #5593 of 8541
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Originally Posted by high-fidelity View Post
 

Hello everybody,

 

I got my RWAK240 today.And it plays flawless.But I want to ask a question:

 

-Player's firmware is 1.15.What is the latest firmware and differences ? Good or bad ?

 

Thanks for answers.

1.16 is the latest. You can read opinions starting around page 355. Some like it while some have downgraded back to 1.15.   

So what are your impressions on stock vs rwak240?

post #5594 of 8541
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Originally Posted by psheadfi View Post
 

1.16 is the latest. You can read opinions starting around page 355. Some like it while some have downgraded back to 1.15.   

So what are your impressions on stock vs rwak240?

 

Understood.I think I'm gonna stay with 1.15 for now.Maybe I can upgrade when 1.17 comes.

 

I don't know how 240 is.Cause I didn't buy it new.I bought if from Mark(burtomr).

 

But sometimes ago,I have asked here.And some users told me:bass and mids are better than stock one.


Edited by high-fidelity - 10/18/14 at 7:48am
post #5595 of 8541

This might have been addressed already but can you get the battery in your AK240 replaced after maybe a couple of years of use? I'm looking at pretty constant use if I get one. I wish to use this player for portable use for years to come so I thought I would need to know. I will email astell and kern or iriver or whatever I manage to find asap about this but do you guys know much about this? This is the only question I've got before I get a 240.<3

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