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Hmm.. if only my 128 GB iPad Mini Retina could support SD cards.. rolleyes.gif

 

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post #317 of 516
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Originally Posted by nOtEcH View Post

Hmm.. if only my 128 GB iPad Mini Retina could support SD cards.. rolleyes.gif

 

Well, Apple will keep updating iOS while disabling these accessories with both SD card slot and USB host

 

http://www.amazon.com/UPDATED-Eurekka%C2%AE-Reader-Adapter-Connection/dp/B00BUKQ4ZO

 

http://www.amazon.com/Eurekka%C2%AE-UPDATED-Lighting-Adapter-Connection/dp/B00GMXOCBM

 

Just an FYI - official version only allows us to choose one out of two but not both

 

http://store.apple.com/sg/product/MD821ZM/A/lightning-to-usb-camera-adapter

 

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD822ZM/A/lightning-to-sd-card-camera-reader

 

And then we could get cracking with our creativity thanks to iFile etc.

 

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1464236

 

http://www.imore.com/best-jailbreak-apps-and-tweaks-ios-7-bitesms-cccontrols-switchspring-and-more

 

http://www.iphonehacks.com/2013/12/ifile-for-ios-7.html

 

http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-hacking/71951-using-external-storage-devices-ipad-5.html

 

http://www.pocketables.com/2013/02/how-to-use-an-external-hard-drive-on-an-ipad-video.html

 

Of course that wouldn't be too portable afterwards but still good for a home rig?

post #318 of 516

There are a lot of options but none seems like the perfect solution.
My high-res collection is FLAC only, so I purchased a Seagate Wireless Plus (1TB) to try it out.

It makes a Wi-Fi hotspot for my iDevices (and others) to connect to, and then they can connect to the DLNA server that runs on it. I've tried with a 24/96 demo track and it streams fine using 8Player that is said to play bit perfect. It sounds nice so I guess it works*.

Seagate says it is suppose to work for 10 hours but I have read that field tests shows less run time. I will soon find out for myself. Anyway.. if i find this concept to be ok, I will swap the HDD with a 1TB SSD, and it uses a lot less power, and will extend the battery life of the pocketable NAS.

The pocket NAS can also connect to a wireless network and provide internet access to the connected devices, and that is why I can type this now and at the same time stream music from the NAS. It seems stable, but I have not tried that much yet.. but if it is.. it will be my high-res FLAC solution on the go together with the Hugo.

*) I am streaming from the portable NAS to my iPad Mini that is connected to my Venturecraft 12V Limited Edition DD Socket 1 using MUSES02 at the moment. But I can't see what kind of resolution the DAC is playing.
post #319 of 516
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Originally Posted by nOtEcH View Post


There are a lot of options but none seems like the perfect solution.
My high-res collection is FLAC only, so I purchased a Seagate Wireless Plus (1TB) to try it out.

It makes a Wi-Fi hotspot for my iDevices (and others) to connect to, and then they can connect to the DLNA server that runs on it. I've tried with a 24/96 demo track and it streams fine using 8Player that is said to play bit perfect. It sounds nice so I guess it works*.

Seagate says it is suppose to work for 10 hours but I have read that field tests shows less run time. I will soon find out for myself. Anyway.. if i find this concept to be ok, I will swap the HDD with a 1TB SSD, and it uses a lot less power, and will extend the battery life of the pocketable NAS.

The pocket NAS can also connect to a wireless network and provide internet access to the connected devices, and that is why I can type this now and at the same time stream music from the NAS. It seems stable, but I have not tried that much yet.. but if it is.. it will be my high-res FLAC solution on the go together with the Hugo.

*) I am streaming from the portable NAS to my iPad Mini that is connected to my Venturecraft 12V Limited Edition DD Socket 1 using MUSES02 at the moment. But I can't see what kind of resolution the DAC is playing.

 

I believe that a wireless external HD is the only solution, because any external storage connected to the hardware port will (i believe ? ) block the physical port and therefore not allow to also connect the iPAD to the External DAC. Is it correct ??

 

So, nOtEcH, why do you says that "none seems like the perfect solution" ?  What are the disaventage of the Wireless HD ? 


Edited by bmichels - 1/25/14 at 12:26pm
post #320 of 516
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I believe that a wireless external HD is the only solution, because any external storage connected to the hardware port will (i believe ? ) block the physical port and therefore not allow to also connect the iPAD to the External DAC. Is it correct ??

So, nOtEcH, why do you says that "none seems like the perfect solution" ?  What are the disaventage of the Wireless HD ? 

Yes, it will block the physical port.

For the moment I guess that the best solution for me (using iDevices) is a wireless HDD with a DLNA or a UPnP server streaming FLAC files.

These kind of pocketable servers are quite immature at the moment, and I am not shure if we ever will see DSD support etc. on them. I do not think that the 8Player supports it either. The Onkyo player supports DSD, but then again do not support DLNA or UPnP..
post #321 of 516

It is funny that only Mython and I are going to use it with X5 I think. What is wrong with you guys, why no one wants to see that marvelous piece of machinery?

post #322 of 516
What is interesting is that Chord (via it's dealers) have had 4,000 pre-orders for Hugo. At £1,195 RRP in the UK per unit, multiplied by 4,000, this equals £4,780,000. Which is still likely to be a substantial amount of money for Chord even after production costs and dealer markup are deducted. So given this massive buy-in by consumers for a product as yet untested by end users, surely Chord can spot the potential market for an audiophile DAP that has the same form factor as Hugo. A basic compatible DAP without amplifier stripped down to deliver Hi-Res music files with an internal battery would surely sell to at least... 4,000+ customers.
post #323 of 516
I am glad about their success. Cannot to see chord enter the slightly more affordable side of things. I might order mine soon too.
post #324 of 516
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What is interesting is that Chord (via it's dealers) have had 4,000 pre-orders for Hugo. At £1,195 RRP in the UK per unit, multiplied by 4,000, this equals £4,780,000. Which is still likely to be a substantial amount of money for Chord even after production costs and dealer markup are deducted. So given this massive buy-in by consumers for a product as yet untested by end users, surely Chord can spot the potential market for an audiophile DAP that has the same form factor as Hugo. A basic compatible DAP without amplifier stripped down to deliver Hi-Res music files with an internal battery would surely sell to at least... 4,000+ customers.

 

Totally agree.

 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/697166/the-astell-kern-ak240/390#post_10141732

http://www.head-fi.org/t/697166/the-astell-kern-ak240/405#post_10141789

 

On the one hand, I can appreciate Chord's reticence to devote R&D to a 'Pure-Transport-DAP', since this requires very specialist development for the UI etc., but... I really feel the R&D investment could pay-off, longterm, since it could permit Chord to create a whole portable hardware range, with modular components. Frankly, you, me, and quite a number of Head-fiers are currently discussing this, publicly and privately, and it is quite apparent that it is a niche that is just waiting to be filled by someone. If Chord don't do it (and they're potentially already halfway there, with this brilliant 'Hugo' DAC-Amp), then someone else will. I would really like to see a British company do this, like Chord, Linn, or Naim, etc., but regardless of who does it, wherever in the world, it is a niche that will be filled by someone and I believe they will be very successful with it - nature abhors a vaccuum! :wink:

 

 

post #325 of 516
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Totally agree.

 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/697166/the-astell-kern-ak240/390#post_10141732

http://www.head-fi.org/t/697166/the-astell-kern-ak240/405#post_10141789

 

On the one hand, I can appreciate Chord's reticence to devote R&D to a 'Pure-Transport-DAP', since this requires very specialist development for the UI etc., but... I really feel the R&D investment could pay-off, longterm, since it could permit Chord to create a whole portable hardware range, with modular components. Frankly, you, me, and quite a number of Head-fiers are currently discussing this, publicly and privately, and it is quite apparent that it is a niche that is just waiting to be filled by someone. If Chord don't do it (and they're potentially already halfway there, with this brilliant 'Hugo' DAC-Amp), then someone else will. I would really like to see a British company do this, like Chord, Linn, or Naim, etc., but regardless of who does it, wherever in the world, it is a niche that will be filled by someone and I believe they will be very successful with it - nature abhors a vaccuum! :wink:

 

 

 

Agree  agree agree agree.....

post #326 of 516

Read somewhere that this thing has bluetooth... does that mean that I could have it in my pocket, and remote control it with a DAP? Thats would be truly amazing:)... if only the bluetooth transfer does not compress the audio :o

post #327 of 516
Incidentally the talk of the Note 3 not being able to do 24-bit without hacking is entirely misinformed. All you need is the app USB Audio Player Pro. Upcoming Android devices like the Z1 Compact will have settings to specifically allow 24-bit output to external DACs.

I wonder how good the bluetooth implementation is on the Hugo? If it's good enough on Apt-X capable devices you could simply plug in a 1+TB drive directly into the Note 3 USB port...

I'm getting an SD to micro SD adapter soon to use with the Note 3, will be using with a 128gb card (or possibly even a 256gb SD card, if I feel like splurging).
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http://www.head-fi.org/t/697166/the-astell-kern-ak240/1200

 

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Originally Posted by jude View Post
 

@OK-Guy, that's a tough question. In terms of innovation, one is made to be an all-in-one (including music storage and UI for playback), the other is a DAC/amp (with a very cool bespoke DAC implementation) without media storage. As for which one sounds better, it's the Hugo. The Hugo is one of the best DAC/amps I've ever heard, regardless of form factor, and I can't wait to use it as a DAC-only with some of my favorite desktop DACs.

 

Do we have a winner here or what? It just keeps getting better than better.

post #329 of 516
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Originally Posted by smial1966 View Post

What is interesting is that Chord (via it's dealers) have had 4,000 pre-orders for Hugo. At £1,195 RRP in the UK per unit, multiplied by 4,000, this equals £4,780,000. Which is still likely to be a substantial amount of money for Chord even after production costs and dealer markup are deducted. So given this massive buy-in by consumers for a product as yet untested by end users, surely Chord can spot the potential market for an audiophile DAP that has the same form factor as Hugo. A basic compatible DAP without amplifier stripped down to deliver Hi-Res music files with an internal battery would surely sell to at least... 4,000+ customers.

Unfortunately that would be true only if Chord were selling it direct... They probably sell it to their dealers for 700-800£ and when you subtract the cost for actually manufacturing it it's is not as sweet as it looks. But if the future brings us KEF LS50 and Chord Hugos that is simply great smily_headphones1.gif
post #330 of 516
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Originally Posted by Jude

 

@OK-Guy, that's a tough question. In terms of innovation, one is made to be an all-in-one (including music storage and UI for playback), the other is a DAC/amp (with a very cool bespoke DAC implementation) without media storage. As for which one sounds better, it's the Hugo. The Hugo is one of the best DAC/amps I've ever heard, regardless of form factor, and I can't wait to use it as a DAC-only with some of my favorite desktop DACs.

 

when God speaks it pays to listen... at half the UK price of the AK240 the Hugo looks a bargain.


Edited by OK-Guy - 1/25/14 at 11:44pm
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