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post #196 of 1650
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Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post


Don't forget to 'allow' your security to let the AK240 connect. After realising this, Wi-Fi worked and sounded like a dream. Very intuitive process. DSD takes a bit of time to load. See Judes UI video.

Yes, once set up the shared folders would appear just like internal or SD card storage for navigation. Very intuitive. Tho don't throw your entire mulit-TB collection of music for the MQS server to index in one go - it would hang.
post #197 of 1650
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Originally Posted by kkcc View Post

I will probably be able to share more impression on bal vs se later. Initial impression is pretty much in line with the Bal v SE experience on HM901 - wider sound stage, more clarity, higher power, less black background. And I don't feel AK240 bal has much material advantage over HM901 balanced.
May I add delicacy - the "complaints" I had before have now become something enjoyable. Not that it is now matching AK120's sound signature, but Erhu's sound from Ak240 through balanced is very, very delicate and clean that it's such a pleasure to listen to. Less colorful than AK120 still, but more delicate. Same goes for deep male voice.
post #198 of 1650
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Originally Posted by beemarman View Post


Ordered mine from a US dealer last Friday and received it on Monday. I'm based in the UK by the way.

TTVJ?
post #199 of 1650

Hi everyone

I just installed the ak media server and I got this pop up

AKMediaLauncher.exe - Entry Point Not Found.. I know someone else have this issue. I have tried allowing the program to start as administrator.. but nothing seems to work so far. I am running windows 8.1 64bit..

post #200 of 1650
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Originally Posted by justin07 View Post

Hi everyone
I just installed the ak media server and I got this pop up
AKMediaLauncher.exe - Entry Point Not Found.. I know someone else have this issue. I have tried allowing the program to start as administrator.. but nothing seems to work so far. I am running windows 8.1 64bit..


I'm one of those having this issue, on the very same OS you have. No solution so far, sent an email to iriver but never got a reply.
post #201 of 1650
I managed to get the app up and running.. not after countless trial and errors, reboots, restore... but I managed to stream songs to my AK240..

Here is what I did.. I actuall did it twice, to confirm.. lol

1. download the stream app for windows XP instead of the one for windows 8.
2. Unzip the package
3. Right click on the main app, the one with .msi click install.. I did not install the .exe file as I do not want to populate my device with outdated stuff.
4. go to the folder where the installed files are located.
5. right click on the AKlauncer and the main software. click compatibility tab, and change settings for all users. In compatibility mode, click run program in compatibility mode for windows 7.. and click on run this program as administrator.
6. double click on the launcher.exe. U will get errors.. dont click on anything.. I waited a while and the app actually opens.. lucky me. It then prompt me to update the app to ver 0.4.7.0

Hopefully that helps.. but kindly note that I am not to be blamed should your PC self destruct.
post #202 of 1650
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Originally Posted by justin07 View Post

I managed to get the app up and running.. not after countless trial and errors, reboots, restore... but I managed to stream songs to my AK240..

Here is what I did.. I actuall did it twice, to confirm.. lol

1. download the stream app for windows XP instead of the one for windows 8.
2. Unzip the package
3. Right click on the main app, the one with .msi click install.. I did not install the .exe file as I do not want to populate my device with outdated stuff.
4. go to the folder where the installed files are located.
5. right click on the AKlauncer and the main software. click compatibility tab, and change settings for all users. In compatibility mode, click run program in compatibility mode for windows 7.. and click on run this program as administrator.
6. double click on the launcher.exe. U will get errors.. dont click on anything.. I waited a while and the app actually opens.. lucky me. It then prompt me to update the app to ver 0.4.7.0

Hopefully that helps.. but kindly note that I am not to be blamed should your PC self destruct.

Thanks for the tip and after trying it, like you said the app opens after the error pop up. However I am unable to get the streaming to work as every time I tried to stream something, an error in the AK240 would pop up saying it was unable to play the track because it has been moved... Downloading the tracks to the AK240 works fine though....

post #203 of 1650

I'm getting my AK240 today and I just ordered a pair of LCD-XCs (in Purple Heart) to compliment them. $4,300 for a portable system seems excessive but you only live once and music is what feeds my soul ...

 

It looks like the Purple Heart cup option has been discontinued, or that's what I was told by the Audeze representative. Fortunately for me, they still had a pair of Purple Heart cups in their inventory.

post #204 of 1650
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Originally Posted by jwbrent View Post
 

I'm getting my AK240 today and I just ordered a pair of LCD-XCs (in Purple Heart) to compliment them. $4,300 for a portable system seems excessive but you only live once and music is what feeds my soul ...

 

It looks like the Purple Heart cup option has been discontinued, or that's what I was told by the Audeze representative. Fortunately for me, they still had a pair of Purple Heart cups in their inventory.

CongratulatioN. great choice !  Post us some pics of the combo.

 

But why specifically the LCD-XC ?  Are you sure that this headphone will not need an external AMP to drive it to it's full potential ?


Edited by bmichels - 3/10/14 at 3:56pm
post #205 of 1650

Thanks for the congrats. From what I've read, the AK240 should be able to drive the LCD-XCs to a good performance level. I have a Luxman tube amp when I want to hear the LCD-XCs in its full glory ...


Edited by jwbrent - 3/10/14 at 8:44pm
post #206 of 1650
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Originally Posted by Decreate View Post

Thanks for the tip and after trying it, like you said the app opens after the error pop up. However I am unable to get the streaming to work as every time I tried to stream something, an error in the AK240 would pop up saying it was unable to play the track because it has been moved... Downloading the tracks to the AK240 works fine though....

That is odd... did U managed to get the app to update itself to ver 0.4.7.0? mine did. Also.. u might want to allow your pc firewall to enable data output to the port that is stated on the app settings. Maybe U might want to disable the firewall first while trying to stream music to your AK240. I managed to get music to stream to my AK240.. Lucky.
Other than that I am sorry I cannot be of much help.

Good luck..
PS. did U get a reply from Iriver?
post #207 of 1650

Just a few small impressions on my new AK240 which arrived today ...

 

The pictures online just don't convey the elegance of the design. The quality of the case work is outstanding. The leather case is very nice, a gray color that matches the gunmetal color of the AK240. Unlike the AK100 and AK120, the case slips on and off easily.

 

The stated storage on the information screen is 229GB. I understand there is system overhead, but the difference between the advertised amount of 256GB and what there actually is seems much.

 

I had already downloaded all the software prior to its arrival, so plugging in the AK240 to my MacBook Air opened the Android File Transfer app. All straightforward. Haven't tried the streaming app yet.

 

The firmware update 1.09 over my wifi worked perfectly.

 

The volume knob is a bit of a disappointment in that it has the play (although contained by the surrounding case work) and the clicky sound of the AK100; the AK120's knob is much tighter and has a more refined sound.

 

Now to the important stuff ... the sound. I'll be doing a lot of comparisons between my AK120 and AK240 over the coming days, but out of the gate the AK240 has a breathtaking quality in its rendering of space. Fully enveloping. Can't really articulate everything else I'm hearing but I will as the AK240 settles in.

 

I'm very happy with my purchase—extravagant? yes, but its hard to place a monetary value on what brings us incredible joy. I hope my future updates will confirm my initial impressions.

 

By the way, I purchased my unit from Ted at teds headroom here on Head-Fi. He's a great guy to work with and a man of honor, a rarity these days in my experience. 


Edited by jwbrent - 3/10/14 at 9:17pm
post #208 of 1650
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Originally Posted by jwbrent View Post
 

Just a few small impressions on my new AK240 which arrived today ...

 

The pictures online just don't convey the elegance of the design. The quality of the case work is outstanding. The leather case is very nice, a gray color that matches the gunmetal color of the AK240. Unlike the AK100 and AK120, the case slips on and off easily.

 

The stated storage on the information screen is 229GB. I understand there is system overhead, but the difference between the advertised amount of 256GB and what there actually is seems much.

 

I had already downloaded all the software prior to its arrival, so plugging in the AK240 to my MacBook Air opened the Android File Transfer app. All straightforward. Haven't tried the streaming app yet.

 

The firmware update 1.09 over my wifi worked perfectly.

 

The volume knob is a bit of a disappointment in that it has the play (although contained by the surrounding case work) and the clicky sound of the AK100; the AK120's knob is much tighter and has a more refined sound.

 

Now to the important stuff ... the sound. I'll be doing a lot of comparisons between my AK120 and AK240 over the coming days, but out of the gate the AK240 has a breathtaking quality in its rendering of space. Fully enveloping. Can't really articulate everything else I'm hearing but I will as the AK240 settles in.

 

I'm very happy with my purchase—extravagant? yes, but its hard to place a monetary value on what brings us incredible joy. I hope my future updates will confirm my initial impressions.

 

By the way, I purchased my unit from Ted at teds headroom here on Head-Fi. He's a great guy to work with and a man of honor, a rarity these days in my experience. 

Well the SQ you report being so much better than the AK240 is music to my ears :)  I have the 120 and my 240 will be delivered (fingers crossed) tomorrow and can't wait to hear myself.

 

AND, I bought mine from Ted also. Good guy, knowledgeable who talks straight. We got to speak for a while on the phone today......we are Da-kine Bra's.   Looking forward to tomorrow!

post #209 of 1650

Any comparison between the RWAK 120 and the AK 240?... is it worth the upgrade? 

post #210 of 1650
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Originally Posted by jwbrent View Post

By the way, has anyone who ordered an AK240 from a US dealer received theirs yet?
I ordered mine from Moon Audio, last Thursday , it's on the Fed Ex truck out for delivery now...
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