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post #211 of 1414
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Originally Posted by kh600rr View Post


I ordered mine from Moon Audio, last Thursday , it's on the Fed Ex truck out for delivery now...

Congrats!

post #212 of 1414
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Originally Posted by justin07 View Post


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?

I tried turning the firewall off; however I am still getting the same error...thanks anyway. 

Unfortunately nothing has been received from iriver as of this moment...

post #213 of 1414
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Originally Posted by Decreate View Post

I tried turning the firewall off; however I am still getting the same error...thanks anyway. 
Unfortunately nothing has been received from iriver as of this moment...

That sucks. It is actually a pretty neat feature that I didn't thought I would be using that much. For me the set up was really smooth and other than the occasional stuttering on dsf files where probably my wifi signal is weak, and trying to get the MQS server to index the full 6TB of files in one go (pro tips: don't do that. Pick some subset of folders and index them batch by batch), I have not had any issue.
post #214 of 1414

Any owner of a Synology NAS noticed that the just released final version of DSM 5.0 now supports DSD audio in Media Server? Let's just hope A&K will introduce some NAS support soon (both in local network and on the go).

post #215 of 1414

Anyone using a 2.5mm Balanced plug adapter with their AK240? Mine seems to have some play when the plug is inserted and I wanted to get other impressions. Also, the plug seems to be very sensitive and will zero out the right channel if pushed in firmly. Any other experiences?

post #216 of 1414
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Originally Posted by ddanois View Post
 

Anyone using a 2.5mm Balanced plug adapter with their AK240? Mine seems to have some play when the plug is inserted and I wanted to get other impressions. Also, the plug seems to be very sensitive and will zero out the right channel if pushed in firmly. Any other experiences?

 

Can such a thing actually work—I mean plugging a 2.5mm TRRS adapter onto a 3.5mm TRS connector which gives you a balanced signal? Maybe I'm misunderstanding your question. Regarding the cutting in and out, I was concerned that using a 2.5mm jack would potentially cause problems like intermittent output as well as an easier to bend or break male connector.

 

Anyway, I want to explore the balanced output, and the vendor who sold me my AK240 (teds headroom) is getting in some quality 2.5mm TRRS connectors which can be soldered on to a four conductor cable. I plan on using the balanced cable that comes with my recently ordered LCD-XCs to experiment.

post #217 of 1414

By the way, as expected, the AK240 benefits from burn-in. After about 40 hours of play, the sound is warming up without losing the upper frequency detail and extension that was readily apparent out of the box. Also, the low level detail is unreal at times; the decay on cymbals, for example, is beautiful!

post #218 of 1414
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Originally Posted by jwbrent View Post
 

... I plan on using the balanced cable that comes with my recently ordered LCD-XCs to experiment.

 

we are looking forward your listening feedback.  

 

Will be Interesting to know if balanced on the 240 really improve the SQ 

and also to hear how the 240 and XC pair well 

post #219 of 1414

It does work! I have a 4 pin XLR to 2.5mm balanced plug adapter that was made by Moon Audio and it works great. The only issue is that there is a bit of static when the plug is spun around or moved side-to-side. I'm unsure if this is an issue with the plug or the socket at this point.

post #220 of 1414
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Originally Posted by jwbrent View Post
 

By the way, as expected, the AK240 benefits from burn-in. After about 40 hours of play, the sound is warming up without losing the upper frequency detail and extension that was readily apparent out of the box. Also, the low level detail is unreal at times; the decay on cymbals, for example, is beautiful!

 

'the decay on cymbals' - spot on - I have been experiencing the same thing as well. It's pretty magical

post #221 of 1414
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post
 

 

we are looking forward your listening feedback.  

 

Will be Interesting to know if balanced on the 240 really improve the SQ 

and also to hear how the 240 and XC pair well 

 

I will try my best to describe how the two work together. I have very high hopes!

post #222 of 1414
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Originally Posted by piercer View Post
 

 

'the decay on cymbals' - spot on - I have been experiencing the same thing as well. It's pretty magical

 

magical and exquisite. Lots of dopamine release when listening to high rez on the 240 ... 

post #223 of 1414
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post

Will be Interesting to know if balanced on the 240 really improve the SQ 
As much as it wasn't analyzed in details, that's already touched upon in the last 2 pages of this thread. To sum up kkcc's description and my view on AK240's balanced out vs unbalanced out:

- wider soundstage (though not by much to me)
- better clarity (if the music source is good, everything will appear as crystal clear to you on top of unbalanced's already clarity)
- higher power (this improvement is amazing. It's like putting a turbocharger in your car engine... you're now flying on the road instead of driving)
- less black blackground
- more delicacy (huge improvement on this. I mentioned erhu and deep male voice, basically anything with instrument as solo/main performance is now joyful to listen to which wasn't that great in unbalanced out)
post #224 of 1414

I cannot transfer any more music, the error message I get is my screen is locked. Anyone else experience this?

post #225 of 1414
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Originally Posted by Saraguie View Post
 

I cannot transfer any more music, the error message I get is my screen is locked. Anyone else experience this?

 

Not me. Can you still use your 240 after getting this message? Supposedly, there is a 10,000 song limit, or at least that was the case on the AK120. You could try a reboot (hold down the power button for 12 seconds) and see if that resolves the issue. I hope everything turns out fine ...

 

One problem I'm noticing on mine is that my battery will not fully charge using my USB3 connector on my MacBook Air. The manual says something about this, but I assumed that would be the case if you used a hub or a USB output on a keyboard. I've been burning my unit in for the past few days, so I thought the problem was that I was playing files while charging the battery. This morning, I stopped playing files and just let it charge. Back from school 5 hours later and the 240 is only half way charged. I did set my energy preferences on my MacBook to not go to sleep.

 

I'm going to use the wall charger that came with my iPhone to see if this rectifies the problem.

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