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post #406 of 1839
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Originally Posted by woods1dj View Post
 

I just rec'd my AK240 a few days ago and have been testing most of the electrical features and functions with a wide variety of sound formats most sounding fabulous without an amp. But in one regard I am very disappointed with the physical unit itself and would like some feedback from other owners on this.  On the back of my unit there are several (6) bubbles deep in the clear coat near the carbon fiber itself.  I am afraid it might chip on the larger bubbles over time but is smooth to the touch on the outer surface.  Even worst, there is a same type bubble under the surface on the front screen, only one and is mostly noticeable with the unit turned off.  I had a much higher expectation for the fit and finish in this product price range.  I have the opportunity to return/exchange for about 5 more weeks and would like to hear if anyone else is experiencing similar fit and finish issues like this or am I expected to accept this is normal.  I love the performance of the unit but very disappointed with the front and back surface manufacturing quality.


Yes, sent my first one back because I was absolutely discussed. Only to receive another one with the same (admittedly minor) problem in as much as the front one was not 'in my face' and very near the edge of the screen. The rear one was just 1 in number this time. A&K need to WAKE UP to this, it's appalling quality control because cannot be clarified without removing savers fitted.

Please let me know - because I'm minded (having read your comments) to send the new one back too.

post #407 of 1839
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Originally Posted by woods1dj View Post
 

Thanks for the input guys.  Through several PM messages with "Teds Headfood" I was also informed that the AK 240 ships with 2 layers of screen protectors the one with the tabs on them (which I removed right after the unboxing).  I did not realize that there was yet another screen protector (the real screen protector) still on there.  Who would of thought that Astell & Kern would be so careful as to ship with a screen protector on the screen protector.  The bubbles were from a less than stellar installation of the primary protector.  This is by no means a complaint since they also shipped mine with a spare set of protectors.  It bothers me much less knowing it is just under the protector and can be fixed at will with the replacement of the overlays. GREAT product.  Fit and finish is upgraded to equal to the performance IMHO.

 

Actually if you have bought and install screen protectors before yourself on mobile phones and tablets, you will know that all screen protectors have an extra layer of plastic film on the top-facing side which has to be removed once you have applied the protector's other sticky side onto the mobile phones'/tablets' screens (the sticky side also has a film which has to be removed before applying it onto the screen, obviously). The film is there to keep the protector free from damage in "new condition" before you use it.

post #408 of 1839

I Don't think you need to replace the unit, it is just a 2 buck screen protector (and I believe there is a spare set in the box) so just remove the old, clean the screen and put on a new protector (carefully as you will only be able to blame yourself if you trap an air bubble).  You are supposed to replace them as needed anyway as the get scratched in normal use.  I am waiting to change mine as most of the bubbles are on the back and hidden in the case.  Will change both when the front gets a few normal use scratches on it...  FYI... there is a great product out there called rapid tac that can be applied to the surface and allows the protector to slide into the perfect position and then when dry will be perfectly positioned and bubble free.  I use it for vinyl graphics applied to giant scale RC planes, works great.

post #409 of 1839

I'm lying here listening to my 240/XCs and am in a blissful state. It took some time for both of these to burn-in, but the sound I'm hearing even with lossy files is stunningly beautiful.

 

I must ... resist ... the temptation ... to upgrade ... by fantasizing about external amps and better cables. :wink_face: 

post #410 of 1839

... maybe better cables. :D

post #411 of 1839
I'm glad I'm not the only who thinks like a insane madman...I'll be living under a bridge somewhere, but Damm I'll have a fine audio system!!!
post #412 of 1839
So, you listening to iTunes type lossy music?

I'm unsure about converting my iTunes library to better quality. I'm wondering if just transferring my library onto the 240 is a waste of a good DAP.
post #413 of 1839

Yeah like:

 

Wife: You sold our house!?

 

Audiophile: But I got the AK400,000... its the platinum edition baby!

 

Wife: WTF were you thinking! Where are we going to live!? What about the children!?

 

Audiophile: Don't worry, I've found the bridge we can live under, its made of concrete... think of the sound-stage!

 

[Later drops the device and realises the damage isn't covered under international warranty]

post #414 of 1839
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Originally Posted by Goldlion973 View Post
 

Yeah like:

 

Wife: You sold our house!?

 

Audiophile: But I got the AK400,000... its the platinum edition baby!

 

Wife: WTF were you thinking! Where are we going to live!? What about the children!?

 

Audiophile: Don't worry, I've found the bridge we can live under, its made of concrete... think of the sound-stage!

 

[Later drops the device and realises the damage isn't covered under international warranty]

Sad but true. :beerchug:

post #415 of 1839
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Originally Posted by jlcichocki View Post

So, you listening to iTunes type lossy music?

I'm unsure about converting my iTunes library to better quality. I'm wondering if just transferring my library onto the 240 is a waste of a good DAP.

 

IMHO, an emphatic no!

post #416 of 1839

I should point out that I have a good amount of hi rez material as well, and of course, it elevates the sound to a much higher level. But I don't think one should forgo putting their iTunes library on their 240, not at all.

post #417 of 1839

sorry about the multiple replies, but there are those especially from the high end audio community who sneer at lossy files, but my belief is if the music regardless of format can transport you to an emotional involvement into the music, well then ... there is value.

 

As previously reported, I worked in the high end audio industry for 26 years, had at one time a two channel audio system worth $120,000, so I believe I do speak with some authority on the matter, IMHO.

post #418 of 1839
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Originally Posted by Goldlion973 View Post
 

Yeah like:

 

Wife: You sold our house!?

 

Audiophile: But I got the AK400,000... its the platinum edition baby!

 

Wife: WTF were you thinking! Where are we going to live!? What about the children!?

 

Audiophile: Don't worry, I've found the bridge we can live under, its made of concrete... think of the sound-stage!

 

[Later drops the device and realises the damage isn't covered under international warranty]

 

lmao!

post #419 of 1839
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Originally Posted by jlcichocki View Post

So, you listening to iTunes type lossy music?

I'm unsure about converting my iTunes library to better quality. I'm wondering if just transferring my library onto the 240 is a waste of a good DAP.

I'm with JW.......if you have a choice and the opportunity presents itself to get better quality then go for it. However, the AK240 will make your music sound better in most cases. I have had  few MP3s that now when I listen to on the AK240 with either the 344s and especially with the Mentors, just plain suck.  If the song is important to me I need to replace it, if it is not, then I erase it and forget about having it my library.

post #420 of 1839
My new AK 240 Docking Stand:






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