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post #46 of 1839
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Originally Posted by VisceriousZERO View Post

Hi guys, my impressions will be delayed, just came down with the flu.

Get better soon VZ, I am going through the same thing at the moment!
post #47 of 1839
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Originally Posted by musicday View Post

What is the real battery life of AK240 playing hi rez files? Thank you.

For DSD64 files, it can play 5hrs46mins

For 16bit/44.1kHz files, it can play 9hrs30mins

post #48 of 1839

Was reading on a HongKong local Forum post76.com. Lots of reviews praising AK240, a lot of people mentioned that there aren't really any bad things that they could say about the 240 other than it's price.

 

Comparison between AK and ZX1:

zx1:ak240

Aesthetics
10:8
SQ
6:10
Price
10:40
UI
10:7

 

Comparison with HM901:

HM901 better for classical, AK240 better for Pop/Dance

 

Comparison with AK120:

Basically better all around.

 

Comparison with X5:

X5 has larger soundstage than 240.


Edited by z3r0day - 2/15/14 at 8:17am
post #49 of 1839
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Originally Posted by z3r0day View Post

 

Comparison with X5:

X5 has larger soundstage than 240.

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post #50 of 1839
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Originally Posted by zachchen1996 View Post
 

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Hey I'm just the translator.

post #51 of 1839
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Originally Posted by z3r0day View Post
 

Was reading on a HongKong local Forum post76.com. Lots of reviews praising AK240, a lot of people mentioned that there aren't really any bad things that they could say about the 240 other than it's price.

 

After listening to it for another two days, I do have two "complaints" so far, per se, comparing to AK120:

 

  1. Thick and/or deep male voice: AK120 totally wins in this aspect. AK240 makes it sound a lot more plain, which affects a few songs I love. Fortunately vast majority of my songs are sung by female.
  2. I imagine this one shouldn't matter to most people here but it does to me: Erhu, aka Chinese Violin. I enjoy modern music featuring erhu and again, AK240 makes it sound flatter than AK120. It was every emotional on AK120 which I enjoyed so much. A pity.

 

Now, a plus (in addition to what I posted before). If you love piano music - as in pure piano music - you would love AK240. Truly amazing. It feels like you're sitting on the piano seat with the keyboard playing right in front of you, it's that amazing.

 

As for classicals, so far I can't tell much difference from AK120 unless it's DSD, which would then be another story (and better be since AK240 got native DSD support). "Crystal clear" should be the right term to describe its DSD, and I can't wait for 4-pin balanced cable to be available for IE800 to see how much more it can impress me.

post #52 of 1839
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Originally Posted by my-2000 View Post
 

 and I can't wait for 4-pin balanced cable to be available for IE800 to see how much more it can impress me.

 

 

As a IE800 owner I'm curious about that as well, but I guess these headphones will have to get "hard-modified", as the detacheable cable is not really a "fully detacheable cable", beind the final part hardwired. :\

post #53 of 1839
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Originally Posted by Fafner View Post
 

 

 

As a IE800 owner I'm curious about that as well, but I guess these headphones will have to get "hard-modified", as the detacheable cable is not really a "fully detacheable cable", beind the final part hardwired. :\

 

From my talk with the guys at ALO, they would just resolder and replace the first plug with a 4-pole.   They also provide a cable that would connect to the new plug and provide a balanced 2.5 connector for the AK240.

post #54 of 1839

can anyone please confirm whether the ak240 still have the tagging problem with music files from itunes and amazon? eg, does the song finish prematurely?

post #55 of 1839

Can anyone with experience and AK240 and  other DAP's can have a honest answer:

Is the AK240 the best DAP out there in all terms money no problem? Thanks

post #56 of 1839
Just got my new toy 2 hours ago...

I am listing to it with my JH16pro with some DSD ..All I can say is WOW....very comparable to my NAD M51->WA22 ->LCD3 setup at home..

I have never heard my JH16Pro sound so open before...It sounds quite 3D ,the bass is very control with a lot of detail.
Treble is very smooth.

I will try with other headphones and plug it into my speaker set up ( Focal Scala,Classe M600s, Classe CP800) once i can find a line out cable for it and see how it sound.

Design wise the sharp corners on the 240 is actually quite irritating.. it is better with the leather case on...



That is all I have for my inital impression..
Edited by eso6686 - 2/17/14 at 9:26pm
post #57 of 1839
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Originally Posted by eso6686 View Post

Just got new toy 2 hours ago...

I am listing to it with my JH16pro with some DSD ..All I can say is WOW....very comparable to my NAD M51->WA22 ->LCD3 setup at home..

I have never heard my JH16Pro sound so open before...It sounds quite 3D ,the bass is very control with a lot of detail.
Treble is very smooth.

I will try with other headphones and plug it into my speaker set up ( Focal Scala,Classe M600s, Classe CP800) once i can find a line out cable for it and see how it sound.

Design wise the sharp corners on the 240 is actually irritating.. it is better with the leather case on...

That is all I have as my inital impression..


Wow. Now I really need it.

post #58 of 1839
Thread Starter 

Hi guys, back at last.

 

Just some comparisons from a friend who's been using my AK120 for some time now,

 

He says the 240 is a very much cleaner sound than the 120, very different for his taste but he likes it and prefers the 240 over the 120. He does miss the warmth of the 120 sometimes but overall the 240 is a keeper.

post #59 of 1839
Can anyone with an ak240 and the latest generatin MacBook Pro's (late 2013) check if the usb dac function works.

I have an Rwa120-b and the usb dac works with my late 2012 macbook retina but not with the late 2013 macbook retina.
post #60 of 1839

Can someone post more image ( or videos...:rolleyes: ) of the Graphical UI of the AK240 please ?  

 

[Edited by mod]

 

Does the AK240 allow to browse through album arts like iTune or (bellow) Calyx ?  

 

   

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