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post #751 of 2222
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Originally Posted by Buddhahacker View Post
 

I would try a couple of things. First is to create a new directory for your music files and try bringing MQS streaming up with no music files.  If it comes up then the issue is likely with one of your music files.  While applications shouldn't be sensitive to data issues they almost always are and it is very difficult to test for all data anomalies.  If it started with no issue and with no music files then stop MQS, add one or two music files to the new directory and restart MQS. If is starts with no issues then you can add more files on the fly until it breaks.  Second approach would be to uninstall, reboot your computer, download a new copy of MQS and try again.

Thanks to Buddahacker & Kiats of responding and helpful suggestions...but they didn't work. So frustrating. The MQS server app starts to open and then closes.  Wonder if Steph86 has any thoughts...appreciate his notice & link on the update.

And even with my problem, I have to express to scorpio187: you won't regret. Ultimately, the sound is incredible!

post #752 of 2222
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Originally Posted by Kiats View Post

I am very happy with the MQS streaming app. It works very nicely for me. Of course, when I am streaming DSD files, there may be the occasional lag because of the sheer size of the files. 

I was wondering if there are plans for the implementation of DLNA streaming, similar to what the Sony ZX-1 is capable of. This will allow those of us who store our music library in NAS to do native streaming and bypassing the PC/iMac.  

One lives in hope. atsmile.gif

Hi Kiats

I saw the MQS is for window
I use Mac , can I use MQS ?

Thank you
post #753 of 2222
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Originally Posted by laurencewayne View Post
 

Thanks to Buddahacker & Kiats of responding and helpful suggestions...but they didn't work. So frustrating. The MQS server app starts to open and then closes.  Wonder if Steph86 has any thoughts...appreciate his notice & link on the update.

And even with my problem, I have to express to scorpio187: you won't regret. Ultimately, the sound is incredible!

Here's hoping, buddy. Here's hoping! :beerchug:

post #754 of 2222
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Originally Posted by rudi0504 View Post

Hi Kiats

I saw the MQS is for window
I use Mac , can I use MQS ?

Thank you

Yes, it does, Rudi! I use a iMac as my music server. smily_headphones1.gif

There's a link here to the iMac app: http://www.head-fi.org/t/712243/mqs-streaming-server-software-for-mac-for-ak-240

Enjoy!
post #755 of 2222
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Originally Posted by Kiats View Post


Yes, it does, Rudi! I use a iMac as my music server. smily_headphones1.gif

There's a link here to the iMac app: http://www.head-fi.org/t/712243/mqs-streaming-server-software-for-mac-for-ak-240

Enjoy!

Kiats- What can I possibly be doing wrong? I download, place in applications, and double click to open. It starts to open (and add music) and then immediately closes. I get the MQS server icon on my desktop as well. I wish I knew if it's me or it!

post #756 of 2222
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Originally Posted by laurencewayne View Post

Kiats- What can I possibly be doing wrong? I download, place in applications, and double click to open. It starts to open (and add music) and then immediately closes. I get the MQS server icon on my desktop as well. I wish I knew if it's me or it!

Sorry but I am not so savvy with OS X that I can answer that. Did you check if your system meets the minimum requirements for the app?
post #757 of 2222
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Originally Posted by scorpio187 View Post

Right, after reading all these enthusiastic comments, I decided to pull the trigger and buy it. cool.gif  Hope I won't regret it!

Well, you will regret not having any need to consider any of the other daps like x5 and dx90. I'm actually a little bored in a good way that no other portable daps look or sound better than the ak240. Then again I'm biased. wink.gif
post #758 of 2222
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Originally Posted by jayboy76 View Post

Well, you will regret not having any need to consider any of the other daps like x5 and dx90. I'm actually a little bored in a good way that no other portable daps look or sound better than the ak240. Then again I'm biased. wink.gif

Likewise, I am equally biased, to me personally, AK240 still sounds incredible!
post #759 of 2222
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Originally Posted by jayboy76 View Post


Well, you will regret not having any need to consider any of the other daps like x5 and dx90. I'm actually a little bored in a good way that no other portable daps look or sound better than the ak240. Then again I'm biased. wink.gif

 

I'm sort of waiting for someone who's head the DX90+Hugo vs. AK240. I might have a listen to this combo next Sunday if no-one comes up with anything...

post #760 of 2222
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Originally Posted by x838nwy View Post

I'm sort of waiting for someone who's head the DX90+Hugo vs. AK240. I might have a listen to this combo next Sunday if no-one comes up with anything...

What you should do is comparing DX90+Hugo vs. AK240+Hugo. All I can say is, The AK240 will come out ahead.
post #761 of 2222

Reading all the hub-bub about the A&K .. got me curious. How good can this baby be? I haven't bought an iRiver since when they first came about many moons ago (and they were good even back then). Since then I've owned all manner of digital portables (iPods, iphones, iPads, various Android smartphones and a Cowon J3, FiiO E9/E17 combo, etc) but never anything in this price range. I mean the Cowon cost me less than $300 and quite frankly sounded fantastic - especially for MP3 playback.

 

Given the above, and as you can imagine, I don't consider myself to be an Audiophile, but I do have reasonable headphones, love all types of music and can appreciate quality audio gear when I hear it. None the less - spending 3 grand (AUD$) on a portable player? Hmmmm... questions raced through my mind - sure the reviews are all good, but.. will it actually be THAT good? I mean, TEN times the price of a Cowon, can that be justified? will it sound vastly better than anything else I've owned?

 

Well.. as you can guess, curiosity got the better of me and I took delivery of my AK240 a couple of days ago. OK - great, nice packaging, nice everything, beautiful device - you just feel it the moment you pluck it out of the box. I grabbed a set of IE80's, plug her in, selected the "Spanish Harlem" sample track, press play .. and ... goodness gracious! My head couldn't comprehend what's just happened. My eyes fell shut - my senses got slammed for six... here I was, immediately transported from where I was just seconds ago - to sitting in front of a live performance. It was just astonishing! It's an attack on your senses - there's no other way to describe it. 

 

For those that have been sitting on the fence, asking themselves the same questions as I was - all I can say is "it's true, .. oh boy, it's all true." OK.. (big breath) -  seeing that I got my emotions back in check, and the primary reason I wanted to write a post on this forum, here's some points that I've experienced and which may help others in reaching their purchasing decision:

 

Things that struck me the most:

- It's just all stunning quality; from the box to the player, to the Minerva leather case - every part is exquisite.

- Incredible sound - straight out of the box; and by that I mean no tweaking with bass/treble, EQ, boosters etc. You will hear things as they were intended. Never have I owned a PMP that's done that.  .. until now.

 

A few comments for A&K, and iRiver to consider: 

- Damn the lot of you!.. you have corrupted my simple-minded vision of what "I thought" sounded 'good' .. with this audio nirvana! How can I ever go back to MP3? .. or even CD! How dare you do this to my ears.

 

- Thank you for turning my wallet into a flaming wreck!

  Not only did I just spend 3 grand on a portable audio player - it now had me questioning my existing headphone collection.

  Shortly thereafter I awoke from some kind of 'audiophile - trance' during which I'm sure someone from Astell & Kern grabbed

  the keys to my brain, drove it down to the local shops and bought themselves a set of IE800 headphones.

  All I remember is waking up to a puff of smoke and an empty space that was once called my bank account.

 

- I'm not sure where the insanity will end. I'm now looking at balanced out connectors, upgraded cables, scouring the net

  for DSD files, purchasing FLAC music all over again; will someone please help me!

 

Is it worth it?

I just wanted to add a couple of extra points - especially for those like me that may have had most of their audio collection as MP3. Sure I had some FLAC as well for the Cowon but most of it wasn't. An early question that I had was whether the AK240 would prove to be a vast improvement on playing lossy music files such as MP3. The answer (IMHO) - no. When I compare it to my desktop setup (i.e. FiiO E09K/E17 and HD650 headphones), or even the Cowon J3, yes there's an improvement but they're marginal at best. There's not truer phrase than the old saying of "crap in, crap out".  The big improvement on MP3 play is that you don't need to reach for the equalizer; the AK240 will play those just beautifully as they are. I've converted my entire CD collection again to 16-bit/44Khz FLAC (using EAC) since buying the AK240 and the sound is on par with the best CD players I've heard in my life. I think you need to be prepared to do that at a minimum to warrant such an expensive player in my opinion. Where the AK240 really shines, and comes into it's own, is with the higher grade audio files (e.g. 24bit FLAC, or DSD) - it's just another audio world entirely.

 

So.. consider the above as you will. Is it, or was it, worth it? Each to their own I say. Your bank account will hate you for buying it, your ears will love you for it. That's my impressions.


Edited by DBO240 - 4/25/14 at 12:06am
post #762 of 2222

Hey DB welcome to the Ak240 club and welcome to Head Fi.  Sorry about your wallet  :D

post #763 of 2222
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Originally Posted by sutjahjo View Post


What you should do is comparing DX90+Hugo vs. AK240+Hugo. All I can say is, The AK240 will come out ahead.

 

I don't know for other markets, but for me DX90+Hugo is roughly the same price as the AK240 on its own hence the comparison.

post #764 of 2222

Dx90 + hugo << AK240 in HK as well

post #765 of 2222
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Originally Posted by kantana View Post
 

Dx90 + hugo << AK240 in HK as well

 

BUT much more bulky to carry around!

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