Edited by kkcc - 2/25/14 at 4:48am
FYI: Chemicals used in the processing of Leather:
Ammonium sulphate is used during the deliming process and helps remove lime from the hides or skins
Ammonium chloride is used during the deliming process and helps remove lime from the hides or skins
What does 'Ammonium' anything...smell like?.....piss
Our (Audio360.org's) AK240 review is finally up. Don't want to double post a whole bunch of impressions, so I'll just link to it instead: http://www.head-fi.org/t/707432/review-astell-kern-ak240. Seems like most of us feel fairly similarly about it after auditioning it.
Thanks. It's beginning to smell like high class leather now (after 48 hours). Apologies for being so flippant - but you guys have to see the funny side of the 'grand' unboxing (with Misses hovering to see what a £2k player looks like) and me - reverentially - slowly opening the box. And bloody hell!!! The smell!!!
Agree, it feels wonderfully comfortable in the hand. For those that do - don't take the mick out of the shape. It works for me.
Here is the problem, how do we put a price on sound? The folks in the industry seem to know a way, it is that i cannot agree with it. Truth be told I ahve not tried AK240 so cannot comment fairly but I have owned all their other products and say they are great but not worth the price they are asking for. If we are only concerned for sound with the same amount they are asking for we can find much better stack but I suppose it is a lot less transportable and if one cares for portability their DAP option with UI sadly is limited and therefore must include the AK line.
With 3000 I can get teh V200+V800+left over for a decent headphone.
Nope, it's not the best thing since sliced bread. Actually, IIRC correctly, I think said it wasn't sliced bread. That said, I am very impressed with the player - which is something that I never thought would happen when I first learned about it.
And for the record, the AK240 also kicks the crap out of the AK120 (much to my dismay as I have an AK120). But my point about it being worth it over the Tera Player is that it's additional features warrant the cost. The large touchscreen, Android-based OS, Wi-Fi capabilities, etc. are a huge convenience. They go a long, long way towards making the user experience a positive one... especially over the Stealth Tera... for those of us who don't - you know - use The Force to control our DAPs.
It's my hope that everyone gets a chance to try it out. Not just give it an audition, but actually out it through some daily use. Believe me when I say, that regardless of how much doubt and skepticism people have (and our level of skepticism was considerable before we used it mind you), it's a hard player to put down or let go of once you get used to it.
Thanks! I'd be interested in seeing some more reviews myself. Jude seems to have positive initial impressions. And even Tyll is reserving any premature judgment pending - what I presume - is an ongoing and thorough evaluation.
That said, most of the people that own it (or have used it extensively) seem to agree that it is quite something. I won't rule out confirmation bias... but seeing as how most people tend to be pretty pissed when they feel duped, and seeing as how I haven't come across any user rants yet... I think it bodes well for Astell & Kern.
Here's an interesting question for ya - do you think the AK240 is worth its price more than that doomed AR player was worth its price?
For what it's worth I was firmly in the 'never in a million years would I buy this' and then, quite by chance, found myself with no player (yes, I'm that parsimonious I only want one-my iPhone 4 is ok but it's a phone) and a heap of money.
I bought this because of serendipity-try as I might-something went wrong with every deal to replace my Titan. Someone/thing was speaking to me. I needed a player and hadn't heard a decent one for 21 days. I was in withdrawal.
I pressed the button knowing I was buying from someone with a generous returns policy. But after a few days NO WAY will you/anyone get this from me. It's got a fantastic sound/fantastic fast UI/fantastic potential (I hope). Having said all that it is a bit Hi-Fi and I miss the colour/emotion of the AK120. I would stick my neck out and say that if, as an example, Rock rocks your boat then the AK120 is for you. The AK240 is very polite and well balanced. That sound is not what everyone wants.
For those of you who want flashing lights, art everywhere etc. can I draw an analogy? I have a Rolex watch. Why? Because I've always wanted a Rolex (I've had this one for about 10 years). Believe me it costs a fortune to buy and a fortune to service. It's mechanical, I adjust it about once a week. A £5 quartz watch I could buy in the market tells time better. Has more facilities etc. See what I mean?