or Connect
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Source Gear › The Astell and Kern AK240 Impressions Thread
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

The Astell and Kern AK240 Impressions Thread - Page 62

post #916 of 2222
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sylafari View Post
 

Just got mines today along with a Fiio X5 I got a few days ago and I was surprised there's not a high gain option as I have to bring my volume up to about 60/75 steps to reach comfortable listening levels on my HD 800 (Although with high gain on the X5, volume is at about 90/120). The MQS Streaming implementation is well done and every easy to use so far. The load time of the device so far is a lot longer than the Fiio X5 as the X5 loads in about 1/3rd the time of the AK240. I've been listening to it for a couple of hours but I'll talk about the sound aspect of it a bit later.

 

Try to source for a good 2.5mm TRRS balanced cable for your HD800 to go with AK240. It may help to boost the power output a bit and make the sound fuller too. The 3.5mm SE LO is really meant more for pairing with IEMs than high impedance cans.

post #917 of 2222
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bluebear View Post
 

 

Try to source for a good 2.5mm TRRS balanced cable for your HD800 to go with AK240. It may help to boost the power output a bit and make the sound fuller too. The 3.5mm SE LO is really meant more for pairing with IEMs than high impedance cans.

ALO and Moon Audio both has them.

post #918 of 2222
I suggest getting it from Double Helix Cables. Peter from DHC has invested in creating a custom AK240 connector. They should be available to buy.
post #919 of 2222
Quote:
Originally Posted by sathyam View Post

I suggest getting it from Double Helix Cables. Peter from DHC has invested in creating a custom AK240 connector. They should be available to buy.

True, forgot about them.

post #920 of 2222

Is there any way you can use just the DAC and music player portion of the AK240 and use the lineout to RCA into an external amp (I read the manual and I believe its not possible but just making sure)? I will look into these balanced TRRS jacks but they are very expensive (I don't believe in improved sound quality cables, just my opinion, no need to discuss it).


Edited by Sylafari - 5/8/14 at 10:37pm
post #921 of 2222
Quote:
Originally Posted by jwbrent View Post

Oh, and by the way, I like using my 240 completely naked, not even screen or back protection. There is a tactile quality to the 240 that enhances its enjoyment. Of course, I sometimes fret about accidentally dropping my unit, but I tend to be very careful with my hifi components—anal even—so I trust I will never regret my decision. biggrin.gif

Now that's the spirit! I do leave the screen protectors on (but of course with the thin protector of protector peeled off biggrin.gif)

Just realized it's been 3 month since I owned my ak240. However, it still manage to surprise and impress me with its SQ. Just picked up CC Coletti's Bring it in home and it sounded as lifelike on my ak240 balanced with 1p2 as any listening sessions I have had with speakers or live...
post #922 of 2222
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sylafari View Post
 

(I don't believe in improved sound quality cables, just my opinion, no need to discuss it).

 

Lol.  :D


Home of the Liquid Carbon, Liquid Crimson, Liquid Glass, Liquid Gold and
Liquid Lightning headphone amplifiers... and the upcoming Liquid Spark!

Reply
post #923 of 2222
Quote:
Originally Posted by DrSheep View Post

ALO and Moon Audio both has them.

I'm ordering one from ALO too...looks like a quality cable from what I can tell ...will see when I get it in
post #924 of 2222

My early impressions with my two IEMs with the AK240s are that I still vastly prefer the Sony MDR-EX1000 over the Westone 4Rs. Impressions for the AK 240: All I can tell from listening for a portion of the afternoon with my HD 800s are that the AK240 doesn't sound worse than the WA7 and that the X5 is very impressive for the price (but has crashed 2 times so far when trying to browse music).

post #925 of 2222
Quote:
Originally Posted by daseinpdx View Post
 

 

Did you take off BOTH layers?  If I am not mistaken, the AK240 ships with 2 layers of protectors on both sides.  I think there is another layer of protectors underneath the layer with the tabs.  I took a closer look at mine and it definitely looks like another set underneath on mine.   This is consistent with iriver's practice with earlier AK products.

 

Call me crazy, but yes I did. I like feeling things in the raw:wink_face: 

post #926 of 2222
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sylafari View Post

Is there any way you can use just the DAC and music player portion of the AK240 and use the lineout to RCA into an external amp (I read the manual and I believe its not possible but just making sure)? I will look into these balanced TRRS jacks but they are very expensive (I don't believe in improved sound quality cables, just my opinion, no need to discuss it).

I think Peter over at dhc does adaptors like trrs->4-pin xlr and such.
post #927 of 2222
Quote:
Originally Posted by x838nwy View Post

I think Peter over at dhc does adaptors like trrs->4-pin xlr and such.
Yes , he has a nice selection of them.
post #928 of 2222
Quote:
Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post
 

Currently this rig is (despite fresh new - the IEMs at least) kinda hard to beat - the AK240 with Tralucent Uber cable & Ref1. Very immersive, involving, musical yet detail highly articulate. I'm hearing details I've not heard before but yet not fatiguing nor clinical.

 

 

I'm enjoying the synergy between this DAP & this IEM.

sean you have cables on wrong sides bro 

post #929 of 2222
Quote:
Originally Posted by teds headfood View Post
 

sean you have cables on wrong sides bro 

 

Yep, probably...it was just for the photo but I wasn't listening this way :D. I was swapping cables from the standard to the Uber.

post #930 of 2222

Hi guys,

 

Since I've been really busy for the past few weeks, I haven't used my 240 all that much. I noticed there is a new firmware update—v1.11—available which provides additional compatibility with DXD files, adds functionality to DSD files, and has some UI improvements; my question is whether anyone has had any issues with their 240 after doing the update.

 

I've been the victim of having bricked devices after doing a firmware update, so I generally don't update my gear until I know for certain there hasn't been any problems reported.

 

Thanks for any feedback ...

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Portable Source Gear
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Source Gear › The Astell and Kern AK240 Impressions Thread