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Originally Posted by jwbrent View Post

good question, I'd like to know this as well. I've bought a couple DSD recordings from SuperHiRez.com, but I like HDtracks better since they always seem to have sales at 10%-20% off.

Sales? 😊 I like HD Tracks because they're getting in a few more modern and new releases "as this is very good😊" old music is great but when you're looking for a lot of newly released stuff it can be difficult on most sites.....I also go to store.acousticsounds.com as they seem to have some good DSD as well ...I know there are fans and some haters of the upcoming Pono, but I'm for one wanting to actually see the store I feel that it could really provide a lot for music if offered with lots of newly released music....This should've been Apples next move, really it should've been and that's higher Res music, feel like it would give just that little bit more to iTunes. Maybe it's in their future plans "one only could hope" but I feel they should've made this move like yesterday, forget the pundits about higher res music and being able to hear differences, iTunes is very mature now just put it out and the people who want it will gladly pick it up....I buy a lot of music every month "a lot 😊" more so now than when I was a teenager...yes streaming music is good as I use it as a discovery thing, I'm always on the lookout for good sounding music no matter what it is...I like to own music still and yes I get some kids saying why own it when it's always available? Well I understand this as well as there are a lot of here today gone tomorrow tracks out there commercialism uhgg...but there's still some very good music being made just have to sort through a lot of it to find what appeals to you this is what makes great music there's many different types and genres...
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Originally Posted by dsincere View Post


Sales? 😊 I like HD Tracks because they're getting in a few more modern and new releases "as this is very good😊" old music is great but when you're looking for a lot of newly released stuff it can be difficult on most sites.....I also go to store.acousticsounds.com as they seem to have some good DSD as well ...I know there are fans and some haters of the upcoming Pono, but I'm for one wanting to actually see the store I feel that it could really provide a lot for music if offered with lots of newly released music....This should've been Apples next move, really it should've been and that's higher Res music, feel like it would give just that little bit more to iTunes. Maybe it's in their future plans "one only could hope" but I feel they should've made this move like yesterday, forget the pundits about higher res music and being able to hear differences, iTunes is very mature now just put it out and the people who want it will gladly pick it up....I buy a lot of music every month "a lot 😊" more so now than when I was a teenager...yes streaming music is good as I use it as a discovery thing, I'm always on the lookout for good sounding music no matter what it is...I like to own music still and yes I get some kids saying why own it when it's always available? Well I understand this as well as there are a lot of here today gone tomorrow tracks out there commercialism uhgg...but there's still some very good music being made just have to sort through a lot of it to find what appeals to you this is what makes great music there's many different types and genres...

Agree, I am an explorer and I also buy a lot of music, as you I want to own the music not borrow it. And I also agree that Apple has really dropped the ball on the Hi-Rez music business. I am sure they can recover it, but the clock is definitely ticking on them. 

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Originally Posted by Byronb View Post
 

.... I also agree that Apple has really dropped the ball on the Hi-Rez music business. I am sure they can recover it, but the clock is definitely ticking on them. 

 

Really..? They just bought Beats Audio for a Bazillion bucks, so I really wouldn't expect them to even know what Hi-Rez Audio was much less produce products for it now that they own the Hip-Hop gear market.

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Originally Posted by Byronb View Post

Agree, I am an explorer and I also buy a lot of music, as you I want to own the music not borrow it. And I also agree that Apple has really dropped the ball on the Hi-Rez music business. I am sure they can recover it, but the clock is definitely ticking on them. 

Yes because it is well noted that iTunes as a whole has not been a sales grower it once was...I feel coming from my teenage years and CDs that as most people felt we took a step backwards for convenience of the AAC/MP3 ...digital music is great and I as well as a lot of other people can understand this move as it was a way to open up the music industry "thank you😉" but now is the opportunity to do even greater things the road is wide open now I'm hoping this is the time finally...not for format wars or I'm better than you...not this is for audiophiles and the price it out of the park....but for the sake of good quality music for all, especially for the kids today who may have never heard better quality. It's time to let them see and have that look in their eyes😊,that we had when we heard something really amazing....
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Originally Posted by kh600rr View Post

IE-800 can't be modded, but ALO does sell a new balanced IE-800. The guy who has it here, is quit happy with it.

Should be "The guys" - I'm aware of at least two of them, Fafner and myself. wink.gif There gotta be more head-fiers out there who have bought it, just they haven't voiced up yet.
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Originally Posted by piksnz View Post

Will keep this one for now and later maybe upgrade to Roxanne

If you enjoy IE800's sound like myself, I strongly suggest you not to get AKR03 like you said in another post. I have demoed it here. AKR03 comes with both unbalanced and balanced cables btw.
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Originally Posted by my-2000 View Post


Should be "The guys" - I'm aware of at least two of them, Fafner and myself. wink.gif There gotta be more head-fiers out there who have bought it, just they haven't voiced up yet.
 

 

;)

About the IE800 cable...it's of very high quality for sure, but I have a couple of criticismes about it.

It's a bit on the stiffy side.

They could have tried better to make it look at least remotely similar to the IE800 stock one (color-wise I mean), expecially as you're still using part of it.

I would have preferred an angled 2.5mm connector and a cable length still assuring 100% compatibility with the case and it's way to keep everything in place. As it is, the case is still usable but it could have been better. Those holes in the case are there for a reason, why not make use of them?

For the price, it would have been nice to include a small adapter to still be able to use the IE800 on a single ended output. They don't even seem to sell such an adapter (Helix does).

 

One advantage, apart from the obvious balanced-related advantages, is that this cable has 0 microphonics. The stock one leaves much to be desired in this department.


Edited by Fafner - 5/12/14 at 6:34am
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Just DIY a 2.5mm TRRS for my AK240/Tralucent Ref.1/Uber.

 

Initial impression was that music with higher density of rendition.  Can't AB compare as I don't have two sets of same cable only to recall what I had registered when SE.

 

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Longtime lurker and first time posting! Thanks for the many long nights of Head-Fi reading! 

 

That said, I read this post and had to add to the feedback!

 

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Originally Posted by jwbrent View Post
 

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 ...

 

 

I recently purchased the AK240 and updated the Firmware 1.11 as soon as I opened it. Copied about 60GB of ALAC music on the internal drive.. toward the end of the transfer of content (on a MBP 15" Retina SSD) I received an error " Drive is locked" from the AK240. It asked me to restart / replug the USB and neither worked. Seems to have a weird timeout error while transferring, after rebooting the Mac and the AK240 (12 second power button hold) the transfer completed. 

 

Once complete I did notice a new file in the Music directory though:  <none> was the label and  it could not be deleted. 

 

I restarted again and rebooted the AK240 and after that I could delete the file. BUT when I did the internal drive was not playing any music at all and there was a music note icon in the top left corner of the status bar with a line through it.

 

Restored to factory settings and had to copy the whole 60GB again. This time no problems... so far.

 

Anyone else on a Mac and dealing with transferring issues? Is there more reliable software for mac?

 

Thanks!

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Originally Posted by adiolab View Post
 

Longtime lurker and first time posting! Thanks for the many long nights of Head-Fi reading! 

 

That said, I read this post and had to add to the feedback!

 

 

 

I recently purchased the AK240 and updated the Firmware 1.11 as soon as I opened it. Copied about 60GB of ALAC music on the internal drive.. toward the end of the transfer of content (on a MBP 15" Retina SSD) I received an error " Drive is locked" from the AK240. It asked me to restart / replug the USB and neither worked. Seems to have a weird timeout error while transferring, after rebooting the Mac and the AK240 (12 second power button hold) the transfer completed. 

 

Once complete I did notice a new file in the Music directory though:  <none> was the label and  it could not be deleted. 

 

I restarted again and rebooted the AK240 and after that I could delete the file. BUT when I did the internal drive was not playing any music at all and there was a music note icon in the top left corner of the status bar with a line through it.

 

Restored to factory settings and had to copy the whole 60GB again. This time no problems... so far.

 

Anyone else on a Mac and dealing with transferring issues? Is there more reliable software for mac?

 

Thanks!

Using the Android transfer app and so far so good for my Mac transfer.

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Hi, regarding the whiplash audio trrs balanced cable for the se846 do you mean the one shown at this link http://www.whiplashaudio.com/cables/headphone-cables/new-twag-v3-shure-iem-cable.html....just want to check..this does come with a 2.5mm jack?

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Originally Posted by pat9486 View Post

Hi, regarding the whiplash audio trrs balanced cable for the se846 do you mean the one shown at this link http://www.whiplashaudio.com/cables/headphone-cables/new-twag-v3-shure-iem-cable.html....just want to check..this does come with a 2.5mm jack?

That link is kaput. I just ordered the TWau reference from Whiplash. He can terminate any way you want. I got the 2.5mm
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I just PM you,
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thanks for your help :-)

post #989 of 2222
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Originally Posted by adiolab View Post

Longtime lurker and first time posting! Thanks for the many long nights of Head-Fi reading! 

That said, I read this post and had to add to the feedback!


 

I recently purchased the AK240 and updated the Firmware 1.11 as soon as I opened it. Copied about 60GB of ALAC music on the internal drive.. toward the end of the transfer of content (on a MBP 15" Retina SSD) I received an error " Drive is locked" from the AK240. It asked me to restart / replug the USB and neither worked. Seems to have a weird timeout error while transferring, after rebooting the Mac and the AK240 (12 second power button hold) the transfer completed. 

Once complete I did notice a new file in the Music directory though:   was the label and  it could not be deleted. 

I restarted again and rebooted the AK240 and after that I could delete the file. BUT when I did the internal drive was not playing any music at all and there was a music note icon in the top left corner of the status bar with a line through it.

Restored to factory settings and had to copy the whole 60GB again. This time no problems...

Anyone else on a Mac and dealing with transferring issues? Is there more reliable software for mac?

Thanks!

I use a Mac too and the Android is "quirky". Drag & drop is qlitchy and you have to be careful not to name a folder the same as an album etc. Not aware f any other software for Mac. That said, I actually think all the fuss and muss is worth it for the sound. The 240 is an incredible listening experience.
post #990 of 2222
Has anyone dared the RWAK240 yet? It supposedly give more bass body.
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