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post #31 of 62
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Originally Posted by JonathanCandel View Post
 

Still... it is a better deal:)

Someone willing to split the deal? I would be happy to get the AK240!

I am all over that, how you want to work this?  Also, OP, is there a possibility for an additional bundle deal if I want both the UERMs and the UE 18s?  I am buying up stock for head-fi reviews, would love to head to head then on the diff combos I have (amps, dacs, sources, genres, etc.).  There aren't enough goo reviews out there, and as a former author, reviewer for HT/2 ch gear, I am ready to go!!  IEMs I am reviewing against so far are Roxanne universals (forget about customs, unless I want to review NEXT year), chure EPH500, triplifi 10's, and a few others, all in my profile.  Sources currently include Sony ZX1, AK240, AK100, JRiver, Oppo 105, etc., etc. :D.


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post #32 of 62
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Originally Posted by craftyhack View Post
 

I am all over that, how you want to work this?  Also, OP, is there a possibility for an additional bundle deal if I want both the UERMs and the UE 18s?  I am buying up stock for head-fi reviews, would love to head to head then on the diff combos I have (amps, dacs, sources, genres, etc.).  There aren't enough goo reviews out there, and as a former author, reviewer for HT/2 ch gear, I am ready to go!!  IEMs I am reviewing against so far are Roxanne universals (forget about customs, unless I want to review NEXT year), chure EPH500, triplifi 10's, and a few others, all in my profile.  Sources currently include Sony ZX1, AK240, AK100, JRiver, Oppo 105, etc., etc. :D.

You have PM:)

post #33 of 62
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Originally Posted by JonathanCandel View Post
 

You have PM:)

And I have replied!  By the way, I have family out your way, Mastricht... cool!

post #34 of 62
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Originally Posted by craftyhack View Post
 

And I have replied!  By the way, I have family out your way, Mastricht... cool!

Haha that is nearby indeed:)!

Not planning on coming this way are you? That might be more easier when splitting this deal:)

post #35 of 62
So I could keep the UE18 including custom art and audiology fees and sell the AK240 for $2400 and my cost is under $1000?
post #36 of 62
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So I could keep the UE18 including custom art and audiology fees and sell the AK240 for $2400 and my cost is under $1000?

I would guess so, yep.  I ocnsidered doing the same thing but just did the split instead since I saw the post.  *I* don't make out as much, but "we" as fellow head-fi'er's still make out pretty well, and neither one of us has to deal with reselling, I have enough crap to sell :D.  It certainly is compelling, your gross cost if you sell AK240 for $2400 is $800, so if sold here and gifting the payment, that would be a pretty hefty discount on the 18's.  If on Amazon, eBay, or somewhere else where you are charged all of the selling any payment processing fees, it may drop to around $400 discount, darn...

post #37 of 62
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I would guess so, yep.  I ocnsidered doing the same thing but just did the split instead since I saw the post.  *I* don't make out as much, but "we" as fellow head-fi'er's still make out pretty well, and neither one of us has to deal with reselling, I have enough crap to sell biggrin.gif.  It certainly is compelling, your gross cost if you sell AK240 for $2400 is $800, so if sold here and gifting the payment, that would be a pretty hefty discount on the 18's.  If on Amazon, eBay, or somewhere else where you are charged all of the selling any payment processing fees, it may drop to around $400 discount, darn...
Yeah...fees fees & more fees. I guess a good thing about doing a split is that you're committed to it up-front. If I go it alone, I would have the option of keeping both. And realistically, once I'm rockin with this set-up will I want to ditch that player?
post #38 of 62
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Yeah...fees fees & more fees. I guess a good thing about doing a split is that you're committed to it up-front. If I go it alone, I would have the option of keeping both. And realistically, once I'm rockin with this set-up will I want to ditch that player?

I sure didn't after I got it!  If you haven't seen Currywong's or Jude's reviews, then just don't watch them, and don't open it, worth more that way anyway :).  Otherwise, if you play with it, and you are an addict, just budget for whatever you spend to be gone just to play it safe :D.

post #39 of 62

Let's not forget that this bundle deal covers the 100MK2 as well. 

 

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post #40 of 62

Not including used, this has to be the Best. Deal. Ever. :D.  Thanks for doing this Mike!!!

post #41 of 62

Sad, would really like to listen to both. Even though I can afford them, my wife would cut off my balls, divorce me, and never let me see my kids if I bought either of these. She had a conniption fit over my getting Alpha Dogs...

post #42 of 62

Mike,

 

Wow - you've caught my attention!

 

 

Is the new AK100 II available in this bundle deal?

 

www.astellnkern.com/eng/htm/ak100/ak100_2_feature01.asp

 

Thanks!

 

-Eric

post #43 of 62
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Mike,

 

Wow - you've caught my attention!

 

 

Is the new AK100 II available in this bundle deal?

 

www.astellnkern.com/eng/htm/ak100/ak100_2_feature01.asp

 

Thanks!

 

-Eric

 

Hi Eric — This bundle is for the original series. Shall we keep on talking? Feel free to ping me at my work email. 

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post #44 of 62
Mike, you've got a PM
post #45 of 62

I know that for the most part, Astell & Kern is known and revered amongst audiophiles but did you know that the player is a favorite with sound designers as well? 

 

Please take a look at our most recent UE University post by sound engineer Kenn Richards.

 

 

Power, Portability and Translation - UERM & AK120

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Power, portability and translation — the triumvirate of the modern producer / mixer. Power and portability are self-explanatory, translation means: am I confident that I am hearing an accurate representation of my project? And is what I am hearing going to translate to other sound systems?
 
Recently, I was forced to do the lion’s share of my audio production in a open-plan office which meant that I had to work in headphones most of the time. While it had some disadvantages, it forced me to think about how to construct the ideal portable production rig. Working in headphones had many pit falls — from the sonic curves to a different stereo field that one would experience with near or middle field monitors. 
 
The first few month of this work was grueling. I encountered a lot of bumps in the road. Problems from ear fatigue to poor mix translations were common stumbling blocks.  But when I started using the UE Reference Monitors, everything changed.
 
Before the UE-RM’s, I was using a well-known set that was very high-end “audiophile / Studio Quality” grade. Despite all assurances that I would be able to produce without a worry about sound translations and that these headphones were designed for production work, they weren’t and my mixes proved it. I did my best to mix to the sound of my headphones.  Incredibly, when I listened to my projects in other listening environments my mixes actually sounded just like the headphones. That was a bad thing; my mixes were boxy and lifeless.
 
When I moved on to using the UE-RM’s, my mixes, to my amazement, continued to sound like the phones I was working in — but now this was a VERY good thing. The RM’s sound translated incredibly well to every playback system I tried.
 
My ears suffered much less fatigued than before and my clients were very happy. But this got me thinking, how could this party get even better? I started to realize that my elusive dream of a truly accurate mobile production stadium — as I was mostly looking at creating an editing / mixing set up — was within reach.  
 
I needed to sort out the interface question.  There are a lot of portable audio interfaces out there. But most of the time for mixing / editing I don’t need multiple outputs or any inputs. I just need accurate sound. All I really needed was a stereo mix.  It turns out that the DAC is also really key. 

A  good digital-to-analog converter (or DAC) can make all the difference when listening to music, especially through headphones. The DAC is what converts the Zeros and Ones of digital audio into sounds you can hear. They can be found everywhere from your phone to your laptop. It’s also the driving force behind your sound card. Most DAC are get the job done for sure.  What makes the AK 120 special is that it’s powered by dual Wolfson 8740 DAC. The dual-mono set up completely separates and isolates the left and right audio channels. The the AK120 delivers a  exceptional dynamic range and wider soundstage. This means you can a more accurate representation of your producton, making translation much less of a challange. 

The interface conundrum continued to elude me until I eventually tried the Astell & Kern AK120 for a different project as a playback device.  I used it as a DAC for my computer. It never occurred to me to try that. When you attach the AK120 to the usb port of your computer it allows you to bypass the internal DAC on your computer and use the 120’s instead. The sound difference is remarkable and it totally eliminated the need to carry a more bulky interface.
 


When I started using the AK120 like this my workflow improved dramatically. The soundstage was impeccable and I loved the clarity of the individual mix elements. I felt I was getting better sounds then I did in most of the rooms I was trying to mix in — and of course, the rooms were never specially constructed for that purpose. It was revelatory.  Now was I not only listening to incredibly accurate sonic representations of my work, but talk about portable! The AK120 is smaller than my phone. 
 
The UE-RM’s and AK120 are my mobile production weapons of choice. Next week I’ll talk about how they are becoming my creative weapons of choice as well. 

 

 

Kenn is an accomplished musician, DJ, producer, music consultant and audio engineer with more than twenty years of experience. Recently he has worked creating compelling audio ads for music-based audiences and pioneering new technologies including 3D Audio. He has also worked as an audio engineer for leading studios in New York and the UK, recording and remixing dozens of artists including Razorlight, The Dandy Warhols, The Rapture and The Charlatans. A musician in his own right, Kenn has recorded albums for Elektra Records and Mute Records as both a solo artist and with the band Research.

 

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