Search results
  1. bcarr112281

    SONY NW-ZX500

    Are y'all as troubled by Sony's battery practices as I am? Well, for whatever it's worth, here's the service manual for the NW-ZX507, from which it's possible to glean at least a few details on the ZX507's battery. (Battery-related information starts on page 31.) Perhaps it'll inspire a bold...
  2. Acoustic Research AR-M2

    Lightly used but in good condition--works well. Battery seems to be in good condition. (Note that it is possible to replace the battery, although it's not readily user-replaceable.) I'd updated the software o the last version of "Music Player PRO" that the player supports. I'll include the...
  3. bcarr112281

    Acoustic Research M2 Audiophile-Grade Hi-Res Portable

    I'm interested in using the M2 with the MrSpeakers Aeon headphones (a.k.a. Aeon Flow). Do you all have any experience with such a pairing? I posted a question about the M2 in the Aeon thread and got no acknowledgement whatsoever. Thanks!
  4. bcarr112281

    Acoustic Research M2 Audiophile-Grade Hi-Res Portable

    Acoustic Research offers a different model, the M20, that does feature Bluetooth. Unfortunately, the M20 is a lower-end unit; it apparently doesn't sound as good as the M2.
  5. bcarr112281

    Acoustic Research M2 Audiophile-Grade Hi-Res Portable

    Regarding batteries and best charging practices, I've found this site useful: http://batteryuniversity.com/ I'd say it's almost a "must-read."
  6. bcarr112281

    Acoustic Research M2 Audiophile-Grade Hi-Res Portable

    Thank you for your reply. I'm skeptical, as Acoustic Research has been promising various updates for over a year. As a prospective AR customer, I'd appreciate better communication; I'd need to know that my expensive purchase is adequately supported. Kind regards, Brian
  7. bcarr112281

    AEON, MrSpeakers' New Closed Back Planar Magnetic Headphone

    Hello! I'd like to pair an Aeon with an Acoustic Research M2 (AR-M2). The AR-M2 is a DAP that integrates a powerful headphone amp, one that I hope would suffice for driving the Aeon effectively. Still, I won't know until I've tried them. Can anyone here comment on the performance between the...
  8. bcarr112281

    Acoustic Research M2 Audiophile-Grade Hi-Res Portable

    As per AR Hong Kong's Facebook page. (It's likely you'd need to be a Facebook subscriber to view it.)
  9. bcarr112281

    Acoustic Research M2 Audiophile-Grade Hi-Res Portable

    Hi, cirodts - Do you listen to any classical music? I have heard that the M2 may not be the best player to use for such music. Thanks, Brian
  10. bcarr112281

    Review: Questyle Audio QP1R - With Multiple Headphone and IEM Pairings

    It's conceivable; the 1R revision apparently uses different components. @JerryLeeds - Volume notwithstanding, does the the current QP1R sound the same as the original release?
  11. bcarr112281

    Acoustic Research M2 Audiophile-Grade Hi-Res Portable

    besati, thanks for your post. If my understanding is correct, firmware 2.6 is an unreleased beta, one that AR has abandoned.
  12. bcarr112281

    Acoustic Research M2 Audiophile-Grade Hi-Res Portable

    @gannjunior - Hello! Apparently, Acoustic Research will soon release a major firmware update; I hope it will address many of the M2's shortcomings. Best regards, Brian
  13. bcarr112281

    Acoustic Research M2 Audiophile-Grade Hi-Res Portable

      Hello, @Leoipod -   An AR representative reported in this thread that AR plans to release a major firmware update to coincide with the upcoming audio show in Munich. He wrote that the updated firmware would be "announced" in mid-May.   Best regards, Brian
  14. bcarr112281

    Acoustic Research M2 Audiophile-Grade Hi-Res Portable

      What version of the firmware are you using? It's my understanding that recent firmware revisions support gapless playback for many types of file formats. AR also mentioned in the past that upcoming firmware releases should cover all formats. (The next major revision is apparently planned for...
  15. bcarr112281

    Best DAP for inefficient headphones

      I was referring to the battery's total longevity. I know nothing about the Aune, but Onkyo offers a DAP--a pricey one--in which the battery is bonded using strong adhesive. When the DAP's battery stops functioning Onkyo simply expects the user to discard the entire unit, never mind that it...
  16. bcarr112281

    Best DAP for inefficient headphones

      Hi, @fgriggs -   I mostly listen to classical music, so the Aune's lack of gapless playback is a crucial omission. (It's a significant consideration for popular music too, as albums such as The Dark Side of the Moon will stutter rather than play as continuous streams of music.) Indeed, the...
  17. bcarr112281

    Acoustic Research M2 Audiophile-Grade Hi-Res Portable

      @MBK1Musica - I'd say we have rather similar tastes, although I gravitate strongly toward classical music. You mentioned earlier that the M2's sound signature probably isn't the best for classical. I'm sure you're right, and I'm frustrated: I've wanted an M2 for months, and I'd planned to buy...
  18. bcarr112281

    Acoustic Research M2 Audiophile-Grade Hi-Res Portable

      Thanks for your reply, @MBK1Musica -   Perhaps I should have been clearer, but I was wondering whether the AR-M2 is slippery. Is it slippery? Indeed, expensive smartphones often have glass on both sides, or they use metal where plastic would do. The effect is the proverbial "wet bar of...
  19. bcarr112281

    Acoustic Research M2 Audiophile-Grade Hi-Res Portable

      Hello, MBK1Musica -   What does the "Mezzo" modification do? What about the AK120's stock configuration--do you think you'd still prefer the 120's sound as originally offered?   Thanks, Brian
  20. bcarr112281

    Acoustic Research M2 Audiophile-Grade Hi-Res Portable

      Hi, Andrew -   Are you using IEMs or headphones for comparison? Do you use the same pair with both units?   Thanks, Brian
  21. bcarr112281

    Acoustic Research M2 Audiophile-Grade Hi-Res Portable

      Hello, Andrew -   You mention that the M20 "sounds cleaner" than the M2. Could you explain your meaning--does the M2 sound congested?   Thanks, Brian
  22. bcarr112281

    Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H6 Discussion Thread

      I only glanced at plusSound's site, but I noticed their featured custom cables sell for over $200. May I ask why you chose the Exo? Could you recommend cheaper alternatives that are well constructed?   I'm hoping to replace my Gen 1's crummy stock cable, and I want one that's only four...
  23. bcarr112281

    Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H6 Discussion Thread

      What brand was the cable?
  24. bcarr112281

    Acoustic Research M2 Audiophile-Grade Hi-Res Portable

    Hello -   John Grandberg of Inner Fidelity recently posted his thoughts on the M2. Grandberg's review is part of a survey of DAPs that's spanned almost two years.   Stereophile's John Atkinson has updated his review to include his experiences with the M2's latest firmware, version 2.5.6.  ...
  25. bcarr112281

    Questyle QP1

      Thanks for the update, @Netforce.   I have additional questions, and I'd be much obliged if you could get definitive answers:   Assuming the battery fails in two or three years, my understanding is that I can replace the battery by sending the QP1R to Questyle's service center in...
Top