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    Astell&Kern A&futura SE180 - The First Modular DAP from Astell&Kern

    Hmm possibly; I use JH Audio Jolene. Excellent detail and instrument separation, but overall tone is harsh in the treble. Do you know how I could counterbalance this with EQ?
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    Astell&Kern A&futura SE180 - The First Modular DAP from Astell&Kern

    @JasonNYC Hey Jason! Is there any chance you could give any information at all about the upcoming SEM3 module such as the DAC maker or what quarter it is aimed to be released in? Also, I noticed that treble on both released modules has a bit of harshness when compared to the SR25. The SR25...
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    Astell&Kern A&futura SE180 - The First Modular DAP from Astell&Kern

    @JasonNYC Hey! Just wanted to poke you in case I got lost in your feed.
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    Jh Audio Jolene Impressions and Discussion

    My Jolene’s are waiting for me after work!!! I'll upload pics as promised and my impressions down the line.
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    Jh Audio Jolene Impressions and Discussion

    Well THAT'S a huge relief! I'll have to look into their policies on that but I'm happy I'll have plenty of time to consider it. Is the turnaround time for refits about the same as the initial turnaround, or is it sped up a bit? And speaking of that PPH cable, do you know if they will ever...
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    Jh Audio Jolene Impressions and Discussion

    It seems they don't have the 7-pin option yet, bummer! Super interesting stuff.
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    Jh Audio Jolene Impressions and Discussion

    I really hope you're right! My concern is that it could have pulled my ear in just enough to make it feel a little loose when I wear then without a mask; hopefully my perfectionist attitude is getting the best of me and it will be fine. I know I should trust my audiologist who is top tier at JH...
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    Jh Audio Jolene Impressions and Discussion

    Turns out my Jolene's got finished but didn't pass QC. The boys are working overtime to crank it out by Monday though! Apparently they had to start from scratch so I'm surprised they are saying it'll be ready to ship on Monday if it passes QC; I hope the reason it didn't pass is because of any...
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    Jh Audio Jolene Impressions and Discussion

    I ordered on May 11th. I checked and they said they are scheduled to ship June 8th. No rush order or premium shells. Not exactly the number of business days they said, but I'm super excited nonetheless!!! Just beware it make take longer than you anticipated
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    Jh Audio Jolene Impressions and Discussion

    Much better explained than me. It is no doubt the largest universal I've worn, but in a side-by-side comparison to the Layla and even Roxanne, the difference in length was definitely less than a centimeter. No noticeable difference in comfort between the three. I didn't have a chance to look in...
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    Jh Audio Jolene Impressions and Discussion

    I tried it during the demo, not much larger than the Layla. They were plenty light and wasn't too different from the other universals I demoed at JH Audio in terms of size.
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    Pelican Cases

    I know this is an old post, but this seems like exactly what I'm wanting to do. Does the foam scratch the screen of the DAP at all when it is put in like that?
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    Astell&Kern A&futura SE180 - The First Modular DAP from Astell&Kern

    @JasonNYC I placed my order today! Should have it by this weekend. I have a couple of questions about the navigation bar. Will it ever be possible to have it work with sideloaded apps in a future update? While I understand it's purpose lies in convenience, in general I find it unnecessary and...
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    Astell&Kern A&futura SE180 - The First Modular DAP from Astell&Kern

    I ordered about two hours ago, so thank you for posting your thoughts. Exactly how laggy was the keyboard? Were there any other interface drawbacks that left you unsettled?
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    Astell&Kern A&futura SE180 - The First Modular DAP from Astell&Kern

    @twister6 Maybe not the right thread for this question, but does anyone know if file availability differs depending on what hi-res streaming and/or downloading site you are using? Say for instance an artist releases an album in 24/96... will all have that availability? I understand Tidal only...
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    Astell&Kern A&futura SE180 - The First Modular DAP from Astell&Kern

    Seems to me Roon isn't so helpful outside the house... for portable, it seems local files are the way to go, especially for anything A&K
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    Astell&Kern A&futura SE180 - The First Modular DAP from Astell&Kern

    Total bummer about the included Tidal's lack of offline downloads. Leaves me to wonder, when you sideload Tidal in order to allow offline downloads, are there then two versions of Tidal on there? It's a shame you can't update these apps through the device... I hope there's a good reason for it....
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    Astell&Kern A&futura SE180 - The First Modular DAP from Astell&Kern

    One last thing. Can the SE180 be used as a USB DAC, meaning can I use my laptop as the starting source to the SE180 via USB-C? I know the SR25 can do that so I figure it might be able to also.
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    Jh Audio Jolene Impressions and Discussion

    @Deezel177 Sounds like the Janis became something of an urban legend lol. Strange how far it got in development only to vanish without a trace... Too bad, a 3-way hybrid like that is exactly the type of innovation that keeps this industry moving forward! By this I take it you mean that the...
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    Best Smartphone for audiophile Part II (Updated: Jan 2020)

    As of now their chips specifically AK4497EQ are still being used in new DAP's such as A&K SE180 and the new Fiio M11 Pro, not sure how long that'll last though
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    Astell&Kern A&futura SE180 - The First Modular DAP from Astell&Kern

    @cj3209 @JasonNYC I know there was talk about ROON, and wanted to propose an idea about that. Because of the SE180's BT Connect (RX Mode/BT Sink), one can use their smartphone as the starting source.... Would anything be stopping one to use ROON on the smartphone and use BT Connect with the...
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    Astell&Kern A&futura SE180 - The First Modular DAP from Astell&Kern

    Are there any limitations of the 2.4Ghz WiFi? It seems the SE180's competition all can do 5Ghz. I assume the wireless data transfer would be the superior way to move files, but as far as streaming goes, can the 2.4Ghz keep up?
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    Jh Audio Jolene Impressions and Discussion

    I greatly appreciate the time you took to take those pictures and supply further explanation! I can safely say that your pics as well as your point that every square millimeter is used in this custom cause me to have no regrets and all excitement for my completely clear transparent shells (and...
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    Jh Audio Jolene Impressions and Discussion

    The concept you speak up appears to have been bouncing around for years; it is mentioned towards the end of Jerry's talk at Google in this video, check it out if you haven't already, really interesting stuff. I am glad to hear that from you! How have they held up for you from a mixing and...
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