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  1. kurochin
    Great review, Currawong   Did you do it all in one take? Impressed with how consistent your speech was throughout the 20 minutes. Not something many can pull off - I for one would start sounding like an incoherent stoner 5 minutes in.  Also, thanks for reminding me to check out Rave Tapes.   I too was surprised with the size when I saw the AK240 in the metal. Definitely a much smaller sized unit than I expected. Didn't know it came with such a fugly coloured case though.   So far, my only reservation (aside from price) is the battery life. Most sources - warrenpchi, AnakChan, posts in the AK240 thread, real life acquaintances,  - report less than 10hrs, which in my opinion is a bit tragic. Then again, I have no idea how long the AK120 or Sony ZX1 last either.
    kurochin, Apr 19, 2014
  2. doublea71
    Excellent overview - given how it compares to imod stacks, the price doesn't seem so outlandish anymore (still out of my range, though). Hopefully the trickle down effect will make something like this affordable in a few years time. I liked the design from the beginning even though most said it was awful...
    doublea71, Apr 20, 2014
  3. Lan647
    What an ugly unit! It looks like a mixture of a canvas and something from Krypton. Otherwise, looks pretty good and a great review! 
    Lan647, Apr 20, 2014
  4. AJHeadfi
    Out with the old and in with the new.   What is the wifi streaming technology used in the 240? 
    AJHeadfi, Apr 20, 2014
  5. spitfire777
    What a fantastic review Currawong.  Selling the AK120 for sure.  Covered everything I need to know.  Will watch again and again until I can visualize the AK240 in my hand.  So I won't need to buy the Chord Hugo to go with it?.  I like the idea of the Audeze xc.  Would you say the AK120 sounds more digital than the AK240 or would it depend on the recording.  Do flac and wav sound good.  Once again excellent video.
    spitfire777, Apr 20, 2014
  6. Schiit-Head
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    Great review... I've been debating whether to take the plunge and purchase the AK240, but have been hesitant to pop down the $$$ for a portable player. But honestly, when I look at what I've spent on my current, cobbled together, iMod rig... the AK240 makes sense. I'm heading over to Moon Audio to get one now. Thanks.
    Schiit-Head, Apr 20, 2014
  7. refault
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    Was this recorded with an ALO Rx Mk3-B+? lol
    refault, Apr 20, 2014
  8. uncle b
    Sooooo interested in buying an AK240, but that price is just stopping me, cold, in my tracks...I am a big-time fan of IEM's and taking high-quality music on-the-go. My thing is: I am just not that interested in replacing my pairs of WESTONE (W4 and UM3X) to make this $2500 player sound better. I feel like the AK120 may be a better step-up for me.
    uncle b, Apr 20, 2014
  9. speedracer1
    Very good overview from construction thru UI.  Wanted you to spend more time with sound quality and some of your comparison listening.  The lighting was a little too harsh sometimes wiping out the picture but your sarcasm made up for it....Keep up the good work !
    speedracer1, Apr 20, 2014
  10. Hapster
    "come in any color as long as you like drab olive"   Lol!
    Hapster, Apr 20, 2014
  11. Currawong
    [user=378670]@kurochin[/user] I do a lot of takes. Some I can splice so you don't notice. If I know what I want to say and in what order I can do it in one take though.    [user=350701]@AJHeadfi[/user] Good question! You'd have to ask Iriver what technology they use.   [user=370703]@spitfire777[/user] I'd get either the Hugo or the AK240, not both. Getting an AK240 to use it just as a digital transport is crazy IMO.   [user=9679]@refault[/user] My lavier mic is crap. Then it decided to buzz for the last takes, so I switched to recording from my desk, for something different.
    Currawong, Apr 21, 2014
  12. Currawong
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    [user=17265]@uncle b[/user] You might be interested in my DAP-off then. The Sony has become a strong contender in that for the best balanced of sound quality, features and value (in the absence of the AK120).
    Currawong, Apr 21, 2014
  13. Currawong
    [user=17265]@uncle b[/user] You might be interested in my [url=http://www.head-fi.org/t/714374/dap-off-astell-kern-ak240-hifiman-hm-901-sony-zx-1-fiio-x5]DAP-off[/url] then. The Sony has become a strong contender in that for the best balanced of sound quality, features and value (in the absence of the AK120). [user=392153]@speedracer1[/user] The lighting is definitely something I need to work on. Unfortunately at the moment the whole thing is a bit of a kludge. Also, I received my loaner Audeze and other DAPs only after I'd finished the video, so I want to do a followup with comparisons.
    Currawong, Apr 21, 2014
  14. bcarr112281
    @Currawong I'm concerned about the AK240's battery. Obviously, the battery isn't user-replaceable; can it be changed at a service center? Companies such as HTC and Apple have recently released deplorably designed products, containing batteries that even manufactures can't replace (see the One and the iPod Touch as examples).
    bcarr112281, Apr 22, 2014
  15. Currawong
    [user=173615]@bcarr112281[/user] You'd have to ask iRiver. It does seem the case can be opened though. About Apple: The reason they seal their cases is because of warranty issues and to prevent issues with dodgy third-party batteries. Customer-caused faults are a HUGE issue with electronics companies. Even so, iDevices have batteries good enough (now at least) that they should last the effective lifetime of the device. For something like the AK240 the situation would be different.
    Currawong, Apr 22, 2014
  16. bcarr112281
    Actually, my understanding is that Apple technicians can swap the batteries of most products, even the devices that are sealed. Unfortunately, the iPod Touch itself is apparently designed differently enough it's simply discarded when its battery fails.
    bcarr112281, Apr 22, 2014
  17. decur
    currawong can you explain how the mark/space "missing sync for android" works with the ak240? syncing itunes playlist from macbook pro to the ak240 player? 
    decur, Apr 26, 2014
  18. AJHeadfi
    I would like a dedicated line-out, especially if the quality of the DAC component is marvellous and for such a price. Probably the only drawback, price is acceptable if it represents the quality of product. I think the software would have been a great labor to create and significant part of the cost.
    AJHeadfi, Apr 26, 2014
  19. decur
    ajheadfi- vinnie from red wine audio has a dedicated line out mod for the ak240
    decur, Apr 27, 2014
  20. AJHeadfi
    decur - thank you, I didn't notice the 2nd modification. Seems others consider this a significant omission. 
    AJHeadfi, Apr 27, 2014
  21. musicheaven
    Excellent review with enough detailed information about its features. It definitively makes it harder to ignore the AK240. More I watch video reviews more I am in awe to the level of engineering that has been put into the design. You've said that there were some software bugs (issues) with the AK240. Anyways to find out what they are? The bottom line, if money is no issue, it's truly a player worth owning.
    musicheaven, Apr 27, 2014
  22. Currawong
    At the moment the only gripes I have with the software are: The keyboard covers the last search results (which may be that I don't know how to get rid of it) and the sound stops occasionally during DSD 128 playback. 
    Currawong, Apr 27, 2014
  23. Beyerdo
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    Well....i dont think it is worth the price anyway
    Beyerdo, Apr 27, 2014
  24. Royalorgans
    How is the sound quality and DAC converter compared to the Chord Hugo.  Should I by both of them. If using it in conjunction with a JH-13, JH Roxiannes, Sennheiser HD-800, Grado RS-1, Which Dac would sound better? How much better is the Dac in the Chord Hugo vs the AK-240? Which would give you better sound for classical music or detail?
    Royalorgans, Apr 28, 2014
  25. Sko0byDoo
    Excellent review, very informative, thank you.  The features and performance appear to be justified the cost.  Just got my UERMs, so a nice DAP would be the next upgrade.    
    Sko0byDoo, Apr 28, 2014
  26. Royalorgans
    How is the sound quality of this compared to a centrance- M8LX, and Chord Hugo
    Royalorgans, May 8, 2014
  27. Pedro83
    anyone use an AK240 with IE800's? Given I plan on buying HD800 the AK240 seems good for me. 
    Pedro83, Feb 28, 2015