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Acoustic Research M20 Coming soon

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by dnun8086, Feb 4, 2016.
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  1. tonehk
    Not my understanding, but i could be wrong. the M20 or M2 cannot be used as a USB DAC. The USB player pro is just a music player (but with a lot of advanced functionality). i use this app on my smartphone and it is almost the same as the AR branded app.
  2. Tinnitus Man
    Ok. I've just had clarification directly from eXtream that their USB Player Pro app can bypass the Android sound stack and use the onboard DAC.

    So I'm now at home for the weekend and my player is at work, so I can't experiment with this until Monday. If anyone can confirm that the USB app works well on the M20, I'd be very interested to move other to the other app.

    EDIT: Now eXtream are saying "No". I'll report back when I get the story straight. Either I'm misunderstanding eXtream or they're misunderstanding me.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2018
  3. Darkestred
    Tried to get a hacked version (license fail). Cant justify 7 bucks just to see if it will work. Already wasted money buying through yandex in hopes i could get poweramp to work.

    Just downloaded jetaudio - first player to actually play mp3s right away (minus maybe nuetron). Gonna mess around with this.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2018
  4. Tinnitus Man
    Ok, so from eXtream, they say:

    As far as I can tell, this means that only the AR player apps can access the AR DAC.

    If I misinterpreted that, let me know - I’m no Android expert.
  5. Darkestred
    I might be dreaming but i thought i read awhile back that the USB DAC is there but it has not been unlocked. Am i making this up or am i just confusing this with something else.
  6. crabdog
    What the AR Player does is bypass the Android subsystem. If you use a third party player it has to go through the Android framework but uses the same (and only) DAC.
  7. Rin1990

    Lets just say from starting point from getting my hands on this player, I am very happy with what I hear. But the screen and rear are gonna be fingerprint magnets, so to all future owners:

    Wipe it regularly :D
    Tinnitus Man likes this.
  8. youkeum
    What is this app? Does it work with m20 well? Can I play DSD file?
  9. Signal2Noise
    The app looks to be HibyMusic. Yes it will play DSD.

    Unsure about playing on M20. Probably have to sideload like on the M2?
  10. youkeum
    yeah, I checked it and it can play on m20. however there are lots of noise with music, so it failed.
  11. crabdog
    I just updated the firmware to RF 1.6.0 and it is a HUGE improvement. The music library is better organised with bigger thumbnails and now scrolls much more smoothly. The EQ is dramatically improved over the old one as well. Great to see they finally added a search function in AR Player. It feels like a proper music app now. Oh, and now .cue files are properly supported as well.

    If you haven't yet, I fully recommend you upgrade to this firmware.
  12. Tinnitus Man
    This firmware isn't new - it was released 6 months ago. I'm guessing that most people with this play have updated to this version by now.
  13. crabdog
    That's weird, I'm sure I checked less than 6 months ago. I was still on 1.5.3BT. Well regardless, it's a huge improvement.
  14. naynay
    Anyone know why Hardware Volumre Control does not work on Acoustic Research M20 Firmware 1.6.0 AR Music Player PRO?
  15. Tinnitus Man
    I never could work out what that slider does, so I ignored it. AR/Voxx don't seem to be supporting these players any more (no repsonse to any email I've sent them), but eXtream Software Development (the people who created the Music Player PRO for Voxx) are responsive. It doesn't seem as though there's going to be any updates to the AR's player any time soon.
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