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Any love for the Activo CT10?

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by CarmenC, Jul 10, 2018.
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  1. JasonNYC
    This is an app limitation, not a player limitation.

    Noted and has already been addressed with the Qobuz team. This should be fixed in an updated version of the app.

    I will pass this onto our dev team to look into for a future firmware update.
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  2. Bio-Rhythm
    Hi, Have you tried streaming the Qobuz music either on the R3 or the CT10?.e.g. Connecting to a bluetooth speaker/receiver .
  3. Bio-Rhythm
    Thanks. I will contact Qobuz in order to ask them to reconsider not implementing (or rather restricting) bluetooth on DAP's.
  4. JasonNYC
    DLNA is not supported, but playback via Bluetooth should be if you have Bluetooth turned on and a Bluetooth device paired with the CT10.
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  5. Bio-Rhythm
    I'm awaiting an AptX HD bluetooth receiver so will reply here if there are any technical problems.
  6. gr8soundz
    @JasonNYC I had USB digital out working with my CT10 on the first try a couple weeks ago but have been unable to get it working again.

    I've tried 3 different OTG cables and 3 different DAC/amps. A couple of times my CT10 showed 'USB output' (below the USB icon in the drop-down). The icon lights up after connecting both ends of the cable however, touching it (on/off?) shows a brief circle animation but I still get no sound). The same OTG cables and DAC/amps work with my Android phone.

    Is there an exact step by step method to get USB digital out working reliably (and repeatable) on the CT10?
  7. digdog
    Just got my CT10 a few days ago and have used the ripping feature to put some CDs on to it.
    Works well but I can't seem to get the album art on to my CT10.

    I'm using an old macbook for the ripping, Ive tried putting downloaded album art with the ripped CDs and also in the album art file at different times of the ripping process.

    Any ideas for this little issue?
  8. Bio-Rhythm
    It would be useful to be able to install Foobar on this device in order to play any particular free lossless streams available.


    Product life-cycle is another point worth (what’s the future worth?) a mention (though you wouldn't think so judging by the average consumer noise,). E.g. It would of been easy to fit small screws on the back so that the battery could be replaced when it eventually ceased to function.

    Rather than another product that is not designed (and or possibly manufactured) with due care and attention to environmental concerns ( also equal to products that are designed to last). i.e. The battery can't be easily replaced (glued cover ?,or maybe I'm incorrect and the cover snaps on/off?.) so like many phones (plus most consumer electronics) they end up being discarded rather than fixed. A specific cause for this is how manufacturer's of certain products continue the mantra that technology is constantly improving "better than last years model" and or the consumer craze of desiring to show off the latest trend/fashion or look to their peers.

    The fair-phone (modular) is a good case example of an electronics manufacturer whom is at least trying to be environmentally responsible (even if it's simply trying to grab a niche market the end result is the same). Plus that means a product for the end user which has the potential to last as long as they choose to maintain it.
    Just saying as it so obviously is right now, a throw away culture. Here today gone tomorrow.
    Hopefully due to progressing towards a re-use powered by a green energy culture and not forced due to ecologically limiting factors. e.g. The planets equatorial regions becoming to hot to live and many coastal regions being submerged due to rising sea levels. And the ignorant people where I live want to open up new coal mines, "to create jobs". Like the people can’t learn do anything else than dig rocks out of the earth. This needs saying, anywhere there are people intelligent enough to see the bigger ecological picture rather than swamped by the ignorance of the little pond they live in.
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2019
  9. mano800
    Hey guys, I have a question about Aptx. I have owned both the CT10 and Pioneer XDP 300R. I also currently own the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. In case you weren't aware, the android 8.0 update allows it to support Aptx (not aptxhd). Also, I am using qobuz to stream music (which I can do from the Note 8 or either of the daps). So my question is, can I just stream 16 bit music from qobuz on my phone on to my Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless (which support aptx) and get the same quality of audio as if I were to stream it from either daps to my momentums?
  10. TYATYA
    From my exp its not the same sound.
    Iphone 6 has good sound.
    Galaxy note 8 has bad sound.
    So, same thing happen when using BT transmition.
  11. mano800
    Well, I am asking about a phone that can support aptx(the note 8 can as long as you have chosen the correct option under settings, the iphone doesn't support aptx)
  12. oneula
    LG V series for APTX?
  13. Sunova
    Dear readers of this thread. There is more love for the CT10! :jecklinsmile:

    I think this device deserves a compliment. Not because I am happy, but I think it can make others (looking for a new DAP) happy too! Last time I wrote some great words about the Fiio M6, but quikly I get a little bored of its performance (sorry to write this) and the way it presents the music. Yes, it is a crisp sounding dap, but less subtile and for Fiio a great step to realize the big game players (like Cowon, Sony etc), there is more than just a passive dap player (and not to become a smartphone at all).

    Anyways, just want to share my experience so far with the Activo CT10.. and listened now for a little longer to share my experience and this is (what can I say?) a great performer!

    Maybe it is wrong to start with the Fiio, because the Activo operates in another privelevel, but it is much better! Maybe there are people looking for a pocketable DAP which can handle Android apps, but still focused on a device where only music counts (without distraction), where you have a tactile wheel for the best audiolevel that suits your ears and earphones for an affordable price and I think in this area the Activo is doing a really good job! To give some context. I had many iPods before, also the AK jr, Shanling M0, NW-a45, Fiio M6 and even the Plenue V. To me it outperform them all (in my opinion) in terms of 'overall' sound performance and how you can use this device. The Teraton is doing an magnificent job here. The sound is detailed, subtile & dynamic and is not flat. There is that nice attack and some smoothness (musical) too. Beside the standard sound, you are able tot set it on your own preferences with the SQ options. Great ratio of price and quality here. I mean it is not that expensive.

    So, when people are debatting and looking for players I mentioned, I can recommend with confidence to try this little device too. I think you will be pleased. Also the packaging (unboxing) was an enjoyable experience.

    Only two thinks could be better (and I hope AK is reading this) on the CT10 (even it was not a dealbreaker for me) 1) USB-C connection and 2) maybe some more juice in terms of batterylife. It is still enough, but this is something which is behind to the others, but in the end.. the music is where it is about! right?

    Some last words: this player is a perfect match with the Billie Jean, but also with the E5000 actually. Even listening on the EX650AP, was fine (will try more in the future).
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2019
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  14. Blazer39
    daamn, i think you convinced me how good this player :p
    i was seriously thinking of getting Plenue V but according to you CT10 is better?!
    heard it has warm sound, im just afraid the treble is recessed a lot or some details is lost, is it the case with CT10?
    also have you tried the line-out with car AUX or speakers?!
    trying to gather as much info before buying...any info will be appreciated.
  15. Sunova
    It's close actually. But to me the CT10 won it. Use it everyday with great pleasure! I also like the streaming options too (which a V will not able too). I did not try the LO yet. In the standard EQ, indeed a very very slight warm sound, but it is nicely in details in my opinion and separation. You are able to EQ it in 'flat', to focus more (differences are not that big), so details are no problem. Fyi. I will try the Plenue D2 within 2 weeks. Just curious what that player can do with 2x the DAC inside of the V. I will update my post if it changes my opinion. -> Canceled order, completely satisfied with the CT10!
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2019
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