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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. Arcticpollen
    +1 for LDAC support.
  2. PhilW
    licensing is costly for LDAC, would be lovely though I agree
  3. Arcticpollen
    I thought that Sony has worked with Android to include it natively in Oreo?

    I should have thought that any licensing costs would only apply to other headphone manufacturers who wanted to include it with their products?
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2019
  4. autosleeper
    Tempted to get one of these as I want to try the streaming thing. I’ve been using the ZX300 for the past year or so; has any one had a chance to compare these two DAPs? Obviously the focus of the ZX300 was its balanced output but maybe the CT10 can compete with the Sony machine’s SE output?
  5. 4andr
    I have the same question, anyone please
  6. CoryGillmore
    Guys it's been brought to my attention that some of these devices have trouble with line out to external DAC functionality. How do we properly test this? I can't get it to work either but I want to make sure I'm even doing it right first.
  7. lukeslens
    I haven't had any issues doing this on mine.
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  8. 4andr
    You mean USB out to an amp or dac?
  9. CoryGillmore
    I'm trying to use the CT10 as a source to my Burson Audio Play amp/DAC. What's the proper way (steps/settings) to go from using it as a DAP to a digital transport? Thanks.
  10. lukeslens
    Yes. I was out a dac at work for a couple days and used my CT10 as my desktop dac. Worked as advertised.
  11. lukeslens
    My CT10 is at work, so I'll need to wait to remind myself of the steps, but I can post them once I do.
  12. 4andr
    Did a couple of tests again. It is just not repeatable.

    I plug ct10 into another external amp (Radson es100) and first it works - there is "USB out" note under "External USB" button from the top down menu. However if I unplug and plug it again, it appears may be 3 times from 10 attepmts or even less. And if I unplug it at the moment it shows USB out, it may work with another amp (the one I want to use with ct10). But again, if I unplug it, it stops working so I have to start with es100 again. In fact I could not find any reliable way to activate USB out.
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  13. gr8soundz
    We're talking about USB digital out, not in. The DAC feature works most every time but using the CT10 as a source with data going out from USB hardly works.

    Thanks for confirming this. Thought only my CT10 might have the issue or be defective but could be a design flaw. AK seems fairly active in this thread but wonder why no response on this?

    I'm in the process of returning my CT10 since one of the main reasons I finally got it was for USB out (which my AK Jr. and older DAPs lack).
  14. JasonNYC
    I assume you are using a USB OTG cable to connect to the external device, correct?

    When you plug into an external device, you should see the External USB icon in the quick settings light up confirming the CT10 recognizes a USB device connected. Press the External USB icon again to connect and enable USB out.
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  15. 4andr
    If it'd be so easy .. Indeed I see that External USB icon, but nothing happens if I press it. In fact, when USB out is active it shows it under this icon, before I press. So it's not activated, pressing icong does not helpa t all
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