Astell&Kern AK380

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by Dopaminer, Apr 22, 2015.
  1. Andricop

    Do you know if there is a way to have the clock on the top right corner in 24 hours format ?
  2. zniper2984
    Anyone here have experience charging problem with ak380?mine doesnt want to charge...
  3. burtomr
    1.) Check that wallwart (charger) is actually working providing electrical output to another device (not your 380).
    2.) Make sure you use the AK USB cord, other USB cords may not work.
    3.) Check USB cord connectors by connecting your 380 to your computer - does it read the internal data? If not, the cord may have bad connector(s) and you will need a new USB cord.
  4. zniper2984
    Hello mark,

    I tried using other charger but still the same..before when i try to switch on my 380 there is a battery icon flashing.i think now the battery is already drain.
  5. Malevolent
    The battery icon is displayed when the player is being charged while it is switched off. I have no issues charging my AK380 from a variety of chargers and USB cables, so don't worry about that.

    Just keep it charging for a few hours, and try turning it on. Let us know if it resolves the issue.

    Unfortunately, I don't think there has ever been a way to do that.
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2017
  6. zniper2984
    I tried charging it with different charger but still it wont switch on...does anyone have experience with ak customer service?i havent visited headfi for the last 2yrs.i remember that time ak customer service are hard to deal with..
  7. JasonNYC
    @zniper2984 Just sent you a PM.
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  8. sandy1010
    Anyone know how to solve these 2 issues?

    1. Albums not listing in alphabetical order within an artist? They list alphabetically within pure album view, so the tags are definitely correct.

    2. Different album art showing for the album preview as opposed to when the album is selected. Have tagged certain albums with new artwork, but the AK only recognised that art when you’ve actually selected the album. In preview it still shows the old artwork on some albums.

  9. dolphy007
    Hi All, I am seeking some advice: I'm thinking of selling my Ak240 and upgrading to the AK380 (brand new), the gap is around $1200 AU. Has anyone made this upgrade? Was it worth it? Would you do it? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Cheers Dolphy
  10. blackads
    I upgraded from a regular ak240 to a black ak380 earlier this year when my ak240 had to go back to A&K for a replacement battery, the incentive was so I was not without a player for six weeks. I use mine with a pair of custom JH Roxannes. Luckily A&K sent me a brand new ak240 instead of fixing mine and I sold it for a decent price, so in the end the upgrade cost around AU$700, which was worth it to me for having a player for the six weeks.

    IMO the ak380 offers a slight upgrade in performance, but I would not personally spend AU$1200 for the improvement (better separation, slightly more refined bass) if I was in your position, Id be more inclined to wait for the sp1000 to reduce in price. I tried the sp1000 when buying the ak380, it was AU$5000 instead of AU$2500 for the ak380, so out of my budget, but it was the superior player IMO, it has a more effortless presentation than the ak380 probably due to the extra power, and is a very clear step up from the ak240. I find the size of the ak240 to be more manageable than the ak380, and had I not had to send it off I would still be using it now, and would be waiting for the inevitable drop in price on the sp1000.
  11. haiku
    Though I own my SP1000Cu now for about 3 months, I would never sell my AK380BLE. :boy:
  12. seedubchris
    Does your observation regarding thin cables extend to ciem's and headphones or just car audio?
  13. mthaynes
    in general I have found that thinner and shorter work better with the AK's

    I am sure my headphone experience came from the shorter cable, while the car experience came from the thinner. I spend a lot on home audio and in most cases a cable change have produced mild changes at best. these cables changes with the AK were stunning. In the car environment I tried an audio quest cable and was not amused. I moved to a $10 monster cable (thinner) and the results were significant. the audio quest was returned to the store. I used the $10 monster for several months until I damaged it. I bought the crystal on a whim. I do not regret that whim. from the moment I plugged it in the sound change was noted.
  14. haiku
    I´ve used Moon Audio Silver Dragons + Balanced, ALO Ref8 + Balanced, Crystal Cable Piccolino, Brise Audio Murakumo6, Brimar Audio Labs Supreme Reference Monarch (Grand Master) and OmniKing. The best is definitely the OmniKing, but it also costs an arm and a leg! AK380 + OmniKing + Shure KSE1500 = Nirvana..... :v:
  15. hfi429366999

    Anyone using following combination,

    AK380cu (copper) + non-copper AK300 amp?

    Is this an okay combination to use as?

    Or, is the non-copper amp defeats whatever whatever edge the AK380cu has?

    I'm using Focal Elear at the moment. And Utopia perhaps in the near future. I believe these headphones really don't need the amp. But the HD800S may, as well as other headphones.

    Thought i would pick one up now before they are gone.

    But if the non-copper will not serve any purpose to AK380cu, then no point spending the money, even if it is for future proof investment.


    Thanks much.

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