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    1. 05-17-2014 09:37 AM #1376
      Quote Originally Posted by dkr View Post
      Anyone here using an Astell & Kern music player and have any thoughts on it??
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      I have a modded AK120 and an AK240. Have a look at the modded AK stuff that Vinnie from Red Wine Audio does - sounds a lot better than standard.
      Last edited by skc; 05-17-2014 at 09:14 PM.

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      05-18-2014 10:54 AM #1377
      I'd looked at the RWAK mods by Vinnie, would like to demo before going through all the hassle of sending it over to hime and trying to get it back into Indo.. What are you listening to them with?? I liked the AK240 with the Shure SE846s.. Listened to the DSD version of thriller through them and the soundstage was epic.

      Grabbed the SE846s today.. Nearly went for the IE800s as I love the build quality and detail/highs, but I need better isolation, and I figured the IE800s would probably be fatiguing over time with all that sparkly detail.

      Also bought a Walkman for the first time in 15 years..



      The DAC and amp in this thing isn't too bad actually, plays up to 24/192 and the update I just installed allows DSD playback, but it's not native like the AK240, just downsampled to PCM. Good value, especially compared to stock AK120, it sounds a bit better and is about half the price. Only 128GB with no expansion, but that's not a deal breaker for me. I like that its android so I can make use of Google Play Music All Access too.. Will give it a week trial while I'm in Vietnam then compare it with the AK240 when I get back to Jakarta.

      If Sony put that DAC and amp in something like the Experia Z2, I'd be all over that phone..
      Last edited by dkr; 05-18-2014 at 11:24 AM.

    4. 05-19-2014 08:57 AM #1378
      Using mine with some modded SE535s and some Fitear Togo 334's. The 334's are sensational.

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      11-24-2015 04:05 AM #1379
      Quote Originally Posted by dkr View Post
      Also bought a Walkman for the first time in 15 years.. The DAC and amp in this thing isn't too bad actually, plays up to 24/192 and the update I just installed allows DSD playback, but it's not native like the AK240, just downsampled to PCM. Good value, especially compared to stock AK120, it sounds a bit better and is about half the price. Only 128GB with no expansion, but that's not a deal breaker for me. I like that its android so I can make use of Google Play Music All Access too.. Will give it a week trial while I'm in Vietnam then compare it with the AK240 when I get back to Jakarta. If Sony put that DAC and amp in something like the Experia Z2, I'd be all over that phone..
      How do you find the Walkman? I was in the Sony Store in Nunawading and they had a Walkman/Amp/Headphone combo on special for 3k. This Amp These phones And I assume the highest end Walkman. Interestingly my Z5 supports "High-Res Audio via 3.5 mm audio jack and USB" so perhaps that headphone amp might make a good companion to my phone?
      Last edited by sweatyworker; 11-24-2015 at 04:26 AM.
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      buy both, save time.

    7. 02-05-2016 09:27 PM #1380
      Been looking for reasonable but not high end speakers for the computer desk.

      Initialy thought about a soundbar, but they're either too big or not really friendly for the computer. While I was looking at those, came across some smallish speakers with inbuilt amps.

      Nearly bought these: http://www.krksys.com/krk-studio-mon...t/rokit-4.html



      Really nice speakers for their size, but a bit limited for connections. Only unbalanced RCA or balanced TRS and XLR. Great specs otherwise:

      Bi-amped, class A/B amplifier offering large headroom and low distortion
      Proprietary waveguide optimized for superior imaging
      1" Soft-dome tweeter provides pristine clarity and extended response up to 35kHz
      High-frequency adjustment tailors the system to personal taste
      Lightweight, glass-Aramid composite woofer delivers clear midrange and tight bass
      Low-frequency adjustment tailors the monitors to taste and adjusts for room acoustics
      Front Firing Port — Low-frequency extension while reducing boundary coupling
      Radiused edges reduce distortion from diffraction
      Low-resonance enclosure for minimized distortion and colorization
      Multiple audio input connectors (XLR, ¼", RCA) for universal connectivity in any studio environment
      Factory installed foam pad provides isolation between the speaker and surface
      After looking at the options, went with the QMedia BT3. http://www.qacoustics.co.uk/q-acoust...h-speakers.htm





      Sound good, have multiple connections including bluetooth, wire and optical. Hooked to the Mac via toslink. Can play via bt from the phone. bt has priority over the other connections which can switch from running audio if your phone decides to hook in, not a problem for me, but some complaints online. Great soundstage, plenty of volume for a desk Lots of good reviews if you like reviews...

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      02-08-2016 02:51 AM #1381
      Very cool!

      Has anyone got any opinions on in ear headphones? I need a new pair, and will be wandering the streets of Akihabara next week...

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      02-08-2016 10:57 PM #1382
      If you do a lot of air travel, or even stay in noisy places, I totally recommend the Bose noise cancelling ear-buds (mine are the QuietComfort20 -- may be a newer one). Really help me zone out on long flights without being hot, or pushing my ears slowly into my skull...

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      02-10-2016 07:50 PM #1383
      Quote Originally Posted by Timbo_S3 View Post
      If you do a lot of air travel, or even stay in noisy places, I totally recommend the Bose noise cancelling ear-buds (mine are the QuietComfort20 -- may be a newer one). Really help me zone out on long flights without being hot, or pushing my ears slowly into my skull...
      Your criteria match mine, but... Bose? Isn't that against our religion?
      I'll check them out nonetheless Thanks!

    11. 02-10-2016 11:42 PM #1384
      lol. Bose is definitely against our religeon.

      We use Bose Quietcomfort 15 headphones on our long haul flights. shhh

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      02-10-2016 11:46 PM #1385
      I bought audio technica noise cancelling phones to avoid the sin of Bose...
      2006 MkV 2.0TDI -> 2005 MkV GTI -> 2008 MkV R32 ->2016 Mk7 R Wagon

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      02-11-2016 02:06 AM #1386
      I was aware of the sin of Bose...however, after two fails (one audio technica, the other Sony...also a sin) I changed.

      If you want headphones, there's quite a few to choose from, but earbuds....forgive me, but you must sin, too

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      02-11-2016 02:52 AM #1387
      The beauty of the Bose isn't the headphone itself but the whole packaging with the carry case and the storage for the spare battery. Also going with AAA battery power is genius as instant recharge is available from any airport news stand. Anyway I though the Captains of Industry on this Forum flew airlines with complimentary Noise Cancelling headsets?
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      02-11-2016 05:15 PM #1388
      Earbuds>headsets

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      07-25-2016 11:14 AM #1389
      New DAC day.



      My first bit of Meridian kit. And maybe the only thing they make that I can afford..

      Drives my low impedance Beyer T5p's really well. And 3 months of Tidal for free.

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      07-27-2016 07:52 AM #1390
      Nice
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      07-31-2016 12:41 AM #1391
      Really good DAC for the price and size. Very happy with it and my Beyers together. Also surprised at Tidal. It's got a much bigger catalogue than I thought, and supposedly, they're going to be streaming studio quality this year with MQA encoded tracks from Warner.

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      02-28-2017 11:44 PM #1392
      Finally got myself something that is capable of playing music.






      An original Ortofon VMS20E MKII that the player came with is going to be replaced with this.


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      02-28-2017 11:46 PM #1393
      Quote Originally Posted by skc View Post
      Using mine with some modded SE535s

      Is SE846 worth the price difference ?

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      03-01-2017 06:48 AM #1394
      Quote Originally Posted by J-Tim View Post
      Is SE846 worth the price difference ?
      IMHO (I've got the SE535 LE and the SE846s), probably not.

      Diminishing returns and all that.. they sound very similar, at well over twice the price, they're not twice as good in my book.

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      03-01-2017 04:47 PM #1395
      Quote Originally Posted by dkr View Post
      IMHO (I've got the SE535 LE and the SE846s), probably not.

      Diminishing returns and all that.. they sound very similar, at well over twice the price, they're not twice as good in my book.
      Fair enough.

      I'll be on a lookout for SE535 then. Heard nothing but good things about them.

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      03-02-2017 04:06 AM #1396
      Suggest going for the limited edition version. They're slightly better in the highs than the regular 535.

      http://www.minidisc.com.au/headphone...on-p-2260.html

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      05-12-2017 05:45 AM #1397
      After spending 10+ years searching for a pair for Focal Electra at a reasonable price, I caved in and bought 726S instead.
      Since it is better, compared to anything else I've ever had, I am not complaining... especially considering the price I paid.

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