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11 minutes ago, mbd said:

I am so loving the setup. I've been listening all week. I had my first 'tears' moment today when I listened to the David Arnold/Propellerheads version of 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'.

that's great to hear.

 

am listening to an family members recorded album, I've heard her perform these songs live with her troupe and through the A&K and stellia this album sounds so real ! gosh the A&K+focal combo does vocals so well (could be the focal playing to its strengths) and the acoustic guitars are sounding so multilayered !  

 

will check out those songs mentioned, I love the bond themes .. have a few CDs of those...might have the version mentioned. others will be sure to check out once we have the internet again. am also curious of the kiddy loved one as well now :D 

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SP1000 & Stellia combo is working to me.   Nice pickup on the SP1000.    

Bought an SP1000 second hand off the classifieds here, and am loving it so far. It's nice to have a dedicated music player again after so many years. I've been able to install a couple of APKs, and am

Anyone else find the fancy leather case a little frustrating for accessing the the hard side-buttons of the SP1000?  Because it's so smooth, I keep not incorrectly guesstimating where the buttons are, and end up having to pick it up to look.

 

I found a cheap-ish TPU case on ebay which seems to accentuate the button positions, so plan to give that a try instead. 

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3 hours ago, mbd said:

so plan to give that a try instead. 

I would await your impressions with interest!

I had exactly the same idea, with the same problem on the se100, but didnt really feel like risking another $50 on a maybe.

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4 hours ago, mbd said:

Anyone else find the fancy leather case a little frustrating for accessing the the hard side-buttons of the SP1000?

Can't say I've had too much issue with mine as I can feel the imprints easily enough.

It doesn't look quite so fancy now though as it fell out of my pocket while climbing up into my truck... 😬

I'm definitely glad I'd put on one of those dodgy plastic screen protectors.

I'm making do with the current case for the moment despite the scuffs though I have purchased a glass screen protector off fleabay.

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44 minutes ago, mugwampjism said:

I would await your impressions with interest!

I had exactly the same idea, with the same problem on the se100, but didnt really feel like risking another $50 on a maybe.

I've been ok with this, though to be honest use rarely ... I tend to hit the sit button and just do what i want o the screen... as i would do with my iPhone :) I love the Triangle display that comes up for volume. just touch the dial and its there and can quickly adjust volume moving triangle up and down :) 

 

39 minutes ago, Martykt said:

It doesn't look quite so fancy now though as it fell out of my pocket while climbing up into my truck... 😬

I'm definitely glad I'd put on one of those dodgy plastic screen protectors.

oh gosh marty that would be my worst fear...do they make tough cases for you :D mine came with some screen protectors .. havent put my on yet. but even before I got it i ordered some screen protectors from overseas ! :) 

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1 hour ago, betty boop said:

oh gosh marty that would be my worst fear...do they make tough cases for you

Definite "Oh Schiit" moment but thankfully there was only very minimal damage.

It is a curious question on how much a screen replacement or repair would be though probably one of those questions that you really don't want to ask... :unsure:

Not sure OtterBox have gotten onto that one yet... will have to send them a hurry up !! :D 

There does seem to be a bit of a premium on Astell & Kern.

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It's great to see other A&K owners here. 

 

I've owned the AK100, AK100mk2, AK120, AK240 and I currently have an SP1000m. 

 

You could say I love their sound and interface. 

 

I use mine with a pair of Andromeda's. I have been lazy lately and only used my phone to listen to music. I used my SP1000m today and was blown away at the difference of quality. 

 

I mainly listen to my ripped CD and sacd collection. I occasionally stream Tidal and Tune in radio. 

 

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Great new thread 👍 I had to replace an iPod classic when it was stolen and settled on the AK70 mk2 about 2yrs ago. This led to me overhauling my entire stereo as the sound I was now experiencing couldn't be shared haha

I mainly use it in the car and travelling (when flying was a thing). Pairs well with my ageing AKG 271s. 

I use JRiver to arrange playlists and the library itself. Great devices. Looking forward to an upgrade in model eventually and hand this one to the wife  👍

 

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12 hours ago, dolphy said:

It's great to see other A&K owners here. 

 

I've owned the AK100, AK100mk2, AK120, AK240 and I currently have an SP1000m. 

 

You could say I love their sound and interface. 

 

I use mine with a pair of Andromeda's. I have been lazy lately and only used my phone to listen to music. I used my SP1000m today and was blown away at the difference of quality. 

 

I mainly listen to my ripped CD and sacd collection. I occasionally stream Tidal and Tune in radio. 

 

great to hear dolphy, this a wealth of experience with AK there :) how you have been finding them is really interesting. 

 

I love how you said you fell back to the phone, only to go back to your AK to be blown away :D absence makes the heart grow fonder :) 

 

your listening seems similar to mine....I can't beleive how good tune in radio actually sounds hehe. i would have thought the such high resolution nature of these A&Ks would mean unlistenable or something. but no... I really dont mind as casual listening. 

 

what are you listening to on tune in radio ? 

 

7 hours ago, rowbo said:

Great new thread 👍 I had to replace an iPod classic when it was stolen and settled on the AK70 mk2 about 2yrs ago. This led to me overhauling my entire stereo as the sound I was now experiencing couldn't be shared haha

welcome ! and great you have found it rowbo ! interesting the comparison with the iPod...and i know iPods went way of the dodo.....mines collecting dust somewhere in the garage :D 

 

7 hours ago, rowbo said:

I mainly use it in the car and travelling (when flying was a thing). Pairs well with my ageing AKG 271s. 

interesting to hear how you are using the A&K has actually been quite a change to my listening...especiall with our covid lockdown and family at home. I'm finding me with A&K in the hoody pocket walking around the house, headphones on...going about my day to day...out in the garden for a bit of sun, grabbing a cuppa etc :D only time headphones coming off is for taking or making a phone call ! 

 

I use a stand desk and DAP and headphones has meant no longer tied to the desk and any system either :) 

 

7 hours ago, rowbo said:

I use JRiver to arrange playlists and the library itself. Great devices. Looking forward to an upgrade in model eventually and hand this one to the wife  

how are you using jriver ? to arrange playlists and library ? that sounds interesting. indeed these are such good devices ! 

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Yeah the iPod did everything well, except for sound quality.

3 hours ago, betty boop said:

 

I use mine with a pair of Andromeda's. I have been lazy lately and only used my phone to listen to music. I used my SP1000m today and was blown away at the difference of quality. 

I use mine with Andromeda (S) as well, and even Spotify sounds better on the A&K.

 

On 02/09/2020 at 8:56 PM, Martykt said:

fell out of my pocket while climbing up into my truck

Gosh mine hasn't touched a single surface yet. Hasn't been played with by the kids or the missus.. sits happily in it's case, inside the pouch, all the time.  The thought of yours falling from your pocket is actually giving me sympathy pains

I suppose the longer I keep mine perfect, the more it's gonna hurt when I do eventually let it slip 😭

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12 minutes ago, mugwampjism said:

Gosh mine hasn't touched a single surface yet. Hasn't been played with by the kids or the missus.. sits happily in it's case, inside the pouch, all the time.  The thought of yours falling from your pocket is actually giving me sympathy pains

I suppose the longer I keep mine perfect, the more it's gonna hurt when I do eventually let it slip 😭

yep sent shiver up my spine as well ! mine stays in my case too... but what is this pouch thing ? I dont think mine came with a pouch :) 

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It's a comms pouch for the shoulder strap of my bag, military style not cool Astell Kern style sorry

 

My affordable take on those Van Nuys pouches, it's the Maxpedition Pup pouch

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38 minutes ago, mugwampjism said:

Gosh mine hasn't touched a single surface yet. Hasn't been played with by the kids or the missus.. sits happily in it's case, inside the pouch, all the time.  The thought of yours falling from your pocket is actually giving me sympathy pains

I suppose the longer I keep mine perfect, the more it's gonna hurt when I do eventually let it slip 😭

Thank you.

It's used as my truck system which can be a rough environment for things so unfortunately these things sometimes happen despite taking as much care as possible.

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40 minutes ago, mugwampjism said:

It's a comms pouch for the shoulder strap of my bag, military style not cool Astell Kern style sorry

 

My affordable take on those Van Nuys pouches, it's the Maxpedition Pup pouch

a shrunken by accident beanie... or case logic pocket camera pouch probably do for me if take this on the go :) 

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I once took a watch for repair to rather fancy watch repair place, using a bright yellow child's sock as protection, and the woman rolled her eyes at me, out of exasperation not condescendingly, and said "why does everyone always use a sock!? I get so many socks!"

 

A shrunken by accident beanie makes me think 'sock' lol :D

Actually a camera pouch was exactly what I wanted to use, that's the best idea. But when I realised I had the Molle system on my cross strap, I went for a molle pouch.

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7 minutes ago, mugwampjism said:

I once took a watch for repair to rather fancy watch repair place, using a bright yellow child's sock as protection, and the woman rolled her eyes at me, out of exasperation not condescendingly, and said "why does everyone always use a sock!? I get so many socks!"

 

A shrunken by accident beanie makes me think 'sock' lol :D

Actually a camera pouch was exactly what I wanted to use, that's the best idea. But when I realised I had the Molle system on my cross strap, I went for a molle pouch.

haha... for my camera gear... i have some lone explorer socks..having lost their pair and I tend to use them in the field to protect the lens in the carry bag :D 

 

sold a couple of similar sized compact cameras recently so seems a good option for when on the move outdoors. but yeah that shrunken beanie is doing a pretty good job around the house :D 

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On 04/09/2020 at 2:04 PM, betty boop said:

how are you using jriver ? to arrange playlists and library ? that sounds interesting. indeed these are such good devices ! 

Thanks @betty boop - my usage of the iPod was pure convenience - its the 21st century and i can carry my entire library in a pocket device as space saving mp3 files (blech!). Plus iTunes got me early with my CD library organisation (ooohhh look it uses the internet to work out what album it is ripping, wow)...and i could make a playlist

I have used the AnK at home when the wife needed some silence, or was doing yoga. I don't have the biggest house and I do agree with her that me gradually increasing the volume up a bit higher as the tunes improved doesn't lend well to a peaceful hour of yoga...

 

As my AK70mk2 is the entry level model - i do just treat it as a playable hard drive - it just so happens it has fantastic DACs of course hahaha

 

JRiver took a bit of time to work out (before even deciding to lay down the dosh to buy/use it) - but yes I use it as a library backup and playlists for driving (his/hers/ours). It allows me to add new music (CDs from friends. CD purchases and HD Tracks purchases etc) to the library and then to the AnK device.

 

These devices are totally worth it - even for me my model is beyond amazing for its SQ and usability. :-)

 

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enjoyed some time in the yard this afternoon, reading and listening to music via the A&K, absolutely loved it. even streamed radio sounds so good via the A&K. doing this kind of thing just wouldn't be possible to same quality without this thing....

 

@mugwampjism #shrunken beanie was at hand.... seeing if can start a movement :D 

 

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On 02/09/2020 at 4:34 PM, mbd said:

Anyone else find the fancy leather case a little frustrating for accessing the the hard side-buttons of the SP1000?  Because it's so smooth, I keep not incorrectly guesstimating where the buttons are, and end up having to pick it up to look.

 

I found a cheap-ish TPU case on ebay which seems to accentuate the button positions, so plan to give that a try instead. 

 

 

The above-mentioned case arrived today. I can't say that it impacts the high sound quality of the SP1000 in either direction, but I'm pretty happy with it. My main desire, the ability to blindly find the FF/PlayPause/Rew buttons is satisfied. It came with the case, and some extra knick-knacks; two seemingly pointless straps, some also seemingly pointless 'Hi-Res Audio' stickers, as well as a screen protector and application kit. The seller I bought from was "reachcustomerwish" and they have them still listed as of writing at https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/TPU-Skin-Case-Cover-For-Iriver-Astell-Kern-SP1000-With-Front-Tempered-Glass/223622222976

 

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I think it looks nice. I'm assuming in a drop test it would do the job, but I'll leave that testing to accidents or someone else :)

 

 

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17 hours ago, mbd said:

 

The above-mentioned case arrived today

Well I think you've settled it

 

17 hours ago, mbd said:

the ability to blindly find the FF/PlayPause/Rew buttons is satisfied

Worth a crack. Thank you very much.

 

I still have all the same accessories from when I ordered a $5 skin for a Sony DAP last year.

I have no idea who the Hi-res stickers are aimed at, they seem cheap as.

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I've been using the Kann Cube for over a year now and the sound is honestly one of the best DAPs I've heard.
Drives the Aryas effortlessly which no other DAP i tried could do with deep bass.

The Wimpy FiiO and Cowan DAPs I demo'ed simply couldn't provide enough current.
I use a dignis case with it when outside, which has saved me a fair number of times.

The display on this thing is gorgeous. Really worth every penny.

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