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 Post subject: Re: Tat you've bought to clutter your home with (Reprise)
PostPosted: 21 Sep 2022, 18:36 
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elahrairrah wrote:
I've started to rip tracks from my DVD-Audio collection, so I needed something to portable to play those (large) lossless FLACs back (phone doesn't play them without some tinkering.)

Saw this little gizmo on Techmoan's channel some time back and though it was pretty neat. Plus I love the Sega Saturn, soooo . . .

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Might also get a gray one just for the helluvit (and for a backup.)

Works really well. My only concern is how light it is. I'm afraid I'm going to break it!

Had to purchase another portable media player since this Activo CT10 went kaput (and the US distributor of Groovers/Astall & Kern won't honor the warranty since I bought it off of Ebay and not an authorized reseller.) Went with a Sony NW-A55 Walkman.

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Feels more sturdily built than the Activo. Got it preowned from Japan, so I had to use a piece of software to change the language setting as there was no means to change it in the unit itself (even after a factory reset.)

Works fine, but doesn't sound as good as the Activo CT10 and only a little bit better than my phone (then again, I'm only using bluetooth headphones so far to test out--will probably sound better through a wired connection.)

Might have to just bite the bullet and get a real Astall & Kern portable if I want really good sound--unless they release another more sturdily built Activo model at comparable prices.
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 Post subject: Re: Tat you've bought to clutter your home with (Reprise)
PostPosted: 21 Sep 2022, 23:38 
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If you’re using Bluetooth on the A55 you’re just playing around. I don’t get collecting all this high res audio stuff just to lame out on the last step with Bluetooth and off brand players. Makes…no sense.

My only criticism with the A45 (same thing, more or less) is the lack of power and it being too easy to turn on dumb features you’d never want. Aside from that it’s the best headphone amp in the house.
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 Post subject: Re: Tat you've bought to clutter your home with (Reprise)
PostPosted: 22 Sep 2022, 13:18 
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Well you have to understand that since I spend a lot of time on a train to and in the subways of New York to get to work, so utilizing a set of Bose Noise cancelling bluetooth headphones is the most convenient way to listen to music.

I did end up trying it with my Sony MDR-7506 wired Pro headphones and it of course does sound better than bluetooth, but the Activo still sounded better through the same headphones.
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 Post subject: Re: Tat you've bought to clutter your home with (Reprise)
PostPosted: 22 Sep 2022, 15:24 
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I understand about trains and practical reality and such…but there’s zero point in high res audio on the go. Noise canceling is just more pollution, Bluetooth even more.

If you really want to hear what’s on these files you need 1) quiet room, 2) wired connection, and 3) open backed headphones.
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 Post subject: Re: Tat you've bought to clutter your home with (Reprise)
PostPosted: 22 Sep 2022, 17:33 
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I get that but so long as it sounds better than my phone, that's what I'm looking for.

It sounds a HELLUVA lot better than my phone when using a wired connection in my car as well.
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PostPosted: 22 Sep 2022, 19:19 
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After Axeman I don't want anything noise cancelling when I visit the city again.
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