If anyone of you end up buying the Onkyo DAP, be sure to grab a balanced cable as well. The K10 (and the N4) loooooove going balanced. Everything tightens up and the sound becomes more "authoritative".
I agree on the prices. The AK units are extremely well made, but I'm certain that they charge a hefty markup as well. I got my AK120II for a good price and now I'm rocking a (very) used AK240. This side of a Powerball jackpot I'm not even going to consider the AK380.
Well, nothing better I've tried at least. All the others seem to have either nice sound OR a nice UI, so far AK are the only ones where you get both. Glad to see competition heating up in the DAP space though, we need that.
I bought an AK, haven't looked back. Expensive? Yes. But for (C)IEMs, there's nothing better out there. If you already have a Mojo, cool your engines and wait for the SD accessory Chord has underway. Using an AK purely as a transport would be a waste of money.
I've never found going from single-ended Cable A to single-ended Cable B to make any audible difference when both cables were made with the same material and impedance.Going from single-ended to balanced however, that's a different story.