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.
There's just enough of a difference between the AK120II and the AK240 to nudge me over to the AK240, most noticeably the bass. Dunno if I'll be keeping it as long as I did the AK120II, but the time has come for me to move on, I'm afraid.
Any of you guys driving open-backed full sized cans straight from the AK240? Been thinking of getting a set to compliment my (C)IEMs, but I don't want to fall back down into the rabbit hole of amping and stacking - not to mention building a desktop rig that'll never see any use. I'm looking at the Philips Fidelio X2 as a cheap way to get my open-backed fix and they should be very easy to drive. But then there's the HD700... I could probably stretch my budget to a used set...
Oh I'm sure that the AK120 II is not, strightly speaking, ruler flat. It does however go for a slightly more neutral-ish sound than its bigger brother.I haven't heard the Fiio X7 or the AK320/380, but if anyone from A&K or Fiio are reading this, feel free to send me loaners for review! 😀