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 They are lifestyle products most ideally for people who have houses so full of art and arty stuff down to DeLonghi Toasters in the kitchen. An AK500N fits right in.  The AK380 (and the 240 arguably as well) makes the most sense if you use the full range of features and have it as a main, or part of a main system. Otherwise you'd just use your phone with your choice of (trans)portable DAC/amp of choice for far less. But this is Head-Fi and we're nuts.  By the way, Anakchan...
Check out my first batch of photos and impressions in the third post here. 
It is spam. I nuked it.
I met the owner in Tokyo this weekend. Very nice guy. They certainly aren't "dipping their toe in the water".
CCK connected DACs cannot draw much power, if at all. The default output is 48k but apps can bypass that and output higher. The Onkyo HF Player can even send out DSD.
Local special manufacturers I often get asked about local manufacturers, so here are a collection, some known and most not. For the most part, these manufacturers make their products in Japan, sell in Japan only or have very limited manufacturing capacity and/or overseas distribution. Stax and Aurorasound are exceptions to this.   Stax   While everyone is waiting on their new statement amplifier, they were present, as always, with their regular...
Pioneer   The SE-Master 1 had a long queue of people waiting to listen to them, even at closing time and I didn't get a chance to listen, or even a photo, as they only had a single pair on hand in quite a dark room.    They also had a desktop DAC/amp, the U-05, which looked quite serious. Sadly they didn't have any headphones I was familiar with which I could try it.     HiFiMan There was definitely quite a bit of interest in the HE1000 planars at the show with...
iFi Audio While not at all new to Head-Fiers, their distributor had the full range of iFi products for display, including the vintage-style hi-fi system.           Lotoo Xiao Qi was on hand to demonstrate both the PAW 500 and PAW 5000, the latter of which is only around $300. It has a unique feature whereby with a press of the button the scroll wheel can be used to speed up or slow down the music without changing the pitch. Xiao Qi came up with the idea as he is a...
New Products   Astell & Kern AK380     Prior to the show we were allowed a look at the new AK380 with the presentation held in the wedding chapel and the AK380s brought in by two models. With an AKM4490 DAC than can receive full 32 bit data from the source, it has option cradles that allow balanced output and connection to a special CD drive allowing CDs to be ripped to the device directly. Uniquely the balanced output to the cradle is via special contacts on the...
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