It was a review sample and it is in the house ;) It is at the mains on charge now and then i will stick some music in it!
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The AK100 looks pretty sweet - dual microSD slots plus 32gb internal memory, low distortion, 24/192 support (if you think it's necessary), album art supported, small touch screen with an eq....lots to like, really.
Just got one of these thing in, and I'm completely surprised by the quality. Absolutely silent background - no pops or fuzz on boot, nothing while music plays, nothing while skipping tracks.... this might be one of the most silent DAPs I've ever heard. I was not expecting that. Even my most sensitive CIEMs like the Sensaphonics 3MAX are inky black. Wow.
It seems to use the same UI as my iHiFi812V2 with a minor "skin" for slightly different appearance. It looks more polished in most ways.
Sound is very promising - super dynamic and punchy, great separation, top notch imaging. I still can't believe this thing performs as well as it does. I'll have to spend more time comparing it to the iHiFi812 and the iHiFi960 which also just came in.... but so far color me impressed. The elephant in the room is the price though, which is on the high side for sure. I guess the ability to use this as a USB DAC, and the line-out capability, and the modular design should somewhat negate the price issue. They talked about an ES9018 DAC module on their blog.
Edited by project86 - 12/29/12 at 8:23am
Nice impressions project. Quite in line with what i am hearing. I am also very impressed. I wish i still had the tera player on hand to compare but i think that it is not quite as transparent or silent as the TP but it has driving capabilities way out of the league of the tera player and although the UI is basic, it is a lot better than TP.
It is really solid as well koopa, so yes nondestructive quite probably heheh ;)
The modular thing is very cool but it has to be easy to purchase new boards and i have not seen any so far!
I suspect "nondestructive" in this context is a translation of "lossless" or something like that. But it applies to the device as a whole because it really is a solidly made thing. Very tough - not that I want to drop it, but it seems like it could survive.
I hope so - daps need to catch up to the levels of quality we see in headphones and iems, but it is a daunting task since there is so much more to consider and a lot more can go wrong, as well. The RWAK100 seems to be just that in early impressions I've read, but it's quite pricy. I'm very hopeful that the Fiio X3 will light a fire underneath other companies and help push the envelope further in the mid-tier segment. My big picture view/projection is that we're going to see several jaw-droppingly good daps that are also affordable in the next 5 years.
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Hi. I'm an exclusive sales agent of Monster Audio Co. ltd. in Russia and CIS (excluding the Ukraine)
I'm proud to say that Russian enthusiasts (with respect to me of cause ) have integrated famous rockbox firmware into this beautiful DAP.
Here is a link to MA Port of rockbox firmware and instructions for flashing: http://www.rockbox.org/wiki/HifietMAPort
Feel free to ask me the questions about it.