So far i have tried: hifiman 262, hifiman he400, grado gr10, grado sr60, koss porta pro. The sound profile was not changed when paired with the ak100. They sounded the same but clearer and more detailed. The only one that has been problematic is the grado gr10. For some reason, it has been difficult to get consistently good sound from them. So far, my favorite pairings are the hifiman headphones.
It's nice that Ak100 users here share their experiences with us.
I would like to try how AK100 pairing with my iems one more time.
If it's not bad, I probably would get it.
Hey guys, it is my graph......
My AK100 was purchased from CHINA,
Pre-ordered and mine is the first MADE IN CHINA batch, not MADE IN KOREA batch.
So it is cheaper. In HK, the price was about 550+ usd but the distributor was suddenly replaced by another under Iriver complaint (they set the price too low).
Honestly, the power n quality of AK100 cannot match the IPhone + Fostex hp-p1,
I have all the set up in the chart more than half a year, tested with many iem n headphone like srh1840 n w4r.
But comparing the functionality, cost n performance, AK100 sound quality is very stunning already. I am a mechanical and production engineer, I find a product like AK100 price tag is normal.
AK100 is not an iPod that can be mass produced a lot for a huge market. Audiophile stuff generally are luxury stuff, not groceries. I won't expect it to be always "budget friendly".
I was actively discussed about AK100 in a china forum, but some ppl keep magnifying the cons of AK100 and the flaw of AK100's back glass which was not glued to the back flat enough. They always comment that AK100 worthy of $200 only. I think it depends on how much you are willing to sacrifice for such type of device, u don't like it you can say it worth a few cents only. But for the design, built, soft n hardware, from a business and marketing perspective AK100 just slightly overpriced. Come on which Luxury product is not sort of overpriced? It is not a Fiio X3.
For the sound my iPhone + Fostex costs about 1000 usd, AK100 just almost half the price, much portable, longer battery life and 85% sound quality. I do love this device so much.
These few months I listen to AK100 + pico slim or I basso T5 with my Beyerdynamic dt1350 / pioneer se mj591 / w4r almost everyday, the convenience it brings make me able to enjoy my music freely, the price tag of 650 is still acceptable to me, I even want to get a spare one but know that there may be AK200, HM901, so I lock my wallet away yet.
yes, I've seen quite number of people on ERJI magnifying the flaw of back glass, and thus not worth for such price
btw, have they seen these before?
these are iphone5, these are how they became when the users put them in the back pocket of their trousers
To me, Ak100 may worth such a price
But as a consumer, I would like to buy product in a cheaper price- -
I'm more interested in playing this lol
yup, I do think there may be a new Ak100 would be out later
well I'm not interested in 901 after trying
Edited by thisismyname - 1/31/13 at 11:46pm