-Addition of the coaxial output
The following photograph is AK100 mod and xDuoo XD-01.
Who modded this ? What does it change ?
Some feel coax is better. Optical does isolate. Seems it has been debated for quite some time.
At some point, I'm sure I'll get to listen to a modded unit, but, as it is, I'm not hearing any brittleness, or truncated depth with the stock AK100. With the headphones I've used it with, I also haven't been dissatisfied with the bass.
Again, I'll listen to the Red Wine Audio modded version at some point.
I have ordered this and will receive it next week. I will be listening to it with my 1964ears V6 ciem. I wish I was versed in the proper terminology to tell you all what I think about it...
I guess that is an entire different story for another day. There is a lot of 'pesudoism' in the audio-world but that is part of the fun, isn't?
Also you can make a coax cable whereas Im not 100% sure an optical cable is easy to make
I use the Ultrasone IQs with the AK100 and think it pairs very well with it. Only issue is that with the AK100 pairing you can hear more of the differences in the quality of the recordings. Some music I can now enjoy more with the pairing that used to be muddled with bass or over driven mids. Guitar crunch in some music especially Aerosmith sounds like I am playing from my amp instead of a processed file. I am only comparing to the Hippo Biscuit, my PC output, and Galaxy S3 so take it for what its worth.
The ultrasones are 20 ohm so it is pretty close to the 22 ohm out on the AK100 not sure if that matters at all. I have not had mine modified but am unafraid to do it myself if I decide to.
Was reading the 6Moons review and ALO founder replacing his Clas Solo + amp stack with AK100. Having searched this thread there is minimal comment. So anyone here care to offer an opinion on SQ vs Clas Solo + amp?
Portability is not a factor as am scouting for a transportable rig for indoor use only. (Also have one eye on Hi-Fi m8 reviews if and when it is ever released ). Thanks!
Coax done right is always better IMO. Less jitter, more bandwidth etc. Isolation is easy to sort if there's space for a small xformer. In this case, with battery power and no risk of a ground loop, the need may be marginal.