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A lot. wink.gif Probably since day one actually, when I originally came here just to look for an $50 IEM. tongue.gif

But it was worth it, right? (I hope)

I know for me it has been a nice journey. I dont think my journey will end but I am getting sick of travelling, I like to find  a nice place and settle for a while. ER4S was a nice country but that was a good 6 years ago, I was there for 2 years before I discovered  various maps which lead me to head-fi. Ever since than I have been travelling far too often, got to slow down and observe the sceneries.


Edited by audionewbi - 4/1/13 at 4:45am
post #3557 of 8516
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But it was worth it, right? (I hope)

I know for me it has been a nice journey. I dont think my journey will end but I am getting sick of travelling, I like to find  a nice place and settle for a while. ER4S was a nice country but that was a good 6 years ago, I was there for 2 years before I discovered  various maps which lead me to head-fi. Ever since than I have been travelling far too often, got to slow down and observe the sceneries.

 

aha H2O, so you are another victim of head-fi gear upgrade spree?

i must confess since i came here to inquire about C3 my wallet took a big hit as spending went beyond 1K now and today another hit, so Mytek DAC sits right next to me now too... :-(

but music sounds insanely good through my IEMs now :-)

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aha H2O, so you are another victim of head-fi gear upgrade spree?

i must confess since i came here to inquire about C3 my wallet took a big hit as spending went beyond 1K now and today another hit, so Mytek DAC sits right next to me now too... :-(

but music sounds insanely good through my IEMs now :-)

I came here to find an amp for my ER4S, I remember I wanted to get the minibox E+, but than I wanted to get a better amp that can also power up k702. I was refeered to heed canamp but I was too poor to get it hence I ended up buying the bresford caiman and oddly enough I never ended up buying the very thing I came to head-fi to purchase! Such is life :D

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H2O, come on, dx100 size and weight are no go for me as concerns portable, i also suggest T1 is hell of an amp and not overly expensive, but i am not to tell you what to do. Just remember battery on dx sucks :-(

One step at a time, I understand your theory of spending once, it's actually very wise, however if done correctly one can slowly step up and gain experience along the way. All about gaining experience imo, buy/try/sell. move up, buy/try/sell, after all, if I end it now where do I have left to go? Really, there isn't any one DAP I feel is complete for me yet, as we've spoken about, hopefully one day. To many IEM, not enough sources.

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But it was worth it, right? (I hope)
I know for me it has been a nice journey. I dont think my journey will end but I am getting sick of travelling, I like to find  a nice place and settle for a while. ER4S was a nice country but that was a good 6 years ago, I was there for 2 years before I discovered  various maps which lead me to head-fi. Ever since than I have been travelling far too often, got to slow down and observe the sceneries.

Yes, it's been worth it, expensive too, I hate to think how much in total I have spent on my journey through out the galaxy. I actually have two frames of mind, one when laying down at night listening to music thinking everything is complete there's no need to venture any further. Then, soon as I come back to this site my whole perspective on the hobby changes and I'm at eBay pressing the buy it now button or scavenging through the FS section. Everytime.

This constantly repeats itself over and over almost daily.
Edited by H20Fidelity - 4/1/13 at 5:20am
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I remember first coming here to find an upgrade from my Bose IE2s lol. Ended up going for the IE8s with all the good reviews on it. Ended up loving them. As time went on and as I upgraded, my preferences/expectations also changed. Lots of gear along the way. But as H20 says its a learning experience and not a cheap one either :P.
 

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O yea Bose onear was my very first serious headphone, because of them I ended up buying the k702 and ER4S. I cant lie I really liked the sound of the Bose on ear, if I did not gave them away to my little cousin I would have been using it right now. 

I dont know why head-fi have this passionate hatred towards them, sure they are not cheap but so are a dozen other product on head-fi which arguably might be on the same level of sonic quality to the bose. 


Edited by audionewbi - 4/1/13 at 7:23am
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Well I really did enjoy the IE2s before I arrived here lol. They actually gave me the idea that audio can sound better though better gear which led me here to begin with. Same with the Sansa e280v1 and my RMA e280v2 replacement. I noticed it sounded quite a bit better than v1 and that gave me the notion there is more to it than meets the eye.

 

Initially when I first got my IE8s I wasn't really blown away by them... I was wondering if I was a fool for spending $260 on them. But after 20 minutes I started seeing how good they were and the sound staging. How vast and open it was. The bass was also so powerful. After that I was hooked. Tried going back to the bose and I couldn't believe I thought they were so good before. Just seemed more so ordinary... Plus I could see their own flaws in comparison to the IE8s. But still the customer service was great from them. Just the IE2s(In Ear 2) just don't deliver in terms of sound quality for their price. The IE7s at the time (refurb) at $95.00 blew them out of the water lol.
 


Edited by lee730 - 4/1/13 at 7:22am
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I am going to end up buying an AK100 or Rwak 100 just to know what the gap is with my DX100. Most people say it is significant though not huge with AK100 and quite small with rwak100 (for Iems). I only use Iems. I am just waiting to see if the Tera player will be the final solution for me.... I would grab the ak100 easy for that price...but 300 extra for the mod...
post #3564 of 8516

Mimouille, Tera Player is amazing, this is not even close with IEMs, i really am not impressed, my HiFi ET MA9 is also a lot better!

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Originally Posted by H20Fidelity View Post

You know, if AK100 didn't have the output impedance problem, I would probably seriously consider.

Yes it is very serious, i would not consider it at all if i was you!

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It is legit, that is where I got mine from and they are legit. 

Fair enough!

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Originally Posted by Gintaras View Post

H2O, insanely good price for new AK100, hard to believe. you make me feel jealous after remembering what i paid for RWAK.

and you will have plenty of pennies left for adding amp which will remove impedance problem. lucky you tongue_smile.gif

 

man, i know you love amped DAPs so what's the point about impedance? buy Ak100, add good amp and you done. L3000.gif

 

PS: you know this is a revenge, once you seduced me into buying some portable stuff and now i am returning in kind tongue.gif so far so glad.

Amping it is a bit harder as it has no line out! So you can only use it as a digital transport, which the Fiio  X£ will be able to do for a lot less!

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Hi All,

 

does anyone have both AK100 and RWAK100, what is the major different in sound quality? How many percentage you would say the RWAK100 is better than the AK100?

 

I have Fitear to go 334, does it pair well with the regular AK100?

 

I have a iBasso HDP-R10, I'm happy with the sound quality. But sometime just don't want to bring it out due the size. I'm seriously considering the AK100 and don't want to pay the extra price for the mod.

 

Any information for my above question are appreciated.

 

Thanks

 

Kith

post #3566 of 8516
Amping isn't "harder". The dac implemented has a line out voltage at max volume.
http://www.head-fi.org/t/630288/the-new-iriver-ak100-a-high-end-dap/900#post_8961832
Portable dac's use their own opamp at line out anyway, so all this worry over double amping is overblown.
post #3567 of 8516

Swim, There's no issue with amping the HP out and on their own, I think the rwa will do better than the ak you have with IEMs so Mim... may be OK.


Edited by goodvibes - 4/1/13 at 11:06am
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guys, you are all great peolple and i am so happy i discovered head fi :-)

regarding amping i read through a few ak100 forums here and did a lot of homework, as it sounds amping is no problem, at least many users had great results with various amps.

as regards Terra it must be great but a few limitations like no screen and only wav makes this redundant for me. so far other choices are only dx100 or ak 100.
and i stopped bothering much about matching my rig sound understanding no portable will be able to move air and kick as large as proper rig can. not even Terra...

H2O, mate, i know i know i know :-)
Btw, big thanks again to you personally and to other chaps who provided me with great advices and introduced me to great products. Amazing really.
post #3569 of 8516

Audionewbi

 

http://www.meier-audio.homepage.t-online.de/amplifiers.htm

 

I use the corda 2stepdance, one of the best priced high quality portable amps, and they match very nicely with my ER4s too. 

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Originally Posted by H20Fidelity View Post


One step at a time, I understand your theory of spending once, it's actually very wise, however if done correctly one can slowly step up and gain experience along the way. All about gaining experience imo, buy/try/sell. move up, buy/try/sell, after all, if I end it now where do I have left to go? Really, there isn't any one DAP I feel is complete for me yet, as we've spoken about, hopefully one day. To many IEM, not enough sources.
Yes, it's been worth it, expensive too, I hate to think how much in total I have spent on my journey through out the galaxy. I actually have two frames of mind, one when laying down at night listening to music thinking everything is complete there's no need to venture any further. Then, soon as I come back to this site my whole perspective on the hobby changes and I'm at eBay pressing the buy it now button or scavenging through the FS section. Everytime.

This constantly repeats itself over and over almost daily.

The first step is admitting you have a problem.....wink.gif

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