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Originally Posted by Retrias View Post


Yes I have tried it, and no I don't think there is any need of an external amp, at least not because of lack of power to drive the vmodas
they souund real nice for the mainstream music imo and they are not that revealing so that badly recorded stuff will sound totally bad 

Thanks for your response. I was advised in the M-100 thread that the M-100's may be too sensitive for the AK100. I have heard issues between the AK100 and sensitive IEMS. What do you think?
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Originally Posted by DrGonzo View Post


Thanks for your response. I was advised in the M-100 thread that the M-100's may be too sensitive for the AK100. I have heard issues between the AK100 and sensitive IEMS. What do you think?

imo it depended on how sensitive the iem is, I found no problem with my ex600, se215, JVC fxd80  and thats pretty much all of the iem in my collection , and imo it sounds great with the UE900, IE800, and the fit ears. Thats pretty much my experience on it though

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I received the AK100 MK2 today. A few questions:

1) How long should I do the burn-in? I usually do 200 hours for electronics. Or is 100 hours enough?

2) The volume control knob seems a bit wiggly. Is this normal? I read reviews that said the volume knob seems "cheap."

3) The volume knob seems too easy to turn. I was expecting more resistance so it would be harder to turn when the player is in a pocket.

4) I also got the free dock which allows USB DAC capability. When using it as a USB DAC to a preamp, should the volume be at maximum?

5) Some album art is now showing up (it shows up in iTunes and JRiver). Is there maximum album art size? Most of my album arts are about 1000x1000 or above.
post #7699 of 8589

for the volume button:

 

it's normal, i was shocked the first time i had it in my hands, but you get used to it! It is very easy to turn, yes, but the different volume levels are very very accurate and precise

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Originally Posted by lmf22 View Post

I received the AK100 MK2 today. A few questions:

1) How long should I do the burn-in? I usually do 200 hours for electronics. Or is 100 hours enough?

2) The volume control knob seems a bit wiggly. Is this normal? I read reviews that said the volume knob seems "cheap."

3) The volume knob seems too easy to turn. I was expecting more resistance so it would be harder to turn when the player is in a pocket.

4) I also got the free dock which allows USB DAC capability. When using it as a USB DAC to a preamp, should the volume be at maximum?

5) Some album art is now showing up (it shows up in iTunes and JRiver). Is there maximum album art size? Most of my album arts are about 1000x1000 or above.

Ok.

1. I don't believe in electronic burn ins besides iems/hps

2. Do not worry. It is wiggly, but strong as hell.

3. You have the option to lock the volume nob when screen is off.

4. Yes.

5. Yup. There's a limit to art size. Reduce it to like 500X500.

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Is the AK100 worth the price over the DX50? 

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Is the AK100 worth the price over the DX50? 

 

 

as an owner of both DAPs... it is really difficult to choose between the two.

 

However, it becomes clear when you know which type of sound signature you would go for.

 

If you want a reference sounding signature, DX50 is the way to go.

 

If you want a more musical sound signature, AK100 would be your answer.

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Hmm well I'm not sure what kind of sound signature I prefer. 

 

As far as build quality and usability, which one is better?

post #7704 of 8589
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Originally Posted by Shakenbake158 View Post

 

As far as build quality and usability, which one is better?

 

AK 

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The build quality of the AK is definitely higher than that of the dx50.  It is also smaller and easier to carry.   The AK is also much better at handling distortion and provides very clean audio top to bottom.  The firmware is also much more stable.

 

The dx is more affordable obviously and is much more flexible in terms of matching headphones.   With the standard AK, you have to be careful with your headphone pairing.   You might go with the MK2 to avoid that.

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Originally Posted by burtomr View Post
 

 

AK

 

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Originally Posted by Shakenbake158 View Post
 

Hmm well I'm not sure what kind of sound signature I prefer.

 

As far as build quality and usability, which one is better?

 It's like asking a Toyota car dealer which brand is best, of course Toyota :biggrin:

post #7707 of 8589
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Originally Posted by musicheaven View Post
 

 

 It's like asking a Toyota car dealer which brand is best, of course Toyota :biggrin:

 

no. it's more like asking a BMW dealer to recommend Volkswagen new car :tongue:

 

seriously DX50 is nearly three times cheaper than AK100 stock version.

 

DX50 is bigger, has only one card slot, GUI fewer options.

AK100 impedance issue, like mentioned here, so matching IEMs will be a must.

 

AK100 has smaller form factor, looks more polished and shiny, GUI is slightly better IMHO too.

however given the AK price i am sure you may be more afraid to see scratches on a 700$ DAP than on a 250$ DAP :tongue:

 

sound wise like someone mentioned it here AK100 will sound more clean and refined and blacker space will make overall very enjoyable and enveloping musical presentation.

 

DX50 will stand out in detail while keeping space and stage very well under control. overall it might sound more packed and narrow through Phone Out... then throw in good amp via Line Out and DX50 will turn into a superb machine pushing it closer to AK100.

 

in the end i would not trade my RWAK for DX50 because i find RWAK superior in some musical aspects... however DX50 sounds like a very good alternative to AK100 if you want to save money for something else like good IEMs or amp.

 

so it boils down to personal preferences. from cost perspective i can say DX50 offering is hard to beat and you have some cash left for a better IEM or amp. with AK100 it is absolute solution which will cost you what it costs.

 

from seeing various threads i conclude that people are more willing to forgive certain flaws on cheaper gear but will go ballistic about smaller issues on more expensive gear.

 

so to put this all into car industry perspective:

 

- you want a very good family car? then pick VW Passat

- you want impress girls and gain ultimate power control at expense of comfort and else? then BMW 3

 

:tongue_smile: 

post #7708 of 8589

For those looking for iems to match the AK100, here are few that I personally tested that goes well with AK100.

MDR7550

GR07

BA200

W4

SE215

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Has anyone tried RWAK100S?

post #7710 of 8589

I have been comparing my modified AK100 (no output resistors) more to the DX50 with the latest firmware. The AK100 is smoother but to me, it does not benefit the music. It lacks the "live" sound sensation of the DX50. As for soundstage, I find them both in the same ballpark. I am not going to get rid of my AK100, as I enjoy it but I don't see any advantage of it over the DX50 in any area. I do like the brown leather case I got for the AK100 though. :^) Sure took a long time for DAPs to come around from the best of the past, IMO, which was the iRiver H120 and H140, which I still have. 

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