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I was wondering whether to get the S mod which disables the stand-a-lone use and makes it a DAC with a line out along with an upgraded chip or just get the standard mod which gives a more useful output impedance but gives the option of a stand-a-lone. Any thoughts?

 

Have you heard of Mezzo Soprano? They mod the AK100 and 120 similar to the RWAK w/WM8741 DAC but they still can be used without an amp because they have software volume control = Very slick!

 

I am sure they could also replace your battery...;)

 

Check it out:  LINK           Head-Fi Thread:  LINK

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Hello 

 

What is the diffrent betwen AK100 and AK100II ? 

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So, I got the back off. And it was easy with the suction cup. I used one I had around the house used to hold up a mirror. Nothing fancy, just took off the two screws and pulled the back right off. Thanks for the suction cup idea.

 

So, the battery, unfortunately is wrapped in a lot of tape and paper? The power cables that connects to the unit goes to a small circuit board which is attached to the wrapping around the battery. So, I think I'm going to avoid trying to do it myself. It could get ugly and there's really no marking on the battery wrapping to give me a clue what brand or type it is.

 

Since I'm going to send it in to RWA for a battery replacement most likely now, I figured I may as well just have them mod it. I was wondering whether to get the S mod which disables the stand-a-lone use and makes it a DAC with a line out along with an upgraded chip or just get the standard mod which gives a more useful output impedance but gives the option of a stand-a-lone. Any thoughts?


The battery is easy to remove. You just peel it out, pop the connection clip, then remove a couple of screw to extract the metal shield plate. Once I got that far, though, I realized just how tiny the components are on the circuit board. (You don't get a good sense of that looking at the photos online.) To give you an idea, the smallest tip I have for my soldering iron is 0.79 millimeters, and that's bigger than the size of the surface mount pads on the board. So I decided not to attempt to mod it myself, at least not yet. I've done lots of soldering over the years, but never on parts this small.

 

I suggest not DIYing the mod unless: a) you have a soldering iron with a really, really small tip; b) you have a magnifier/microscope that will allow you to see the components clearly (you may have a hard time soldering this board with the naked eye); and c) you are highly experienced at precision soldering. This is definitely not a beginner soldering project.

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^ I agree with all of that. After opening, I realized the same thing. 

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Guys

 

What is the name of cable to connect the AK100 into ifi DSD and Chord Hugo or any Portable amp?

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Guys

What is the name of cable to connect the AK100 into ifi DSD and Chord Hugo or any Portable amp?

Use a cheapo ($20) Fiio interconnect unless you want to pay more for an expensive one ;-) I've used one with both my amps (JDS C5 & Fiio E12 DIY)) & AK100 for almost a year now & it's fine.
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