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post #961 of 8516
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Originally Posted by frenchbat View Post

the thing is, Anak, those are still stratosphericly high prices. Next time we meet, you should try my T51. Just to compare with something that's worth less than 200$. I probably won't convince you, but that should make for an interesting test.

 

Yes I'll be quite interested in trying your T51. Somewhat surprised I didn't try the last time we met up. I think you probably know my personality though that I'm the kinda person who doesn't mind spending if that item satisfies my requirements ;-).

post #962 of 8516
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Originally Posted by jackrabbitslim0 View Post

Just read a review of AK100 recently --> http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2413076,00.asp?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ziffdavis%2Fpcmag+%28PCMag.com%3A+New+Product+Reviews%29#disqus-start

 

 

I am not saying the AK100 is perfect, it has its flaws, but the review is really a joke... (IMO)blink.gif

 

 

  • PROS

    Incredible audio quality with the right material.

  • CONSExtremely expensive. No AAC or Apple Lossless support. Buggy. Mastering-quality files are expensive, take up a lot of storage space, and aren't widely available. No headphones or AC adapter included.
  • BOTTOM LINE

    Audiophiles with the means should take a close look at the Iriver Astell & Kern AK100, a high-end media player that delivers exceptional sound quality with the right music files, but it comes with plenty of compromises.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expansive? Yes..... so...?

 

No AAC or Apple Lossless support.?  Yes, iriver may update in firmware, they mentioned ( or you can batch convert by foobar or else) Solved

 

Mastering-quality files are expensive, take up a lot of storage space?  So what?    You pay for higher level of enjoyment, and with 64gb + 2X64gb sd card, solved.

 

No headphones or AC adapter included.

 

Who need stock earphones and another AC adapter?....save the EARTH...

 

 

with plenty of compromises<----- Compromises of sth I don't care (or most Head-fi ers don't care..)

 

What a joke....

 

I thought that review was entirely reasonable, asides from the comment about the lack of included headphones.

post #963 of 8516

About to order this in, i borrowed the money from a friend, hope I dont regret it, i might wait a couple of hours, it was my ckm-1000 money.....

post #964 of 8516
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post

 

Since that post though, it seems RWA's restructured some pricing and offered some other options :-

 

DX-100 = $830

RWAK100 = $895

RWA for AK100 mod fee = $300 (+ $700 for the AK100 if bought new from ALO) = $1000

Tera Player = $1106

 

Can't say I've heard a Clip+ and how it sounds like compared to the above.


Where can I find the RWAK100 for  $895? I looked on their site?

post #965 of 8516
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Originally Posted by icefalkon View Post


Where can I find the RWAK100 for  $895? I looked on their site?

 

On RWA's Facebook.

post #966 of 8516
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post

Speaking of the devil where is that T59? ;)
 

New Management at Teclast, gave audiophile the thumps down and tablets the thumbs up!

About a month I sold my second unused T51 (with the original Box), T51  has a nice digital sound, but now its way overtaken.


Edited by turokrocks - 12/18/12 at 10:29pm
post #967 of 8516

i miss my dead t51

post #968 of 8516
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Originally Posted by turokrocks View Post

New Management at Teclast, gave audiophile the thumps down and tablets the thumbs up!

About a month I sold my second unused T51 (with the original Box), T51  has a nice digital sound, but now its way overtaken.


The DACport LX puts a spin on everything don't it ;).

post #969 of 8516
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The DACport LX puts a spin on everything don't it ;).

 

 

The Apex Glacier+Note 2 combo , is the one to fear.

post #970 of 8516

You know how it goes. Too much stuff to try anyway. But yeah, you're not the one to be too interested in a 2 years old player, are you ?  Has to be new and shiny ! wink_face.gif

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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post

 

Yes I'll be quite interested in trying your T51. Somewhat surprised I didn't try the last time we met up. I think you probably know my personality though that I'm the kinda person who doesn't mind spending if that item satisfies my requirements ;-).

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Originally Posted by H20Fidelity View Post

What. were. they. thinking.

 

They were thinking

 

Tzar 350

 

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post #972 of 8516

Headfonia's Mike just posted his impressions on the AK100. While I don't always agree with his reviews, I was able to take away a few things from this one. http://www.headfonia.com/the-player-astell-kern-ak100/

 

As Mike mentioned, build quality looks exceptional. Now my concern is focused primarily on the sound the AK100 outputs.  

post #973 of 8516
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Originally Posted by HideousPride View Post

Headfonia's Mike just posted his impressions on the AK100. While I don't always agree with his reviews, I was able to take away a few things from this one. http://www.headfonia.com/the-player-astell-kern-ak100/

 

As Mike mentioned, build quality looks exceptional. Now my concern is focused primarily on the sound the AK100 outputs.  

 

Thanks for the link.  It is an very interesting given that his impressions are mostly good but not great compared to other players.  I'm a bit surprised that Mike doesn't care much for the DX100 either given how impressive the iBasso is capable of playing hi-rez materials.


Edited by purk - 12/19/12 at 9:12am
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Mike at Headfonia had what I'd characterize as a lukewarm response to the AK100. He kept making a point about how lifeless it sounds...I feel similarly about my J3's sound...I wish there were a player on the market with great storage, battery life, and UI with a nice, analog-ish warm sound...triportsad.gif
 

post #975 of 8516
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Originally Posted by doublea71 View Post

Mike at Headfonia had what I'd characterize as a lukewarm response to the AK100. He kept making a point about how lifeless it sounds...I feel similarly about my J3's sound...I wish there were a player on the market with great storage, battery life, and UI with a nice, analog-ish warm sound...triportsad.gif
 

An iPod 5.5G with Rockbox, a 240GB drive and a nice 5000mAh battery pack? lol

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