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post #16 of 41
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Originally Posted by goodvibes View Post

And it would still be a preference. I think his response seems to be clear enough to understand that he either did compare or didn't need to for his satisfaction. I think there's great validity in opinions derived from living with something as a compare as long as they're not too far apart. The Altmann is a bit too functionally limited for my personal needs or I'd give it a try as well.

I'm not arguing with you and think your process is a fine one. However, his doing so is not the same as you doing so, so I think that opinion valid enough either way. Let us know what you think when you try.bigsmile_face.gif

I did not question the validity of his opinion, rather I asked him a question about the process he used to come to his conclusion. There was nothing else implied, though from your first post in this thread I can see that you clearly view some comments in a biased way.
post #17 of 41

I'm good but could you describe this bias you speak of? I have no opinion on the sound of these what so ever. Perhaps you're biased to A/Bs or the process would be inconsequential. It was rather specific. It's all in the perspective. wink_face.gif

post #18 of 41
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If I were to choose between the 3, I would go for......***drums rolling***...... AK100

 

Simply for the 2 micro sd slot & small size

the RWA version would be my leanings as well. Has a screen and isn't a brick.

post #19 of 41
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Originally Posted by goodvibes View Post

I'm good but could you describe this bias you speak of? I have no opinion on the sound of these what so ever. Perhaps you're biased to A/Bs or the process would be inconsequential. It was rather specific. It's all in the perspective. wink_face.gif

I said you are biased towards certain comments, since you saw me talk about A/B comparisons and instantly linked that to me calling him a fanboy. Please at least read (and hopefully understand) my posts before responding.
post #20 of 41

I didn't think your's a fanboy accusationbut just noting he doesn't heve either anymore so that it's not something we need to concern ourselves with. General conversation point. Sorry if you got offended.

post #21 of 41
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Originally Posted by En_R View Post

Have you a/b'd two or more, with the same headphones at the same loudness level?

Yes, I did. With same headphones same song etc. DX100 and ak100 even though I have sold them, but I still can audition them at my local audio store. Had the dx100 for couple months. DX100 and tera direct comparison... tera has better realism, more clarity, and maybe a more tube like sound quality, while dx100 has more power so subbass is better and more digital sounding to my ears.

Tera with portable amp is surprisingly good..........!! all aspect (subbass, highs, soundstage, clarity) triumphs against dx100 with the same portable amp setup and from direct LO. I would think of tera as a very good source signal although power is lacking compared to dx100. Downside is you must be ready with the consequence of having no screen, especially when you have a huge song library like I do, folder management will be a little bit tricky ;p

As for ak100 it does look nice. .. Small, brushed metal, but SQ is not to my liking.

Again, I'm not a professional reviewer or anything, so please take my comment with a grain of salt tongue.gif
Edited by ace8888 - 1/24/13 at 4:01pm
post #22 of 41
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Originally Posted by burtomr View Post

@nelamvr6

 

How ironic that you already own the Altmann recommended headphones for the Tera:  Koss Portapro's   rolleyes.gif

 

 

I really do like the PortaPros, and for the price they are truly giant killers.   But there's simply no way I will transcode files only because a player with no UI can only play wav files.

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I have read much about these DAPs, and I am also in the market, so I am also very curious to hear from those who have heard two or more of these.

 

I'm afraid I would have to exclude the Tera player out of hand though.  It may very well have the best SQ, those who have heard it certainly think so.  But only being able to play wav files, and not having a GUI makes it completely unacceptable for my uses.

 

Sorry, everyone says it has no UI. That's absurd. It has a User Interface.....just not a Graphical User Interface. If their were a DAP out there with no User interface at all then I wouldn't be interested in it either, it would literally be a brick. 

post #24 of 41
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Sorry, everyone says it has no UI. That's absurd. It has a User Interface.....just not a Graphical User Interface. If their were a DAP out there with no User interface at all then I wouldn't be interested in it either, it would literally be a brick. 

 

 

OK, I'll revise my statement.  Having no GUI makes this player absolutely useless for me, and frankly I'm amazed that ANYONE would even consider this player.

 

But different strokes for different folks, so long as they're happy, that's all that matters.  It's their money after all.

post #25 of 41

LOL, It's rather absurd to think he meant anything else. We all know you can make a sound by pushing buttons.

post #26 of 41
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Originally Posted by goodvibes View Post

LOL, It's rather absurd to think he meant anything else. We all know you can make a sound by pushing buttons.

 

Well said!

post #27 of 41

When you commute every day not having to look away from the road is a nice feature. being able to put it in your pocket is great. I love my Tera, I recommend it to anyone that can be willing to compromise on the screen. Obviously this player isn't for you.

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Originally Posted by nelamvr6 View Post

 

OK, I'll revise my statement.  Having no GUI makes this player absolutely useless for me, and frankly I'm amazed that ANYONE would even consider this player.

 

But different strokes for different folks, so long as they're happy, that's all that matters.  It's their money after all.

 

And I have an ultimate setup of a Tera Player and CIEM's that allow me to take my portable high-end rig anywhere I go without sacrificing on any element of the rig so it fits with whatever I am carrying.


Edited by kenman345 - 1/26/13 at 2:11pm
post #28 of 41

But you can have buttons and a screen. It's not an either/or. You can even advance songs with an the right earphone cable on an Iphone without looking at it and I agree buttons are nice but plenty of DAPs have them and screens. These are rationalizations. If it measures bass roll off, we'll hear something about how it's good for how often IEMs are bass heavy anyway etc. I bet it does sound great but limitations and compromises are just that. Whether the trade offs are acceptable or even preferred by an individual is personal but they aren't to be confused with advantages.

post #29 of 41

Trust me....It sounds wonderful. Any compromises were made to the sound as to pair it well with the PortaPro's and to give a less fatiguing sound signature so one can use it all day.

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Originally Posted by goodvibes View Post

But you can have buttons and a screen. It's not an either/or. You can even advance songs with an the right earphone cable on an Iphone without looking at it and I agree buttons are nice but plenty of DAPs have them and screens. These are rationalizations. If it measures bass roll off, we'll hear something about how it's good for how often IEMs are bass heavy anyway etc. I bet it does sound great but limitations and compromises are just that. Whether the trade offs are acceptable or even preferred by an individual is personal but they aren't to be confused with advantages.

post #30 of 41

rwak100 for me. Just ordered one today.

 

Will be pairing it with my MKIIIB running fitear 334s and at home my HE-500.

 

Main reason for picking the RWAK100 was the 160gb of space and adding obviously more with the SD slots. 

2nd reason was looks and size.

3rd reason was it supports many formats.

4th battery life. I fly from asia to the US a couple times a month and I need something that has a decent battery life. 

 

Actually just switched from using one of my i-devices and cypher solo to this solution because I'm running out of space on my idevices and I didn't want to use up the battery life on my phones. 

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