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post #2086 of 5992
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post
 

 

Supposedly it improves upon the detailing, separation and sound staging between the left and right channels. Basically 1 chip it dedicated to 1 channel from what I remember (I could be wrong though). Personally it was a very nice improvement over the RWA AK100 (which is supposedly better than the AK100). I intend on keeping my unit. I'm very satisfied with it. Now in regards to the pricing well I don't agree on this area (it's simply overpriced) but that still doesn't take away from it being a great DAP and an all in one solution IMO. Now for full size headphones I'd think the DX100 and Hifiman 901 would be better suited. But for IEMs you are hard pressed to beat the AK120 as a single all in one solution. Also keep in mind they significantly reduced the impedance on the AK120 so it works well (for the most part) with sensitive IEMs.

What my bruddah say smile_phones.gif

post #2087 of 5992

Hi all,

 

my AK120 will arrive today. I will be pairing it with T5p's and as I have a colorfly C4 I will be able to gice you my comparison of the sound.

 

For me, sound quality is very important, and the colorfly has that in buckets, but I am tired of the lack of support and the clunky UI. I am looking forward to something a little more modern.

 

Anyway, should be able to give you my impressions at the beginning of next week :-)

post #2088 of 5992

Seems to me that more people are buying the AK120, no wonder they sell like hot cakes.

I bet they sell better even then X3.

Anyway when the (not true) DSD playback firmware will be released?

post #2089 of 5992
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Originally Posted by nanashisan View Post

Still on 1.0

I'm wondering if anybody has experienced dropouts on v1.21.  I haven't had any since the update.

post #2090 of 5992
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Originally Posted by Edwood View Post


The Amp board in the HM-901 was the stock Balanced OPA627AU based one.  But it was used single ended mode to keep comparison "fair".   Plus, they did not have balanced cables for the full sized headphones there.  Even if they did, I didn't have an adapter.

I see. Personally I also only find a meaningful improvement over the AK120 with the balanced board (either in SE or balanced mode, with balanced mode having a larger advantage in soundstage).
post #2091 of 5992
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Originally Posted by nashton View Post

On playlists...

 

So, I love the AK120. However, I really miss playlists. I have seen posts about Jriver Media Center, but that's a Windows app and I have a Mac.

 

I have loads of playlists in iTunes. I can export them to M3U and then convert them to PLS (which is what the AK supports I gather) ... but is there a better way? And will that even work?

 

Any Mac and AK120 users that have any input I'd be very glad to receive it.
 

 

I may be able to do something but you will have to send me your AK120 for testing wink_face.gif Seriously though, I have a script for my HM-801 that copies Mac iTunes playlists and associated tracks, maybe I could modify it for the AK120

post #2092 of 5992

It really comes down to preference as well as what compromises will you make. I guess the AK120 has the least amount of compromises in an all in one portable package. Still I'm a bit shocked to hear the Hifiman 901 is sluggish and slow in comparison to the AK120.... I was expecting the UI to be spot on from that demo they gave us 5 years ago? ;). I'd figure with the Apocalypse coming they'd have gotten the UI sorted out by now... Maybe in another 20 years I guess? :P.

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Regarding dropouts, I'm also still on 1.0. Won't update before I'm certain I can go back if need be.

About that, it's totally silly that they don't make the damn hex file available somewhere for 1.0. Definitely not confidence inspiring.

post #2094 of 5992

I agree with you. I PM Jimmy again hopefully they will get the ball rolling really soon. I don't see what is the big deal about not providing such a basic function of the DAP....

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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post

It really comes down to preference as well as what compromises will you make. I guess the AK120 has the least amount of compromises in an all in one portable package. Still I'm a bit shocked to hear the Hifiman 901 is sluggish and slow in comparison to the AK120.... I was expecting the UI to be spot on from that demo they gave us 5 years ago? wink.gif. I'd figure with the Apocalypse coming they'd have gotten the UI sorted out by now... Maybe in another 20 years I guess? :P.

Agreed. AK120 would score highest in my overall evaluation as a pockatable standalone DAP and highly recommended. 901 sound better but has too many compromise - big, ugly, runs warm, shorter battery. I don't feel the UI sluggish though, it is as responsive, if not more so, than the AK120. 901 is a perfect replacement upgrade of the dx100, and would complement the AK120 quite well as they satisfy different needs.
post #2096 of 5992

Hmm ok well I read on the 901 thread if I'm not mistaken that the 901s UI is sluggish in comparison to the AK120? Or was that another thread? Wait a minute it was posted earlier on in this thread I think. That one guy who demoed with Jmoon....
 

Quote: Edwood "The HM-901's user interface is much much slower and more cumbersome to navigate."


Edited by lee730 - 7/3/13 at 3:13am
post #2097 of 5992
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post

Hmm ok well I read on the 901 thread if I'm not mistaken that the 901s UI is sluggish in comparison to the AK120? Or was that another thread? Wait a minute it was posted earlier on in this thread I think. That one guy who demoed with Jmoon....


Quote: Edwood "The HM-901's user interface is much much slower and more cumbersome to navigate."

I see. It looks less pretty definitely but with the scroll wheel it actually scroll up/down faster than swiping the screen on AK120. So navigation is definitely not sluggish by any measure. Going up/down a level in the menu is also without delay.

The slow bit might be attributed to switching songs where there is a slight delay before it starts playing the new song. Boot up and shut down are also a bit slower, but database scanning is much much faster for both initial and subsequent scans.
post #2098 of 5992
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I see. It looks less pretty definitely but with the scroll wheel it actually scroll up/down faster than swiping the screen on AK120. So navigation is definitely not sluggish by any measure. Going up/down a level in the menu is also without delay.

The slow bit might be attributed to switching songs where there is a slight delay before it starts playing the new song. Boot up and shut down are also a bit slower, but database scanning is much much faster for both initial and subsequent scans.
But I heard it took 15 to 20mn to kickstart the petrol engine running in the 901 and there is a 1 out of 100 chance it might explode. is that true?
post #2099 of 5992
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post

But I heard it took 15 to 20mn to kickstart the petrol engine running in the 901 and there is a 1 out of 100 chance it might explode. Is that true?

LOL M. wink.gif
post #2100 of 5992
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Originally Posted by kkcc View Post




I see. It looks less pretty definitely but with the scroll wheel it actually scroll up/down faster than swiping the screen on AK120. So navigation is definitely not sluggish by any measure. Going up/down a level in the menu is also without delay.

The slow bit might be attributed to switching songs where there is a slight delay before it starts playing the new song. Boot up and shut down are also a bit slower, but database scanning is much much faster for both initial and subsequent scans.


Yeah, scrolling is pretty fast, but while playing a file, especially 24/192, navigating folders is quite slow.  And the cold start up time of the HM-901 is extremely slow.  I guess I'm spoiled by the HM-801, not a fancy UI, but very quick, start up time is extremely fast, and there is very little lag in navigating, unlike the HM-901.  But the HM-801 was pretty slow when it was first out, so the UI in the HM-901 will improve.

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