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Spend the day comparing the AK120 dac section against ODAC while feeding it to portaphile 627x. I can say safely that ODAC has better dynamic, the same clarity and much louder output. Can't say I am too pleased about that.
Also a side note in regarding of 627x it is really picky of input signal so I guess that perhaps with a different amp AK120 might shine better? I can test that but I leave it to some other time, time to listen to music.
So that basically means AK120 is a good source if you have a lot of HD tracks and like to use it on the go, beside that I want to say AK120 is going to really struggled compared to anything desktop related.
It is probably matter of preference but I like what I hear from ODAC more. 627x already as a smooth and mellow sound, adding a warm source seems to be just too much for my taste.
I still like what I hear from AK120 as a stand alone DAP when I pair it with CK100PRO and ES10 however I really think those who like to purchase these for portable desktop DAC should hear it compared to other portable DAC before jumping on it.
I find the Sabre DACs tend to have this slight edge in sound as it is a bit more engaging.
Hearing the Wolfson DACs on their own is perfectly fine. Though when placed in a comparison, my preference tends to sway towards the Sabre DACs more.
Agree, though i still enjoy the the Wolfson DAC driven players as they are.
AK400 features dual Sabre Dac! and it's only $5000!
anyway, but i agree on the sabre dac bit. today i went into store aiming for a AK120 but then they also have a dx100 in store for audition. after spending almost 2 hrs of listening, i walked out of the store with a dx100 knowingly R10 proably sounds better.
no doubt Ak120 is a pretty good sounding dap but dx100 is just so smooth and has unique characteristics to me that i just wouldn't deny....
now i really wonder how would hm901 sound....
Also I am down with 2500 Yen for sure :P 2500 USD I know even they realize that will be pushing it beyond the point of ridiculious.
I think for portable DAP I am happy for AK120. Its size and battery life is good enough for me. Time for me to purchase a nice set of headphone and start thinking of having a good desktop setup. As far as DAP goes I will be an active reader, I am done with spending money on them.
Curious to hear about opinions on closed back phone recommendations, should get AK120 next week and thinking of trying with Fostex TH 600 / Beyer Tp5, have W4 good for flights but at times to isolating (office)
The WM8740 DAC is imo a pretty limited DAC chip. I've never been impressed with any of the offerings I've heard. Conversely, I have been very impressed with every Sabre DAC offering I've heard. The WM8741 wasn't too bad - of course implementation has so much to do with it. Regardless, I wasn't impressed with iriver using the 8740 in their astronomically priced (imo) DAPS.
Really? That's not what I wanted to hear. I'm using my 64GB microSDXC cards right out of the box, formatted as exFAT. I wonder if formatting as FAT32 might overcome that limitation? I have a microSDXC to SDXC adapter that I used with my iBasso DX-100. It allowed me to use a 128GB SDXC card in the microSDXC slot. I'm going to try that with the AK120...just because I'm curious.
Will let you know what happens...