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post #3196 of 6313

NP.  BTW, if you don't already have a DAC that play DSD, the new VentureCraft SounDroid can up converts iDevices to 24/192 and plays DSD64 in DAC mode.  If DSD is your thing, then the SDT makes a good pair with the AK120.


Edited by DrSheep - 8/14/13 at 7:54pm
post #3197 of 6313
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Originally Posted by goodvibes View Post

I got mine. Sounds VG on redbook out of the box. How long before it settles in? I like that it has some color. I can't say which I prefer between it and the HM901 from what I've heard so far and probably wont be able to since I don't have a 901 to compare. My listen to the 901 gave the impression that it's has less color but more openess. Really like wav on this player.

Hi buddy..congrats on the purchase, give it a couple of days to settle but most notable of changes are in the first 5-6 hours ....

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post #3198 of 6313

Will do. One of the 1st things I thought when listening to this player was how well it's characteristics likely mate to the 1+2. It's a pleasure to use. Value is personal but I doubt anyone willing to buy one of these in the 1st place will be disappointed.smile.gif

post #3199 of 6313
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Originally Posted by ianmedium View Post

Folks, its leather, its a natural product, it gets scratched, its not a fault or a defect, its normal. I personally love the patina of leather as it gets used and kc's case looked wonderful.

If you don't like scratches then I would suggest a soft plastic case as everything else including hard plastic or metal will acquire scratches.

 

Yup it's leather, but well, the iriver black leather case for AK100, or the Dignis leather case doesn't scratch THAT EASILY....  never had to use anything on those cases for the half year or so I had with my AK100, not one scratch.... it was a nasty surprise the 1st day I bring it out it was scratched, by the freaking edge of the memory wire tube on my cable no less.... :(

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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post


Welcome to the flock, ALL PRAISE AK120, repeat after me...
More seriously, what made you chose ak120 over 901?

Size, storage, heat, build, battery life.

 

None of these are killers for me on the 901 and I thought it sounded great on audition but it's not the sort of thing I can put in my back pocket if I want to run the cable behind my head and away from what I'm doing etc and I'll just get more use from an Ak120.

 

With the 901, I'd still be shuffling between 2 players depending on use. While I like the low level res and openess of the Sabre DAC in the 901, I'm not as enamored with it's tonal color or PRAT so that part is a wash for me since what you do in and out of a DAC is so significant anyway. I need a screen so the Tera was not a consideration. Again, it goes to use and the AK120 was the one that checked every box for me.

 

Now that I have this player, I wish I had the TWag V3 cable to try with it again before I resold it. I think it would have matched up pretty well. More where that came from.wink_face.gif I've got a hybrid cable coming but I suspect a pure copper from that source may have been the better option here. Please make it stop!wink.gif

post #3201 of 6313
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Originally Posted by kkcc View Post

 

Yup it's leather, but well, the iriver black leather case for AK100, or the Dignis leather case doesn't scratch THAT EASILY....  never had to use anything on those cases for the half year or so I had with my AK100, not one scratch.... it was a nasty surprise the 1st day I bring it out it was scratched, by the freaking edge of the memory wire tube on my cable no less.... :(

Haven't used the case yet but there does come a point where you can overdo something and a better material isn't actually better for it's purpose.

post #3202 of 6313
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Originally Posted by kkcc View Post

Yup it's leather, but well, the iriver black leather case for AK100, or the Dignis leather case doesn't scratch THAT EASILY....  never had to use anything on those cases for the half year or so I had with my AK100, not one scratch.... it was a nasty surprise the 1st day I bring it out it was scratched, by the freaking edge of the memory wire tube on my cable no less.... frown.gif

Unfortunately its a weird thing with leather, the higher the quality the more care as the leather tends to be softer and more blemish free. Personally I think your case looks amazing the way it is. As I said, a hipster would pay big bucks for that patina ! biggrin.gif
post #3203 of 6313
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Originally Posted by goodvibes View Post

Size, storage, heat, build, battery life.

None of these are killers for me on the 901 and I thought it sounded great on audition but it's not the sort of thing I can put in my back pocket if I want to run the cable behind my head and away from what I'm doing etc and I'll just get more use from an Ak120.

With the 901, I'd still be shuffling between 2 players depending on use. While I like the low level res and openess of the Sabre DAC in the 901, I'm not as enamored with it's tonal color or PRAT so that part is a wash for me since what you do in and out of a DAC is so significant anyway. I need a screen so the Tera was not a consideration. Again, it goes to use and the AK120 was the one that checked every box for me.

Now that I have this player, I wish I had the TWag V3 cable to try with it again before I resold it. I think it would have matched up pretty well. More where that came from.wink_face.gif
I've got a hybrid cable coming but I suspect a pure copper from that source may have been the better option here. Please make it stop!wink.gif
Thanks for the answer. Breathe now....what cables are you going to try? Is it for your JH13? I am quite tempted with the DHC fusion.
post #3204 of 6313
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Originally Posted by goodvibes View Post

Size, storage, heat, build, battery life.

None of these are killers for me on the 901 and I thought it sounded great on audition but it's not the sort of thing I can put in my back pocket if I want to run the cable behind my head and away from what I'm doing etc and I'll just get more use from an Ak120.

With the 901, I'd still be shuffling between 2 players depending on use. While I like the low level res and openess of the Sabre DAC in the 901, I'm not as enamored with it's tonal color or PRAT so that part is a wash for me since what you do in and out of a DAC is so significant anyway. I need a screen so the Tera was not a consideration. Again, it goes to use and the AK120 was the one that checked every box for me.

Now that I have this player, I wish I had the TWag V3 cable to try with it again before I resold it. I think it would have matched up pretty well. More where that came from.wink_face.gif
I've got a hybrid cable coming but I suspect a pure copper from that source may have been the better option here. Please make it stop!wink.gif

How does the behind the back usage differs? I would have thought tera would be better if you want operate it "bind" without needing to take it out of a backpack.....

Btw TWagv3 8 conductor does wonders for my tg334 on ak120. Give it more clarity and take away the midbass hump and warmth. But if you prefer the ak120's mellower sound over 901, the twag+twcu hybrid might be better.
post #3205 of 6313
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Originally Posted by kkcc View Post


How does the behind the back usage differs? I would have thought tera would be better if you want operate it "bind" without needing to take it out of a backpack.....

Btw TWagv3 8 conductor does wonders for my tg334 on ak120. Give it more clarity and take away the midbass hump and warmth. But if you prefer the ak120's mellower sound over 901, the twag+twcu hybrid might be better.

You are right KKCC, I have the Tera in my pocket and just using the finger to feel the buttons and navigate thru songs or turning the volume up/down, very convenient.  

post #3206 of 6313
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Originally Posted by flymetothemoon View Post

You are right KKCC, I have the Tera in my pocket and just using the finger to feel the buttons and navigate thru songs or turning the volume up/down, very convenient.  


Without a screen how to navigate to the song/album you want?

post #3207 of 6313
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Originally Posted by DMinor View Post


Without a screen how to navigate to the song/album you want?

 

Clap those ruby glass-slippers three times and say "ssim sim salabim" ;)

 

post #3208 of 6313
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Originally Posted by DMinor View Post


Without a screen how to navigate to the song/album you want?

Tera operates by folder sequence.  You'd jump from one album folder to another by pressing the center button along with either forward or backward button and here you go.  That's why in the Tera thread a few owners recommended to have 32GB or 64GB cards that store a decent amount of albums and you'd remember their sequence over time.  I did mine with specific genre for each card and is easy to identify albums.

 

Cheers

post #3209 of 6313
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Originally Posted by flymetothemoon View Post

Tera operates by folder sequence.  You'd jump from one album folder to another by pressing the center button along with either forward or backward button and here you go.  That's why in the Tera thread a few owners recommended to have 32GB or 64GB cards that store a decent amount of albums and you'd remember their sequence over time.  I did mine with specific genre for each card and is easy to identify albums.

 

Cheers

 

Now I know Tera is designed for blind test. wink_face.gif

post #3210 of 6313
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Originally Posted by DMinor View Post

 

Now I know Tera is designed for blind test. wink_face.gif

In fact not at all...I can switch album when I'm using the Tera when driving (feeding music to my car stereo system) and with my eyes wide open for the road.  For other player you have your blind test (eyes off the road ahead) should you need to switch album/song when driving.  

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