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post #4261 of 5727
I bought moded and frankly have no regrets... New ak120 was announced two months later after headfiers peppered iRiver with questions.

do not get me wrong, RWAK sounds very good and amped with a good amp will do wonders.
post #4262 of 5727

I still really enjoy the AK120 but seriously want to get it modded to the S mod. Just hearing it is on the same level as desktop rigs at this point with a very good amp just makes me all the more tempted. Having a portable on that level is unheard of for me. ;)

post #4263 of 5727
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Originally Posted by Gintaras View Post

mate, believe me, when you pay this money and next day they announce new DAP you feel betrayed.

 

Same feeling... I just took it as a lesson learned to understand how this company works... we are fortunate that we still have many options available in the market..

post #4264 of 5727

the ak120 s/b mod really brings it to another level.  It makes my iPhone 5 unlistenable.

 

I posted these on another thread, but thought I'd post pics of my ak120b with a pico slim here, so people can see how livable the dap is with a small amp.  Its still thinner than a 901 or dx100 for example.

post #4265 of 5727
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Originally Posted by ChrisSC View Post

the ak120 s/b mod really brings it to another level.  It makes my iPhone 5 unlistenable.

I posted these on another thread, but thought I'd post pics of my ak120b with a pico slim here, so people can see how livable the dap is with a small amp.  Its still thinner than a 901 or dx100 for example.




Why not used the Line out from the knob removed thought that was better?
post #4266 of 5727

I believe that is for a balanced amp though. The Pico is not balanced.

post #4267 of 5727

Yep, what Lee said

post #4268 of 5727
Opps... I thought that was a s version. Didn't read carefully
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post

I believe that is for a balanced amp though. The Pico is not balanced.

Edited by stvc - 11/9/13 at 7:17pm
post #4269 of 5727

I am another one who bought AK100 and then again Ak120 when it was launched.

 

My feeling is slightly different though, When I buy into a good gadget, be it a phone, a laptop or even a DAP, I wish I am buying into a brand that will continuously improve on its products and come up with newer and better model when they can. Otherwise I would be disappointed.

 

After all, the model I just bought was the model I wanted when I made the decision and it doesn't degrade just because a higher end model is being launched. The fact that I can choose to upgrade or not to upgrade also helped,

 

Not that I know anything about their future plan, but if they introduce a higher end AK200 tomorrow, I will be most excited even if I don't intend to upgrade.

 

Just my personal opinions..

 

My only beef with AK120 is it doesn't work well with Windows 8.1 since I updated my Windows. Let's hope they fix the problem very soon.

 

Regards

Jaw

post #4270 of 5727

As we all have experience in the audio industry via upgrades and new products, we have a choice to make. 

 

Do we research and buy in at a certain point, or do we wait until the last best product is made?

 

I can guarantee if the new Calyx unit is a success there will be an upgrade to it. 

 

One thing I am sure of...every audio product I have ever purchased has been eclipsed with the newest, most technologically advanced, better sounding newer unit.

 

I recently purchased a AK120, will I be muffed when the next iteration comes out?, no not at all.

 

It will be interesting to see where this portable DAP sector goes.

post #4271 of 5727
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Originally Posted by stvc View Post

Opps... I thought that was a s version. Didn't read carefully


I thought his model was an S version? Basically the chips were changed out and they completely bypassed the amp section for a much cleaner signal. With the S mod they also give you an extra LO which is for balanced amps. I'm assuming they also apply the RWA mod as well to bring the impedance down?

post #4272 of 5727
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Originally Posted by 883dave View Post
 

As we all have experience in the audio industry via upgrades and new products, we have a choice to make. 

 

Do we research and buy in at a certain point, or do we wait until the last best product is made?

 

I can guarantee if the new Calyx unit is a success there will be an upgrade to it. 

 

One thing I am sure of...every audio product I have ever purchased has been eclipsed with the newest, most technologically advanced, better sounding newer unit.

 

I recently purchased a AK120, will I be muffed when the next iteration comes out?, no not at all.

 

It will be interesting to see where this portable DAP sector goes.

 

i also both my AK120 in october, now i'm very sad to realize that they may be an other unit better than mine.

what shall we do ? technologie is moving so much that it is nowadays impossible to follow the rhythm. 

it this new unit better than AK120 ?

do we now more about it : battery life, quality of audio ?

 

thank so much

sam

post #4273 of 5727
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Originally Posted by ohotonge View Post

Guys, i just came across the news that a remote control for AK100 120 will come out soon, presumely for using in a car

 

What? Where?

post #4274 of 5727
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Originally Posted by Samuel777 View Post
 

 

i also both my AK120 in october, now i'm very sad to realize that they may be an other unit better than mine.

what shall we do ? technologie is moving so much that it is nowadays impossible to follow the rhythm. 

it this new unit better than AK120 ?

do we now more about it : battery life, quality of audio ?

 

thank so much

sam

I bet you don't see any kind of supply until late spring/summer and nobody has a clue about how good it will be functionally or sound. It's all speculation about a company that has zero experience with portable audio and I never thought their other stuff more than competent. I don't understand the wind up and angst over an unknown.

post #4275 of 5727
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Originally Posted by Samuel777 View Post
 

 

i also both my AK120 in october, now i'm very sad to realize that they may be an other unit better than mine.

what shall we do ? technologie is moving so much that it is nowadays impossible to follow the rhythm. 

it this new unit better than AK120 ?

do we now more about it : battery life, quality of audio ?

 

thank so much

sam

 

Actually technology is not really moving at all, what we are seeing is slightly different configurations on the existing.

 

So far...vinyl, reel to reel, laserdisks, 8track, cassettes, CDs, a few SACDs, and digital, have been a part of my music experience.

 

These required purchasing a new source unit and "new material for the library", although some were used to record other mediums.

 

The 8track was my first foray into portable mobile music. We wired the head unit into our cars, and next cassette players, followed by CD players. 

 

Back in the 70's I got into portable music players. First was a  portable cassette player with integrated speakers, then the walkman, discman, portable CD boom box and finally DAPs with the ipod

 

Looking back, I wish I didn't spend the money on new formats and recorded medium, however for the love of music, I would most certainly would do it all over again, except laserdisks, 8tracks and SACDs would be skipped.

 

When the AK120 is superseded by the next "holy grail", as I know it will, I may decide to upgrade.

 

Until that time I will be enjoying good portable music that fits into a shirt pocket, knowing full well it is an obsolete inferior unit to future models

 

I sure hope digital music stays around, not looking forward to upgrading my library again.


Edited by 883dave - 11/10/13 at 5:30am
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