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post #4441 of 6126

Hey Sara,

As I said, I have two MicroSD>SD adapters with 128GB SD cards plus the internal memory of 64GB = 320GB. I'm considering a 256GB SD Card that would add 128GB for a total of 448GB, but I have not tested that combo. 

I currently have more high resolution music than will fit on these cards.

I'm also considering downsampling everything to half sample rate, but leaving it at 24bit.

I took a 192/24 flac album and converted it to 48/24 flac and it sounded VERY close and took up 1/4th the space. I have a ton of 96/24 flacs that I could convert to 48/24 and a bunch that are 88.2/24 that would sound fine at 44.1/24.

It would free up half of the space, and maybe get me back into what will fit internally. I don't know of a program that I can use to do this easily or I would have done it already. 

One advantage to this sloppy arrangement is it makes the AK120 look like a broken POS so nobody will steal it.  

 

post #4442 of 6126
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post
 

It's not just a matter of quality. Although I wonder from what angle you guys are talking about? In terms of sound quality I doubt they compare. Not that I'm saying I agree with the $1,300 pricing because it is exorbitant for sure. But the product also sounds damn good, has a good UI, lots of capacity, and better build quality from what I've seen on the X3 (as it should at its price). Between the DX100 and the AK120 I'd take the AK120 any day.

 

Lee, mate, there is one small problem with AK.... they - AK dudes - love to push their loyal customers away.

 

people are buying their damn expensive product one day just to learn the other day that a newer and better is out. and AK dudes forget that this is not iPod and people cannot rush and spend another 1k + the other day.

 

this how AK put me away from their products for the time being, i love my RWAK100 but i am afraid to pull the trigger on AK120 remembering how i bought RWAK just to learn in two months about AK120.

 

so i better wait for Calyx and then a new AK to see what and who i like :wink_face:

 

i do NOT doubt AK sound quality and i love RWAK a lot despite some smaller shortcomings in dynamic transients... but no matter this i am not ready to feed AK dudes 1k+ every half a year :(

post #4443 of 6126

How difficult is it to replace the memory in the stock 120 and replace it with a larger cap model? Either that or fuse the SD card adapters as shown above to the inserts so they stay put and can utilize both SD cards proper and MicroSD through SC card adapters.

post #4444 of 6126
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post
 

It's not just a matter of quality. Although I wonder from what angle you guys are talking about? In terms of sound quality I doubt they compare. Not that I'm saying I agree with the $1,300 pricing because it is exorbitant for sure. But the product also sounds damn good, has a good UI, lots of capacity, and better build quality from what I've seen on the X3 (as it should at its price). Between the DX100 and the AK120 I'd take the AK120 any day.

It's just that the X3 offers so much of what the AK47120 offers at 1/4 1/6 (I thought the X3 was $300 USD) the price.

post #4445 of 6126
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Originally Posted by Gintaras View Post

Lee, mate, there is one small problem with AK.... they - AK dudes - love to push their loyal customers away.

people are buying their damn expensive product one day just to learn the other day that a newer and better is out. and AK dudes forget that this is not iPod and people cannot rush and spend another 1k + the other day.

this how AK put me away from their products for the time being, i love my RWAK100 but i am afraid to pull the trigger on AK120 remembering how i bought RWAK just to learn in two months about AK120.

so i better wait for Calyx and then a new AK to see what and who i like wink_face.gif

i do NOT doubt AK sound quality and i love RWAK a lot despite some smaller shortcomings in dynamic transients... but no matter this i am not ready to feed AK dudes 1k+ every half a year frown.gif

Thats with all of them, IBasso, Fio, Hifiman. In fact the only DAP I can think of that has not changed in at least three years is the iPod Classic.


As long as there are companies pushing the boundaries of what is possible there will be updates and new products. As consumers we just have to choose when to jump in and get our feet wet.

To be fare to A&K these new ones are not replacing the old ones, just supplementing them so in terms of sonic quality those with the original players will have the same SQ as the new ones.

Also, just look at how many firmware updates iBasso or HiFiman have gone through compared to the AK's. For me the HifiMan and iBasso's are half products, more like beta models where as the AK is much more consumer ready which probably explains why the only players to feature in respected HiFi magazines on a regular basis are the AK's in terms of high resolution.

As to the Calyx, well who is to say next year they don't come out with a new model and lets just see if the one they are about to release will be bug free!
post #4446 of 6126
Although I won't go for modified AK120, I do appreciate what RW is doing. At least they are giving consumer one more choice. However, I agree that the real achievement will be when RW is doing their own DAP from scratch. Ten perhaps we'll have some real choices.
post #4447 of 6126
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Originally Posted by AmberOzL View Post
 

They should learn from FiiO, you don't need to spend 1300 euros to get high quality products nowadays.


they are committing suicide if they ever lower the price... never taunt their fans to think about how much their products really worth...

post #4448 of 6126

Any word on whether this new Astell & Kern will have a line out? (If this has been covered elsewhere, I apologize)

post #4449 of 6126
My attitude is go ahead, keep giving us more models and more choices, but what I am really hoping for is a new AK200 (I made this up) with more storage and much better quality (hopefully)!
post #4450 of 6126

By "new", I of course am referring to the 120 Titan.

post #4451 of 6126
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Originally Posted by sutjahjo View Post

My attitude is go ahead, keep giving us more models and more choices, but what I am really hoping for is a new AK200 (I made this up) with more storage and much better quality (hopefully)!

... and a larger screen with better UI and good playlist management :-)

post #4452 of 6126
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Originally Posted by oriise View Post

Any word on whether this new Astell & Kern will have a line out? (If this has been covered elsewhere, I apologize)
From what I can decipher the only changes are on the AK120 new casing, more memory and black leather case. Everything else is the same.

On the 100 a lower output impedance, leather case and music included.
post #4453 of 6126
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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post
 

It's just that the X3 offers so much of what the AK47120 offers at 1/4 1/6 (I thought the X3 was $300 USD) the price.

 

Have you extensively tried the AK120 to come to that conclusion? I can't disagree on the pricing. But then again with the gear you also use on such sources will play a large factor in it all. If my gear was not up to par I of course would not waste money on such a device as the gear would be the weak link in the chain then.

post #4454 of 6126

I will skip every two iteration in fear of them going in and announce a second version that is improved from what i bought at the same price 3week later

post #4455 of 6126

A head's up that the Mahler Symphony No.7 DSD file is available for download at $12 until 1st December. Must have and outstanding value!!!

 

 http://sanfranciscosymphony.downloadsnow.net/mahler-symphony-no-7

 

San Francisco Symphony Mahler No. 7 Cover Image

 

Happy listening..................

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