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Originally Posted by Goldlion973 View Post
 

 

Amazon.com 32bit Hi fidelity CD selection

 

Eighty CD's... high Definition... seriously though, you're better off investing in a turntable and amp if you're really into music. Vinyl is only slightly more than standard CD's and you have just about every title to choose from, no limits there, record it at 32bit float and you're set.

 

Analogue trumps digital all the way. Is what those expensive DAC's are trying to reproduce .lol.

 

It's bloody hard to fit a turntable in your pocket though! :D 

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Ultra HD music? As if HD music wasn't good enough considering it doesn't make a difference when blind tested against downsampled 16/44, and can be detrimental to the sound quality...and it's not like the RedBook standard is good enough or anything.

But never mind that, Autumn in Seattle[/u] looks like an interesting album.
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Do class 10 microSD cards work in the AK120? i.e. Sandisk Ultra microSD HCXC

 

 

Still no news about availability of  128 Gb  MicroSD ?  RAM capacity improvement used to be faster in the computer business !  


Edited by bmichels - 11/29/13 at 12:46pm
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Ultra HD music? As if HD music wasn't good enough considering it doesn't make a difference when blind tested against downsampled 16/44, and can be detrimental to the sound quality...and it's not like the RedBook standard is good enough or anything.

But never mind that, Autumn in Seattle[/u] looks like an interesting album.

There's a difference in HD but with most setups, it's not the most important one and often gets lost in the wash. 

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It's bloody hard to fit a turntable in your pocket though! :D 

 

 

Not with an AK120 on gapless it isn't... well, its close .lol.

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Progress is a demanding thing... while you might not be able to hear certain frequencies they contribute to what you can hear, science is way too obsessed with the physical and trips up on itself as it claims that, 'this is all that can be done' through the laws of physics while at the same time pushing for new territory... its a contradiction. Fact is you HAVE TO push for new ground its what innovation and invention is made of....sound therapy uses audible and inaudible high and low frequencies, brain wave therapy is another and both of these claim to effect the body in various ways. Just because it 'can't' be heard does not mean it isn't felt or experienced on some level contributing to the overall experience.... .lol.... you can't hear the new sound cannons they now use against protesters in various places and countries but best believe you can feel it.

 

Sometimes science needs to get lost and go find itself.

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Originally Posted by goodvibes View Post
 

3 ohm output and leather case. I know the standard AK100 didn't agree with you but it was likely the output impedance that limited it.

 

No I had the RWA AK100 and I didn't like it much at all. Felt it was a downgrade next to the 3rd ANV.


Edited by lee730 - 11/29/13 at 8:57pm
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Is it possible to revert back to the previous firmware version? I am finding the new version too bright and busy, keen to go back to 1.33 if possible. thanks.

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Originally Posted by nogi replicant View Post
 

Is it possible to revert back to the previous firmware version? I am finding the new version too bright and busy, keen to go back to 1.33 if possible. thanks.

 

Yes you can. Just download the older firmware and load it the same way as you did the new firmware. I reverted back to 1.32 from 1.33 because I kinda felt the same way you do. But I also lost intimacy more so  than anything else. Particularly in the vocal area.

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Thanks for the heads up Lee730. I will have a look through the thread to find the link to 1.33.

 

Another question here: has anyone tried the Phonak PFE232 with the AK120 and could make any comments on their synergy?

 

At the moment I am using the AK120 with IE80 (tape mod) + silver cable. My Merlins are getting a refit at the moment. Whilst the IE80's do sound great I find I am often adjusting them to ensure the seal is right and my ears get a little fatigued wearing them sometimes. Apparently the Phonak's are a decent step up from the IE80's and would look slightly less unsocial in the office than wearing customs (Merlins) at my desk. Considered AKG3003's but the price tag is just so hefty, the ie800's are affordable in Oz but the microphonics and mixed reviews add quite a bit of risk. Phonak 232's generally have universally pretty good reviews.

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Hi all,

 

I currently own the relatively cheap Fischer Audio DBA-02 and Vsonic GR07 IEMs and I find that they sound very nice out of my stock AK100. This is probably a dumb question but I was wondering if its worth upgrading to the AK120 to get even better sound? I'm thinking that it may be a significant step up due to the overall better technicalities and 3 ohm OI of the AK120, but just not sure whether I will be able to hear the difference with my budget IEMs. I just can't afford top tier universals or CIEMs at the moment, but would love to pick up the JH13pros and FitearTG334 to pair with the AK120 down the track..

 

Cheers for any feedback!  


Edited by daveyston23 - 11/30/13 at 5:49am
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post
 

 

No I had the RWA AK100 and I didn't like it much at all. Felt it was a downgrade next to the 3rd ANV.

Interesting. Maybe there's something to having a couple ohms in the output vs removing all the resistance like RW does. I wonder if the MKII's character is more like a RWAK100 or a RW120 or if anything else is changed in the MKII. I like that you never become a fan boy just because you spend money on something. Happens a lot around here.:wink_face:

post #4618 of 6309
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Originally Posted by goodvibes View Post
 

Interesting. Maybe there's something to having a couple ohms in the output vs removing all the resistance like RW does. I wonder if the MKII's character is more like a RWAK100 or a RW120 or if anything else is changed in the MKII. I like that you never become a fan boy just because you spend money on something. Happens a lot around here.:wink_face:

 

Interesting point re different sound signature for low ohm output. Sasaki's short thread on the RWAK100 contained a brief review of the AK100 mk2 and ended up saying it was closer in sonic signature to AK120 than AK100. Plus one of the guys on the AK100 forum adjusted the output of his AK100 from <1 through to >3 ohm and found that he preferred the sound at about 3.2 ohm I think...

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Originally Posted by goodvibes View Post

Interesting. Maybe there's something to having a couple ohms in the output vs removing all the resistance like RW does. I wonder if the MKII's character is more like a RWAK100 or a RW120 or if anything else is changed in the MKII. I like that you never become a fan boy just because you spend money on something. Happens a lot around here.wink_face.gif

I just call it as I hear it. My take on it all is what can the manufacturer bring to the table to impress me and to improve my audio experience. It isn't the other way around if you take my meaning. wink.gif

I felt the AK100 had bloated bass and boosted highs (lower treble and upper mids). It lacked dynamics and sounded congested to me.
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I think that some of the Russian modders preferred a bit of resistance to none for that reason. Maybe it's more stable with a few ohm buffer. 

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