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post #4726 of 5985
Yea perhaps wait a bit as ive heard a number of other companies also releasing flagship DAP. I for one looking forward to colorfly new dap which is due out sometimes next year.
post #4727 of 5985
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Originally Posted by audionewbi View Post

Yea perhaps wait a bit as ive heard a number of other companies also releasing flagship DAP. I for one looking forward to colorfly new dap which is due out sometimes next year.

 

I just sold my 3rd ANV and will stick with the AK120-S mod and Rocoo BA for portability purposes. In terms of audio quality I don't see much of anything touching the S mod for quite some time :). Of course I wouldn't mind being wrong as I always like to push the envelope, but I doubt it :P.


Edited by lee730 - 12/11/13 at 7:10am
post #4728 of 5985
Ak120 consume quite a lot power, since it used usb charging power bank should work for charging?
post #4729 of 5985
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Originally Posted by stvc View Post

Ak120 consume quite a lot power....

 

Really? I get 8-10 hrs with HiRes flacs.

post #4730 of 5985
I have less than that maybe because I matter with it too much. But my is B mod + mixed ape flax WAV and dsd.
post #4731 of 5985
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Originally Posted by ianmedium View Post

Yeah, same for me, with 64 on board and two 32G cards and the player being so easy to load and delete music I have no need for massive memory. Likewise the Ti case, mine is never out of the leather case so I never see it!
I do think I will get a black case soon though. I rather like it all black!

Yes...and keep in mind that 64G mini SD cards will be here before we know it.

post #4732 of 5985
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Originally Posted by stvc View Post

I have less than that maybe because I matter with it too much. But my is B mod + mixed ape flax WAV and dsd.

 

Yes, the more you 'work' the precessor like w/DSD, the shorter the play time. Straight WAV is probably the most efficient since it requires no processing. 

post #4733 of 5985
Any news of ak140? When will it be released and what's the price? I heard from someone this is using dual wolfson 8741
post #4734 of 5985
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post

I just sold my 3rd ANV and will stick with the AK120-S mod and Rocoo BA for portability purposes. In terms of audio quality I don't see much of anything touching the S mod for quite some time smily_headphones1.gif. Of course I wouldn't mind being wrong as I always like to push the envelope, but I doubt it :P.
too broke to experiment lol. But we all got to thank RWA, his mods normally becomes the next upgrade that iriver includes with their revision. I am interested to see what he is going to do with the next gen DAPs.
post #4735 of 5985
A&K just posted on Facebook that the AK120 has won HiFi Worlds ( an excellent and highly regarded UK HiFi Magazine) Best digital Source of 2013! From a magazine of this stature and reputation that is high praise indeed!

If your in the UK you will probably be able to get the issue now.Here in Canada I will have to wait till February to read it!

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post #4736 of 5985
Double post, edited!
Edited by ianmedium - 12/11/13 at 6:18pm
post #4737 of 5985
Great news for the AK folks.

Pity that HIFI World has not taken the route of What HIFI and started subscriptions via Zinio. I do see an online subscription though.
post #4738 of 5985
With all due respect i don't really trust most magazine where they making their living based sponsorship funding. Not that i do not like my ak120 but for its current selling price tag would we expect less? We should not praise expensive gears which perform good.
post #4739 of 5985
I don't see why not? I agree with your reasoning in not trusting these people. Hell I don't either. That goes for pretty much all reviewers (ones not paying out of pocket). There's just too much chances for bias, especially due to incentives. But I feel even if the gear is expensive if it is indeed good and worthy of its praise, then why not?
post #4740 of 5985
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post

I don't see why not? I agree with your reasoning in not trusting these people. Hell I don't either. That goes for pretty much all reviewers (ones not paying out of pocket). There's just too much chances for bias, especially due to incentives. But I feel even if the gear is expensive if it is indeed good and worthy of its praise, then why not?

Perhaps I am a little to cynical when it comes to reading reviews from sources who also make a living by reviewing products from their site sponsors but honestly I do not really understand when high end gears get praising. In my view if someone is buying something that cost much more than the main stream gears they should not be all that superized on why it sounds this good. To me the real magic is when cheaper gears sound as good as their high end counter parts, that is when praising is a must as it shows the hard work of a good engineer who is able to produce the best sound that can rivals gears costing multitude more than its self (eg. sansa clip+ vs apple).

 

I enjoy my AK120 alot and I use it more than any other thing I own but it is simply not the first thing I recommend to people around me simply because I get starnge looks when I tell them how much I got it for (ignoring its actual retail price). 

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