Kind of a bummer spending that kind money and having battery and other problems!
No AK for me.
People complaining of short life all have mods.
Unmodded I frequently get 10+ hours with my AK120
As per Kaadian, unmodded AK120's last in the double digits. The mods goals are to improve SQ at the cost of an amp section & less battery life.
I tend to be pedantic and like to change tracks frequently. I'm noticing if I pause the music and then select tracks I get better battery life. Around 5 hours seems feasible with the mod. Not sure how much longer it would go though without touching anything. I really don't have the patience either to test it :P.
I was advised to seek some help on this thread.
I was looking at the AK120 to pair with some Sennheiser IE800.
I do like the best out of my music and want the ability to do this with the right gear.
I was reading this thread and spotted this...
So I take it, out the of box, 901 is superior to AK120. And AK120 will only match the 901 if amp-ed? If that's the case, wouldn't it make sense to get the 901 as AK120+amp would be touching the 2000 USD mark, doubling the price of 901. And also, 901 would be much more compact and easier to carry around??
I'm asking is I currently have the AK100 and I would like jump up to AK120 as 901 is way too bulky for me. But perhaps, sonically, the 901 is better?
Does the AK120 need an amp? Is it lacking something without one?
I like loud good quality music. I listen to quite a few genres and particularly music that has been well produced to enjoy the listening quality. But one genre I enjoy that concerns me is Reggae. I know I'd need to source good quality/mastered tracks to expect a good experience. But what about the deep bases? Can I expect to be able to enjoy those too or is it likely they will be more flat sounding?
There is no where local I can sample either of them. So I'm looking to try and get a good idea from this forum.
The AK120 will sound amazing with the IE800. I don't own the IE800 but lots of people confirmed it. Even Astell&Kern themselves sold the AK in a package with IE800 in SKorea, that means something.
I find the tralucent 1p2 my ideal pairing for portability and SQ. I listen to all genres and don't use an amp
Thanks for this information. Your right if that's what they did, then this does say something.
Has anyone reading this tested the IE800? If so, your thoughts?
So there is no other players out there that I should consider?
The HiFiman 901 is not worth considering?