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post #4906 of 6936
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Originally Posted by harmonix View Post

Been thinking of getting a dap recently but have decided my sq bottom line is that the dap has to be at least as good as the meridian explorer or better... In fact for $1300 I'm expecting it to be.

Is the AK120 is up to task?
Will be using iems instead of headphones for this. Thanks a bundle.

Hey Harmonix,

I've been a Meridian listener for about twenty years and I love their gear. I would have to say that the Explorer is Amazing with the Ultimate Ears Reference Monitors. I would have to give it a slight edge over the AK120. But the AK's in the same league, and I can imagine someone else preferring it. The AK120 is a great DAP. 

It's never crazy to buy this kind of gear where you can return it.

post #4907 of 6936
Hi Sam,

Thanks for the feedback. We don't have return policies here and frankly don't feel I should pay a $1000 premium for the advantage of portability....(vs the meridian). And as as the explorer was my bottom line I was expecting a bit more especially for $1300. For some reason I feel more willing to fork over $$$ for say a Meitner ma-1 than this. Maybe I value sq over convenience a lot more
post #4908 of 6936
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Originally Posted by ianmedium View Post


A tip for you that will keep you content, never buy high performance cutting edge products. They are called no compromise for a reason!

This is a country mile better than my old HM801 in terms of usability and from what I have read the 901 is not without its issues either. If you want press and play get an Apple product, I was happy with mine until I went into the more esoteric stuff and in all honesty I would trade a little usability and battery life for the substantial improvements in sound quality.

A ford focus will get you from A to B just as well as an Aston Martin but after getting out at B in the Focus you won't remember the journey, you will with the Aston!

The AK120 is like that, it makes even humble rips from CD a musical experience, go into well made high resolution and things just get better!

Of course there are people who will tell you their Fiio's perform almost as well, fine, if you have that level of non comprehension of what high fidelity is then you can live happy and content.

Me? Well I have been involved with HIFi for thirty years and the production of music for almost as long in one way or another starting as a humble roadie for some of the best known bands of the eighties and the in the studio with others since the nineties and I have to say this player is as much of a landmark in portable audio as my old Walkman Pro was in the eighties.
This player does not play facsimiles of music, it plays the music with none of the emotion or texture lost. And it is emotion and texture that makes this for me somewhat of a bargain in digital sound reproduction.

Any old thing will play a representation of the music but it takes something rather special to portray the texture and emotion. In the studio one of the things we strive to preserve the most are the texture and emotion so that the listener can engage with the performer in a more intimate way, it's that last 10% that turns something from nice to a memorable event! this player, along with the other high quality players such as the HiFiMan do that I feel and that makes them worth every penny if music is something you absorb into your very soul rather than a mere distraction as it sadly is for many!

I am not trying to justify this or any other high end player, more just trying to give an idea why folks are prepared to spend so much, it's all about that last ounce of musicality and emotion that matters!


I completely agree with you, Ian. While I haven't been involved in music professionally I have been a life-long music fan. The huge improvements in quality of portable audio in the last few years have really allowed me to reconnect with music. The AK120 allows me to have very high quality sound wherever I am and whenever I want. This is just amazing! I still think my HM-801 and DX100 sound great (more so the latter) but as an overall package the diminutive A&K is hard to beat. Even with a Meier Quickstep attached it's still very easy to carry around, although not as easy to slip into a pocket. Now, where are those 120gb micro SD cards?

post #4909 of 6936

Does anyone know how to get in touch with the UK arm of Iriver customer support regarding maintanence of the ak120?

 

I tried calling computers unlimited but was told they have nothing to do with iRiver products.

 

My concern is regarding battery replacement. Any help is much appreciated. Thanks.

post #4910 of 6936

This is personal and subjective but I do think AK120 is currently the best portable DAP.

post #4911 of 6936
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Originally Posted by streetcar View Post
 

Does anyone know how to get in touch with the UK arm of Iriver customer support regarding maintanence of the ak120?

 

I tried calling computers unlimited but was told they have nothing to do with iRiver products.

 

My concern is regarding battery replacement. Any help is much appreciated. Thanks.

http://www.iriver.com/support/RMA_001.asp

post #4912 of 6936
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Originally Posted by sutjahjo View Post

This is personal and subjective but I do think AK120 is currently the best portable DAP.

May be, until... The Ak240 comes in February :-)
post #4913 of 6936
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Originally Posted by streetcar View Post

Does anyone know how to get in touch with the UK arm of Iriver customer support regarding maintanence of the ak120?

I tried calling computers unlimited but was told they have nothing to do with iRiver products.

My concern is regarding battery replacement. Any help is much appreciated. Thanks.
The battery is pretty easy to remove you just need a T4 screw driver. The battery with connector terminal need not soldering skills.
post #4914 of 6936

Just got an email from iRiver today about the problems I've been having and they've asked me to send it back to them in Germany so they can look at it, will have to look for a receipt but BE WARNED... if it craps out on you like mine has you might get stuck.

post #4915 of 6936
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post

May be, until... The Ak240 comes in February :-)

Indeed! Beg, steal or borrow, I will want one!
post #4916 of 6936

Anybody used this as a USB DAC? I tried but no sound.. not sure whats wrong.. on the Win 7 volume, iRiver DAC, the bars are moving so whatever I'm playing should be already directed to the DAC. 

post #4917 of 6936
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Originally Posted by harmonix View Post

Hi Sam,

Thanks for the feedback. We don't have return policies here and frankly don't feel I should pay a $1000 premium for the advantage of portability....(vs the meridian). And as as the explorer was my bottom line I was expecting a bit more especially for $1300. For some reason I feel more willing to fork over $$$ for say a Meitner ma-1 than this. Maybe I value sq over convenience a lot more

Hey Harmonix, 

I thought about this for a while, myself. I was thinking I could buy a Macbook Air and a portable DAC (The meridian wasn't out yet) for the same price as an AK120. But there are so many places you can't take a setup like that. Like riding a bike, or skiing! And it's riskier in a subway. So I don't regret it. 

I agree that the Explorer is great and sets a very high bar. But it's not an end to end solution like the AK120, and you'd have a really hard time fitting that solution in your pocket. 

post #4918 of 6936
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Originally Posted by flaco View Post
 

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.

Ive just checked the price :eek:

post #4919 of 6936
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Originally Posted by keepitsimple View Post

Ive just checked the price eek.gif

Got to pay to play.
post #4920 of 6936

 ^You are right and if that package brings amazing enjoyment its worth it.Im just playing a waiting game at the moment.

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