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post #5761 of 6399
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post

Perse, no. But I never found maxing the volume on the AK120 to bring any benefit. If you truly want a LO signal get your unit modded into the S-mod. That way it will take it to a completely different level of audio quality.
How much improvement would i get if i have it mo in to s-mod?
post #5762 of 6399
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Originally Posted by zniper2984 View Post

How much improvement would i get if i have it mo in to s-mod?
A lot of improvements. You don't just get a true line out. The DAC chips are swapped from the WM8740 to the WM8741. Which, IIAMN, the top chip from Wolfson.
post #5763 of 6399
Have you
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Originally Posted by joshuachew View Post

A lot of improvements. You don't just get a true line out. The DAC chips are swapped from the WM8740 to the WM8741. Which, IIAMN, the top chip from Wolfson.
have you tried it?how long thus the battery last?i always use my aktitan with an amp pico power to be exact..modifyng with lots of improvement on sq sounds good to me..how long will it takes for it to be modified?
post #5764 of 6399
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Originally Posted by zniper2984 View Post

Have you
have you tried it?how long thus the battery last?i always use my aktitan with an amp pico power to be exact..modifyng with lots of improvement on sq sounds good to me..how long will it takes for it to be modified?

 

No I have not tried it, both my Titans are modded with the basic mod only. 

takes about 4-5 days from when Vinnie receives them. 

post #5765 of 6399
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Originally Posted by zniper2984 View Post

Have you
have you tried it?how long thus the battery last?i always use my aktitan with an amp pico power to be exact..modifyng with lots of improvement on sq sounds good to me..how long will it takes for it to be modified?

 

Battery life drops down to about 5 hours. But the return on sound quality was well worth the mod IMO.

post #5766 of 6399

The mod brings its capability to a whole other level.  If you max out the amp/cable/headphones, it should be SQ king as far as portable hi-fi goes (I haven't heard the 240, but for its price, it should use WM8741 chips).

A friend of mine listened to my set up and said it sounded like there was a living room playing music in his head.  :L3000:

 

IMO the only negatives of the rwak120b/s are price of admission, required bigger footprint, reduced battery life, and UI could be better (and unfortunately, it seems that iRiver is done with giving a damn about the ak120, so the firmware might not get any better).

post #5767 of 6399
I am amping my stock AK120 with RSA SR71B and listen in balance mode. It's not as good as the modded AK120 but has the extra flexibility of using it as a standalone unit with decent battery life in those ultra portable situations.

Definitely agree with ChrisSC, even without the mod, you will be looking at an expensive setup when you throw in a good amp and cables. I wish AK240 had a better battery life.........
post #5768 of 6399
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Originally Posted by ChrisSC View Post
 

The mod brings its capability to a whole other level.  If you max out the amp/cable/headphones, it should be SQ king as far as portable hi-fi goes (I haven't heard the 240, but for its price, it should use WM8741 chips).

A friend of mine listened to my set up and said it sounded like there was a living room playing music in his head.  :L3000:

 

IMO the only negatives of the rwak120b/s are price of admission, required bigger footprint, reduced battery life, and UI could be better (and unfortunately, it seems that iRiver is done with giving a damn about the ak120, so the firmware might not get any better).

Has anybody compared the AK240 to the RWAK120B/S?

thx

post #5769 of 6399
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Originally Posted by Sam Edwards View Post

Has anybody compared the AK240 to the RWAK120B/S?
thx
Price wise they are the same ak120+mod+good amp.it should have sq on par with ak240 i expect better.
post #5770 of 6399

Does anybody have opinions on how the AK120 fares vs these newer DAPs, in particular the DX90 and the X5?

post #5771 of 6399
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Originally Posted by likearake View Post

Does anybody have opinions on how the AK120 fares vs these newer DAPs, in particular the DX90 and the X5?

I have ak120 for six months, been listening to the dx90 for a week.

I like the dx90 more.

To me, clarity, dynamics, sound stage are better on dx90, it also more musical.

I'm selling my ak.
post #5772 of 6399
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I have ak120 for six months, been listening to the dx90 for a week.

I like the dx90 more.

To me, clarity, dynamics, sound stage are better on dx90, it also more musical.

I'm selling my ak.

 

Waouuuuuu !!! very nice.

i have an AK120 and will receive soon my DX90.

i was wondering what could be the comparaison.

 

sam

post #5773 of 6399
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Originally Posted by tdk2013 View Post


I have ak120 for six months, been listening to the dx90 for a week.

I like the dx90 more.

To me, clarity, dynamics, sound stage are better on dx90, it also more musical.

I'm selling my ak.

 

Which IEMs/headphones are you pairing the AK120 and DX90 with?  I have the AK120 with SE846 and debating whether to pick up the DX90, and how much of an impact/improvement there may be with the lower impedance of the DX90.  

 

Looks like UI functionality and usability between the AK120 and DX90 is on par with each other from the reviews and product info I've seen, what are your thoughts?  

post #5774 of 6399

I think I will be getting the DX90 too as I do like ESS DACs.  NVM, just ordered.


Edited by DrSheep - 4/28/14 at 3:39pm
post #5775 of 6399
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Originally Posted by DrSheep View Post
 

I think I will be getting the DX90 too as I do like ESS DACs.  NVM, just ordered.

Quite tempted and trying to resist the urge to pick up the DX90 until I get a chance to test it out.  I would love to hear how you think the DX90 compares to your AK120 after you receive it.

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