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post #5971 of 6111
My personal experience of listening balanced (RX-MKIIIb) is better separation and a wider soundstage. These are not single changes for me either. That said, I am aware the balanced amp stage is better than the single ended one, which must also make a difference.
post #5972 of 6111
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Originally Posted by Sam Edwards View Post

I should say that for critical listening in a controlled environment the AK120 II has an ease of presentation and power that the older player lacks. The AK240 takes it up another notch for people willing to fill their limited space up with huge DSD files. 
But at the rate they're coming out with players I really can't allow myself to buy each one as it comes out. But if they keep making them this much better I'll probably be in next round.

I bet you will take the fall very soon!
post #5973 of 6111
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Originally Posted by CraftyClown View Post

My personal experience of listening balanced (RX-MKIIIb) is better separation and a wider soundstage. These are not single changes for me either. That said, I am aware the balanced amp stage is better than the single ended one, which must also make a difference.

The balanced out saves some's investment into amping
post #5974 of 6111
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Originally Posted by flymetothemoon View Post


I bet you will take the fall very soon!

You're probably right. I already have the balanced cable for the HD800.

post #5975 of 6111
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Originally Posted by Sam Edwards View Post
 

You're probably right. I already have the balanced cable for the HD800.

Getting other stuff ready huh!  So, that's imminent 

post #5976 of 6111

Not sure if it has been posted here before, but I found a great leather case for the AK120 locally for only $10. The only problem is that the manufacturer may have stopped producing it recently (thought it may still be sitting neglected on retailers' shelves). It's the Tamrac Topanga Case 3 for ultra-compact cameras (model #3453)

 

http://www.amazon.com/Tamrac-3453-Topanga-Case-Black/dp/B00148R8XY

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tamrac-Topanga-Case-Model-3453/dp/B006OBE56E

 

 

 

 

 

post #5977 of 6111

I was surprised to see no one ever talked about replacing the cable on the Shure SE846.  I started using SE535 playing wave files on my Samsung phone.  It was nice.  Then I went pass a store selling replacement cables.  I tried out one and was amazed by the difference it made.  Two months ago I went to a store to try out the Shure 846.  The guy let me tried it with AK120.  I ended up bringing the AK120 and SE846 home.  My silver plated replacement cable on the SE846 made me put away the original cables forever.  Later I went on the internet to buy some MMCX connectors, RG178 cables and hooked up with Neutrik angled phone plug.   Any mention on the improvement by me is very subjective.  The silver plated RG178 cable, which is meant for radio frequency transmission up to 6 GHz, brings out the capabilities of the SE846.  For people who can do the cable themselves, this is adding serious value to your setup with minimal investment. FYI, MMCX connector is just a few dollars apiece, RG178 is about $2/ft, and Neutrik phone plug is around $8-15.  Working on the cable is not exactly easy, but the result is very rewarding.  The only disadvantage is the RG178 cable is a little harder than the silver plated cable and the original cable.  For the quality of sound improvement it brings, I can happily live with it.

post #5978 of 6111
Yeah, the stock cable is so rigid IMO. The memory wire never remember my preference.
post #5979 of 6111
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post
 

AK said there was a big release coming for the AK100 and AK120 soon.


Did this ever happen?

post #5980 of 6111
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Did this ever happen?

 

That was only a month ago!

 

Not even in my dreams would they respond to customers so quickly...

 

I'm looking forward to it too though!

post #5981 of 6111
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Did this ever happen?
It did happen,they released the ak100II and ak120II..lol
post #5982 of 6111

Hey guys,

 

Where can I find AK120's battery (original) ? And AK100's ?

post #5983 of 6111

Just a heads up that for once advanced mp3 players in the uk do have a good offer on these for today only.  Just (!) £799.99 so saving £300 or so.  Plus there's probably a good chance of 10% off of that as well according to the pop up.  For a moment I was half tempted but then thought nah.

post #5984 of 6111
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Originally Posted by davidcotton View Post
 

Just a heads up that for once advanced mp3 players in the uk do have a good offer on these for today only.  Just (!) £799.99 so saving £300 or so.  Plus there's probably a good chance of 10% off of that as well according to the pop up.  For a moment I was half tempted but then thought nah.

 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/725548/astell-kern-ak120-ultimate-bundle-ak120-dock-remote-case-mqs-album


Edited by PhilW - 7/9/14 at 6:37am
post #5985 of 6111

 

All things considering, very good deal for UK folks

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