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Originally Posted by pioncepilate View Post
 

Hello everybody,

 

I'm seriously thinking to buy an AK 100 or 120, I'm also looking at Cowon P1.

My main use will be reading my Flac library on my Hifi system, as I don't want to build a home network with a Nas or to swith on my tv or to use a tablet to be able to select a track or an album, I think the AK or Cowon high quality sources can be an interesting option.

 

But to be clear I don't find any shop around me where to try it on a Hi Fi system, can you give me your feedback about sound quality etc with such devices used in "stand alone" mode ?

I mean plugged by RCA on a HiFi amp ?

 

Is it worth the price ? Or is it better to go on more entry level system and a DAC ?

 

Let me know.

 

Thanks


I don't think the AK100/120 is the best choice for a home hifi system. There are tons of full sized units that you can control with an iPad/iPhone/android that will do the job at least as well. 

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If you want portable in a home situation I am seeing quite a few Hugo's appearing as the DAC of choice in some quite high end systems of late!
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Originally Posted by Sam Edwards View Post
 


I don't think the AK100/120 is the best choice for a home hifi system. There are tons of full sized units that you can control with an iPad/iPhone/android that will do the job at least as well. 

Yes but I don't want / need a tablet, I want something simple.

A full size unit meens hard drive, + the unit + something to control and launch tracks etc

I want something simple, and I was wondering if a high quality device like the A&K or a cowon was the right choice.

 

 

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Originally Posted by ianmedium View Post

If you want portable in a home situation I am seeing quite a few Hugo's appearing as the DAC of choice in some quite high end systems of late!

 

Chord Hugo is not in my budget range.

 

But if I understand your offers, you mean it's better to get a DAC, then to choose a transport ?

The A&K was interesting in my mind because of his capacity to be used as USB DAC, but you seems to be clear on that, looks not interesting as a Home HiFi system player.

 

Sorry if my english is not perfect, hope you got me.

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Originally Posted by pioncepilate View Post
 

Yes but I don't want / need a tablet, I want something simple.

A full size unit meens hard drive, + the unit + something to control and launch tracks etc

I want something simple, and I was wondering if a high quality device like the A&K or a cowon was the right choice.

 

 

 

Chord Hugo is not in my budget range.

 

But if I understand your offers, you mean it's better to get a DAC, then to choose a transport ?

The A&K was interesting in my mind because of his capacity to be used as USB DAC, but you seems to be clear on that, looks not interesting as a Home HiFi system player.

 

Sorry if my english is not perfect, hope you got me.

 

I was pretty happy with the SQ straight out from the AK100 -> Sunfire amp -> Speakers

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I was thinking that with a device like this:

http://store.sony.com/500gb-hi-res-music-player-system-zid27-HAPS1//cat-27-catid-All-Res-Audio

you don't have as many trade offs for portability as you would with an AK120. There seem to be these types of players in all price ranges. 

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Originally Posted by Sam Edwards View Post
 

I was thinking that with a device like this:

http://store.sony.com/500gb-hi-res-music-player-system-zid27-HAPS1//cat-27-catid-All-Res-Audio

you don't have as many trade offs for portability as you would with an AK120. There seem to be these types of players in all price ranges. 

Ok thanks, but I allready have an amp and Focal speakers, I don't need another amp.

 

It's really hard to choose, too many options, too many possibilities to listen at my flac library.

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Originally Posted by CalvinXC View Post


I think you can contact Red Wine Audio. I think they will have much better understanding about the device, maybe they have parts and knowledge to fix it at a cost.

*don't take my words too seriously, I have yet to own an AK device, but I'm going to get 1 soon. And I've read a little here and there.


Anyone here knows if Vinnie will do this kind of fix? Let me know! Thanks :)

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Try emailing him, he is very responsive.
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Originally Posted by leoleo0104 View Post

 

Anyone here knows if Vinnie will do this kind of fix? Let me know! Thanks :)

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Originally Posted by warrior1975 View Post

Try emailing him, he is very responsive.

 

This: admin@redwineaudio.com

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Originally Posted by burtomr View Post

This: admin@redwineaudio.com

I actually emailed him already. Just wanna ask you guys if any of you have experienced with letting Vinnie fixes the ak120. smily_headphones1.gif Thanks anyways.
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A fellow head-fier is letting him fix his rwak240. I know Vinnie does repairs, I'd imagine you'd be in good hands.
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I can attest to Vinnie's great customer service. My original 120 S Mod needed to have one of the chips changed out. He repaired it under warranty. No guarantee he can repair the SD slot though.
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