I would love to purchase an Astellnkern AK120 the looks the build the spec but........ The fiio x 3 has a wolfson 8740 dac and so does the cheaper AK 100 model but my point is at the price the Ak 100 should sound twice as good as the fiio to justify the premium and the dual dac Ak 120 must then beat it's cheaper sibling by double in the sound department. So it's like this I would just as happily buy the fiio for $200 if it's sounds half as good as the astellnkern models. Can someone convince me otherwise. Maybe the fact it can be used as a stand alone reference dac?
If x3's sound, form, and features can satisfy your needs then obviously it is rather pointless to buy a more expensive one! Definitely AK120 does not sound "twice at good" as Ak100. Ak100 will not sound better than x3 by the margin their respective prices suggest. Both AKs aren't really appealing to value or budget users. The only reason I go with AK120 is I need something that sound better than Ak100 but with similar size and useability.
Edited by kkcc - 5/26/13 at 2:21am