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post #196 of 611
AK120 will be obsolete by then. There will be AK680, an octa dac that can decode 7.1 surround and clean the house for you.
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Originally Posted by gzeminem View Post

Seems like AK120 sounds really good

I am saving to get one smily_headphones1.gif

Just one question, given the price one would expect this thing to last many years. so how is the battery life after say, 5 years of use? 
post #197 of 611
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Originally Posted by Jazzyfi View Post

AK120 will be obsolete by then. There will be AK680, an octa dac that can decode 7.1 surround and clean the house for you.
In general each model will only last for a year due to intense competition among the manufacturers.

Most probably next year there will be AK-140 with more powerful dual-DAC chip and bi-Amp (OpAmp) that can drive any IEM efficiently.
post #198 of 611
I would be more interested in a discrete solution instead of opamp. A class d with efficient power, 8 fold output buffer and output impedance less than 0.1ohm. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by cyberalpha11 View Post

In general each model will only last for a year due to intense competition among the manufacturers.

Most probably next year there will be AK-140 with more powerful dual-DAC chip and bi-Amp (OpAmp) that can drive any IEM efficiently.
post #199 of 611
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I would be more interested in a discrete solution instead of opamp. A class d with efficient power, 8 fold output buffer and output impedance less than 0.1ohm. biggrin.gif

Well joking aside, you know there really IS a discrete class A amp board for the hifiman hm901 made by a DIYer in China. He even posted vid showing the 901 driving a passive 6inch bookshelf. I m intrigued enough to ask him made one for me.... not sure how it would sound.... smily_headphones1.gif
post #200 of 611
I'm not joking in my last post smily_headphones1.gif. I really want a good class d amp like iqube implemented in a dac. I'm not interested in class a for portable use because of power issue. Except if they do automatic bias adjustment to save power then I'm interested!
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Well joking aside, you know there really IS a discrete class A amp board for the hifiman hm901 made by a DIYer in China. He even posted vid showing the 901 driving a passive 6inch bookshelf. I m intrigued enough to ask him made one for me.... not sure how it would sound.... smily_headphones1.gif

Edited by Jazzyfi - 7/15/13 at 10:23am
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post #202 of 611
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Originally Posted by Jazzyfi View Post

AK120 will be obsolete by then. There will be AK680, an octa dac that can decode 7.1 surround and clean the house for you.

 

This is what makes me hesitate. dropping $1300 on something that becomes obsolete in a year does not look like a wise decision .
post #203 of 611
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This is what makes me hesitate. dropping $1300 on something that becomes obsolete in a year does not look like a wise decision .

 

You're in the wrong hobby my friend. frown.gif

post #204 of 611
Surely that philosophy would just mean never buying anything!!

There may be a newer shinier grander version in 12 months but it does not take away from the fact the ak120 is very impressive sound quality and great little package. Just make the decision to buy something and put a time on its life......for me I will look for 3-5 years enjoyment and not look for anything else between.
post #205 of 611
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You're in the wrong hobby my friend. frown.gif


The hobby is a correct one but we came to the wrong place for info. wink_face.gif

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The hobby is a correct one but we came to the wrong place for info. wink_face.gif

 

Yup. tongue_smile.gif

post #207 of 611
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Originally Posted by gzeminem View Post

 

This is what makes me hesitate. dropping $1300 on something that becomes obsolete in a year does not look like a wise decision .


$1300/365 days = $3.56 per day and you still own the unit. Actually thats not bad. I need to cut down my lunch money and save it for a AK120.

post #208 of 611

Ok folks, I've had a few days with the AK120 and I guess I'm ready to give my impressions. So far I've felt no need to upgrade from v1.0 firmware.

It's absolutely the best portable music player I've every heard. It actually sounds much better than the Sound Devices 702 professional recorder. I'll still use this device for ripping vinyl and an occasional film job, but the AK120 is a much better portable player.

The great thing is that it makes all of my headphones sound much better than they ever have on the go. Grado RS1, Sennheiser 600's and IE80's, TippleFi 10's, and assorted Beats, Sonys and Etymotics all sound fantastic. The amp section of this device drives them all better - cleaner and louder - than any other portable device I've tried. As a matter of fact I feel like I did the right thing in investing more heavily on the source end as all of the headphones sound fantastic with the AK120. 

My Favorites so far are the Sennheisers. The IE80's are an especially good match. 

Another thing I love about the AK120 is that it plays all of the file formats I have. 

So far I'm very happy with the AK120, despite the fact that the price is probably higher than it needs to be.

Cheers,

Sam Edwards

post #209 of 611
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Originally Posted by Sam Edwards View Post

Ok folks, I've had a few days with the AK120 and I guess I'm ready to give my impressions. So far I've felt no need to upgrade from v1.0 firmware.

It's absolutely the best portable music player I've every heard. It actually sounds much better than the Sound Devices 702 professional recorder. I'll still use this device for ripping vinyl and an occasional film job, but the AK120 is a much better portable player.

The great thing is that it makes all of my headphones sound much better than they ever have on the go. Grado RS1, Sennheiser 600's and IE80's, TippleFi 10's, and assorted Beats, Sonys and Etymotics all sound fantastic. The amp section of this device drives them all better - cleaner and louder - than any other portable device I've tried. As a matter of fact I feel like I did the right thing in investing more heavily on the source end as all of the headphones sound fantastic with the AK120. 

My Favorites so far are the Sennheisers. The IE80's are an especially good match. 

Another thing I love about the AK120 is that it plays all of the file formats I have. 

So far I'm very happy with the AK120, despite the fact that the price is probably higher than it needs to be.

Cheers,

Sam Edwards

 

IE80 sounded a little dark and muddy to my ears. Does the AK120 improve the synergy in that category?

post #210 of 611
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Originally Posted by gzeminem View Post

 

This is what makes me hesitate. dropping $1300 on something that becomes obsolete in a year does not look like a wise decision .

Who said anything about it being wise.  

 

Oh well, i got an HM801 just over three years ago and this replaces that.  With the upgraded amp board it was just over a grand so I guess the shelf life of the top stuff is around three years if you push it.  On the other hand the 801 still sounds great and i am not willing to take the AK120 to the beach quite yet so i am still using the 801 fairly often.

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