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post #661 of 669

GAA1 will be my pick.

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A major soundstage improvement for me was using the RWAK120-S/ALO International with balanced LCD2.
Balanced increases soundstage and makes things even more airier withouth losing punch and impact.
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Hi there AK120 owners,

Battery life is stated at 14hrs, but was wondering if that really is true? Or is it less in real life use?

Cheers
James
post #664 of 669

If there are any AK owners that also have a pono, a comparative analysis would be wonderful. 

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Originally Posted by iKE1985 View Post
 

If there are any AK owners that also have a pono, a comparative analysis would be wonderful. 

I doubt it, as the Pono cost even more than the DX90 with less functions, but of course someone might do it as an technical exercise.

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If there are any AK owners that also have a pono, a comparative analysis would be wonderful. 


I have both. You're not giving up that much sound quality with a Pono. I'm not big into A/B-ing. The differences are small. None of these are night-and-day. A lot of my listening is with high res flac files.

-I think the AK has a bit more detail, refinement. If you run the Pono balanced mode (you need a special cable for your headphones) you decrease the difference.

-The Pono is marginally more powerful in balanced mode. About the same single ended. 

-Pono is a bit more bass heavy/warm, I suspect the AK120 is more neutral. 

-Pono doesn't seem to have EQ, but using the EQ on the AK120 seems to take the SQ down below the Pono.

-The AK120 is capable of MUCH more storage, which is the deal breaker for me on Pono. I like being able to carry a large part of my collection around with me. I guess I could carry a bunch of micro SD cards, but they're very easy to loose.

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Hi there AK120 owners,

Battery life is stated at 14hrs, but was wondering if that really is true? Or is it less in real life use?

Cheers
James

Sounds pretty accurate. I can leave mine running overnight unplugged to burn in new headphones and the thing doesn't quit. I can also listen for an entire workday (9 hours or so) with plenty of battery left. The main reason I haven't upgraded to something else is the battery life would be a shame to give up since it's hard to match in the DAP world.

post #668 of 669

Thanks four feedback!!

post #669 of 669

14 hours on the MZAK100 is about right. It's not the lovely 20+ of the original AK100, but good enough. 

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