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post #1846 of 16769
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

Be like going from the iPhone ear buds to the 846.  That said you can start with something like the iBasso DX90 or Fiio X5 that would also smash the iPhone.

My advice would be if you can afford it then get the AK240.
The X5 is good value but it doesn't compare to the AK240.
The X5 is a fine DAP but not that much of a giant killer.
post #1847 of 16769
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

Be like going from the iPhone ear buds to the 846.  That said you can start with something like the iBasso DX90 or Fiio X5 that would also smash the iPhone.

+1. Not sure what they'd sound like out of an AK240 but they sound ten times better out of my AK120 than an iPod Classic or iPhone 4S. Detail, separation, imaging and every aspect of the bass is on another level altogether. The iPod Classic is the worst sounding of the lot - although it does improve markedly with the addition a Pico Slim.

Strangely, the Pico with white filter is rather bright compared to the AK120 unamped. Maybe it's an output impedance thing.
post #1848 of 16769

Makes sense.  Unless it's an RWAK120 the higher output impedance drops the upper mids some and the Pico starts to roll the bass around 80Hz and is down about 2dB at 20Hz so more upper mids and less subbass... brighter makes sense.

post #1849 of 16769
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Originally Posted by ubs28 View Post
 

How much better would the AK240 sound with the Shure SE846 in comparison to the iPhone 5S? 

 

I posted this question in the Portable Source Gear section but I didn't get an answer. 

The difference is day and night. 

post #1850 of 16769

Thanks for the responses. I'm going to try find someone who has the AK240 and see how much better it sounds if they have demo unit. It cost too much to order without hearing it first :P

post #1851 of 16769

Even after hearing it, it costs too much :P

post #1852 of 16769
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Originally Posted by ubs28 View Post
 

Thanks for the responses. I'm going to try find someone who has the AK240 and see how much better it sounds if they have demo unit. It cost too much to order without hearing it first :P

 

Hearing it first is a good idea. I'm not getting any useful info from the comparisons so far.

 

On another note, I finally heard some sub-bass from my iPod Touch 5G. I drew a line up at 63 Hz to +12 db. and across to 32 Hz on the Onkyo app EQ. I was surprised it didn't clip. It's not too good but it is sub-bass similar to my Galaxy S2, so....It's not like the Note 3. 


Edited by truckdriver - 4/14/14 at 3:19pm
post #1853 of 16769
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Originally Posted by ubs28 View Post

Thanks for the responses. I'm going to try find someone who has the AK240 and see how much better it sounds if they have demo unit. It cost too much to order without hearing it first :P

Even if the AK240 sounds great with the Shures, which it no doubt does, I'd still take some time to listen to the cheaper alternatives in order to satisfy myself that it'd be worth the step up in price. The X5 is said to be a great little player and even the HM-901 is half the price of the AK240. The new iBasso looks promising too, and there's always the cheaper A&K players.

The AK240 might appeal to me if I was using desktop gear as it could serve as a very nice DAC and also double up as a portable player. Even for that purpose though, I'd choose the Chord HUGO any day of the week :-)
post #1854 of 16769
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Originally Posted by Tony1110 View Post

The X5 is said to be a great little player and even the HM-901 is half the price of the AK240. 

 

Also the 802 which could well be the 901 v2 but with the 8740 like the AK100/120.  Don't understand why they haven't fixed the output impedance of their amp cards.

post #1855 of 16769
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Originally Posted by ubs28 View Post
 

How much better would the AK240 sound with the Shure SE846 in comparison to the iPhone 5S? 

 

I posted this question in the Portable Source Gear section but I didn't get an answer. 

 

 

I see everyone telling you that the differences are supposedly night and day. However, I've actually sat down with most of the so called top of the line DAPs and compared them to other DAPs like the iPhone 4, ipod classic, Sansa Clip+, etc.

 

 

 

Here's the result of my comparison:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/709479/multi-review-hifiman-hm901-fiio-x5-sony-zx1-hisound-studio-3rd-anv-iphone-4

 

I know your question is about the AK240, but you can extrapolate what is being said about the AK240 vs HM-901 and draw your own conclusions.

 

Cheers.

post #1856 of 16769

To be fair I think you did the tests with the massively flawed ASG-2?

 

 

That said, yes the portable dap game is a game of inches.

post #1857 of 16769
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post
 

To be fair I think you did the tests with the massively flawed ASG-2?

 

 

That said, yes the portable dap game is a game of inches.

 

 

The ASG-2 Rin measured was incredibly malfunctioning. He still posted the measurements, despite the fact that we told him they obviously didn't look right. Here are measurements done by Purrin on the replacement set UnityisPower got back:

 

 

 

 

 

index.php?action=dlattach;topic=1244.0;attach=4675;image 

 

 

 

 

That said, I think the portable DAP game is a game of the volume slider.


Edited by eke2k6 - 4/14/14 at 5:39pm
post #1858 of 16769

Hi everyone, thinking of getting the 846 to replace my very old Shure E3Cs.

 

Comfort is important to me, and being an eyeglass wearer, I found the cable on the E3C to be pretty uncomfortable to wear and it kinda tugged my ears back as I move around.

 

How does the 846 wear on a daily basis from your experience, preferably in comparison to something older like an E3C?

 

Thanks! :)

post #1859 of 16769
846 is larger than most so you can add that to the list of might be uncomfortable for you.

Edited by Solude - 4/14/14 at 6:25pm
post #1860 of 16769

FYI I just slightly improved the sound quality by cutting about 2, maybe 3, millimeters off the tip of my Comply Professional tips (I wear medium). They're also easier to insert now and I don't this cost me any isolation either. Why are the professional tips so long?

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