Originally Posted by j-project
Is it better than the ak120. I know better is subjective but been interested in the se846 and dx90 pairing.
DX90 has a bigger, wider, deeper, soundstage. I'm getting that out of head sensation more than I did with AK120. Detail retrieval is better with DX90. More of a feeling that you're there in the studio. Instruments coming at you from all sides.
If I were to sum it up, based on my very limited time spent with the DX90, I'd say that it's analytical, possibly at the expense of musicality. If you're the kind of listener who likes to see deep into a recording, DX90 seems to be better at picking up the little things and imparting a sense of space and depth. AK120 is warmer, more analog, fuller sounding. Possibly more fun to listen to.
Having said all that, I could change my mind tomorrow. These are initial impressions based on an afternoon's listening without the AK120 at hand to compare directly. iBasso say that the DX90 needs 400 hours burn in. Not sure I believe that but it'll be interesting to see whether things change as I rack up the hours.
One thing is for certain: there is no way the AK120 is worth £800 more than the DX90.
Oh yeah...no hiss whatsoever with SE846.