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post #16 of 38
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Originally Posted by ribeye View Post

Hey, 

 

So I take it, out the of box, 901 is superior to AK120. And AK120 will only match the 901 if amp-ed? If that's the case, wouldn't it make sense to get the 901 as AK120+amp would be touching the 2000 USD mark, doubling the price of 901. And also, 901 would be much more compact and easier to carry around??

 

I'm asking is I currently have the AK100 and I would like jump up to AK120 as 901 is way too bulky for me. But perhaps, sonically, the 901 is better?

I personally dont find it to be that bulky. It has about the same dimensions as a pack of cigarettes.

post #17 of 38

I don't have one but I was told the 901 heat issue becomes more so once in a pocket for a while.

post #18 of 38
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Originally Posted by goodvibes View Post

I don't have one but I was told the 901 heat issue becomes more so once in a pocket for a while.

It gets pretty warm with the balanced amp card, but it isn't too bad. I think its expected with this kind of power output.

post #19 of 38
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Originally Posted by ribeye View Post

Hey, 

So I take it, out the of box, 901 is superior to AK120. And AK120 will only match the 901 if amp-ed? If that's the case, wouldn't it make sense to get the 901 as AK120+amp would be touching the 2000 USD mark, doubling the price of 901. And also, 901 would be much more compact and easier to carry around??

I'm asking is I currently have the AK100 and I would like jump up to AK120 as 901 is way too bulky for me. But perhaps, sonically, the 901 is better?

I think base on the review i have seen from people, by the player itself the 901 is better than the 120 in sq... But... On UI, size and appearance it's another story. My solution is i will probably use 120 on the go ( in the pocket) and get a portable amp that I can take it out in a long journey or to work... I have ordered the 120 already and looking to get a RX mk3 b+ or some of the RSA lines...
post #20 of 38
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Originally Posted by goodvibes View Post

I don't have one but I was told the 901 heat issue becomes more so once in a pocket for a while.

 

It will get about as warm as a smartphone that has run an intensive 3D game for 1/2 hours. If you can stand a warm smartphone in your pocket, then 901 won't be a problem. Of course there is also the solution of using a waist bag.

post #21 of 38

That seems acceptable. I loved the 901 on audition and don't think the AK120 can be better but I ordered an AK120 anyway. The size, storage and use sold me as I own a lot of HiDef. It will be interesting to see how important I find it on the go.

 

I know they'll sound different but if it's overall sound quality is similar to the 901 with a standard card, I'll be plenty happy.

post #22 of 38
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Originally Posted by goodvibes View Post

That seems acceptable. I loved the 901 on audition and don't think the AK120 can be better but I ordered an AK120 anyway. The size, storage and use sold me as I own a lot of HiDef. It will be interesting to see how important I find it on the go.

 

I know they'll sound different but if it's overall sound quality is similar to the 901 with a standard card, I'll be plenty happy.

 

Good idea~~I have been wavering over these two for a long long time since I could not find a place to audition them. I do not trust almost everything but SQ of 901 from what I have read about it. and just the opposite with ak120. so ak120 alone on the go; add a portable amp at home!
post #23 of 38
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Originally Posted by gzeminem View Post

 

Good idea~~I have been wavering over these two for a long long time since I could not find a place to audition them. I do not trust almost everything but SQ of 901 from what I have read about it. and just the opposite with ak120.so ak120 alone on the go; add a portable amp at home!

 



which portable amp do u hv?

post #24 of 38
i have a pico slim to pair with ipc atm
post #25 of 38
You guys should ask kkcc as he owns both. I own the ak120 and tried the 901 with standard amp. With standard amp they are more or less comparable in terms of sq, with very slight advantage to 901 on some tracks (fuller low end, more airy soundstage). But if you consider that the ak120 has smaller size, better battery, better design, more capacity, better UI, and usb dac function, ak120 is better overall.
However, I imagine that the delta in SQ is more important with better amp cards and then it is more debatable. I am myself hesitating to get a 901.
post #26 of 38
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post

You guys should ask kkcc as he owns both. I own the ak120 and tried the 901 with standard amp. With standard amp they are more or less comparable in terms of sq, with very slight advantage to 901 on some tracks (fuller low end, more airy soundstage). But if you consider that the ak120 has smaller size, better battery, better design, more capacity, better UI, and usb dac function, ak120 is better overall.
However, I imagine that the delta in SQ is more important with better amp cards and then it is more debatable. I am myself hesitating to get a 901.


yeh i was hesitating on the two but have decided to get the ak 120 for its overall performance and then get a Rx mk3 b+ or a RSA for the amp to use for the he 500.

i would probably be very happy about the decision! ( will see...) :)

post #27 of 38

.lol.... odd that people are comparing devices and adding an amp to one to compete with the other, the AK can't drive what the 901 can and you can't swap out its cards either. Its a no brainer.

post #28 of 38

Unless you want to put it in your pants pocket on the go. Actually it is a no brainer of you want to do that. You'd pick the AK120 and find out it drove everything considered portable just fine and for a longer period play period. We all have preferences and there's folks using separate amps with the 901 as well. Things can always be made better. Folks buy what meets all their needs or we'd all be walking around with huge multi brick setups.

post #29 of 38
I think its quite easy for 120 to beat 901, you just need to spend another 700usd for the rwak-b mod and another 500usd for the rsa the lightning...
I think the bulk is around the same size LoL
post #30 of 38
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Originally Posted by CosmicHolyGhost View Post

I think its quite easy for 120 to beat 901, you just need to spend another 700usd for the rwak-b mod and another 500usd for the rsa the lightning...
I think the bulk is around the same size LoL

 

LOL 

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