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Fiio X3 or AK120 for Phonak PFE-232 and AKG-K702

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Hello,

 

My first post here!

 

I'm in the market for a DAP. I'm currently using two setups which are basically consists of the same system but with IEM for travels which I do alot, and open cans for when I'm in the office:

 

Samsung GSIII -> LOD -> HRT Headstreamer -> Phonak PFE-232 and when working in the office at home I use USB->HRT Headstreamer -> AKG K702. I like the setup and won't be changing the IEM's nor the open cans for any time soon.

 

So, the thing is it's time to switch to iPhone5 since the Samsung is my workphone, so don't really have a choice there. I travel alot so portability is an issue. I've been looking at the A&K120 but I've also been reading up on the X3 and since the price is not even comparable, I'm willing to think again...

 

First of all: is the X3 a good match for the Phonaks and the AKG's? I can of course use the Headstreamer for the AKG's at home but occasionally I bring them on the road, so ideally the DAP I choose need to work good for these aswell.

 

Second: is the AK120 really that much better; for SQ that is, that it motivates the price. I can see that the two DAP's attract different people, many of the X3-users maybe would like the AK120 but can't afford it...

 

It all comes down to this:  buy the AK120 if money's not the issue because it really is so much better, or would you say; save your money, buy the X3 and a bunch of HD-tracks?

 

Thank you in advance for any answers...

post #2 of 5

Last week I demoed a A&K AK120 at the California Audio Show and Pink Floyd sounded really really nice.

It could have been because they had some really good digital recording.

Personally, I'm looking at getting the Fiio X3 as it's more affordable.

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If the AK120 was so good, why don't you buy it?  You say the X3 is more affordable but is that only based on SQ/$ or is it really a close game SQ-wise, thus more affordable?
 

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Originally Posted by Aktersnurra View Post

If the AK120 was so good, why don't you buy it?  You say the X3 is more affordable but is that only based on SQ/$ or is it really a close game SQ-wise, thus more affordable?

As I have not listened yet to a Fiio X3, so it's hard for me to compare audio qualities between X3 and AK120/100.

I really liked the AK120, the interface, seemed easy to use, really nice sound quality.

but I'm not the kind of person to spend $1200 for a portable digital audio player.


Edited by PurpleAngel - 8/17/13 at 11:36am
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post

As I have not listened yet to a Fiio X3, it's hard for me to compare audio qualities.
I really liked the AK120, the interface, seemed easy to use, really nice sound quality.
but I'm not the kind of person to spend $1200 for a portable digital audio player.

Haven't heard either but Let's face it the AK120 is going to be better, but it better had for the price, but i'm like Purpleangel i would never pay that kind of money for a DAP but the X3 is perfectly priced and will be my next purchase.
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