Originally Posted by EveTan
Can the Sony ZX1 be used as a usb DAC for a computer?
Oh, and how do you guys feel the ZX1 is compared to an AK100/20
I think the ZX-1 has a larger soundstage, tighter bass, and a brighter sound signature compared to the AK120. Another difference is the AK120 seems to have a blacker and more silent background compared to ZX-1 when using the GR07 MkII. I'm hearing a bit of hiss with the ZX-1 + GR07 at the moment. I don't know if this is true for other IEMs as the GR07 are the only IEMs I currently own.
Overall, I think both of these DAPs are on the same level, and it just depends on what sound signature you prefer. Although both are very neutral, I find the ZX-1 tends to be on the brighter side of neutral, whilst the AK120 to be on the warmer side. I just happen to prefer the ZX-1 sound sig so I'm looking to sell my AK120 now. But I will definitely miss certain aspects of the AK120, such as its volume knob, which I feel is better than the ZX-1 because it allows for finer control. I will also miss its USB DAC functionality and its unique aesthetics. To me, the ZX-1 just looks like a mobile phone