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post #346 of 1098
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I can always count on input (and very good input) mind you out here. I know I'll surely inflame the crowd with this but I'm not liking the 240 aesthetically at all:blink:  I realize I'm not listening with my eyes I just think the 100 II/120 are better looking units, heck for that matter I still find the DX50 to be one of the best looking DAP's I've seen of course this is just my PO! 

Seriously Sky, you think the DX50/C5 combo with either Roxanne's or Kaiser's would be a better DAP than the AK100II or 120? The one thing I know for sure now is if I want to hypnotize you or TrollD I just need to wave a 240 in front of you:tongue_smile:  LOL
Actually! You're like me in some ways too! smily_headphones1.gif

If my player is not the same fit as my amp, they do not sound as good as they could be. wink.gif Appearances DO affect our listening experience! I find the AK240, although pretty sexy with the carbon fibre backing, to be a bit too edgy with the looks of an iPod Nano 7th gen planted in the middle. That aside, it could be way better IMO, but hey...if its the TOTL DAP; hell yeah its hypnotizing! Haha biggrin.gif

As of the pairing? I believe the DX50/C5 rig is better thanthe stock AK100. I ddon't actually remember you mentioning an AK120 in there any where tbh..I do remember an "AK100 II", which is the revised AK100, but not an AK120. If the AK120 was an option for you, I would've simply recommended you that over the other mid-fi DAPs any day. smily_headphones1.gif

CORRECTION: You did mention AK120, but that was in the post BEFORE I replied to you, so all I saw from there was "AK100/AK100 II".
Edited by SkyBleu - 2/21/14 at 12:54pm
post #347 of 1098
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Actually! You're like me in some ways too! smily_headphones1.gif

If my player is not the same fit as my amp, they do not sound as good as they could be. wink.gif Appearances DO affect our listening experience! I find the AK240, although pretty sexy with the carbon fibre backing, to be a bit too edgy with the looks of an iPod Nano 7th gen planted in the middle. That aside, it could be way better IMO, but hey...if its the TOTL DAP; hell yeah its hypnotizing! Haha biggrin.gif

As of the pairing? I believe the DX50/C5 rig is better thanthe stock AK100. I ddon't actually remember you mentioning an AK120 in there any where tbh..I do remember an "AK100 II", which is the revised AK100, but not an AK120. If the AK120 was an option for you, I would've simply recommended you that over the other mid-fi DAPs any day. smily_headphones1.gif

CORRECTION: You did mention AK120, but that was in the post BEFORE I replied to you, so all I saw from there was "AK100/AK100 II".

So the AK100 II basically solved the output impedance situation and got it down from 20 to 3. Outside of the AK120 having the dual DAC is it worth the 5/6 shims over the 100 II?

 

 Knowing I finally want to get some CIEM's I've now got to figure out if Noble's Kaiser 10's are better or just different than JH's Roxanne's:confused_face_2: 

 

Would either of these CIEM's need external amping from either of these AK's to sound their best! Obviously dropping this kind of $$$ one wants to make good choices. I'm just trying to find a middle groun d for price and function I can justify to myself and my ears live with it:wink: 

post #348 of 1098
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So the AK100 II basically solved the output impedance situation and got it down from 20 to 3. Outside of the AK120 having the dual DAC is it worth the 5/6 shims over the 100 II?

 

 Knowing I finally want to get some CIEM's I've now got to figure out if Noble's Kaiser 10's are better or just different than JH's Roxanne's:confused_face_2: 

 

Would either of these CIEM's need external amping from either of these AK's to sound their best! Obviously dropping this kind of $$$ one wants to make good choices. I'm just trying to find a middle groun d for price and function I can justify to myself and my ears live with it:wink: 

 

 the impendence of the ak100 might be an issue with it being so high.  

 

havent heard the roxanne or the kaiser 10, but personally id lean towards JH (Maybe cuz i have jh13's). This is just me but from what I've gathered is that the nobles are just pretty.  The wizard is known for pretty ciems, not the best sounding.  

 

But i've heard some Quality control issues with the new adapter plug for the roxannes.  I don't know if its fixed now but be aware of that all.

post #349 of 1098
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 the impendence of the ak100 might be an issue with it being so high.  

 

havent heard the roxanne or the kaiser 10, but personally id lean towards JH (Maybe cuz i have jh13's). This is just me but from what I've gathered is that the nobles are just pretty.  The wizard is known for pretty ciems, not the best sounding.  

 

But i've heard some Quality control issues with the new adapter plug for the roxannes.  I don't know if its fixed now but be aware of that all.

THX Teke, I like this kind of input. I have considered the proprietary cable on the Roxanne and I have a friend who currently owns and swears by his JH13's. 

post #350 of 1098
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Originally Posted by Podster View Post
 

THX Teke, I like this kind of input. I have considered the proprietary cable on the Roxanne and I have a friend who currently owns and swears by his JH13's. 

 

yep, JH13's.... how many years old and I'd still pit them against any universal or custom iem.   

 

You have to remember Jerry Harvey use to run ultimate ears, his last work for them, the TF10 is still a crowd favorite to this day.... and some prefer it over UE's new flagship UE900.  

 

He's like the god-father of BA iems.  

 

Long live the JH13!

post #351 of 1098
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So the AK100 II basically solved the output impedance situation and got it down from 20 to 3. Outside of the AK120 having the dual DAC is it worth the 5/6 shims over the 100 II?

 Knowing I finally want to get some CIEM's I've now got to figure out if Noble's Kaiser 10's are better or just different than JH's Roxanne's:confused_face_2:  

Would either of these CIEM's need external amping from either of these AK's to sound their best! Obviously dropping this kind of $$$ one wants to make good choices. I'm just trying to find a middle groun d for price and function I can justify to myself and my ears live with it;)  
I personally think, from what I've read, is that the AK120 is probably more suited for driving CIEMs without the requirement of an amp.

As of CIEM assist, that is not my department, sadly. If you want a random input, I say go the Kaiser 10 for those sexy designs. tongue.gif
post #352 of 1098

THX Sky, appreciate the input. Cheers :beerchug:

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I've rejoined team iBasso.

And I thought the DN1ks were good before...
post #354 of 1098
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I've rejoined team iBasso.

And I thought the DN1ks were good before...

Nice JoeDoe, I still think the DX-50 is a really sweet looking DAP. Doing everything in my power to hold back:o Rudi and the Posse have told me to just go right for the AK120! 

post #355 of 1098

Well back in the day (we are talking oldskool here) this little setup was 3 bills:eek:

I believe these EB5's were some of JH's early work:bigsmile_face: Battery is long gone in this Mini but it still serves faithfully on the kitchen iGroove:cool:

post #356 of 1098
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I've rejoined team iBasso.

And I thought the DN1ks were good before...

So much for holding out till the new daps come eh? Looks good sir

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Well back in the day (we are talking oldskool here) this little setup was 3 bills:eek:


I believe these EB5's were some of JH's early work:bigsmile_face:  Battery is long gone in this Mini but it still serves faithfully on the kitchen iGroove:cool:

Ipod mini FTW! I just ordered a 16gb cf card for mine lol
post #357 of 1098
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Originally Posted by TekeRugburn View Post

So much for holding out till the new daps come eh? Looks good sir

Yeah, I don't see myself spending that much change on a nicer dap when those guys come out. Trying to work on working with happy mediums these days!
post #358 of 1098

Yeah Teke, that little rig might be considered the cro-magnon walkabout:blink:

post #359 of 1098

Got some new 100's, not sure if I like the II's over the originals but I really should give them some break-in time. I'm really liking the build quality and single entry as opposed to the split:bigsmile_face:

post #360 of 1098
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Originally Posted by JoeDoe View Post


Yeah, I don't see myself spending that much change on a nicer dap when those guys come out. Trying to work on working with happy mediums these days!

"Happy Mediums" does that actually exist out here in Head-Fi-Delphia:blink:

 

Seriously Joe I like the way you roll, all three setups in your signature are well thought out/synergized:wink_face:

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