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Portable Amp for AK120

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Hey guys,

Just wondering if anyone has advice on an amp to pair with the AK120. I have been looking at the RSA SR71a , any advice would be appreciated .
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Originally Posted by MH01 View Post

Hey guys,

Just wondering if anyone has advice on an amp to pair with the AK120. I have been looking at the RSA SR71a , any advice would be appreciated .

 

What kind of headphones are you using? do you intend to use planars or some hard to drive headphone? 


Edited by fabio-fi - 10/8/13 at 4:39pm
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Thread Starter 
Hey guys , I should have given more details. The most difficult to drive headphones I have at the moment are the HD800. I'm working away from home for 6 months and got some HD800 for a really good price, and as they are sitting next to me without an amp, I thought I could use the ak120 as a dac from my MacBook Pro into a portable amp and setup a makeshift portable rig.
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why you need an amp for ak120, or.. why you need ak120 for getting an amp.. kind of wasting

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OMG people, I can't believe my eyes... the LARGEST audiophile forum in the WORLD, and no single meaningful answer for 3 months. :rolleyes:

 

MH01, you will be happier with me ;)

I digged quite a heap of forums and here is the short list of the best(?) portable amps for AK120 / AK100:

 

CEntrance HiFi-M8 (LX configuration) - probably, the best choice at the moment.

Ray Samuels RSA-SR71B - also very cool amp with powerful output.

ALO audio Rx Mk3-B+ - also very frequent choice.

Ray Samuels Intruder - know little about it, but also recommended option.

Bispa PHPA 05B - they say AK120 sounds better than other top-grade players with it... (means Colorfly C4, HiFiMANs obviously)

FiiO E17 - cheap and questionable option for AK120 (but very good amp aside of A&K). You should listen to know the difference between this and 2-4 times more expensive amps (listed above).

 

I haven't heard any of these amps, but want to buy an amp in foreseeable future.

I highly recommend to listen first(c) before bying, if you have on opportunity.

Also, you should read recommendations from this thread:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/669502/got-the-ak-120-but-i-have-a-problem

 

jjvvcckk:
why you need an amp for ak120, or.. why you need ak120 for getting an amp.. kind of wasting

No.


Edited by VladGuardian - 1/11/14 at 5:26am
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Maybe because it's a portible amp question posted in the full size amp thread.
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Maybe because it's a portible amp question posted in the full size amp thread.

Indeed...

Maybe because topic-starter wants portable full-size amp? LOL


Edited by VladGuardian - 1/11/14 at 9:37am
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That's like saying square triangle.

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