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post #181 of 313

the mids are there it is perhaps is masked away due to the warmer toanlity of the lower ends of the AK10. Cant say with burnin things have changed. 


Edited by audionewbi - 12/23/13 at 5:05pm

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post #182 of 313

Hmm. OK. Let me hear the AK10. I'll report back in a day or two to see if I think the mids are better than my AK100.

post #183 of 313

I just picked up an AK10 as well yesterday.

 

Anyone using it with an external amp?   If so, how does it sound?

 

Also, any tips on how to make a neat sandwich with it and an iPhone 5S?

post #184 of 313
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Originally Posted by vkalia View Post
 

I just picked up an AK10 as well yesterday.

 

Anyone using it with an external amp?   If so, how does it sound?

 

Also, any tips on how to make a neat sandwich with it and an iPhone 5S?

  • I hear distortion at high volumes (more than 90%). 
  • I like to use at as a source with my ipod touch. I set the volume around 80% to keep the signal out quiet. Obviously dont expect the line out to be as good as AK100 or AK120. Quiet a warm sounding source which can be pleasing. 
  • I recommend to have the latest firmware installed on AK10 and onkyo app installed without any camera kit requirement. You can get 24/96 out of and any iDevice which supports the onkyo app. 

Edited by audionewbi - 12/24/13 at 11:44pm
post #185 of 313
Hi guys,

New member and need some suggestion on headphone more to clarity.

My gear,
5s, ak10, play songs using onkyo hd.

Currently on rha m600 earphone and would like to try out headphone.

Any suggestion? Tested sony mdr 1r mk2. Sounds great but a bit over budget.
post #186 of 313

How about  MDR-CD900ST?

post #187 of 313

dont think i can get it here. i have choice of mdr 10r or mdr 1r mk2 if i go for sony

post #188 of 313

But didnt you say they are over your budget?

post #189 of 313
Yup over budget. I mean the sony shop here only have mdr 10r and 1r. They don't carry cd900st model.
post #190 of 313

I never do my shopping from shops, I do online. That is the cheapest option. 

post #191 of 313
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Originally Posted by audionewbi View Post
 
  • I hear distortion at high volumes (more than 90%). 
  • I like to use at as a source with my ipod touch. I set the volume around 80% to keep the signal out quiet. Obviously dont expect the line out as good as AK100 or AK120. Quiet a warm sounding source which can be pleasing. 
  • I recommend to have the latest firmware installed on AK10 and onkyo app installed without any camera kit requirement. You can get 24/96 out of and modering iDevice which suppors onkyo app. 

 

Thanks for that.  I'll also check out the Onkyo app.

post #192 of 313

I'm probably gonna purchase one in few day. I'm sick of carrying AK100+amp or just my phone to power my UERM. I guess this is a good solution.

post #193 of 313

try it first if you can. Dont expect it to top that. I just bought mine hoping that one day it will support ipod nano 7G. I can live with that combo for on the go purpose for a long time. I am finding myself that when I go out I take the nano more than any other DAP I have. It is made for easy on the go music listening, it just one solid little gear that if it had 32 GB of internal space I think it would be very hard to beat. 

post #194 of 313
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Originally Posted by kimvictor View Post
 

I'm probably gonna purchase one in few day. I'm sick of carrying AK100+amp or just my phone to power my UERM. I guess this is a good solution.

 

I dont think the amp section in this is particularly powerful either, TBH.    Quite frankly, I think this falls in a nether area, quality wise and it would be better to spend more and get a CLAS or other $500 MFi device with a *proper* amp.

 

It's not a bad device per se and if all you want to use it with are IEMs, it will suffice.   But given that a little more gets you an ability to drive big headphones as well, I think this product only makes sense if someone values compact size uber alles.


Edited by vkalia - 12/25/13 at 4:33am
post #195 of 313

guys, is the lighting cable that comes with the ak10 easily replace? anyone know?

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