I currently have an AK120 and waiting delivery of an iBasso DX50 to try out as well. The main reason for buying the DX50 is to see what it sounds like and whether the AK120 is "Sound for Pound" better.
Both of these players have optical out, or so I understand anyway....but having only ever used players via LOD or mini to mini out into Amps or as is in the case AK120 direct H/O with my IEM's. So just had a couple of questions I hoped you guys could confirm / help me with.
Would I be right in saying that I could use the Optical Out on both the AK120 and DX50 into a dedicated desktop set-up (i.e. Dac - Amp - IEM?) and even directly into a home based speaker system if the AMP or DAC have optical In?
Secondly and probably more importantly for me at the moment......Does this mean that I could connect either the AK120 or DX50 to a portable DAC / Amp and bypass the internal DAC of the DAP. Of course the dac/amp would need an optical input.....Any recommendations on these......I believe the two I have listed below would be suitable:
Centrance Hi-Fi M8 LX (with IEM mod)
Leckerton UHA-6s MkII
Are there any others at all I could look at that would improve on the AK120 / DX50 DAC's
Also I assume that in the case of the AK120 where the Headphone Output is also the Optical Output, it detects what cable is being used.
Sorry if this is a bit all over the place, just trying to get my head round the options