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post #16 of 28
Downside is the storage capacity for Sony. However with WiFi and Android it'll be perfect with Lima. I think I've been advertising Lima too much haha.
Bur Sony house sound is usually a bit coloured. Not sure how it will stand against audiophile level DAPs.

I'm hoping I'll be going to HK next year then I'll be able to do a redwine mod for only $60..
post #17 of 28
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I'm hoping I'll be going to HK next year then I'll be able to do a redwine mod for only $60..

Yup, it takes one day to mod... PM me if you need help finding the place ...

post #18 of 28
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Yup, it takes one day to mod... PM me if you need help finding the place ...

1 day? The guy told me 1-2 hours only..
Did you mod yours? Curious how it sounds compares to the normal stock and the real RWAK..
post #19 of 28
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1 day? The guy told me 1-2 hours only..
Did you mod yours? Curious how it sounds compares to the normal stock and the real RWAK..

Sorry i didnt...i just made enquiry as I see quite a number of Ak100 popped up in the 2nd hand market n was looking for 100-s mod (which he declined) bcos i didnt have much faith in the amp section.. I guess it makes sense to offer a faster turnaround time for people who are travelling...
I did own ak100 before and sold it becos of other alternatives starting to become available in the market...
post #20 of 28

I'm gonna invest in a pair of JH Roxanne(s) when they come out, more for listening to music while I stick to my Sony MDR CD900ST for work.  I assume I have to stick with something higher like a AK120 but the one thing I hate is analytical sound but at the same time I love detail.

 

 I wanna enjoy music not use my earphones as stethoscopes so I'm gonna have to wait for the JHs to come in before auditioning the AK120 hopefully the combination will be detailed without being too cold sounding like I had with a Sony EX1000/iBasso DX100 combo.

 

But In the end I need to invest in a lower cost DAP for general use for music playback over a PA system that's micro SD compatible so I can swap out my music collection and add/replace tracks at will.  Right now I only have an iPod classic with about max capacity for my own music and an external hard drive with about 500GB of music for background music and audio cues which I use a MacBook pro to playback from.

 

It'll be great to sometimes just bring a DAP with all the SD cards and, if I need to compile a playlist or add music, I can do it with any available laptop instead of lugging around my Mac and a ton of other things with me.

 

Since I need reasonably good SQ, Fiio X3 (or X5 if it's out around Xmas) I figure.  I don't trust iBasso's horrifying and buggy UI on the DX100 (although I haven't had time to check out any off the DAPs recently). I had problems navigating and reading my SD cards especially after start up on the DX100. I'm not an Android user but I've been told that the OS was painfully old and it certainly sucked.

 

The one thing that I'm suspicious off is that in Singapore, lots of people have bought or pre-ordered X3, and within a week you see them selling it off online.  Even those people who have bought one recently from the local stores that allow auditioning are selling it off. For the pre-orders, I can understand as some claim that they were trying it out and some claim that it's not to their taste....but still the sheer numbers in just one community is a bit dodgy.

 

I must admit though, that (un-named) community are full of wannabes and posers so I wouldn't trust their judgement at all, not on anything they talk about, Computers, Cameras, Hifi and generally all tech stuff........

post #21 of 28
I currently own an ak100 that I am trying to sell/trade.
I an looking for something so I don't 'have to' use an external amp when powering my alpha dogs on the train.
Hence I was looking at the dx100.
I know these phone need an external amp to run anywhere near their best, however in today's market what would you guys suggest.

Then of course there is the incoming x5
Edited by Wyd4 - 11/5/13 at 1:21am
post #22 of 28
Great comparison, thanks!

I decided I'll be buying an X3 for myself at the end of next week, to run with XBA-40s that I shall be purchasing too and the new Carbon Nanotube JVC HA-S680 that I've already bought.

Trance and EDM in general will sound awesome. biggrin.gif
Edited by Lifted Andreas - 12/12/13 at 3:22am
post #23 of 28

For the ones interested in the iBasso on the cheap:
USD$199 + Shipping

Limited units, so be quick (:

post #24 of 28

From what I see, all these 3 DAPs have the same DAC chip, the 8740.

So, are there any big differences in sound?

Or is it more of a build quality, firmware and user interface difference?

 

Cheers!

post #25 of 28

Having heard them all this would be my ranking by sound:

Ak100 > DX50 > X3

 

Not that much difference from AK100 to DX50, and the DX50 plays better with a  wide variety of earphones. Given the price difference, I would chose the DX50.

 

But if you were to include the modified AK100, the RWAK 100, that player would win hands down.

post #26 of 28
Not to mention the AK100mk2 wins hands down too
post #27 of 28

So in between DX50 with AK100 MK2

AK100 MK2 will be better choice?

post #28 of 28

No mention of the HiFiMan HM-601 or HM601LE? :tongue_smile: Why?


Edited by JakeJack_2008 - 3/6/14 at 10:04am
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