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post #1606 of 5088

Quick question: anyone know the ETA on the AK240 being on sale in the US by Amazon, ALO, and the likes?

post #1607 of 5088

Saw the AK240 on sale in Hong Kong this evening @HK$20,800.

post #1608 of 5088

thats about more than 2500 , eeehhh I guess its still within expectation, lets wait for the price to settle down first I guess

post #1609 of 5088

For people in the US some of the top end options are...

 

Sony ZX1 ($750) or FiiO X5 ($350) - Chord Hugo ($1950) = $2300 or $2600. From early impressions you get better sound, and lose out on portability and capacity. And no balanced out.

 

Calyx M ($1000) + 256GB SD Card ($450) + RSA SR71B ($650) = $2100. Sound comparison is an unknown, UI's both look good, capacity is the same but the Calyx M has the 1 uSD card advantage. With the SR71B you get a stronger amp and better balanced interconnect. Size of the stack is the downside.

 

RWAK-120B Titan ($2200) + RSA SR71B ($650) = $2850.

 

AK240 = $2500.

post #1610 of 5088
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Originally Posted by JackDiesel View Post
 

For people in the US some of the top end options are...

 

Sony ZX1 ($750) or FiiO X5 ($350) - Chord Hugo ($1950) = $2300 or $2600. From early impressions you get better sound, and lose out on portability and capacity. And no balanced out.

 

Calyx M ($1000) + 256GB SD Card ($450) + RSA SR71B ($650) = $2100. Sound comparison is an unknown, UI's both look good, capacity is the same but the Calyx M has the 1 uSD card advantage. With the SR71B you get a stronger amp and better balanced interconnect. Size of the stack is the downside.

 

RWAK-120B Titan ($2200) + RSA SR71B ($650) = $2850.

 

AK240 = $2500.

If 256GB fixed internal memory and balanced out are the important issues, another -- albeit untested  -- option might be:

 

FiiO X5 ($350) + MICRODIA XTRA 128GB microSD  x 2 ($310 total) + CEntrance HiFi-M8 ($700) = $1360.  The stack will be larger than the Calyx M or RWAK-120B options above.  The player and memory are currently only available outside the US (China and Japan, respectively).  I also am not sure whether the X5 and M8 will play nice together, either.  I make no comments on sound as I have not heard any of the other options. 

 

By the way, you'll need to add memory in the form of micro SD card(s) to the FiiO/Hugo stack above.  The X5 has no internal memory for music. 

post #1611 of 5088
I learned something a long time ago about most electronics, they are a terrible investment. You know that this $2500.00 player will be worth nothing in 4 years. Anstrell & Kern have been releasing new "better" products as quickly as Apple was with iPods a few years ago.
They are pushing the money bar to see how far they can take it. The same thing happened with headphones not so long ago. Remember when Audeze introduced the LCD3 for $2000.00? Many group members were saying the exact same thing that's being said in this thread. The LCD3 came out at that crazy price and they sold very well because we bought them.
I always ask myself if something is truly worth the asking price, or is someone is trying to take advantage of me. If I decide the latter to be true I will not purchase the item (I kept my LCD2). This decision is not based on being able to afford it or not, now it becomes a decision based on principles.
I can not even imagine having the nerve to charge 2500 for about $100 worth of materials. I understand research and development costs etc, but how much profit do you really need to make on a single sale?
This is the power these groups have. If you really feel like these prices are truly unjustified on certain products, don't buy them. This is the only way we can say " I am happy to support you when you are being fair, but please didn't gouge me".
post #1612 of 5088
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Originally Posted by JackDiesel View Post

For people in the US some of the top end options are...



 



Sony ZX1 ($750) or FiiO X5 ($350) - Chord Hugo ($1950) = $2300 or $2600. From early impressions you get better sound, and lose out on portability and capacity. And no balanced out.



 



Calyx M ($1000) + 256GB SD Card ($450) + RSA SR71B ($650) = $2100. Sound comparison is an unknown, UI's both look good, capacity is the same but the Calyx M has the 1 uSD card advantage. With the SR71B you get a stronger amp and better balanced interconnect. Size of the stack is the downside.



 



RWAK-120B Titan ($2200) + RSA SR71B ($650) = $2850.



 



AK240 = $2500.


 



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post #1613 of 5088
Quote:
Originally Posted by JackDiesel View Post
 

For people in the US some of the top end options are...

 

Sony ZX1 ($750) or FiiO X5 ($350) - Chord Hugo ($1950) = $2300 or $2600. From early impressions you get better sound, and lose out on portability and capacity. And no balanced out.

 

Calyx M ($1000) + 256GB SD Card ($450) + RSA SR71B ($650) = $2100. Sound comparison is an unknown, UI's both look good, capacity is the same but the Calyx M has the 1 uSD card advantage. With the SR71B you get a stronger amp and better balanced interconnect. Size of the stack is the downside.

 

RWAK-120B Titan ($2200) + RSA SR71B ($650) = $2850.

 

AK240 = $2500.

 

I may go for " Calyx M ($1000) + 256GB SD Card ($450) + RSA SR71B ($650) = $2100. " (or Cavalli portable amp).

 

Today, "uncertain SQ advantage" indeed, but...certain "UI / Playlist management" advantage at least ! :D 

 

And, before I buy a RSA SR71B, I will give a try to the Calyx with my beloved TU-05 Tube Amp that is today not totally satisfied with the DAC imput of my RWAK100 :-)

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by bmichels - 2/5/14 at 11:18am
post #1614 of 5088

I may have missed this, but has the UI improved with AK240 over the AK120?

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post #1616 of 5088
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Feels awkward, since it isn't symetrical. 

post #1617 of 5088
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Originally Posted by VisceriousZERO View Post
 

 

 

 

 

SWEET!!  AND A LITTLE ROXY ON THE END!!

 

Now we can get some good comparisons.

post #1618 of 5088
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Feels awkward, since it isn't symetrical. 


I hope it looks better in real life.


Edited by razorblader - 2/5/14 at 12:22pm
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I hope it looks better in real life.

 

I can say it doesn't look better but it FEELS better... I still think it looks like a what-the-fuh-is-this but the feel is solid, and I like it.

post #1620 of 5088
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post
 

 

I may go for " Calyx M ($1000) + 256GB SD Card ($450) + RSA SR71B ($650) = $2100. " (or Cavalli portable amp).

 

Today, "uncertain SQ advantage" indeed, but...certain "UI / Playlist management" advantage at least ! :D 

 

And, before I buy a RSA SR71B, I will give a try to the Calyx with my beloved TU-05 Tube Amp that is today not totally satisfied with the DAC imput of my RWAK100 :-)

 

 

 

 

 

That's FUNKING awesome!!!!

 

Is the only source too buying one the Analog Squared Paper web site?

BIG thanks.


Edited by Head-Head - 2/5/14 at 12:54pm
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