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post #1651 of 6220
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Originally Posted by purk View Post
 

 

Yes, I can see the ZX1 loosing out in the depth of the soundstage given that it is one of its shortcoming.  How about everything else? 

 

I do need more time with the Ak240 coz I'm getting New Toy Syndrome (NTS) but I really like it. Beautiful with the K10.

post #1652 of 6220
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Originally Posted by jlcichocki View Post

Between Jude's UI video and VZ, I think I here the sound of wallets opening smily_headphones1.gif

 

 

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Originally Posted by goodvibes View Post
 

The UI and functionality looks fab! I wasn't considering it but now that use and sound are both getting Kudos, I'm tempted.

 

Give it a try guys and please report back with some worthy impressions.  :veryevil:

 

 For me, I will stop at my ZX-1 and JH13 combo for a portable listening.  As great as my best portable setup sounds, it is still fall very short compared to my desktop system.

post #1653 of 6220
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Originally Posted by VisceriousZERO View Post

I do need more time with the Ak240 coz I'm getting New Toy Syndrome (NTS) but I really like it. Beautiful with the K10.


How is it with Roxanne, please ?
post #1654 of 6220
Since I have had pretty of free time waiting for the Roxanne IEM, I have been studying the prospective DAP's hitting the market.

I'm plenty new to this game, so correct me if I'm wrong.

1. The almighty dollars rules. Being on top is not necessarily good. The AK240 is the top, but if you have to add an amp and extra storage others begin to approach AK money.

2. The UI has been a real issue in the past and remains a huge concern. ZX1 sounds capable. Calyx has people very excited. AK history has left a sour taste for many, but Jude's video looks exciting.

3. Internal storage is important plus the flexibility of cards increases functionality. Is the AK's 256k internal plus 64k micro SD the largest storage available?

4. Portability is very high on my list.

5. Streaming ability may make storage less of an issue if you have wifi access. Calyx and AK have it, correct?

6. The big question, SQ remains to be seen. Several roll out coming. X5, Chord, ZX1, Calyx, AK240.

Outside of the ridiculous price tag and the bizarre shape the AK looks formidable.

X5 cheap, great SQ, no storage.

Chord best SQ but possibly highest price tag depending on DAP. Larger package.

Calyx beautiful package. Lots of question marks pending release.

ZX1 does everything very well. Reasonable price.

What am I missing?
post #1655 of 6220
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Originally Posted by jlcichocki View Post

Since I have had pretty of free time waiting for the Roxanne IEM, I have been studying the prospective DAP's hitting the market.

I'm plenty new to this game, so correct me if I'm wrong.

1. The almighty dollars rules. Being on top is not necessarily good. The AK240 is the top, but if you have to add an amp and extra storage others begin to approach AK money.
That's the way I see it too, especially if you want balanced out.
2. The UI has been a real issue in the past and remains a huge concern. ZX1 sounds capable. Calyx has people very excited. AK history has left a sour taste for many, but Jude's video looks exciting.

3. Internal storage is important plus the flexibility of cards increases functionality. Is the AK's 256k internal plus 64k micro SD the largest storage available?
With Calyx adding a SD card slot, plus the uSD slot, it has the advantage over the AK of 64GB.
4. Portability is very high on my list.

5. Streaming ability may make storage less of an issue if you have wifi access. Calyx and AK have it, correct?
Just the AK has it, Calyx dropped it to make room for the SD slot which they determined is more important, and I'd agree.

6. The big question, SQ remains to be seen. Several roll out coming. X5, Chord, ZX1, Calyx, AK240.
The Chord is just a DAC/Amp, so you'll still need to add a player to it and no balanced out.

Outside of the ridiculous price tag and the bizarre shape the AK looks formidable.

X5 cheap, great SQ, no storage.

Chord best SQ but possibly highest price tag depending on DAP. Larger package.

Calyx beautiful package. Lots of question marks pending release.

ZX1 does everything very well. Reasonable price.

What am I missing?
post #1656 of 6220
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Originally Posted by JackDiesel View Post


Thanks for the help.
post #1657 of 6220

AK240 UI looks dynamite!  Thanks for sharing, Jude!

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post #1658 of 6220

This thing is gorgeous, very modern and slick, I love all those angles. Although far too expensive.

post #1659 of 6220

Looks like a chunk, looks like fun. For all the angles, I find it very interesting and I like them. Hopefully the sound will stand up to the test of time and other daps but the cost. well. . . 

post #1660 of 6220
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Originally Posted by jamato8 View Post
 

Looks like a chunk, looks like fun. For all the angles, I find it very interesting and I like them. Hopefully the sound will stand up to the test of time and other daps but the cost. well. . . 

The sound is good but don't expect it will surpass the 901. I would say they are roughly on the same level but of different presentations. However the UI and portability is light years ahead. Also the 240 has balanced line-out, which is another win in my book.

post #1661 of 6220
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Originally Posted by pekingduck View Post
 

The sound is good but don't expect it will surpass the 901. I would say they are roughly on the same level but of different presentations. However the UI and portability is light years ahead. Also the 240 has balanced line-out, which is another win in my book.

Yes, but the 901 has that. The UI is pretty slick looking. Now if the AK240 was about 1000 dollars less than what it is currently selling for. 

 

I look forward to more impressions on the sound quality. 

post #1662 of 6220
Awesome video Jude..All though we will have to wait for the next epsiode to hear about your thoughts on the AK's SQ but based on you expression and tone of voice I can feel you're likingi it quite a bit..

Prior to ordering my AK240 this week I was split half way between the AK and the Calyx M. But after factoring in a good 256gb SD card for the M the price were only a few hundred $ apart.

Although no official benchmarks has been done on the AK240's internal storage(SSD) , I have a feeling it will be faster than even the fastest SD card you can put inside the Calyx M.
post #1663 of 6220

SSD would be a nice thing to have. 

post #1664 of 6220
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Originally Posted by eso6686 View Post

Prior to ordering my AK240 this week I was split half way between the AK and the Calyx M. But after factoring in a good 256gb SD card for the M the price were only a few hundred $ apart.

 

AK240 is around $2,500 USD while Calyx M is only $999 USD. Even if you factor in a $500 USD 256GB sd card it is still cheaper by $1,000 USD. And 256GB sd card can be bought for cheaper than $500 USD. You call that only a few hundred $ apart? Besides, Calyx M still has 64GB internal storage as well as another microSD card slot for another +64/128GB storage. Its UI is also top-notch judging by the video posted on Calyx M's facebook and I doubt it is in any way inferior to AK240's UI. It is obvious which is more worth the money...


Edited by Bluebear - 2/6/14 at 10:02pm
post #1665 of 6220
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Originally Posted by jamato8 View Post

Yes, but the 901 has that. The UI is pretty slick looking. Now if the AK240 was about 1000 dollars less than what it is currently selling for. 

I look forward to more impressions on the sound quality. 

How do you get balanced signal from the 901?

Edit: sorry for being OT. Better ask in 901 threads...
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