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post #1726 of 8541
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Originally Posted by jlcichocki View Post

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The price tag is extremely high. Beyond ridiculous actually. You are asking comparisons questions that have set up costs that are higher than the AK240 alone. Do you have parts of these set ups already?

AK120 + Hugo = 3700

AK120 + amp (maybe 600 and up) = 1900 and up but the package becomes much larger

What if you don't have any starting pieces (such as myself), and my quality comparison is an iPhone 5. Where do your opinions point? I can't believe I'm asking this, but is there value in this single box?

Not to belabor the point but if you already have an iphone5 you already have a transport to output hd music to a dac. The only downside I see is memory.
post #1727 of 8541
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Originally Posted by ianmedium View Post


Some of us who have tried both feel the AK120 is better sounding and more of a benchmark, I know I did, thats why I got it over the 901.

 

Same, although the 901 offers more functionality could be said to sound better with its various cards and others that are likely to hit the market from modifiers etc.


Edited by Goldlion973 - 2/7/14 at 3:56pm
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post #1729 of 8541
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

Damn that is a great picture compared to mine, when I heard a fellow head fi-er's AK240 yesterday......

 

post #1730 of 8541
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Originally Posted by harmonix View Post


Not to belabor the point but if you already have an iphone5 you already have a transport to output hd music to a dac. The only downside I see is memory.

I didn't think you could put high recordings on the iPhone.  Have I misunderstood?

 

Thanks for your help.

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Originally Posted by jlcichocki View Post

I didn't think you could put high recordings on the iPhone.  Have I misunderstood?

Thanks for your help.

Yes you have
I am running 24/192 and DSF (DSD64) from my phone :-)

Just your phone can't handle it doesn't mean an outboard dac can't
post #1732 of 8541
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Originally Posted by ianmedium View Post

Some of us who have tried both feel the AK120 is better sounding and more of a benchmark, I know I did, thats why I got it over the 901.
I do not know many people who think the AK120 sounds better than the 901...you are the first I hear actually. To me it is the other way around, and by quite a margin with balanced card.

Even further, a few users who tried the AK240 think it is on par with 901 or, that the 901 still has the egde...
post #1733 of 8541
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Originally Posted by jlcichocki View Post
 

I didn't think you could put high recordings on the iPhone.  Have I misunderstood?

 

Thanks for your help.


Yep... just get the Onkyo HD app... you can play DSD,DXD,FLAC and others with the idsd DAC...  nice SQ this way...

post #1734 of 8541
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Originally Posted by Dixter View Post
 


Yep... just get the Onkyo HD app... you can play DSD,DXD,FLAC and others with the idsd DAC...  nice SQ this way...

 

Ok, so another option to add to that list:

 

- An iPhone (or iPod Touch) with HD app, an external dac/amp, and something like an AirStash: http://www.airstash.com/ (which supposedly can fit a crap load of SD storage).

The airstash can be left in your pocket or bag and streaming wirelessly.  So you are left with an iPhone (fairly thin device) with amp/dac.   

 

Not saying this is or isn't the way to go, but it does sound like another option to add to the list :popcorn:

post #1735 of 8541
Not certain if it's been mentioned but I'm at the AK240 launch in Fujiya's Portable Event & it seems that one can download from online DSD stores straight to AK240 over the air.

This is naturally available in Korea/Germany already & hopefully Japan soon.
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I understand why companies like Calyx and AK don't have a true line out. They invested a lot of money into engineering these things, particularly the amp. They really meant these things to be an all in one solution and who would be dumb enough to buy a $2.5k DAP and add even more onto it? Adding a true line out would kind of be like a slap in the face to their engineers. Kind of like how the Calyx M doesn't have digital out, they put a lot of thought into their DAC. I know when I build a home setup I'd love to use my AK as a line out to feed my amp, eyeing one of the Woo Audio ones. 

 

I would love a 3.5 TRRS instead of 2.5 but the thought of one of my friends plugging in their Beats headphones to it and shorting it terrifies me. My biggest worry is getting an RSA one to fit because the RSA would be my choice. Would a male 2.5 TRRS with a real solid construction to a female 3.5 TRRS work for people if the other balanced outs don't fit? Protects your device from idiots and saves on cost of having to modify the case and circuitry of the AK.

post #1737 of 8541
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but the thought of one of my friends plugging in their Beats headphones to it and shorting it terrifies me. 

 

And you call these people "friends" ???   :biggrin:

 

Friends don't let friends listen with Beats! :deadhorse:

 

 

Sorry - I couldn't help myself...

post #1738 of 8541
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Originally Posted by JackDiesel View Post
 

They really meant these things to be an all in one solution and who would be dumb enough to buy a $2.5k DAP and add even more onto it? 

 

errr this is Head-Fi... Dumb & Dumber are real people.

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So how am I supposed to plug in full size cans. The engineers probably forgot to add a proper amp for driving demanding cans and if a $2500 DAP can't power full size cans decently, I am not sure who's dumb here, the engineer or the DAP buyer or maybe both.
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Does the L/O feature on the OS only apply to the unbalanced output, or to the 2.5 TPRS as well?  

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