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.