when listening with a typical 16bit tracks. the sonic and audio quality did not differ much... in fact i find the AK120 to perform better in terms of instrument separation. however when the AK240 starts playing 24bit, it definitely made me raise my eyebrow. but to consider between ak120 and ak240... the price might not justify the amount of "upgrade".
but when i started with dsd... its a whole new world. then i went back to AK120 for "DSD" playback. and the AK240 still outperforms. everything became transparent, wide, spacious, and had height and depth.
Sid, just give it a go. DSD is definitely thumbs up.
And i have yet to try the stream function. I may need to load the demo :D
That actually makes perfect sense when comparing. The 120 converts DSD to PCM on the fly and the 240 does DSD natively. If you compare with native DSD files, the 240 should show that advantage on top of being a bit better anyway.
There is no way that DSD should be preferred to PCM on a 120 unless it's just a flavor thing. DSD does tend to have a smoother type of character that can emphasize harmonics over fundamentals. Informative and friendly but not as contrasting IMO as proper HiDef PCM. It's just nice to have all these quality options.