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sound quality cowon x7 vs ak120?

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I have tried just about every DAP out there over the years and have found that the X7 gives me the best overall sound quality of anything I have used thus far but I am intrigued by the AK120 and wonder of anybody out there has experience with both of them and can give me some sort of comparison...much appreciated!

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Not the AK120 but AK100 and X7, no contest really to my ears, AK100 wins clearly.

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that is high praise because to my ears the X7 sounds terrific!I am tempted to give it a listen!One of the downsides sadly would be the big difference in battery life,at least for me because my X7 gets incredible battery life while I read that the AK120 gets about 10-12 hours!If the sound quality was that dramatic I suppose I could live with the much lower battery life!

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While the X7 can be fiddled with to sound good, the AK100 doesn't need any EQ/DSP to sound great, clearer, punchier and larger soundstage. The battery time difference is shocking though.

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I've found AK100 perfect in build quality and materials, but not sound. Despite of a good DAC inside SQ is not good. From competitors like Teclast T51, iHiFi760, iHifi960 Astel&Kern is on the last place. It has a lot of problems with bass and treble, soundstage and overall coloration, it has unnatural and too warm sound.
For me it is not top-tier player, but it is made solid and perfect.

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