Were a fair portion of those 901 fans?
I think he is using Silver gold in this case.
Originally Posted by kkcc
Yea it's the silver+gold cable. Though I am asking Gavin if he would be furnishing Tralucent cables with a quality 2.5mm trrs termination. My wallet is gonna die a few more horrible deaths I'm afraid. :P
Okay, gotcha. I find the Uber to be better, but one of the things it did do for me was close-in the staging noticeably. So I think you definitely made the right choice in terms of preserving that wiiiiidddddde soundstage.
LOL, the truth will out! By contrast, I had no idea of what to expect going into it as I didn't want to get into the fray of previous AK240 threads. I knew the model number, computed a likely retail price based on that (which turned out to be relatively accurate), and went from there. So the whole time I'm using it, I can see the retail price in my mind. But the more I used it, the less it mattered.
Do I think it's expensive? There's no question. It is. But if personal usage and experience is to dictate our opinion of it, then I would say that the price quickly becomes less relevant. That's why I keep saying that people should take every opportunity to not just hear it, but actually use it. Search for music, browse through the library, use the streaming over Wi-Fi. In fact, I think that Astell & Kern should have a few laptops off to the side at every meet and show, with a local hotspot, just so people can experience the streaming.
In other words, regardless of any hype, marketing, or shared impressions (yes I know, funny saying that after I reviewed it), I was convinced of its merits solely by having experienced it. Do I think everyone will feel the same? No, of course not. But do I think that - in this case - personal usage is absolutely essential to forming a qualified judgment of the device? I absolutely do.
Actually, and this depends on the quality of one's desktop rig of course, I think the AK240 can actually hold it's own as a desktop component - IMO - provided that one doesn't have hard-to-drive cans.
The sound stage is really really good with this combo. The amazing part is that the sound feels wide but substantial at the same time. A lot of the times an expanded sound stage would sound empty/hollow or have an echo chamber feel to it, but this combo kept the density despite the width and depth it projected and sounded really as speaker-seque as an IEM had sounded to me thus far. Impressive stage, great transparency and nicely textured and impactful bass, and extended but refined and control treble. I was hoping to rotate through my IEMs with AK240 but seems like the 1plus2 had kept me going back for that "just one more track".....
I know EXACTLY what you mean. For me, at the end of the day, Team Neutrality (AK240 + UERM) won out as being the most compelling pairing. But I'll tell ya, Team Soundstage (AK240 + 1plus2) put up a damn good fight - no shame there!