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post #1486 of 2222
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Originally Posted by Sauntere View Post
 

 

I have no doubt... i listened to the EX100 and wasn't impressed. I admit that i haven't heard a top class hybrid but BAs alone are just not what i want.

Agreed. BA alone has its deficiencies and seems like hybrid is the new trend.

post #1487 of 2222
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Originally Posted by flymetothemoon View Post

How about Tera compares to 901 in terms of richness (or thickness if you will)?  As I don't have 901 but Tera & 240 and while you have all 3 then I could reference this with my 240. Many thanks
I would need to compare, do not have them all with me now. But 901 will be more powerful than both and has less the analog feel of the Tera but more detail.
post #1488 of 2222
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Originally Posted by Sauntere View Post

So all the IEMs that synergize best with the AK are BA models... Not a dynamic driver to be seen. That's a shame because i personally much prefer Dynamic drivers. This is something that crystallised for me recently when i owned the N4. To me it sounded tonally off. Very unnatural compared to dynamic driver sets in my opinion.
What it tells me is that iems veering towards warm sound better with RWAK240.
post #1489 of 2222
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post


I would need to compare, do not have them all with me now. But 901 will be more powerful than both and has less the analog feel of the Tera but more detail.

the Tera is more tamed & less details than the 240 and is a perfect match with 1Plus2.

post #1490 of 2222
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Originally Posted by Levanter View Post

Sean, do you get the clicking/popping sound in btw tracks when converting to dsf? I heard that's a common bug using that common software smily_headphones1.gif
However there's no issue with dff format.

It's quite common. And it doesn't really bother me any more. And certainly not as much as the thunderous pop of the DX100 when coming back from sleep mode... ;p
post #1491 of 2222
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Originally Posted by JACONE View Post
 

Anakchan -

 

I have a stock AK 120 and just ordered an ALO internation+ with the $150 cable. Ouch!

 

Question - Aside from having two components (AK 120 + International), does the AK 240 sound better?

 

If so, maybe I should cut my loses and get the AK 240.

 

 

Any feedback would be appreciated!

 

I have to admit I've not compared the stock AK120 + amp to the AK240 and can't really comment on that. 

Maybe others who have experienced a stock AK120+ external amp vs the AK240 can comment.

post #1492 of 2222
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Originally Posted by JACONE View Post
 

Anakchan -

 

I have a stock AK 120 and just ordered an ALO internation+ with the $150 cable. Ouch!

 

Question - Aside from having two components (AK 120 + International), does the AK 240 sound better?

 

If so, maybe I should cut my loses and get the AK 240.

 

 

Any feedback would be appreciated!

I have the Vorzuge Duo (using Tralucent uber interconnector with Ref.1 + uber) and had lesser SQ than 240 direct.

post #1493 of 2222

Got the 240.  Presentation of the product is nice and the casing and the placing of the buttons on the casing is a nice touch.  Small and portable enough.  UI is much better than the unpredictable R10(one of the worst UI experience).  I can see the draw of th this DAP based on presentation, the weight, shape, the knob, and the responsive ui.  UI is pretty good, and the screen seems nice with good resolution to present the album art.

 

The sound.  Not very engaging and not very dynamic as other sources I've heard.  Not very exciting sounding, it sound pretty flat and boring IMO. Not liking the bass.  Not much bass definiton. Not too keen on the presentation of the sound.  Will listen more.

post #1494 of 2222
Definitely interested in hearing more SilverEars...Hopefully that changes for you.
post #1495 of 2222
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Originally Posted by warrior1975 View Post

Definitely interested in hearing more SilverEars...Hopefully that changes for you.

It's stil quite early, this is just my initial impressions.  My initially impressions never matches my final impression based on extended listen. I get wow'd usually If I'm coming from lower fi, but lately, I've been listeing to high end gear so, my initial impression won't be a wow.  I need time to try out many different types of genre and compare with my DAC2(this is not a fair comparison, but it should reveal any weaknesses that are apprent in my view).


Edited by SilverEars - 8/8/14 at 8:04pm
post #1496 of 2222

Highs sound a bit rolled off on my NT6.  This can be due to the output impedance of 3.24ohms.  Resolution is good, but the treble level variation isn't there which leads me to think the my NT6's treble is being rolled off from it.

post #1497 of 2222

Upgraded to 1.15, and the treble performance seems to have changed.  Highs are more lively now.  I initially listened with 1.09.  It's quite a remarkable player for the size.  It's pretty resolving that's for sure.

 

Let me say again, the size.  I didn't know something this size can sound like this.  Anybody have pictures of the internals?  Now I'm curious what is inside.  :D

 

Is anybody getting crackling noise when using using USB DAC?


Edited by SilverEars - 8/8/14 at 11:10pm
post #1498 of 2222

Really like this combination with the DITA Answer.

post #1499 of 2222
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Originally Posted by kahkityoong View Post
 

Really like this combination with the DITA Answer.

Nice pic with good mood

post #1500 of 2222

I got a silver dragon balanced cable to use with my AK240.  I find, however, that the connection is very unreliable.  If the connector is pushed or pulled a little while in the pocket earphone looses a channel.  You have to push or turn the cable to regain the full sound.  Has anyone else experienced poor connection issues with the balanced plug?

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