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post #2086 of 2099

How wide is the gap b/w Angie or other similarly priced universals and 846s then? Are you using stock cable unbalanced with 846s?

post #2087 of 2099

Hey guys,

 

Did anybody compare with ZX2 ?

 

Cheers

post #2088 of 2099
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Originally Posted by high-fidelity View Post
 

Hey guys,

 

Did anybody compare with ZX2 ?

 

Cheers

There have been several comparisons on the Sony thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/742609/sony-nw-zx2-hi-end-dap/4530

post #2089 of 2099
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Originally Posted by Buddhahacker View Post
 

There have been several comparisons on the Sony thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/742609/sony-nw-zx2-hi-end-dap/4530

 

Thanks.:beerchug:

post #2090 of 2099

I'm an Ety ER4P listener. I have the S adaptor but never use it. What is the best bang for the buck universal IEM that's a good pair for the AK240?

post #2091 of 2099
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I'm an Ety ER4P listener. I have the S adaptor but never use it. What is the best bang for the buck universal IEM that's a good pair for the AK240?

Of the ones I am familiar I would look at the SE846, Heir Audio 8.0 or the Angie.  These are all $700-1,000 and pair well.  For under that amount you can look at Noble or Westone.  I don't particularly like my Noble 6 pairing but others have commented that the Noble 4 pairs nicely.  There are many other options in the $300-$700 range but I will need to leave that to others as I am unfamiliar with them.

post #2092 of 2099
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Originally Posted by steffi View Post

I'm an Ety ER4P listener. I have the S adaptor but never use it. What is the best bang for the buck universal IEM that's a good pair for the AK240?


 


I dont own the AK240 but have tried it a few times with different IEMs. The Shure se846s do sound superb with the DAP and for the build quality and sound are excellent value. I would also consider getting balanced cables to go with the Shures (I like my moon-audio silver dragons)
post #2093 of 2099

as tried, best price iem for ak240 is the JVC FX850...based on personal experience

post #2094 of 2099

Unfortunately Sony's built for more consumer side and it does not provide any competitive sound in the selection though the built quality is quite high.  I have AK240 which is really good but to be honest, the sound does not persuade the high price though the sound is impressive considering the size.  

 

All in all, if you go for budge side, sony is only choice because it has been discounted due to emergence of NW-ZX2. But if you afford to buy an AK240 and need to stick with the brand, it is a recommendation to buy AK120 and an external amp because there are not much difference between 120 and 240 in the sounds, the difference of the price being considered. However, IMO, HM-901 is best among the three due to sound if you are able to accept bulky shape and its bad usability which are sources of compromising


Edited by Mit49 - 4/29/15 at 12:08am
post #2095 of 2099
Nevermind.

Edited by Saraguie - 4/28/15 at 11:45pm
post #2096 of 2099

Just a heads-up for you guys but AK Jr is out. $550 or so. Looks stunning but the sound is probably less than the 240 obviously. I was hoping it would have optical output like the 240 so that I can use the Chord Hugo with it on the go but it's only got a headphone output. Check it out!

post #2097 of 2099
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Just a heads-up for you guys but AK Jr is out. $550 or so. Looks stunning but the sound is probably less than the 240 obviously. I was hoping it would have optical output like the 240 so that I can use the Chord Hugo with it on the go but it's only got a headphone output. Check it out!

$499 from Moon Audio.

post #2098 of 2099

The battery size seems a bit depressing though. I'm guessing it'll last around 5hours.

post #2099 of 2099
Nice looking unit, but not worth it I'm sure, like every other AK product. I'd wait for Fiio X7 for a little more money. Check out some other players too, Cayin looks promising, new X5ii. I'd wager the new Fiio X3k sounds on par if not better than this.
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