Yes you are right Sara
Ak 240 has better clarity , better detail , better separation , better soundstage , better pronounce ,better rendering
Same, i own the 120 and hearing the 240 at the meet made me sick. Even with the 120 and external amp didn't measure up. The 240 was so much cleaner and more dynamic, it outperformed my expectations, which were already high.
I agree, that's why i was so torn, i wasn't ready to buy it money wise and there was a show special. I may have to get it at the next show they are at which is the end of May. I had under 1% mp3s but now due to some recent finds of old unavailable music that i could only get 320mp3 it is maybe at about 1-2% mp3 and 98% lossless or 24 bit so i am on the same page as you. I am 75% sure that i will get the 240, it is just if i can swing the cash for my slow season that starts the first week of June.
In the mean time, my home system is good anyway…..
please gentleman tell us wich full size Headphone have the best synergy with the INTERNAL AK240's Amp ?
I read that the HD800 BALANCED is very good (to me it is quite a surprise considering how picky the HD800 is), but what about the other TOL headphones ?
AlphaDOG ? TH-900 ? SigPRO ? ...
Give the Audeze LCD X and LCD XC a try.
The combo with AK240 really surprised me at how well the LCDs sound despite driven by a portable player.
Ok, so now you guys get the story of when I visited iriver in LA last week, before the SoCal meet.
I was listening with un-balanced universal Roxannes and pretty impressed already with the sound when I saw they had a pair of HD-800s balanced, and thought to give them a go. I chose a binaural track -- Fiona Bevan from the Accidental Powercut series (available from Bowers & Wilkins' Society of Sound) that I had on an SD card. Upon listening, I started saying things along the lines of what comes out of the rear end of a male cow -- I was in disbelief at what I was hearing (and this is, I might add, very rare). I passed the rig around and put that track on -- people's eyes widened to the size of dinner plates and they double-checked that the sound was actually coming from the AK240.
Later, with some experimentation with different balanced cables, I felt that a "warmer" cable (what some cable makers call a cable tuned for the HD-800) sounded best, as the AK240 is on the "nothing but the facts" side of things and can sound a bit thin. It will drive the HD-800s and LCD-X and XC easily enough that a lot of music is satisfying, but obviously not to the degree a very good desktop amp will. Still, the balanced out is remarkably capable.
So, at the end, when we had to leave, I was handed a review unit for our guys in Tokyo and myself. I looked at the box, saw the future as clear as day and bought one on the spot.
The rig I had going at the hotel, thanks to Warrenpchi. AK240 to WA7 to LCD-XC with WyWires cables.
A balanced tail adaptor for my headphone cables that I made just now. Soldering the wires to the TRRS plug was NOT fun.
Share the same discovery, Rudi.
When i tried the AK120 with Kojo KM01 Brass, versus the AK240, i was shocked that the AK240 clearly outperformed it.
Then i tried the AK120 with RSA SR71a blackbird combo and compared, again another one up to AK240.
Went to compare with the iBasso R10 and as good as it was, technically it was edged out clearly again by AK240.
Even the latest Fiio X5 which i find amazingly good (more power than AK120, less refinement), cannot compete with the AK240.
The only player i'd put it on par with AK240 is the Hifiman HM901.
Then again, when you consider the zero internal memory, the material construct and software and interface, as a whole, the AK240 is the clear winner.