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post #106 of 107
This is how my purchase of AK240 will create my end-game setup:

1. AK240 + IEMs. For worktravels.
2. DoubleHelixCables ultrashort TRRS 2.5mm -> RSO female. This will allow me to connect my balanced headphones directly to the AK. Portable and balanced all the way.
(3. DoubleHelixCables interconnect TRRS 2.5mm -> RSO male -> SR71b. Balanced all the way. A little bit less portable, but still my choice for loungechair listening (+ single malt). )
(4. SACD-player XLR out -> SR71b -> balanced headphones. This is my office-setup since I still buy CD's and SACD's. Has nothing to do with AK240...)

It's going to be interesting to see if the AK's balanced output will drive my headphones with enough control that SR71b can stay in the office.
I'm really really happy with the SR71b when used fully balanced....but it would be nice to not having to use it other than in the office as I'm not too keen on connecting back and forth. It would be great to just plug in headphones and enjoy.

What are the thoughts of the experts here? Sonic blizz?
post #107 of 107
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Originally Posted by ste787 View Post
 

Best portable audio player i ever listen to, shocking price though. The sound quality is better than sony pcm-d50, at a cost 5 times more. Sony PCM-D50 is much better than AK100 and AK120. It is sad, that D50 not even a mp3 player, and sony made it in 2007 at $500. Why sony does not rule the portable MP3 player world, they show they can do it in D50. They let the korean and chinese rule the high end portable market. I love the bass, the resolution of Ak240, everything except the price. If you listen to $500 recorder sound next to $2500 AK240, you will shake your head too. Sony could rule it all, but wasted everything.

 

Sony has some hi-res audiophile DAPs... namely the ZX1 and newly announced ZX2.  I haven't given either a good audition so I can't say anything of value here... but others' impressions so far seem to suggest that the AK240 is still better sounding.

 

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Originally Posted by Aktersnurra View Post

It's going to be interesting to see if the AK's balanced output will drive my headphones with enough control that SR71b can stay in the office.

 

FWIW, Currawong ran an HD 800 balanced from an AK240 and thought it was pretty good.

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