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post #61 of 109
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May be the  Calyx-M will offer us the best of booth worlds ?  emotion & transparency ?  we will see....   (plus it has a gorgeous UI :-)

 

Calyx-M  +   TU-05 ? :D  :D

 

 

I would wait if the UI is not that laggy from their videos. Half of the clicks don't register :o

post #62 of 109
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I would wait if the UI is not that laggy from their videos. Half of the clicks don't register redface.gif
As I said : " we will see... "
post #63 of 109

I would just like to add that, personally, I find the AK240 incredibly musical. I would even go so far as to say that it has a sound akin to a single ended triode (SET) amp. Very subtle and light in the way that it deals with the music. Not to every ones tastes probably, but what I like :-)

post #64 of 109

omg, k812 with ak240. the combined price is the most impressed part....:basshead:

post #65 of 109
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As I said : " we will see... "

 

Looking at the spec: Cortex A5 6xx MHz..

 

If you think this will have a good UX you would be dead wrong. This chip was out in 2011, and used in low end smartphones:

http://www.androidauthority.com/tag/cortex-a5/

 

Plus Android, it means a laggy hell. Just look up youtube for some Samsung Galaxy Duo videos. That phone even got a higher clock speed than the Calyx!

 

It's low cost for a reason... and cheap components must be used. I highly doubt this would be competing with the AK240 or the ZX1. Rather, feels more like a competition with the DX90 and X5.

post #66 of 109

warrenpchi

Please make (in a future) a comparative review between AK240 and HM-901, Colorfly C4, HiFi-MA9, Calyx M, etc. (compare the sound quality only)

I think it will be highly appreciated by the people...


Edited by VladGuardian - 3/3/14 at 6:34am
post #67 of 109

Great review, for a dap I'll never get the chance to try :D. I still can't stand the design of the thing though... Weird shape, and the back looks like a ******* Magic Eye or something.

post #68 of 109
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Originally Posted by VladGuardian View Post
 

warrenpchi

Please make (in a future) a comparative review between AK240 and HM-901, Colorfly C4, HiFi-MA9, Calyx M, etc. (compare the sound quality only)

I think it will be highly appreciated by the people...

 

Certainly a hard thing to orchestrate, but I would pay just to read that.

post #69 of 109
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I don't think I'll be early adopting this one this time.  I've paid my early adopting dues last year too much.

 

Roger that.  SoCal Meet's almost here.  I wonder how many of the the TOTL DAPs are going to be there in one way or another?  If there are quite a few, I bet we could get an ad hoc evaluation committee going.

 

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Box Thingy™ ®‎

 

LOL  :D

 

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Originally Posted by DMinor View Post
 

If the AK240 can strike a truly neutral and transparent sounding with authority power, then you got a winner all-in-one piece dap. With transparency, everything else takes care of itself. It's really that simple. Some people like colored sounding, but I hate it.

 

Then you'll love this!  Which means trouble because it is not a paltry expenditure.

 

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WOW! I have been listening to an AK240 for a couple of days now and I am blown away by its effortless, open, natural, neutral and transparent sound for everything I have thrown at it, as well as an impressive sound stage.

 

I definitely agree.  Although... a bit of a downside there is that it makes me want to audition a lot of IEMs all over again just to get my bearings reset.  Some of the IEMs that I used to like aren't the bees knees with the AK240, others have found new life.  It's just a different beast from the AK120 IMO.

 

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Originally Posted by ianmedium View Post

You could have listened to the 240 through my TU-05. That amp adds not only transparency but oodles of musicality and emotion to anything fed it. I love the 120 on its own but think of increasing that emotional content by a good margin and that is the TU-05 effect!
Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post
 

Please let me know what you think about it sans TU-05.

I'm very happy with my AK240. It's just that I feel a little more introspection is needed.

We've all (including me) got a bit emotional about it at the moment.  Very understandably.

 

Ian and Rumpel, did you see what piercer wrote in one of the other threads?  I've quoted it below:

 

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Hi all,

 

OK today I was working from home and I got the chance to try out the following combination.

 

Astell&Kern AK240

Analog Squared Paper TU-05g

Beyerdynamic T5p

 

I tried the AK240 on its own and then put it into line-out mode  and plugged it into the TU-05g.

 

Both combinations sound amazing. A few hours of listening to them backed up my growing conviction that the AK240 has a very valve like sound and that the amplifier section is very good indeed. Most of the time the TU-05g did not improve the sound quality, merely changed it.

 

The AK240 on its own is definitely a winner for clarity and neutrality. The TU-05g added some coloration and made the whole thing more opinionated (in a good way).

 

I think on the whole I preferred the AK240 on its own - it really does not need any external amplifier - but at one point when using the TU-05g and listening to Rush (A Farewell To Kings) it did lift the base AK240 sound into a rock and roll heaven - the amp was very warmed up by then.

 

I think this shows that that AK240 is a very good source component as well as a standalone player. I need to get the right cable, but hopefully I will soon be able to connect it to my Unison Research Preludio. I think it will survive very well as a source for my main HiFi.

 


 

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warrenpchi

Please make (in a future) a comparative review between AK240 and HM-901, Colorfly C4, HiFi-MA9, Calyx M, etc. (compare the sound quality only)

I think it will be highly appreciated by the people...

 

Certainly a hard thing to orchestrate, but I would pay just to read that.

 

Whoa, this list just keeps getting bigger.  :eek:  We want to do a shootout between the AK240, HM-901, and ZX1 at the very least.  Lemme see what else can be arranged on top of that.


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post #70 of 109

Is the Boxthingy included in the box...?

post #71 of 109
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Is the Boxthingy included in the box...?

No, not in mine at least.
post #72 of 109
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No, not in mine at least.

 

Then how much is the Boxthingy if its not in the box?

post #73 of 109

Warren, how does the AK240 (on it's own) compare against the WA7 + Upgraded PSU with the LCD-XC? Setting aside, the WA7 is a tube amp, are their performance levels comparable? 

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No, not in mine at least.

 

Then how much is the Boxthingy if its not in the box?

 

I'm kinda interested in the Box Thingy myself... gonna reach out to Astell & Kern to find out.

 

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Originally Posted by ariesq View Post
 

Warren, how does the AK240 (on it's own) compare against the WA7 + Upgraded PSU with the LCD-XC? Setting aside, the WA7 is a tube amp, are their performance levels comparable? 

 

I'll have to get back to you on that as I haven't received the upgraded PSU yet.  I'll AB as soon as it gets here and let you know.  :smile:  Any preference as to the stock Sovtek tubes or the Electro Harmonix upgrade tubes?


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post #75 of 109
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Originally Posted by warrenpchi View Post
 

 

I'm kinda interested in the Box Thingy myself... gonna reach out to Astell & Kern to find out.

 

 

I'll have to get back to you on that as I haven't received the upgraded PSU yet.  I'll AB as soon as it gets here and let you know.  :smile:  Any preference as to the stock Sovtek tubes or the Electro Harmonix upgrade tubes?

 

I haven't heard the upgraded PSU yet either, but I had originally planned to pick it up when it was released. How about a comparison against WA7 + EH Gold pin tubes vs AK240 (alone) using LCD-XC.

 

Much appreciated =)

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