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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.

 

 

The cost is really not a concern to me as I always believe quality deserves a premium, if the AK240 can live up to that quality.

 

My problem is finding the reason to justify a purchase even for $1K as my current gear just sounds right to my ears. I guess I am just dumb lucky. :wink_face:

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The cost is really not a concern to me as I always believe quality deserves a premium, if the AK240 can live up to that quality.

 

My problem is finding the reason to justify a purchase even for $1K as my current gear just sounds right to my ears. I guess I am just dumb lucky. " src="http://files.head-fi.org/images/smilies/wink_face.gif">

 




I like to be dumb lucky too. wink.gif

Astell&Kern is the Ferrari of DAPs. If you can afford the AK240, there is nothing else better right now.
Edited by HiFiGuy528 - 3/5/14 at 4:01pm
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I like to be dumb lucky too. wink.gif

Astell&Kern is the Ferrari of DAPs. If you can afford the AK240, there is nothing else better right now.

 

I am not sold on anything (cheap or expensive) until I audition it myself, as we know this hobby comes down to personal sound preference.

 

But I like the impressions I have read from OP that the AK240 is neutral and transparent, and that's the only thing I care about a dap knowing this is what I have with mine and I truly appreciate that quality.

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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 =)

 

No problem at all!  :smile:  I've been lusting after that new PSU for like 5 months now, ever since I heard the prototype at CanJam.  That's an easy buy for me, as there is simply nothing I can add to my rig - for that low an amount of money - that will make as great a difference.

 

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The cost is really not a concern to me as I always believe quality deserves a premium, if the AK240 can live up to that quality.

 

My problem is finding the reason to justify a purchase even for $1K as my current gear just sounds right to my ears. I guess I am just dumb lucky. :wink_face:

 

I am not sold on anything (cheap or expensive) until I audition it myself, as we know this hobby comes down to personal sound preference.

 

But I like the impressions I have read from OP that the AK240 is neutral and transparent, and that's the only thing I care about a dap knowing this is what I have with mine and I truly appreciate that quality.

 

Are you going to be anywhere near a meet or show soon?  I'd love to hear your thoughts on it after auditioning it.  :smile:

 

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I like to be dumb lucky too. wink.gif

 

Says the man who just found his new reference amp by a sheer stroke of luck.  :wink_face:


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Are you going to be anywhere near a meet or show soon?  I'd love to hear your thoughts on it after auditioning it.  :smile:

 

I would love to but sadly none in my area as far as I know.

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Great review guys!

 

You have really made it hard to choose what type of DAP I should get.  Since this will be my first DAP and I'm still working my music library converting over to FLAC, I could use a little help.   I think it's between the AK 240 and Calyx M, but I'm not sure which one to pick.  I'm still waiting (been waiting since Dec 5) for my Roxanne's so I just want something to pair with them. Now I know no one has really listen to the Calyx M, and on paper it looks amazing.  I guess my question would be should I wait for the Calyx M or should I get the AK 240?  Also, does anyone else have a pair of Roxanne's with the AK 240 and if so what do you think?

 

Cheers

post #82 of 109
As one who couldn't believe anything can be better than AK120, AK240 turns out to be much better.

I haven't heard Calyx M, but similarly, I can't believe anything can be better than AK240. (see my problem yet? :-))
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Thanks!

 

LOL, I honestly can't say guys... because at this moment I have absolutely no experience with the Calyx M at all.  Anything comparative I say would be totally pulled out of my ass and completely meaningless.

 

That said, and looking at the AK240 in isolation, I have no problems recommending it.  It's current capabilities are compelling enough for me, and I'm expecting even more via firmware updates in the future.  As for the price, I had thought it would be a pretty big deal breaker for some.  But pretty much every owner and reviewer I know of - after having spent time with it - seems to forget all about that.  In fact, I'm a little surprised at how consistent impressions have been.


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post #84 of 109
Nice review..
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The more I use my Roxane, the more I like them ( with RWAK100+TU-05 Amp).  

Even from my simple RWAK100 alone, I hear in my music things (new instruments, echo...) that I did not hear before, EVEN WITH MY TH900 !!

 

So, this put pressure on my to "upgrade" my source RWAK100. But... I do not want to plunge for the AK240 until I hear comparaison between the AK240 and the Caly-M....  Ahhh....

 

So:   Calyx ?  AK240 ? My RWAK100+HUGO ?  ...... boy our hobby is complicated :-)

 

 

--> Has someone again tested the AK240 + Roxane ?  Do they pair Well ?  

 

--> And has someone tested if Roxane BALANCED with AK240 improve the SQ even further ?


Edited by bmichels - 3/10/14 at 6:09am
post #86 of 109
No experience with the Calyx M on my end either. I'm sure we would check it out if one shows up in the mail.
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post #87 of 109
Anyone tried IE800's with the AK-240? My AK will be here tomorrow , been using the X-3.
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Anyone tried IE800's with the AK-240? My AK will be here tomorrow , been using the X-3.

 



I have arranged to get a pair of IE800. It's not an easy IEM to get for review.
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post #89 of 109
So I got the guys at Moon Audio make me a Black Dragon V2 Premium HD800 Cable, with a adapter for the balanced out on the AK. The price I found for a balanced IE-800 cable was out of this world, like $1200.
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So I got the guys at Moon Audio make me a Black Dragon V2 Premium HD800 Cable, with a adapter for the balanced out on the AK. The price I found for a balanced IE-800 cable was out of this world, like $1200.

 

 

1200$ just for the cable? Loos a bit over the top...ALO audio's price is about that one, but you don't get just the cable, you get the IE800 as well!

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