Absolutely no idea but will try almost for sure.
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I was willing to try too but that pricing leaves no possibility to me. It is not like they bring balanced outputs or something. I don't get it, are they trying to be a second iRiver or what...
It is still cheaper than AK240 and also offers 256 GB of total storage including external storage. It also has optical/spdif out so I honestly looking forward to this, Cowon has a strong reputation behind it and I am sure it will do a fine job.
Based on the pictures I've seem from the UI it looks really clean.
I am sure Cowon has put all they got into it, it is their come back into the DAP world.
No. This is where the estimate came from:
That's 125,000 Yen, so either it'll be $1199 or $1299.
Cowon pricing believe or not is very fair if they perform as good as those numbers are infact true.
AK products are selling like hot-cake so Cowon pricing is not too far fetched crazy.
Uh, well, I can say that it outdoes the both the AK120 II and AK240 in specs published (it's obvious Cowon was gunning for iRiver, posting specs that are just that tiny bit better)... but of course, it's difficult to tell what sounds better/best. We don't know what Cowon is using for I/V conversion and LPF, as well as gain stage and current buffering --- whether it's opamp-based or discrete like iRiver. Personally, I prefer the "sound" of a Burr-Brown chip to a Cirrus Logic chip (even with two), but it's difficult to make an assessment on sound quality this way. Getting to 120 dB(A) SNR is impressive, so it points to clean power rails and proper decoupling. Who knows how that translates to SQ, though.
All three units --- the AK120 II, AK240, P1 --- output ~2 Vrms to its outputs, so power delivery should be similar. Actually, iRiver is publishing identical performance specifications for both the AK120 II and AK240; I don't know whether it means the internals are identical or what.