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Right now it's all about the price wars, more expensive the better (no, just no). The Tera Player set the original benchmark at $1300, then it was $2200, so A&K came out with the 240 at what is it? $2.8k? Now the 480 is out again at $4.9k. Then next year we can expect to see a 960 at $8k, then the AK1920 will be $11-12k. I feel sorry for people who not know what they are buying something that isn't remotely close to what it values at, but hey there money not mine.

 

chasing the dragon.  :D

post #32 of 395
I love the business model of the "boutique" audio equipment makers and CIEMs manufacturers. They obviously know they have a very small customer base willing to pay for the "best". Must be a great feeling for AK240 owners to be superseded in two months like custom Roxanne purchasers to know the both the universal Roxanne and a new custom "Ambiant FR" are already in production while they still wait for orders from October.
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APRIL FOOLS!

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Ok, so last time when someone complained about the price of  AK240, we already knew $4800 would be the future. But I never thought it would be this fast!!!!!  

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Yeah, this thing has to be HUGE, in size.  

 

Unlike the AK240, which is smaller than it looks, the 480 seemed a bit un-wieldy in size.

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I was lucky enough to get a preview listen to this unit while I was in LA at the Iriver offices, and I have to say, I would never have believed that any portable could sound more refined than the AK240, which I though was already better than what I thought possible from a DAP.

 

I get a pic but you got to play with it.  Heartbroken.  :(

 

I told you to come for the SoCal meet!  This is what you get for missing out on that.  :p

 

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Yeah, this thing has to be HUGE, in size.  

 

Unlike the AK240, which is smaller than it looks, the 480 seemed a bit un-wieldy in size.

 

A little bit, but it wasn't that much bigger than an HM-901... certainly thinner.


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Yeah, this thing has to be HUGE, in size.  

 

Unlike the AK240, which is smaller than it looks, the 480 seemed a bit un-wieldy in size.

 

you said earlier you got to try them out right currawong? How do these fit in your hands? :blink:

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I am actually looking for a new source now that I have my Mentor's, how do I get in on the Lottery.

I would hate to think that only the privileged have a shot at this!!!

 

There are no words for how much I want one of these.

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I bet Rudi will order 2, somebody call Singapore , and wake him up!!!!

Will spread in this in Singapore audio forums smily_headphones1.gif awaken the Rudi
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Any details on how I go about buying my lottery ticket??


Edited by Lillee - 3/31/14 at 5:40pm
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I am actually looking for a new source now that I have my Mentor's, how do I get in on the Lottery.

I would hate to think that only the privileged have a shot at this!!!

 

There are no words for how much I want one of these.

 

I had a close look at the specs and $5k is actually a bargain for what it is. Ask MSB, Kondo or dCs the cost to make and implement one of those femto low jitter clocks coupled with a 32bit DAC IC in there 5 digit priced DAC's. And this is a portable (to an extent) DAP not a full sized DAC. 

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I was lucky enough to get a preview listen to this unit while I was in LA at the Iriver offices, and I have to say, I would never have believed that any portable could sound more refined than the AK240, which I though was already better than what I thought possible from a DAP.

Guess you will have to buy this new one

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I bet Rudi will order 2, somebody call Singapore , and wake him up!!!!

Will spread in this in Singapore audio forums smily_headphones1.gif awaken the Rudi

 

Lol, Rudi is gonna be pissed!  :D

 

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Any details on how I go about buying my lottery ticket??

 

I don't think lottery tickets can be purchased.  My understanding is that they are going to do some kind of free promotion to keep it fair.

 

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I had a close look at the specs and $5k is actually a bargain for what it is. Ask MSB, Kondo or dCs the cost to make and implement one of those femto low jitter clocks coupled with a 32bit DAC IC in there 5 digit priced DAC's. And this is a portable (to an extent) DAP not a full sized DAC. 

 

Yeah, that's what I was thinking as well.


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post #44 of 395

Man, this smells awfully like an april fool's joke...

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I was lucky enough to get a preview listen to this unit while I was in LA at the Iriver offices, and I have to say, I would never have believed that any portable could sound more refined than the AK240, which I though was already better than what I thought possible from a DAP.

Guess you will have to buy this new one

 

I may even have to sell my Master 7 and Studio Six for this -- actually my entire home rig. I can save any remaining costs back in the power bills saved.

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