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Wait, so are saying you can't hear a difference either? Do you prefer you Sabre DACs or the AK better? I'm assuming the Sabre you are referring to are desktop DACs.
I have an HDP r10 on order to hear any difference from DX90 and X5. I will have a Concero HP to hear how high the Concero stays up as people were talking about.
So out of the portables, you prefer Sabre and the HDP r10?
Also, most importantly, what iems are you driving with them?
I wish I can demo the Tera player some how. I don't know what the fuss is all about. Is this thing still WAV file format only? It just seem not worth it to convert the files so you can play on the Tera.
I guessing there is a reason for the designer to stick the WAV format. Probably he favors a certain DA technology.
Although Tera would be too much of pain to have as it lacks features, I would like to audition it and find out what makes it stand out for others.
Yup, it's probably not fair to compare HD800 or HE-6 with TOTL ciems. The cans do different aspects better, and so do CIEMs. CIEMs for one, isolate much better so there is less noise and it's good for monitoring fine details IMO. Full sized cans have imaging and better aire, and the TOTL are quite detailed while at it.
I'm not sure about what you mean by glazed and why the AK lack realism. I didn't think AK sounded cold. Cold sounding is one possiblity for a source to not sound natural or realistic. I thought AK sounded pretty realistic. But, it was mostly audiophile tracks that were on there, as they sound realistic on pretty much any source.
Like you, my ears may favor Sabre chips. Will have to see if I can notice differences between difference Sabre based implementations.
If you have the HE-6, I think you know what realistic sound is. As I thought HE-6 creates realism to the sound.
The Geek Wave is a DAP.
Here you go:
Thanks for this, you seem to be radar on new stuff.
Looks like AK will a competition ahead.
I have eliminated the DX90 as it does not bring a key improvement over the 901 in that it has a max of 128 g of memory. To me the key advantage of the AK240 is the 384g of memory and playlist management. Apart from that, the 901 is perfect for me. The size / look / UI do not bother me and the sound is awesome. And I think it CRUSHES my IPC.
As for the Geek Out, well I have the Hugo, and just want a perfect DAP...I am considering the upcoming Cowon too, if it ever comes out.
Then perhaps the X5. I remember you liking it. Dual slots, plus OTG.
Still, it doesn't have the playlist support of the AK240
I much prefer Fiio X5 over DX50 as I believe it is a clear upgrade over the DX50. In between the HM-901 and X5, I feel the difference is smaller where HM-901 has better impact and clarity. I sold the Fiio X5 to a close friend as he was looking for a DAP and I could wholeheartedly recommend him the X5 especially he was not looking to spend too much on DAP. He is still very happy with the purchase the last I check. I auditioned again the AK240 this time with balance out and to my untrained ears, I do not feel it is a clear upgrade to the HM-901. I went on to discuss with an experienced head-fier with way better ears than me. He advised that the key difference between the AK240 and HM-901 is that AK240 produces the sound with a sense of ease and great clarify. whereas the HM-901 in which the sound is upfront and a little more forced/congested. On the other hand, it can also be interpreted that AK240 sound is less engaging unless further modification. I guess either way is true but the money in my pocket is "truer".
Great analogy Cosmic. I have the AK120 was going to pair it with the HUGO but I really wanted the AK240 but am now intrigued by the 901 and had been looking at that over a year ago. Would I need the Hugo with the 901 or is it that good. Does it still get overheated which I read about some time ago. Finally would you definitely recommend the 901 over the AK240 which is so expensive.
That's my plan once I get a Hugo. I'm in a position to buy an AK240 but the X5 has a physical set of controls and from what I hear, the 240 has a touch screen. I love the less fatiguingsound of the X5 over my IPod 160GB. That gives me cash to buy a good over-ear set of HPs.