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Directly compared to home gear at what level are the AK240 and Hugo?  Schiit Modi/Magni, Schiit Bifrost/Asgard 2, Schiit Gungnir/Mjolnir, PS PWD2/GS-X mk2?  Where about does it stand when compared to a desktop or home rig?

Feel free to use your own gear to set the level.  I've heard too many home amps and dacs so I can likely get an idea of where you are placing the line.
Good question. Specifically, how does the Chord Hugo as a DAC compare to the Schiit Gungnir? (For some reason, I don't recall seeing this comparison.)
I would love to know the answer to that as well. Especially when paired with the Mjolnir. Since the Hugo is not overly portable that is a very fair question.
post #407 of 1109
Now that I have sent my AK240 for mod with Vinnie, I am back on the 901 balanced card. Well let me tell you something: with the NT6 the 901 is just incredible, much more musical and analog sounding, effortless and authoritative than the AK240 with the NT6. The AK has more speed and clarity but loses by a fair margin on this combo. Difference might be less strong on darker iems...the NT6 is brightish and pairs wonderfully with the 901...I am really hoping the mod will bring the AK closer.
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How much us the mod and anyone compare to Hugo as is ??
Al
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Now that I have sent my AK240 for mod with Vinnie, I am back on the 901 balanced card. Well let me tell you something: with the NT6 the 901 is just incredible, much more musical and analog sounding, effortless and authoritative than the AK240 with the NT6. The AK has more speed and clarity but loses by a fair margin on this combo. Difference might be less strong on darker iems...the NT6 is brightish and pairs wonderfully with the 901...I am really hoping the mod will bring the AK closer.

 

Personally I really disliked the NT6 Pro / HM901 pairing.

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Personally I really disliked the NT6 Pro / HM901 pairing.

 What do you not like about the pairing?  What pairs well with your pro? Mimouille has the NT6, and probably a difference in what the pro outputs from it.

 

 

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Now that I have sent my AK240 for mod with Vinnie, I am back on the 901 balanced card. Well let me tell you something: with the NT6 the 901 is just incredible, much more musical and analog sounding, effortless and authoritative than the AK240 with the NT6. The AK has more speed and clarity but loses by a fair margin on this combo. Difference might be less strong on darker iems...the NT6 is brightish and pairs wonderfully with the 901...I am really hoping the mod will bring the AK closer.

How does the 901 compare with the DX100(or the R10)?  After trying the 100, a bit of warmth adds to realism.  Possibly because the drivers are BA.  I hear 901 is warm and has the same chip as the 100.


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post #412 of 1109
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Now that I have sent my AK240 for mod with Vinnie, I am back on the 901 balanced card. Well let me tell you something: with the NT6 the 901 is just incredible, much more musical and analog sounding, effortless and authoritative than the AK240 with the NT6. The AK has more speed and clarity but loses by a fair margin on this combo. Difference might be less strong on darker iems...the NT6 is brightish and pairs wonderfully with the 901...I am really hoping the mod will bring the AK closer.

That going to be one pricey DAP man.  I'm glad I'm not on a portable audiophile quest any more.  Congrats to you though.

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Mim is gonna do a full blown mod on his AK240 and then feed it to a Hugo and analog out to the new Cavalli portable amp.
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the new Cavalli portable amp.

 

Thought it was still in development though? :confused_face_2:

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Thought it was still in development though? confused_face_2.gif

Was only kidding...just trying to put together a very pricey portable system LoL
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I mostly use the Hugo as USB DAC honestly. Stacks are too complicated for me. If I wanted to stack, I would not spend 2.5k$ on a DAP. But if the RWAK240 is not almost perfect, it will up for sale. To be honest though, the 901 is more natural and musical but the clarity of the AK240 is refreshing, without sounding a bit artificial like on the ZX1.
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Im aiming to be just like that mim.. Stacks are too cumbersome to bring along hence im more interested in daps.. So the hugo is almost off my list.. Almost but not entirely.. Lol..
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Im aiming to be just like that mim.. Stacks are too cumbersome to bring along hence im more interested in daps.. So the hugo is almost off my list.. Almost but not entirely.. Lol..
Do you prefer sound to be transparent and clear, slightly on the right side, or musical, analog, powerful and slightly warm...first is AK240, second is 901. So far 901 is still ahead to my ears.
post #419 of 1109
I prefer the latter... I know this cos i love sounds coming from my tube amps.. Musical, anolog and powerful..

But

I also love the sound from my modded c4, detailed, transparent but strong in the bass department... Perfect!
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Im aiming to be just like that mim.. Stacks are too cumbersome to bring along hence im more interested in daps.. So the hugo is almost off my list.. Almost but not entirely.. Lol..
Do you prefer sound to be transparent and clear, slightly on the right side, or musical, analog, powerful and slightly warm...first is AK240, second is 901. So far 901 is still ahead to my ears.

Your description of the balanced 901 sounds perfect for my preferred sound signature, but my shallow side wants to like the prettier more ergonomic AK240 more.

 

With my X5 / NT6pro pairing, I can feel the textures in addition to hearing them as if sitting on the subwoofer while finger squeaks across the frets give me shivers - even at low volumes. With my DX90, I can hear the same textures, but both the subwoofer and band are across the room so I cannot feel it the same way and I don't get shivers so I am less connected to the music.

 

Questions:

  1. Hearing what my X5 / NT6pro pairing can do makes me want even more - to be more intimately connected to the music. Is the balanced 901 a X5 musical texture monster on steroids where you can feel the music as described - but better - or is the X5 good enough for my goals?
  2. Can you feel the music with the AK240 as described, or does the balanced 901 make the AK240 feel thinner and distant like I hear the DX90?
  3. Also, if I got the SE5 and paired it with the balanced 901, would it be too much of a good thing vs. the NT6pro / 901 pairing? I noted in one of your previous posts that your preferred SE5 pairing was the ZX-1, or did I get that wrong?

 

As always I would really appreciate your insight.

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