I went to the So Cal meet the other day and took a listen to the new AK 120 II paired with LCD XC and HD 650.
My first impression,..it sounded warmer that what I had expected also really clean and smooth. I think the new DAC makes it more musical and warmer. It drives LCD XC and HD 650 out of HO with more than enough power..really enjoyable. I love the new design and how it feels. Very well build and It feels VERY expensive . Wifi music streaming was pretty snappy too.
The new sound has a deeper sound stage and more body to my ear, the highs are softer and good amount of bass.
Anyway, I pulled up my trusty X5 to compare using the same set ups.