The AK240 is definitely a noticeable step up from the Sony. Music from the Sony sounds a bit forced, whereas from the AK240 sounds effortless and the more subtle textures of notes are apparent on excellent recordings.
It came on high gain by default, so yes. Good question!
And " Sony ZX1 + HUGO " v/s AK240 alone ?
The "combo solution" is cheaper than the AK240 alone, and offers (1) a better UI, (2) access to google apps and .. (3) access to radio & streaming sites ! (hello Qobuz and other HighRes streaming sites for unlimited music & discovery)
Edited by bmichels - 4/18/14 at 3:34am