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Originally Posted by Levanter View Post


I was lucky my friend wanted the UERM lol. Hope you managed to get into the deal too!

Too bad it's a US/Canada only deal... (I asked)

post #632 of 2692
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Originally Posted by pekingduck View Post

Too bad it's a US/Canada only deal... (I asked)

Biased as usual.. =.=
Edited by Levanter - 6/8/14 at 6:43pm
post #633 of 2692
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Originally Posted by 7ryder View Post
 

Like I said, "depending upon what you are looking for"

 

...if all someone wants is a DAP that will fit in one's pocket, then of course the AK240 might be the way to go.  However, if someone doesn't care as much about the form factor, given that they cost essentially the same, people should also audition the Hugo and let the best SQ win.  Cheers.

Thread heading clearly stated...looking for AK 120ll/100ll.

 

Amp or DAC on-the-go...quite a lot more choices and Hugo is not the "only" answer and they should be discussed in other forums.


Edited by flymetothemoon - 6/8/14 at 8:30pm
post #634 of 2692
Interesting review by a Japanese. Seems to tie up with Warren and Mercer's impression that AK120II is analytical type while AK240 is musical with all the clarity, details etc.
As described by the Japanese reviewer, AK120II is monitor studio reference type while AK240 is 'pure audio'.
(As per Google translate)

Anyone with a better grasp at Japanese please help translate to us smily_headphones1.gif

http://av.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/review/review/20140609_651220.html
post #635 of 2692
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Originally Posted by Levanter View Post

Anyone with a better grasp at Japanese please help translate to us smily_headphones1.gif

http://av.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/review/review/20140609_651220.html

 

That sounds like a job for Team Tokyo!  :smile:

post #636 of 2692
If I plan to use the DAP directly through unbalanced socket to my SE846, will there be any benefit having dual DAC vs single DAC?
post #637 of 2692
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Originally Posted by headwilier View Post

If I plan to use the DAP directly through unbalanced socket to my SE846, will there be any benefit having dual DAC vs single DAC?

I'm no technical person and I think dual DAC has not much to do with whether balanced or single-ended output.  Balanced/single-ended is an amping design in a DAP/head-amp.  Balanced, from what I've learned in the forum, has better ability to reject noise/interference.


Edited by flymetothemoon - 6/9/14 at 7:21pm
post #638 of 2692

UK Pre Order Now Open

 

UK Price for AK100 II and AK120 II now released.

 

Astell&Kern AK100 II and AK120 II UK Price and Release Date


Edited by PhilW - 6/10/14 at 4:26am
post #639 of 2692
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Originally Posted by flymetothemoon View Post
 

I'm no technical person and I think dual DAC has not much to do with whether balanced or single-ended output.  Balanced/single-ended is an amping design in a DAP/head-amp.  Balanced, from what I've learned in the forum, has better ability to reject noise/interference.

yeah the dual-dac is beneficial from a stereo output - overall sonic integrity standpoint. Running balanced can have numerous benefits - (better dimensionality, spacial placement, lower noisefloor, etc.)

 

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Originally Posted by headwilier View Post

If I plan to use the DAP directly through unbalanced socket to my SE846, will there be any benefit having dual DAC vs single DAC?

as stated above - AND - it's all about execution! The A&K boys have done a terrific job with their Dual DAC design - so yeah the benefit will still be audible via unbalanced output!

post #640 of 2692
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Originally Posted by SilverEars View Post
 

I like the skinnier form factor, although they added bulk to it's height.  Wasn't the original AK120 dual Wolfson?  So it has the same dual chips(CS4398) as the AK240. With lower output impedance of 2ohms.  I wonder how the AK120II competes with the 240(has the same dual chipset)?

now you can find @warrenpchi and my overall impressions using all the players post-Newport (lots of work went into that - and its was FUN too)

 

Overall - the AK240 is KING - all around (sonic integrity, musical/emotive engagement, IMO, dynamics - both micro and macro)...

 

However, I'd love to live with the AK120II for a longer period of time to compare it to the 240 in its own right... As I've always loved my AK120

 

But I gotta tell ya!

Running the AK240 in balanced mode via @scootermafia's Double Helix Cables Molecule Elite (balanced of course) and my HD800s unlocked even greater dynamic contrasts,

gave me a lower noisefloor, and overall PUNCH and air as well! This is truly something remarkable, and an experience I didn't think I'd have with a portable unit

without adding an additional amp.  Running balanced also seemingly gave me more gain (which XLR balanced does in two-channel, in-room components)...

 

This is just WILD! and just hammered it home that I gotta sell some gear in order to buy an AK240!!!!

 

post #641 of 2692
Mike/Warren, can't remember if you guys had posted battery life tests yet?
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I would really love to hear Mike and Warren's impressions with balanced cables on the AK100II and the AK120 II...

post #643 of 2692
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Originally Posted by mikemercer View Post
 

This is just WILD! and just hammered it home that I gotta sell some gear in order to buy an AK240!!!!

 

Man, the more you get used to the AK240, the more everything else will sound meh.  I fear that the AK240 will be indomitable once you've gotten used to it.  :eek:

 

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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post

Mike/Warren, can't remember if you guys had posted battery life tests yet?

 

Nope, have not done that yet.  But since I have the units here with me for the first leg of our review, I'll give them each a run through now - in balanced mode playing an even mix of 16/44.1, 24/96, 24/192 and DSD.  :smile:

 

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Originally Posted by Sam Edwards View Post
 

I would really love to hear Mike and Warren's impressions with balanced cables on the AK100II and the AK120 II...

 

Challenge accepted!  :ksc75smile:

post #644 of 2692

Cool video from Innerfidelity, showing the new players alongside the AK240:)

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/show-newport-2014-show-stopper-astellkern-reveal-new-ak120ii-and-ak100ii-portable-players

 

Just a question to current AK240 users, when playing a song without having the album's art... Does it show the triangled patron in dark blue with the AK 'A' in grey?

The reason I am asking is because I personally think that this art looks pretty good, whereas the pictures of the AK100II and AK120II show a pretty cheap looking white'ish AK background logo.

Forgive me, I am pretty demanding on the looks:)

 

Edit. Just to be more clear about my question haha... What I would like to know is, whether the AK240 shares the exact same UI with the same pre-loaded art:)


Edited by JonathanCandel - 6/11/14 at 9:10am
post #645 of 2692

Nope, the themes are different.  Same UI, different "wallpaper" so to speak.  Still, I would imagine they will - and have asked them to - expand the number of themes available (if not let us make our own).

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