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Fiio X1 vs Astell&Kern AK100

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Guys I have a question, for those who have both or have listen to both. Is there a huge difference in sound quality between the two? Like in a giant leap in sound quality. A difference that you can hear the minute you play something from it, not a "let me audition it for an hour or two before i notice the differences".

post #2 of 13

This is Ak100 , the first one yeah ? the one that is square? Yes I can do it one minute in

post #3 of 13
Make sure you know the differences between the ak100 models. There were some issues with the original, having a high output impedance.
post #4 of 13

I can do it with the Ak100-2 as well. Its not that hard? They are clearly different sounding

post #5 of 13
I know, I just wanted to make sure the op knew about the impedance issue of the OG AK.
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 

I will be using IEM's with the AK100 (the original one) so it shouldn't be much on issue with the impedance. I have the Fiio X1 but then through a black friday deal I purchased the AK100 for $380. I'm just wondering if the SQ difference is worth 3-4x the price.

 

 

post #7 of 13

Oh yes there will be an issue , 22 ohm issue is "mathematically" too large for loads and loads of IEM

post #8 of 13
It's subjective...But diminishing returns, not a chance is it worth 3-4 times the price. But if you like it better, than yes it's worth it right?
post #9 of 13

to op

 

your fiio X1 wont be 3 times as good as a clip + either , and I dont even like sansa clips

post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 

Ohhh i looked at the impedance issue and crap I will return them. I am not going to do a mod on them and I assume this is not fixable by having a firmware upgrade?

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Retrias View Post
 

to op

 

your fiio X1 wont be 3 times as good as a clip + either , and I dont even like sansa clips

 

I never used a Clip so I will take your word for it but the price difference between a clip and X1 is not that big, still manageable.

post #12 of 13

it is however the same magnitude of what you are describing from the X1 and Ak100 , I handle all straight line perfomance expectation the same way through all price bracket

if

$900 is expected to perform 3x of the $300 , the $300 better perform 3x of the $100 and so on. Some iems is not exactly what you would call sensitive on impendance, throughout my times with the ak100 , I used the likes of Ck100, IE8/80, Triple Fi 10, you just have to put in more effort to find the right pairing

post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 

I will try with my IEMs and see how they hold up. If the impedance is causing problems to the SQ or if the sound signature isn't to my liking I will send them back.

 

I mean, the difference in DAC quality should mean better sound quality. (I know sound signatures can change and that I expect)


Edited by mrconfuse - 11/28/14 at 9:00am
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