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post #901 of 917
Hi All, I've retired my AK300 in favor of the Plenue P1. Picked up the plenue For 700 Usd at Amazon and it surpasses the AK300 for sheer musicality. The AK300 is clinical (aka digital) sounding in comparison. For those of you looking for a musical player, give the Plenue P1 a listen.
post #902 of 917

Guess you´re pretty alone with your opinion. Most who don´t like the sound signature of the AK300 say it rather sounds too warm and laid back.

Anyway, have fun with your P1.  :D

post #903 of 917
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Originally Posted by haiku View Post

Guess you´re pretty alone with your opinion. Most who don´t like the sound signature of the AK300 say it rather sounds too warm and laid back.
Anyway, have fun with your P1.  biggrin.gif
Yes, I agree that the AK sounds laid back but to my ears (in comparison) the AK seems to be putting the Bits together to make music, whereas the Plenue P1 feels just that wee bit more organic....it just feels more effortless. To my ears ofcourse.
post #904 of 917
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Yes, I agree that the AK sounds laid back but to my ears (in comparison) the AK seems to be putting the Bits together to make music, whereas the Plenue P1 feels just that wee bit more organic....it just feels more effortless. To my ears ofcourse.


If you get the chance, listen to the AK300 through the balanced output. This might change your opinion. The AK Daps are designed for listening through the balanced output. 

post #905 of 917
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If you get the chance, listen to the AK300 through the balanced output. This might change your opinion. The AK Daps are designed for listening through the balanced output. 
I have been using the balanced out. I had some balanced cables made fby Forza for the Meze 99 classics.. i still prefer the Plenue which is not balanced. The highs from the Plenue just have that sweetness....
post #906 of 917
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I have been using the balanced out. I had some balanced cables made fby Forza for the Meze 99 classics.. i still prefer the Plenue which is not balanced. The highs from the Plenue just have that sweetness....


From my experience, the sweetness in the treble you´re talking about can only be heard when you listen with the AK380 Amp. I bought it, but I´m in love with the AK sound signature. I can understand if another 900,- USD on top of the Player is a bit too much to invest for some. Maybe Plenue is a good alternative then.

post #907 of 917

Hi there I am looking for some suggestions for a possible in ear headphone upgrade.

I have recently purchased the AK300 DAP and it has amazed me how much better it is than my Sony NWA15 player. So of course this has got me thinking that if I spent similar amount of cash on a pair of in ears would I get a similar step up in quality.

I currently have a new pair of  V-Moda Forza Metallo in ears and I have never heard them sound so good using the AK300. Clarity is great and excellent bass.  Sorry I am not good at describing how things sound.

What I do know is how much better they sound now and I didn’t expect such a step up.

I also have some Sennheiser Momentum on ear headphones, but they rarely get used as prefer the in ears.

Not sure of budget maximum, but could possibly stretch to £1k. I am no headphone expert and unfortunately its difficult to try in ears before you buy.

I am looking at brands like Shure, Grado, Sennheiser, Westone and Astell & Kern Rosie or Angie maybe but that’s only because I have a limited knowledge of this gear.

I have the  Hifiman HE1000 headphones in my home set up so this may give an indication of the type of sound I like.

Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated.


Edited by Womaz - 3/18/17 at 3:34am
post #908 of 917
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Originally Posted by Womaz View Post
 

Hi there I am looking for some suggestions for a possible in ear headphone upgrade.

I have recently purchased the AK300 DAP and it has amazed me how much better it is than my Sony NWA15 player. So of course this has got me thinking that if I spent similar amount of cash on a pair of in ears would I get a similar step up in quality.

I currently have a new pair of  V-Moda Forza Metallo in ears and I have never heard them sound so good using the AK300. Clarity is great and excellent bass.  Sorry I am not good at describing how things sound.

What I do know is how much better they sound now and I didn’t expect such a step up.

I also have some Sennheiser Momentum on ear headphones, but they rarely get used as prefer the in ears.

Not sure of budget maximum, but could possibly stretch to £1k. I am no headphone expert and unfortunately its difficult to try in ears before you buy.

I am looking at brands like Shure, Grado, Sennheiser, Westone and Astell & Kern Angie maybe but that’s only because I have a limited knowledge of this gear.

I have the  Hifiman HE1000 headphones in my home set up so this may give an indication of the type of sound I like.

Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated.


IMO you should definitely choose iems you can use with the balanced out of the Dap. It sounds way better than the single ended output.

post #909 of 917

Ok I will definitely bear that in mind. I am no headphone buff, but I was guessing at this price level most would do that?

post #910 of 917

Had the AK300 for 3 days now and I am frankly amazed at how good it sounds in comparison to my Sony NWA15. I did not expect this much improvement.

The UI is excellent too, my only gripe so far is the drag down menu at the top seems very difficult to do and I guess its my big bloody fingers ;-) Oh and there is no lock on the volume wheel.Delighted with the purchase.

Its that old cliche , that I have not stopped listening to it. I have subscribed to TIDAL and this is extremely addictive, its just a shame it cant be used in offline mode as this would prove useful on holidays etc where there is no wifi.


Edited by Womaz - 3/19/17 at 2:39am
post #911 of 917
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Originally Posted by Womaz View Post
 

Had the AK300 for 3 days now and I am frankly amazed at how good it sounds in comparison to my Sony NWA15. I did not expect this much improvement.

The UI is excellent too, my only gripe so far is the drag down menu at the top seems very difficult to do and I guess its my big bloody fingers ;-) Oh and there is no lock on the volume wheel.Delighted with the purchase.

Its that old cliche , that I have not stopped listening to it. I have subscribed to TIDAL and this is extremely addictive, its just a shame it cant be used in offline mode as this would prove useful on holidays etc where there is no wifi.


​there is a volume wheel lock. it is in that drop down menu and only works with the screen off. with the screen on you will still be able to adjust the volume

post #912 of 917
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​there is a volume wheel lock. it is in that drop down menu and only works with the screen off. with the screen on you will still be able to adjust the volume

 

Excellent thank you, thats sorted then ;-).

post #913 of 917
Does anyone know if Tidal will be available offline on the AK300? Are they any plans for this?
Would be a huge bonus if it was available
post #914 of 917
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Originally Posted by Womaz View Post

Does anyone know if Tidal will be available offline on the AK300? Are they any plans for this?
Would be a huge bonus if it was available

So far is not available for offline. Not sure will they do it in the future, but I reckon it wouldn't be anytime soon.
post #915 of 917

The day there's offline Tidal on an AK player is the day I buy one :)

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