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The most musical thing in your pocket - despite a few glitches

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Pros: SQ is just about perfect, build feel solid, paired with a good amp the sound is probably unbeatable.

Cons: sealed in battery, firmware is a little flaky.

I am not going to talk about the build quality, the size, shape, etc.  Most things have been talked about to death by others.  So, all I am going to do is add my own observations which would be best read in context with what other information is available out there.   You can plug a good set of cans into an AK120 and get an excellent clean signal.  It sounds great.  I then tried it with an Alo Audio RX amp and it sounded significantly better.  Then I tried it with an RSA SR-71a and my jaw dropped.  It suddenly went from being an excellent reproduction of an audio signal to being real music.  Music as it should be.  I close my eyes and am...
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Nice, but just a little lacklustre

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Pros: Build quality, competent performer and good battery life

Cons: Just feels a little low powered and flat sounding

I love Alo Audio as a company and I know they have a strong commitment to excellent products, so it pains me to leave a less than excellent review for them.  Being fair, I have not heard the RX MkIII and I know some of their other products are going to be better than this now discontinued item.   For portable use I tend to have low ohm items:  CIEMs (Frogbeat C4s), Ultrasone Ed. 8, etc.   I bought the RX Mk II as it was meant to pair well with the CLAS -dB and I was using these two with an iPod classic (ALAC files).   The CLAS -dB is outstanding and I think gives my desktop Schiit Bifrost a serious run for its money.  The CLAS costs more, but it...
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