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Astell&Kern AK380

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by Dopaminer, Apr 22, 2015.
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  1. warrior1975

    Yes, probably a good idea... Besides how many daps do we really need? (as I debate getting the ak)...
  2. sonickarma
    We need at least 1 DAP  for every day of the month [​IMG]
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  3. xxx1313
    Exactly! It seems that we know the same guy. :wink:
  4. warrior1975

    I think if there were more daps available some of us might achieve that goal. :wink:
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  5. Malevolent
    I don't see why we can't achieve that now. You could probably get about 20 DAPs from A&K alone. :D
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  6. WayneWoondirts

    The one and only, yes.
    Thanks for all the info!
    I'm guessing that's the one store where you both are located, correct?
  7. nogi replicant
    So I am about to get my cables re-terminated to 2.5 balanced for the 380 as they are currently SE 3.5. After further investigation in this thread however I am now really unsure about this. Seems a whole bunch of people prefer the SE on the 380 and potentially also the amp.

    Has anyone gone from SE to balanced for the 380 and regretted it?
  8. xxx1313
    As far as I know, yes.
  9. WayneWoondirts

    Cool, do you know if they still have it? Or did Nomax buy it?
  10. TaylorDawe
    I actually thought of doing this some time ago (going to balanced), but after reading comments I decided to stick with SE.
  11. jonstatt

    ​It is easy to get a skewed view on this because in the early firmware releases, balanced output was distorting. This was subsequently corrected and personally I think the balanced connection to be superior, but not by a huge margin on the AK380 itself. I hear a bigger improvement on the AK Amp.
  12. raypin

    Mm..I prefer Balanced 380 cu/cu amp. My default in-ear cable is 2.5 mm. If I need to go unbal, I use Labkable 2.5 to 3.5 adaptor. Double the fun.
  13. Fr_eak
    Exactly the same. It's a matter of preference. More forward, mid centric presentation over slightly laid back and wider bigger flatter sound IMO.
  14. Dionysus
    To those that own both a Chord Mojo and the AK Amp, does the AK Amp hold up? I want to buy the AK AMP for the efficiency, 1 cable to charge both the amp and Dap as well as not needing to stack. But is it close in SQ? thx for any impressions in advance.
  15. Fr_eak
    I don't think this is a like to like comparison? With Mojo you bypass the DAC in the AK380 and use the one in the Mojo instead? The comparison is therefore not just for the amp but the two combos.

    Sorry no I don't know the answer :sweat_smile:
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