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Astell&Kern AK380

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by Dopaminer, Apr 22, 2015.
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  1. Malevolent
    Nah. I doubt A&K would walk this path. Their DAPs have always been single blocks of sexy plastic/metal. Making it modular doesn't fit into their design DNA. But, well, who knows?
  2. bflat
    LOL, it will be a miracle if future AK DAPs have 90 deg angles.
  3. parabellum777
    Black combo is so cool...
  4. Samuel777
    Copper will remain the topic all! None coming DAP will reach its SQ performs.
  5. parabellum777

    Maybe, but I don't like its look and it is heavier. For me the black one is the most beautiful one, and its sound quality is more than enough.
  6. xxx1313

    ​Sound quality can never be high enough in our hobby. :wink:
    Congrats to your setup, looks really nice!
  7. Malevolent
    They did semi block designs with the AK100 ii and the AK120 ii, but of course, A&K being them, they had to add some angular cuts here and there. [​IMG]
    Yeah. I could have sprung a bit more to get the copper, but I chose the black instead. The sound is TOTL enough for me, and I absolutely love its design.
  8. LouisArmstrong

    Exactly. Copper is still the best.
    catoval55 likes this.
  9. NPWS
    joining the copper team
  10. TaylorDawe
    Yes, I agree with your opinion of the copper - I've never liked it even when new, never mind with a 'patina'. And in blind listening (extended listening) I couldn't hear any difference between the copper and the standard 'vanilla' version. I understand that many on this forum can.
  11. bflat

    Who knows? I've had AK staff tell me they can't hear the difference between different models let alone chassis material. If I didn't come across a used CU selling for less than a new black unit I'd probably own a black 380 as well. Hmmm, wonder if putting black powder coat on a CU will affect the sound........
  12. pofdstudios

    About summed up my thoughts as well! Lol You know I heard the AK 380's Copper is actually mined exclusively by magical dwarfs and you can hear the difference! Lol
  13. Gosod
    to listen in the store it does not mean to make the right conclusion, you need to listen to all in a relaxed atmosphere without too much noise.
  14. Dellwolf
    I also never said I was in a store, I'm just trying to say that I'm not going to talk about something that I haven't tried before. I was on the review tour for the Arthur and got an extension with my time.
  15. mthaynes

    I have had problems with AFT.  I found that you really have to use the cable that comes with the AK.  once I started doing this all my problems disappeared.  Also being on the most current software for the AK is important.  When I transferred files from internal to the memory card I actually deleted the ones from the internal and then reloaded the files to the SD.  No problems
    AFT is crude at best.  I don't ask it to do much.  
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