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  It would be nice for the upcoming AK flagship to have a swappable amp instead of an add on.
 
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?
 
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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?
 
LOL, it will be a miracle if future AK DAPs have 90 deg angles.
 
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Black combo is so cool...
 

 
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Copper will remain the topic all! None coming DAP will reach its SQ performs.
 
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Copper will remain the topic all! None coming DAP will reach its SQ performs.

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.
 
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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.

​Sound quality can never be high enough in our hobby. :wink:
 
Congrats to your setup, looks really nice!
 
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LOL, it will be a miracle if future AK DAPs have 90 deg angles.
 
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. 

 
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.
 
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.
 
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joining the copper team
 
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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.
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.
 
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  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.

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........
 
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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........

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
 
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I've had the opportunity to listen to every product that I have talked about. I wouldn't say something if I hadn't.
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.
 
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[COLOR=111111]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.[/COLOR]
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.
 
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  I had problems using AFT to transfer files from internal memory to SD card - assumed it was AFT issue. I laid my problems bare a couple of weeks ago on this forum. If the issue is with AK, they should get it sorted - I'll bet a great many AK owners use Macs. Thinking of getting a windows laptop for future file movement (it would be useful for some other things - I wouldn't buy one just for this). 

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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