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Astell&Kern AK380

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by Dopaminer, Apr 22, 2015.
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  1. olddude
    You should always use the AK USB cable for Data transfers.  I have a different cable for charging.  
  2. LouisArmstrong
    If you listen by your heart, without any prejudice of what you currently own, you will find that AK380Cu is the true gem among all DAPs. Simply the best. The advance from AK380 to AK380Cu is far far greater than from AK240 over AK380. Try to do a blind test if you don't believe. You'll be amazed.
    roofus likes this.
  3. NPWS
    until this year, AK will release new TOTL DAP
  4. TaylorDawe
    Indeed. As I mentioned in an earlier post, my ripper won't work consistently unless I use the cable that came with it to connect to my 380. Using the original cable it works 100% of the time.
  5. bflat

    My theory is that the OEM cable connector is what makes it work 100% and not the wire in the cable. The AK designs have a unibody construction for the USB port opening and some generic cables fit pretty loose from my experience.
  6. panter96
    Hello Head-Fiers,
    Can somebody please try the AK380 with Ether C Flow or something similar on balanced (player only no amp) and tell me if after 128 or 130 (volume) do you hear any distortion?

    Thank You.
  7. roofus

    Maybe Yer Def Dude!
  8. xxx1313
    Also other headphones become a bit unclean at volumes past 130. The AK380 amp would be a good upgrade with virtually any over-ear headphone.
  9. Malevolent
    I guess the next "true gem" will be AK's new flagship. Then, the gap from the AK380cu to the new flagship will be bigger than the gap between the AK380 and the cu. [​IMG]
  10. jwbrent
    Has anyone purchased the 380SS? I'm interested in how much better it sounds over a stock 380, or the 380cu.
  11. ironpeg
    SS is more sterile than Cu. Cu is warmer.
    catoval55 likes this.
  12. TaylorDawe
    I'm guessing that it will be 'brighter' with a more 'reflective' 'shinier' sense to the music.
  13. haiku

    According to AK it sounds more clear and focussed than any other model.
  14. jwbrent
    I own a 240SS and I'm considering the 380SS. Are there any peculiar issues with the 380 in general? For instance, the 240 is known to have a problem with the volume knob getting skittish over time. Not all, but enough where many owners have posted the exact same weird behavior. My first 240 had this problem.

    I haven't followed the 380 thread since I was very happy with my 240SS, but now that there's a 380SS, I just want to make sure there aren't any problems with the design.
  15. Samuel777
    " There is and will be (for ever) something (high) in the cu, which can't be found in any other AK, DAP. I mean the SQ.
    But that plus is compensated with the cover cooper which is not easy to keep in time. 
    Cu will remain the TOP of all : currents and coming DAPs. those who have the cu should keep it, if the SQ is what is important to them. "
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