Astell&Kern AK380

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by Dopaminer, Apr 22, 2015.
  1. haiku
    Yes, it is.
  2. nico_g
    You confirm that sonically this latest version is the best ?
  3. haiku
    Definitely. That was the reason, my SP1000Cu went back into its box, and will stay there, til hopefully some future software update will bring it (at least) up to par with my AK380 BLE.
  4. sandy1010
    Are we ever going to see the AK380 used as a USB dac in conjunction with 300 series amp? Is this possible via firmware upgrade or is it a hardware issue?
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2017
  5. mthaynes
    love my 380cu+amp. not willing to make the sp1000 jump until it has an AK Amp. the sp1000 by itself just does not have the power to drive the 800s in my opinion.
  6. haiku
    Just go on enjoying your AK380. You didn´t miss anything so far with the SP1000. :wink:
  7. sandy1010
    SP1000 looks amazing but seems too big to be truly portable. Almost impossible to pocket it.
  8. haiku
    Yes, it´s rather more "transportable" than portable.
  9. zuber
    I received AK380 today. After a quick comparison with AK300 I prepared AK300 to be returned :)
    When AK380 is connected as USB DAC I have got two devices in Audirvana. See the screenshots:
    AK380 connected as AK380 USB DAC, Audirvana shows that DSD is not supported.
    AK380 connected as AK380, Audirvana shows that DSD is supported. I cannot play a file in that mode.
    Do you know what is going on?
    Screen Shot 2017-12-02 at 15.02.23.png Screen Shot 2017-12-02 at 15.03.03.png

    Fixed after reading Audirvana manual and playing with DSD settings.
    Screen Shot 2017-12-02 at 15.50.10.png
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2017
  10. 13candles
    Which AK380 did you buy?
  11. zuber
    Black Version.
  12. haiku
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  13. zuber
    Thanks :) I am really happy with it. I was as well with AK300, until I heard AK380 :D
  14. haiku
    Yup, good move that you´ve skipped the AK320. I didn´t, and it´s not that the AK320 isn´t a very nice Dap, but nothing against my AK380BLE.
  15. Uncle Monty
    AK380 in Black and Titan for £2,499 on Amazon UK

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