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Astell&Kern new flagship A&Ultima SP2000

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by beaux, May 7, 2019.
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  1. cheznous
    I sort of agree up to the point of what value you place on the extra 2,700. I think ok thats fine for an improvement. Others may think of alternative uses for the money. Value perception depends on a number of things not least on how much disposable income you have and other demands.
  2. edwardsean
    I think we're waiting with great anticipation for @twister6's review. Personally, I'm really hoping for an in depth comparison with the iBasso DX220 w/ amp8,9 modules.
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  3. jmills8
    On top of that I bet you already been looking for another dap.
  4. JasonNYC
    I can't speak for other countries as each country handles reviews differently, but here in the US, with the delayed release schedule, we didn't have units until right before they went on sale. We have a very limited of units available for review and they are all currently out. Most US reviewers take a few weeks if not longer and it also depends on what they may currently have backlogged for reviews once they receive units. Reviews should start coming in soon.
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  5. TheNameIsGerald
    thanks for the insight - on the edge of my seat :)
  6. Giraku
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  10. Giraku
    Those are what he listed. I’m sure he used more.
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  11. TheNameIsGerald
    the official spec sheet has been updated to now say "MQA playback: ..., external USB, ...". I interpret this (somewhat speculatively) to mean that it now does full MQA decoding/unfolding when used as an USB DAC, just like it does when playing Tidal Masters. This would be an improvement compared to what i've heard in the past. Can someone confirm this interpretation?
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2019
    The Open APP Service enables the user to install specific APK music streaming apps to the device

    I have a question. does the device limited to ONLY music APK apps, or I can install any app through APK? can I install jefit for example?
  13. vourt
    Just heard the SP2000 yesterday and it sound great!. I was very impressed but my use-case is mainly sitting with laptop at work and listening to Tidal / Spotify so would love to hear if a table top amp & dac such as Sony ZH1ES, Hugo TT2 or such will do a better job to my Denon D9200 headphones.
  14. Xander9211
    Why sp2000 doesn’t have volume normalization through out all tracks?
  15. EndGameSearch
    I bet I can guess the answer, but does the sp2000 offer system wide EQ which would extend to Tidal and Qobuz local files? I’m still straddling the fence between this DAP and a lower cost option since it’s a pretty big number to digest for someone that primarily uses desktop rigs, but the ability to listen to Tidal and Qobuz with my favorite iem’s which do require a little eq would make it an easy answer.
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