Astell&Kern new flagship A&Ultima SP2000
May 8, 2019 at 3:08 AM Post #16 of 5,429

bmichels

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Will AK ever evolve to 4.4?
no, never, but may be to "mini-XLR" like on the CUbe

And for me the SP2000 is a very disapointing MINOR upgrade to the SP1000. After 3 years we were expecting much better from A&K for their flagship ! :angry:
 
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May 8, 2019 at 5:12 AM Post #20 of 5,429

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The things that are important: battery life, power output, screen quality, 4.4 mm balanced.
Is using the latest AK 4499 Eq X2, that's a real impressive audio chip, just reading the specifications.
Change battery ?
 
May 8, 2019 at 7:54 AM Post #21 of 5,429

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The things that are important: battery life, power output, screen quality, 4.4 mm balanced.
Is using the latest AK 4499 Eq X2, that's a real impressive audio chip, just reading the specifications.
Many hi-end dacs such as linn kds, esoteric k1, sony z1 are still using 4497. I think adopting 4499 serves for marketing purpose. It is like putting an intel i9 into a cell phone!
 
May 8, 2019 at 8:24 AM Post #23 of 5,429

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May 8, 2019 at 8:27 AM Post #24 of 5,429

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Problems of AK devices:

- No detachable / replaceable battery. It'll be pain to replace battery once it dies... you can potentially damage your device.
- No 4.4mm balanced
- No dual micro SD card. Now 1TB micro SD card is available. It would be great to have 2TB DSD files on the go.
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/prod...qxa1_1t00_an6ma_extreme_microsd_1tb_card.html

I wonder which current flagship DAP allows you to change the battery easily without dismantling the unit.
 

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