Astell&Kern new flagship A&Ultima SP2000
Aug 28, 2020 at 6:52 PM Post #3,646 of 5,267

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We have same taste in music.
So listening to the Elegia with E02 sounded very up front sound stage very detailed,very thick sounding. Using Surf Cables custom.
SP2000 - About the same in sound stage although seemed to have more space around instruments. Sound stage a bit deeper.
Switching to Utopia's E02 a little more open but still closer to stage.
SP2000- more air around instruments sound stage a little deeper, a bit more width.
Most of the rock selections were pretty close, where I heard a real difference in depth was Mahler's 1st, in the beginning there is a off stage trumpet. The SP2000 sounded as if it was off in the distance ( as it should) the E02 sounded as if it was in the back of orchestra.
Keep in mind this is my personal perspective, you may as well as others hear differently.
To be honest both units sound great and in my honest opinion if I had to do a blind test I probably couldn't tell difference. I love AK sound and I love the SP2000 but the N6ii/E02 comes a close 2nd, although with the N6ii I prefer the T01 as it just has a more airy spacious sound,even though it's older DAC.
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Pink Floyd- Wish You Were Here ,DSD 256
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Gustav Mahler- Symphony 1
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Thanks for doing that. That’s an interesting comparison and it certainly gives me something to think about. I thought that the SP2000 would be much better, but from what you have said the difference does not seem to be as big as I thought, especially with what you said about probably not being able to tell the difference in a blind test. I would obviously need to have a listen myself to the SP2000 to see which I preferred out of it and N6ii /E02, but your A/B of the two Daps has been really useful. Thanks again.
 
Aug 28, 2020 at 7:01 PM Post #3,647 of 5,267

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Thanks for doing that. That’s an interesting comparison and it certainly gives me something to think about. I thought that the SP2000 would be much better, but from what you have said the difference does not seem to be as big as I thought, especially with what you said about probably not being able to tell the difference in a blind test. I would obviously need to have a listen myself to the SP2000 to see which I preferred out of it and N6ii /E02, but your A/B of the two Daps has been really useful. Thanks again.
You're welcome. I agree that you have to listen for yourself as everyone has a different perception to sound. Cheers and stay safe.
 
Aug 29, 2020 at 6:52 PM Post #3,649 of 5,267

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Is there any speculation on AK producing an SP2000M? I travel a lot and would love to see a smaller form factor. Would pull the trigger the moment it's released.
 
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Is there any speculation on AK producing an SP2000M? I travel a lot and would love to see a smaller form factor. Would pull the trigger the moment it's released.
That would be a good call if they did. It would make it more portable. But would all of its technicalities transfer across to the smaller unit I wonder.
 
Sep 1, 2020 at 9:04 PM Post #3,653 of 5,267

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I'm still happy with SP1000M Royal Gold along with SP2000 Vegas gold.
The sound signature is very special compared to normal version :)
 
Sep 4, 2020 at 12:56 PM Post #3,655 of 5,267

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Folks, I am getting a used SP1000 for Around 2200 USD and am confused is f I should get that or new SP2000. Any thoughts?

Do not buy that. You can get a used SP2000 for $200 more.
 
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Thanks! Another option I am considering is SA700 — it seems to have the same DAC and I like the mid forward representations. Another option is N6ii — people say it’s close second to sp2000?
Have a look at post #3642 on this thread. There is an A/B between SP2000 and N6ii (E02).
 

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