Astell&Kern new flagship A&Ultima SP2000
Sep 4, 2020 at 10:54 PM Post #3,661 of 5,267

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I have a new AK Sp2000 Cu and a little bit more broken in Kann Cube. I am using Noble Khan, 64 Audio U12T/U18T, and Noble Kaiser.
It seems that the Kann Cube sounds clearer, wider sound stage, string instruments have more dynamics, voices are higher resolution and
more believable rendition. What is different about my new AK Sp2000? The trebles are not as clear and the sound stages seems more intimate
than the Cube. It sounds like it is missing some of the acoustical reflections and spacial sound that I can hear much more clearly with the Cube.

Do I need to give the Sp2000 more time, or is this the way it sounds compared to the Cube?

Note: I also have a Hugo2 and Mojo. Like them a lot as well driving them with a Surface Pro 7 and Foobar2000.
 
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Give time to burn in
 
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Have a look at post #3642 on this thread. There is an A/B between SP2000 and N6ii (E02).
It is strange, on my experience N6ii is far behind.
The tone signature is actually too "dark","thick" lack lots of resolution and detail.
 
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It is strange, on my experience N6ii is far behind.
The tone signature is actually too "dark","thick" lack lots of resolution and detail.
Who knows. I can’t comment as I have not heard the SP2000 so I can only go on the A/B done above so far. It is difficult to get an opinion without listening to both. I was/am interested in getting an SP2000 but I am not able to test one out at the moment. I do not want to spend £3,300 on a blind buy in case it just doesn’t suit me.
 
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Ak has something new coming from the looks of things. I doubt it is sp3000. Maybe my guess could be sp2000m in gold. That’s the only hint on the picture. I will update once I know more.

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Ak has something new coming from the looks of things. I doubt it is sp3000. Maybe my guess could be sp2000m in gold. That’s the only hint on the picture.
Did the SP1000m have the same sound abilities as the Sp1000 but just in a smaller unit. Or was the M a toned down version?

My thoughts are that A&K are not going to release an M version of the SP2000 at a lot less cost if it has the full same abilities of its bigger brother. I could be wrong though.
 
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Did the SP1000m have the same sound abilities as the Sp1000 but just in a smaller unit. Or was the M a toned down version?

My thoughts are that A&K are not going to release an M version of the SP2000 at a lot less cost if it has the full same abilities of its bigger brother. I could be wrong though.

The sp1000m is smaller but did not have the same sound capability of the original sp1000. As tried most of the m version and I had both Ss and cu of the sp1000. Waiting for the sp3k once that comes.

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Who knows. I can’t comment as I have not heard the SP2000 so I can only go on the A/B done above so far. It is difficult to get an opinion without listening to both. I was/am interested in getting an SP2000 but I am not able to test one out at the moment. I do not want to spend £3,300 on a blind buy in case it just doesn’t suit me.
Agree. You have to tried and make decision.
My first SP1000(2 years ago) has come to my team after I have chance to listen to it multiple times until I can be sure that, no other dap can !
 
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The sp1000m is smaller but did not have the same sound capability of the original sp1000. As tried most of the m version and I had both Ss and cu of the sp1000. Waiting for the sp3k once that comes.

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I guess this makes sense. I think the original cost of the 1000 was about $3,000 whereas the 1000m was $1,800 and so I would expect some differences.
 
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Ak has something new coming from the looks of things. I doubt it is sp3000. Maybe my guess could be sp2000m in gold. That’s the only hint on the picture. I will update once I know more.

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I have heard of a small Bluetooth device. Lets see !
SP2kM could be nice too.
 
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Some are saying that with the picture. As it has 3 holes at the bottom. Maybe represent a player that has 2.5mm, 3.5mm and 4.4mm. That’s what some of the guesses have been. Still waiting as one of the shops in HK posted that picture on Facebook.

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