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Astell & Kern SP1000 Amp

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by SoundBytes, Jul 17, 2019.
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  1. SoundBytes
    Hello Everyone,

    Received the new AK SP1000 Amp today take a nice look at it...

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    See it fits very nicely in the high quality sturdy leather case

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    And . . . It sounds phenomenal with the SP1000SS

    Listen to this song as a test and you will see...

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    Nice work A&K
     
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2019
  2. star42sun
    Looks Sexy!:L3000::L3000: I'm on the fence between sp1000 amp and a Hugo2.
     
  3. Fafner
    I received mine a couple of days ago as well. I'm using it with my balanced LCDi4. While the "naked" SP1000 was able to drive them at a satisfactory level, the little Audezes really seem to enjoy the added power a lot! The result is a sound which is difficult to believe it would be possible from such a little package.

    Ofc the SP1000+AMP coupling is a bit on the heavy side, but that's not a surprise nor a problem for me, as this setup is mostly meant to be used when on holydays (hotels and so on) and not when walking around.
    The fixation isn't 100% perfect: when moving the whole one feels there's just a tiny bit of play with that rear screw. That obviously completely disappears when the included case is used.
     
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2019
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  4. 329161
    Spec'd power output is good desktop level. Hard to believe they could achieve that within the form factor of the device.
     
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  5. Fafner
    Here's the whole fitted into A&K's own 3 flip case.
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  6. CYZZM
    Please let me know if you are interested in SP1000+AMP LOL. Thank you
     
  7. TheHighlander
    How I transform vrms to compare for example with chord hugo 2. Aek show power output in vrms and hugo 2 1kHz 1% THD: 94mW 300Ω
     
  8. maii
    Got SP1000amp yesterday, paired with sp1000, HD800s was connected at high gain balanced 2.5 trrs (using 4.4 stock cable with adapter), at 90 volume level is already enough for my listening satisfaction. It drives hd800s can beautifully. I'm so happy with this purchase.
     
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2019
  9. TheHighlander
    Good to know. I receive the amp todsy but only will pick sp1000 thursday. I will connect this combo with Verite Closed Ironwood, when I receive this. Probably will have juice enough to drive them. Cant wait.
     
  10. maii
    Hello have you tried with your Verite Closed Ironwood. Curious to hear how it performs with your can.
     
  11. TheHighlander
    Ironwood still in produce. Probably only receive in december. When I get this I will give some impressions here.
     
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2019
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  13. maii
    Since 3 days owning this combo and all 3 days only stick with HD800S. imhb this combo SP1000+SP1000amp is the best portable gear for HD800S.
     
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  15. TheHighlander
    Good to know. Verite C is 300 ohms too. So this combo probably will not have problem to drive VC properly. Hope soon listen to taste the synergy between them.
     
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