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New TOL A&K DAP : the AK Ultima SP1000

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by Toolman, May 15, 2017.
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  1. mmxxm
    Hello,

    It was my intention to run my SP1000m gold via usb to my Sony tazh 1es desktop DAC/headphone amp however the DAP is better than expected through my Sony Z1R's that I don't bother.

    I do run an output from the 3.5mm to my icon audio HP8 mkii valve amp with NOS valves and it sounds superb.
     
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2019
  2. madFloyd
    I very much appreciate your reply!
     
  3. madFloyd
    Can anyone recommend a good 3.5mm to RCA cable?
     
  4. cj3209
    The DAC implementation/sound out of the SP1k sounds very good for me and, in my opinion, competes with desktop-class DACs.
     
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  5. olddude
    Demo of Commander One? Change ports and make sure you have the AK cable, restart the computer and the AK, it should see it. Turn on the AK all the way before plugging it in to the computer (and it won't work if the AK is off). When you pull down the dropdown on the left it should show as in my screenshot (or whatever you have connected or on wifi). If it still won't show, it may be that for some reason the freebie is preventing connection. It's a great program, worth the $.



    commander.jpg
     
  6. Torrs
    Does anyone here know how limited the SPKM gold is? Is there a limited number produced for the US market?
     
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2019
  7. JasonNYC
    Only the paid Pro version of Commander One has the Android device support. The free version does not.
     
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  8. olddude
    Guess no try before you buy. :) I never tried the freebie, just bought it based on reviews. It's a good app, much better than the APK.
     
  9. lolobisaudio
    Ok. I buy it.
     
  10. Progisus
    Like AK Connect but with better Tidal implementation for now.
     
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  11. lolobisaudio
    Just installed. Works perfectly. I had an issue with aft : it was disconnecting my Bluetooth each time I connect my spk
    Resolved with commander one
    Thanks.
     
  12. emrelights1973
    I got the free version but could not connect with SPK.....

    Anybody who compared 3,5mm/rca vs 2,5mm/xlr

    Now I am passing trough a non balanced pre amp but I can connect balanced direct from Spk

    Will it make a difference?
     
  13. olddude
    Just make sure that you exit the program before you pull the USB plug out of the SPK. And always work from within the desktop it gives you. Don't minimize it and then drag stuff to it from your actual desktop, bad things can happen.
     
  14. youme
    From their website "You are welcome to use amazing PRO Pack features of Commander One for 15 days for free!" ... it should be possible to test ...
     
  15. supermj
    When i get round to it, i want to back up all my music to my computer. I have a Mac and Windows 10, but which is more friendly to the SP1000 ? I have both commander one and AFT on the Mac (must be freebies version) but i've never used them yet. With Windows would it simply be drag and drop or do you need added software for this also ? I'm sure i remember when i tried to transfer files/folders too many at a time some files or albums were disappearing into thin air on the SP1000.
     
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