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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. madFloyd
    Sounds like I need to check out Empire Ears Phantom. Any recommended source in the U.S.?
  2. NovaFlyer
    Their website is www.empireears.com and they are based in Norcross, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. I met some of the team this past weekend at CanJam NYC, and they provided a great experience in trying out their gear.

    Empire Ears has many models to choose from, both all balanced armatures IEMs like the Phantom, and hybrids like the Legend X. If you have time and the opportunity, I highly recommend auditioning them since we all have slightly varying hearing preferences. If you're close to NYC, Audio 46 is an awesome store and they have Empire Ears IEMs, among many others. Or if you can make it to a CanJam - that's an incredible opportunity since you can also try other manufacturers. For the amount of money TOTL IEMs cost, it's well worth it - even if it take a few months to do so.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2019
  3. cj3209
    I've owned EE Zeus and 64 Audio U12s and while they sound good, I cannot recommend $1,500+ iems anymore considering you have really really good iems for around $1,000 that competes successfully with the $2k iems. Examples include RHA CL-2 ($900) which sounds superior to my old Zeus IEM (especially in the bass) and Beyerdynamic Xelentos at $829.
  4. dhc0329
    I agree on having at least two IEMs and possibly having 2 favorite Daps as you tend to get bored listening on same device too long. By switching back and forth I can appreciate the unique sonic characteristics of each device.
    quantumrush and NovaFlyer like this.
  5. aaf evo
    I second this. Just picked up the A18t to go with my Legend X as it offers quite a different sound. Very happy with my choice.
  6. cj3209
    I like that justification. Not so sure if my wife will buy that though...

  7. yukiorui
    Mine is similar - except I'm using the Leonidas (v1) cable instead of Janus D! Truly my end game set up.. for now... thinking about that Leonidas II or Janus D...
  8. NovaFlyer
    Having different IEMs for different types of music or listening choices is the way to go. Sometimes I want to hear the fun behind the music or I'm listening to a movie soundtrack and want to feel the bass, so I'll pick one IEM. Other times I want to listen to classical strings and want to hear every string, so I'll chose another IEM that better fits that style.
  9. Audiophonicalistic
    Janus d and phantom is really something special!
  10. Luisonic
    My 2, I use the CA Atlas, which pairs magnificently with my sp1km... the combination of the Atlas power and musicality with the 1km's precision and clarity are a wonderful match...
  11. lolobisaudio
    I personally use the Jomo quatre and the sound great.
  12. javahut
    Is there any way to transfer music files wirelessly to the sp1000m from another device.... like my phone? I'm thinking there's not. But it would be cool if there was... since I'm at work and there's new releases out today that I'd sure like to get over to my sp1km to listen to!
  13. madFloyd
    Reading reviews on that one now - seems it's a good for electronic music or perhaps rock. I'd like something very natural sounding - I listen to a lot of classical music.
  14. TYATYA
    Search GG akconnect
  15. Luisonic
    The Atlas is natural, with power... :wink:
    If it's only for classical, then I think some people would agree that maybe something along the hybrid or multiple driver would be more appropriate.
    Classical sounds great on the Atlas, but it's like seeing a really hot curvy girl dancing ballet, really well... almost, but maybe there's better...
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