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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 again,

    I see you to are in Scotland.

    For a desktop solution I tend to agree with poster creditingkarma in suggesting a tube amp. I have the Icon Audio HP8mkii that is excellent with the SP1000m, as it is a good alternative from solid state and many tracks to my ears sound superior but it's all personal taste.

    Icon are based in the UK also that keeps costs down amongst other things. Tube rolling can be fun (and expensive).

    Good luck.
     
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  2. CreditingKarma
    Any headphone amp will work. You can run from the 3.5mm to rca inputs just set it to line out and find the level that works best. 2v is the standard for most home audio equipment. You can take a look at the violectric amps they are pretty good or the Pro iCan. It all is really down to budget and what headphones you are driving. I can say that I have never heard the LCD 4z sound better than it did out of the Hugo TT2 at the store when I auditioned it.
     
  3. nicolitis
    Cheers guys.

    I have always wanted to go down the valve route, the nearest I got was the Unison Research Unico was is a hybrid integrated and it had a lovely sound. It is a valve preamp and solid state power but the tubes were not visible.

    Thanks for the Icon tip. I have also read up on the Pathos Aurium and Cayin Ha-1a mk2 which are in a similar price bracket. How long do tubes tend to last?
     
  4. nicolitis
    Have you tried amps and decided any benefits weren't worth it for you?
     
  5. NovaFlyer
    Will look around, but initial looks on some of the websites don't show it in the larger Tokyo stores, i.e. Bic Camera and Yodobashi. If I find it, I'll shoot you a PM.

    The A&K case is $150, so the Dignis case at $130 plus $21 shipping is the same price. I don't know what the customs fees and / or duties would work out to.

    Here's a link to the English version of the Dignis store - http://shop2.dignis.cafe24.com/prod...-sp1000m-case/225/?cate_no=85&display_group=1
     
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  6. madFloyd
    $600 is the price difference between the 1000m and the 1000m gold. The gold has 128gb more storage.
     
  7. JasonNYC
    All AK players can support up to 2TB cards. The 512GB are the largest currently readily available for purchase. The SP1000, SP1000M and even the AK240 will support those cards.
     
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  8. olddude
    The Dignis case is somewhat better than the stock A&K case. Covers the edges better, button pushing is a bit easier. Certainly looks better (I got a brown leather one that "wears"). They ship to the US but we don't have customs or duties. Fits perfectly in my VanNuys belt case as well. Now I'm speaking of the SPK version, but assume the smaller versions will work the same.

    http://shop2.dignis.cafe24.com/prod...0-patina-case/200/?cate_no=84&display_group=1
     
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2019
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  9. madFloyd
    Interesting and good to know. Where you have found 512GB? In searching the largest I've found is 400GB.
     
  10. JasonNYC
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  11. szore
    It has a different sound signature, I prefer the blue.
     
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  12. szore
    I have tried a few headphones like the HiFiMan Arya that needs an amp, and if I get a set of cans like that I would probably go with something like this, just for that extra couple of notches of loudness...

    https://audio46.com/shop/ifi-idsd-black-label-usb-dac-headamp/

    But any IEM will be fine.
     
  13. madFloyd
    Thank you, Jason. I was just about to reply asking if anyone knows whether the PNY is compatible (only because BB just has one solitary review from a customer who didn't have any luck with a Samsung Note 9) but now that I realize who made the suggestion, I'm just going to buy it. :)
     
  14. madFloyd
    First time I see a vote for the blue - yay!

    Hey, I see there's a black onyx as well - does that one have a different sound signature as well?
     
  15. szore
    I don't think so, I think it's just a black version of the blue, but I'm sure Jason could answer definitively.
     
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