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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. JasonNYC
    We recommend formatting as FAT32 for best results.
     
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  2. JasonNYC
    Same aluminum body for the Lapis Blue and the Black Onyx. Just a different color PVD coating. The Gold is a brass body with gold plating, which is why there is a different sound signature.
     
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  3. madFloyd
    Thanks for the very helpful replies, Jason!
     
  4. melons
    The Samsung 512GB Micro sd card has been available in the UK for around 6 months and getting cheaper everytime I look it up (currently £135), though being the victim of irrational logic that I am I only buy Sandisk

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-Me...034998&sr=8-1&keywords=samsung+512gb+micro+sd

    or SDXC version
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07JGCKQD6/ref=psdc_1345826031_t3_B07H1231S8
     
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  5. JasonNYC
    Good to know. I had not seen them here in the US yet, but I just checked Amazon and do see they are available. The PNY 512GB seem to be more readily available here.
     
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  6. bidn
    Amazon has been selling the fast and reliable Samsung EVO plus 512 GB micro sdxc card directly for several months on its European sites,
    e.g. amazon.de:
    https://www.amazon.de/Samsung-Memor...8&qid=1551037325&sr=8-2&keywords=512++gb+sdxc
    Now the price has dropped to less than € 150: when I ordered several cards a few months ago, they were costing €250... so I lost several times € 100...:triportsad:

    Some reseller sell them on amazon.com, with fulfillment by amazon, for less than $150:
    https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Memo...8&qid=1551037325&sr=8-2&keywords=512++gb+sdxc
     
  7. dhc0329
    Then again there's 1TB SDXC on amazon.com which is obviously a fake giving less than 64GB actual.
    I am not sure why AMZN's letting these fraudsters rip off consumers in amazon market place.
     
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  8. dhc0329
    You prefer B over G? Would you care to share what you didn't like about G?
     
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  9. szore
    Hi, IMO, It is not that I didn't like the g per se, it just has a little more thickness between the layers and on the notes. It sounded great, but the B has a slightly 'lighter' presentation, not as thick. Not that the g is thick, it's relative to the b and g. The g seemed to have slightly thicker notes, with a little less space and air between the elements. I would say, in a word, in all seriousness, 'brassy'; so not thicker around the notes, but 'brassier'. As in brass, not bass. In a nutshell, the b was a lighter presentation, and g darker, but just slightly as described. I can imagine, a brighter IEM like Audio64 TOTL may be a better pairing. I used my androSS, which because of it's dynamic mids, seemed to 'muddy' up the g.
     
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  10. Samuel777
    Hi everybody,
    i have already Iem JHAudio JH12V2 Pro customs version, which I'm using with Moon audio silver dragon cable with my SP1000ss.
    Now I'm still looking for something better, as iem.
    Could you propose me some possibilities, based on your experiences ?
    thanks in advance
     
  11. dhc0329
    Thanks for your explanation. I hope this "a little less space and air between the elements" doesn't really mean G is sort of congested (but having more weight in sound) and less airy of two.
     
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  12. szore
    I would try to test it with your iem, before you purchase it.
     
  13. dhc0329
    I had JH Layla with SP1Kss before which I didn't enjoy. I thought A18/U18 had a pretty good synergy.
     
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  14. dhc0329
    Agreed. Everyone has different ears so I may have different impression but then it's sad you can't test these DAPs without buying them. :frowning2:
    Musictek offers free trial demo for N8 and LPGT but not sure if AK offers such..
     
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  15. szore
    How much are you willing to spend?
     
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