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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. szore
    Yes on the player; nixe on the cable...
  2. Samuel777
    I'm currently in my bedroom, all around me is silence.... and I'm enjoying my favourite songs, far away from the day stress ...
    in this context, sure you will discover what the trinity have inside themselves :)
    if we were in the same Aera, I would lend you my setup.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2019
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  3. szore
    I'll fly in tomorrow...
  4. DeepSouth
    JH sells mostly low cost cables. They'd probably enjoy selling 3.5, 2.5, and 4.4.
    I'd guess people with options to reterminate will, others may adopt the new size at a slower pace, some will just have an adapter made.
    What would drive A&K to do this? I suppose the market would have to demand it, or they'd have to experience problems with the current design.
    What happened to firewire when USB2.0 came out? What's happening to apple's lightning when usb-c proves to be superior?

    I know I have a slightly bent 2.5 in my moon audio cable. I'd champion a 4.4 as I'm afraid of a high dollar 2.5, but I put my AK sp1000 in my pocket and walk around with it.
  5. olddude
    I've had three Moon Dragons of varying types, never had a problem with a plug. I had some insulation wear and tear above the plug from the cable rubbing agains my clothes when I walked, but never a plug issue.
  6. Vanfan
    I received my Linum 2Pin SuperBax Balanced 2.5mm TRRS cable in the post yesterday. Not cheap at £292 (US$383) but it sounds absolutely fantastic right out of the box with my SP1000-I previously had the Linum 2Pin Bak Balanced 2.5mm cable which I had happily used for over 3 years but this is a significant upgrade and sounds amazing-I had in the past had other 2.5mm balanced cables (including Moon Audio) and for my money this new Linum cable is in a different league.
  7. Vanfan
    I forgot to add that I am using the new Linum cable with JH Audio 16Pro Freqphase IEMs
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  8. tjxism
    As much as I like and enjoy my SP1000m, I surely expect AK can add Bluetooth receiver mode in the next firmware update.

    I know with openAPK we have offline Tidal which is already super convenient, but I like to try new music on the go. Now I sync and download new suggested playlist every night before bed, but I can’t favorite or edit my playlist during the day in offline mode.

    Also while SPKM is tiny as a portable DAP, it fits better in my backpack than my tight jeans pocket.

    I will certainly sacrifice the SQ during commute in exchange for the convenience:)
  9. Omega139
    Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone uses Roon for audio with their SP1000(SS) and could help me out with settings to get the most out of the DAC. Thanks!
  10. Progisus
    Roon? I thought it was still in testing?
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  11. Omega139
    Hmm..i'm talking about the Mac OSX app. I downloaded a trial and heard people like it more than Audivarna. It's good stuff.
  12. szore
    I just bought a Roon subscription...
  13. FOBean
    Thank you VERY MUCH for the explanation, much appreciated!!! It sounds like I want the SP1K Cu
  14. FOBean
    I have the Linum G2 SuperBax and Bax 3.5mm MMCX Cables and they're great and very comfortable. Easily the most comfortable MMCX Cable I've ever owned. But if you want to try something cheaper first, before shelling out over $300 for the Balanced SuperBax, try the FiiO LC 2.5c first.

    It's an 8-core, Monocrystaline Silver Plated Copper OCC MMCX Cable, and it sounds amazing, especially for it's price of only $70 USD. It's EASILY the best match for my Andromedas out of the 15 or so MMCX Cables I've tried, including the Linum G2 3.5mm stuff.

    I'll probably throw down on the SuperBax Balanced eventually too for my other IEM's, because I love the Linum company, but I think that a lot of you would be VERY surprised at the quality of the FiiO LC!!! It's very underrated. It's a warm sounding cable that really thickens up a neutral or brighter sounding IEM, however it's not a good match with my Dorado's. For $70 USD, you really can't go wrong IMO
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2019
  15. szore
    I have the blue 1000M; i think the copper ias the best sounding out of all the A&K stuff, even the new brass.
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