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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
    I would go with a quality copper cable. The gold 1000M isn't going to add any bass or low end...
     
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  2. CreditingKarma
    I thought that too initially on my sp1000cu. I got much better results by using the advanced option and widening the q factor.
     
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  3. JasonNYC
    Correct. All are LCD screens, no OLED.
     
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  4. Giraku
    Maybe. But to my ears, it's slightly different. Somehow this subtle "boldness" does not affect the space between notes.
     
  5. Giraku
    If you are talking about the difference between Gold and Blue, the difference is subtle. I'm sure that using a different cable will make more noticeable change.
     
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  6. Peter P.
    Try looking into the effect audio thor ii cable. It transformed my andromedas in a very good way. Tighter bass with more impact, bigger soundstage, sounds smoother with incredible detail and without any sibilance. They are the warmest sounding silver cable out there. Really good stuff.
     
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  7. szore
    I liked the Eros II+, had the best balance for me, the Thor was too smooth...
     
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  8. Peter P.
    Really?! Havent heard the eros ii+ yet. Will try this combo when i get to singapore next month. Im quite happy with the thor ii’s though. Glad i decided to get a decent balanced cable.
     
  9. TYATYA
    @JasonNYC my Ak120ii use a amoled screen!
    Pls correction.
    Best scr quality on AK device, I think it is CT10 - not A&U
     
  10. musicday
    Can you prove :)
     
  11. TYATYA
    Do you know what I have to show you which make you agree of amoled scr?
    If you can not point out, dont ask for proven.
    I am sure 101% it is amoled
     
  12. Hifi2jungle
    I was just notified by my German distributor that AK will release the amp for the SPK to the Highend fair in Munich. Yeah! @JasonNYC any more details on that?
     
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  13. JasonNYC
    I apologize. You are correct. The AK100 II, AK120 II and AK240 all had AMOLED screens.
     
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  14. FOBean
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    I sure do. To be honest, I'm not a big fan of the Standard CA Litz MMCX Cable that comes stock with some of their IEM's!!! It's my LEAST used MMCX Cables!

    Don't get me wrong, they're better than your average stock cable, but they don't have the resolution and details that my Linum cables have, and I can't stand the memory wire around the ears! They do have a nice low-end response to them and if I didn't have the Linum G2 SuperBax and Bax cables and the FiiO LC 2.5c, I'd probably be very happy with them and not know what I'm missing. But they lose the intimacy and definition that my other MMCX Cables have and certainly don't "blow me away" by any means!!!

    With the Andromedas in mind and compared to the FiiO LC balanced cable, the FiiO LC is warmer and thicker sounding and oozes resolution, soundstage, imaging and intimacy. The FiiO LC is a much better match with the Andromedas IMO than my Dorado's, and for half of the cost of the Bax and a QUARTER of the cost of my SuperBax, there's just no comparison. That's also going from 3.5mm single-ended -> 2.5mm balanced too, so obviously better sound going balanced, but for $70/USD, I don't think you can go wrong with it, especially for the Andromedas and any ALL BA IEM's or any "neutral or brighter" IEM's!!!

    I'll put it this way, I had planned on buying a Linum SuperBax Balanced MMCX Cable AS SOON AS they were available, but I wanted to go balanced before waiting that long, and I said to myself "what do I have to lose by spending $70 on the FiiO LC"? Well, I LOVE the Andromeda/FiiO LC 2.5c combo so much, that I honestly don't see myself buying the Linum SuperBax Balanced Cable at all now, at least not ANYTIME soon, and that's after RAVING about the Linum G2 stuff for the past 1.5 years. So that should give you an idea of how much I like my FiiO LC balanced cable with my Andromedas

    Now with my Dorado's in mind, I prefer the Linum G2 SuperBax and Bax cables and the CA Standard Litz MMCX Cable. But with those I still prefer the better resolution and intimacy of the Linum cables. Plus, they're much lighter AND comfortable, with no memory wire to mess around with and are a great match with the Dorado's smaller size!!!
     
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  15. melons
    Ears are peculiar things. When I got my Andromeda OG's I got a deal on their 2.5mm trrs standard litz cable too which I thought was a pretty good cable, but I couldn't live with either the memory wire nor the tinsel thin wiring, so I upgraded to a Forza Hybrid iem cable which I'd describe in the exact same way you describe the SuperBax cable (both European). The one time I tried a balanced (2.5mm) FiiO cable (RC-IE8B) I knew within seconds that it was a bad idea, far far too bright
     
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