New TOL A&K DAP : the AK Ultima SP1000
Apr 3, 2019 at 5:40 AM Post #5,851 of 9,406
Your question is lost in translation. Neither is better, but they are slightly different. Twister has an amazing blog post about this https://twister6.com/2018/04/09/ak-sp1000-ss-vs-cu/
I prefer the copper version. The sound feels more analog, more live, more real, and easier to listen to. The stainless one sounded bright to me, I'm sensitive to higher frequencies, and these bothered my ears.
My wife on the other hand, preferes the Stainless SS version. To her the SS sounded more crisp, more clear, more detailed.

The difference between the two is only slight, and my comparison may seem exaggerated compared to how they both sound since I'm focusing on how they sound different, but really they sound more alike than they do different.
Thank you so much.
 
Apr 3, 2019 at 12:00 PM Post #5,852 of 9,406
I have been comparing SPKM Gold with Lotoo PGT and decided to keep LPGT.
My SPKM Gold is on FS now.
 
Apr 4, 2019 at 5:45 PM Post #5,853 of 9,406
Hi @JasonNYC . Do you think we are looking at another 6 weeks after your Roon team received the latest comments?
 
Apr 4, 2019 at 7:21 PM Post #5,855 of 9,406
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Apr 5, 2019 at 7:34 AM Post #5,861 of 9,406
@JasonNYC pls let the dev team to know, there's demanding of a full screen displaying video
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from customers.
Thank you.
 
Apr 7, 2019 at 4:00 AM Post #5,862 of 9,406
Does anybody have a description of different sound quality in ss, cu, and gold?
 
Apr 8, 2019 at 10:14 AM Post #5,863 of 9,406
Does anybody have a description of different sound quality in ss, cu, and gold?
SS=detailed and neautral
CU=same detail but warmer, more musical
GD=thicker note, smaller sound stage (along with blue)
 
Apr 8, 2019 at 10:21 AM Post #5,864 of 9,406
Does anybody have a description of different sound quality in ss, cu, and gold?
This is the thoughts from one of our sound engineers. Again, sound is subjective and also depends on what you are using to listen, so your feelings may/probably will be different.

  • SP1000 SS: Spacious and very accurate sound. Clear tone
  • SP1000 Cu: More noticeable depth of sound stage with warmer and bolder tonality
  • SP1000M Gold: A bit smaller sound stage than SP1000. However, the depth of image is excellent. Tonality is a bit on the warmer side, however it has both of the sound characteristics of both SS and Cu.
 
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Apr 8, 2019 at 10:23 AM Post #5,865 of 9,406
JasonNYC I am still wondering why USB-C out on the SP1000M works with some DACs and not others like my Devialet?
Sorry, I thought you had responded that it was working. We do not have a Devialet here to test and troubleshoot. Looking to see if we can borrow one from one of our dealers or possibly test one out at AXPONA this weekend.

Would you please PM me with some more details and a list of the specific products you are having issues with so we can look into it. Thanks!
 
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