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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. dhc0329
    Thanks for your input. Although I ended up replacing my sp1000 with n8, but I still thought sp1000 was excellent sounding device. I just like n8's tube sound. Yeah, when people said dx220 sounds better I just couldn't take it as is..but then again not sure why so many saying it. I am sure some of them are dx pumpers but some may not.
     
  2. Shmuel
    Can anyone give me an idea as to how the A&K would differ from my HiBy R6, which I’m very happy with but interested in upgrading?

    I love the musicality and cohesiveness of the HiBy and haven’t yet heard better.

    Thanks!
     
  3. mmxxm
    Hello Jason,

    Any news from the factory regarding production of the SP1000M gold?

    Regards,

    Malcolm
     
  4. JasonNYC
    SP1000M Gold is officially out of production. There is some stock in China and Hong Kong, but not available in any other country right now.
     
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  5. t69p
    I have both and I think you can not compare them, SP1000 is much superior, greater soundstage, more details, simply more sound. The iBasso DX220 is amazing until you compare them with SP1000, I'm now waiting for AMP9, for an alternative listening expierence. I primarily use DX220 when I'm traveling, because I like the sound and the weight is more portable.
     
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  6. KimChee
    I have basically owned all TOTL Daps except for the N8, which I’m sure due to madness I will at some point. I prefer AK380 Copper to SP1000 due to personal preference, and I think N8 might be the good in between choice for me. Agreed. IMO it’s not really that close between dc220 and sp1000.

     
  7. cj3209
    I've owned the dx220, dx200Ti, and dx200, and currently use an SP1000cu. I find that these DAPs have different flavors and not that one is 'better' than the other. I found the DX200Ti to have great slam and impactful bass (which I enjoyed with techno and rock music) while the SP1000cu was smooth and refined which I enjoy with female vocals. Ultimately, I liked the refinement of the SP1000 which is why I sold my iBasso daps.

    Just my 2 cents worth.

    Back to the music...

    :L3000::L3000::L3000:
     
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  8. SP1000_WOW
    With the addition of ifi xCan (which adds bass) to my portable setup (Sp1k cu + Utopia + Nirvana cable), I think I am close to my ultimate setup for home use also. For those who have both Chord Scaler + Hugo TT2, did this Chord setup improve your hearing pleasure by more than 50% over SP1K? by how much? worth spending the $10K?
     
  9. SP1000_WOW
    I am loving the ifi XCAN that I recently purchased as it adds a nice bass boost to my Utopia. It totally changes the SQ positively....
     
  10. CreditingKarma

    I had an mscaler with hugo2 (ordered a tt2 but didn't want to wait almost 4 th months). I can say the mscaler is nice and did improve the hugo2 but the sound of the hugo 2 was way too close to the sp1000. I actually like the sp1000cu more than the hugo 2. I traded the hugo2 and mscaler to finance my two channel upgrade. I currently use the sp1000cu with my iems and have a metrum onyx for my two channel setup and desktop with the abyss 1265tc and other fullsize cans. I thi k that the metrum has a better sound signature than the hugo2 or sp1000 it is more evident on speakers. The sound stage is more holographic and deeper.the onyx also has a better bass presentation to me as well. I think it has to do with the fact that it is an NOS r2r dac. It also has benefitted from the development of the pavane level 3.
     
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  11. lithiumnk
    You are absolutely right. I sold my hugo2 after trying metrum onyx. SP1000cu is good for portable use. Pavane is a different beast altogether. But the amp should be equally potent so as to completely unleash its performance.I am just waiting for a NOS R2R DAP.
     
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  13. JasonNYC
    SP2000 and SP1000 AMP will be available for demo this weekend at CanJam SoCal
     
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  14. Stephen George
    super necro reply, but you can replace the battery yourself for $20 bucks and a t-6 screwdriver...takes about 10 minutes
     
  15. Eaglet
    Why, am I the only one who's heard a deterioration in sound since the last firmware?
     
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