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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. DeepSouth
    Between the lighter dx220 and the heavy sp1000 I do t think about the weight of bulk. I just grab the sp1000. I only bought the ibasso dx220 because my sp1000 was sent in twice for repairs, and each time is well over a month.
  2. JasonNYC
    One of our engineers was in town this weekend for CanJam SoCal, so I had a chance to sit down and discuss some of the pending requests. I was told we are 99% complete with Roon. There was one minor change they requested in the firmware, which was made and submitted to Roon for testing. I was also told our team is expecting it to be finalized in a few weeks, but it also depends on how long it takes for Roon do do testing on their end.

    One approved and certified by Roon, it would take an additional few days to a week to push out the firmware OTA and it would be a staggered rollout by model.
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  3. Progisus
    Thanks Jason. That is exciting news.
  4. NovaFlyer
    Thanks @JasonNYC really looking forward to the update. Also, great chatting with you and the rest of the A&K team at CanJam Socal.
  5. Samuel777
    what is making room so special with sp1000 ?
    Could you please explain in few word ?
    I know tidal, Qobuz, Spotify, but I ignore completely the role of roon in the SP1000
  6. Progisus
    Are you a roon user? If not then I’m sure this functionality will be of no use for you.
  7. Samuel777
    in fact I don't know roon ! and would like to get few information on it's use
  8. cj3209
    For me, Roon is good if you have a lot of hires files that you want to stream and would like to use the great EQ of Roon. The info on the artists is also great. It's like an electronic album cover... I'm dating myself...lol
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2019
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  9. Samuel777
    Thanks a lot, I will get a look on it!
  10. gazzington
    I have an sp1000 ss which is king dap in my world. I've bought and sold dx200,dx150,dx80, hiby r6 pro, r6, R3, Sony wm1a and many others but this one is a keeper. I did own also an se100 but did not love it like the sp1000. I also own a dx220 and fiio 11 but am after a work travel dap. Should I get the sp1000m or sr15 or even an ak380? Or do you kind folk have other suggestions
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2019
  11. emrelights1973
    What the hell, go fast buy couple of them just in case, how about sp2000 and Sony 1z?
  12. gazzington
    Lol the sp2000 is out of the question. I'm after something cheaper and more portable for work. A used wm1z could be an idea though
  13. emrelights1973
    I own sr15 as well, it is a nice little dap with a more colorful sound signature, it is small

    Why not using m11?

    Buying sp the 1000m is waste of money If you own sp1000

    And the Sony 1z is heavy

    Sr15 or m11 with tidal offline is best for the travel, I like that m11 got two sd slot
  14. NovaFlyer
    Via their website, you can get a 14-day free trial as well - www.roonlabs.com

    I've had quite a bit of interest in Roon in order to stream and play my local music files (FLAC, DSD, and iTunes library) from one interface.
  15. gazzington
    I was thinking of getting that oriolus tube amp for the m11. I like the M11 a lot but my wife seems to have become very fond of it too!
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