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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. Maximiliano Campo
    Hi, I was wondering if someone can help me please. I am trying to use an external USB DAC with my sp1000m but whenever I connect the USB DAC I get no sound, even after enabling the USB audio function on the external USB option in notification panel.

    Could the issue be that I need to disable MTP mode to enable DAC input mode? See the attached picture, how do I get that green arrow to move from MTP to the DAC Input option? It's not allowing me to do that when my external USB DAC is connected. I'm able to adjust volume from the USB DAC but I can't get any sound from it.

    I've tested the USB DAC with another device and it works fine so there's no issue on that front.

    Any ideas regarding what the issue is, please? 20190627_222205.jpg
     
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2019
  2. Likeimthere
    I walk around with mine all the time. . . when I'm traveling I put it in my backpack pouch, but the 2.5mm connections are pretty tender and bend pretty easily. . . I've had to replace two for this exact reason. . .
     
  3. Likeimthere

    @JasonNYC No news yet on MQA full unfold via USB DAC on the SP1000/1000M yet?
     
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2019
  4. kel77
    You do not need to enable the DAC mode as you are not connecting it to a computer. You only need to have the external USB activated to display USB audio. Otherwise try a different cable.
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  5. 2002tiiguy
    @JasonNYC do you have a price on the sp1k amp yet?
     
  6. JasonNYC
    $799
     
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  7. 2002tiiguy
    Availability on an onyx black one?
     
  8. JasonNYC
    US pre-orders start tomorrow for all colors, ship date 7/15.
     
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  9. 2002tiiguy
    Awesome, i might be ordering one very soon
     
  10. 2002tiiguy
    Case come with or is that separate
     
  11. JasonNYC
    Black leather case is included.
     
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  12. 2002tiiguy
    Awesome, ty
     
  13. JasonNYC
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  14. LaCap
    Already contacted my local reseller to pre-pre-order it :p
    Looking forward to test it!
     
  15. dakchi
    I had SP1000 and sold it because it was too big to travel with. I took a SP1000M gold and very happy with my purchase. It is smaller and lighter than SP1000. However, be aware that:
    • Although they have the same internals, the sound signature of SP1000 is slightly different from the one of SP1000M. I found SP1000 to have a wider soundstage. SP1000M gold is imo warmer and more focused on the bass. The difference is subtle though
    • The battery of SP1000M has less capacity. I really feel the difference in battery life, in particular if you use the balanced output
    Overall, I think that SP1000M is the best DAP you can have for travelling. The gold version is :heart_eyes:
     
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